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The man is a grade A fool, he's so far up Shepherd it's ambarassing.




When West Midlands referee Andre Marriner decided to give this Carling Cup tie the green light only one thing was certain at a saturated St James' Park last night.


And as the rain sleeted down and the ball stuck in the puddles, it was obvious that the team that wanted to win most would win it.


Well that team was Newcastle United, and Harry Redknapp and his Pompey boys must have been glad that they were not flying back to the south coast on the back of a five or six-goal humiliation.


That's how much United were on top after the first evenly-fought 20 minutes, as both sides struggled in conditions which could easily have seen the game called off right up to half-time.



But once Mr Marriner decided to keep playing after the break and United scored twice in six minutes, Portsmouth may as well have gone home.



And in the end all they could do was keep the score down.



So Newcastle United, who are supposed to be in a crisis, are carrying the North East hopes in both the Carling Cup and in Europe for the rest of the season.


And while they have struggled to get results in the Premiership this term, United's cup record is six wins and two draws from their eight games.



Certainly there were plenty of plusses for Glenn Roeder last night and hardly any negatives.



Nobby Solano's first goals for the club in the Carling Cup . . .



Seppe Rossi's first goal for the club . . .



A second clean sheet in the last three games . . .



Damien Duff coming on as a second-half substitute and looking the class winger he is . . .



James Milner knowing that Roeder has full confidence in him and repaying that confidence . . .



Kieron Dyer back for half an hour and looking as though he had never been away . . .



And what about Charles N'Zogbia? With Emre and Scott Parker both injured the young Frenchman was given a more central role, and how he relished the occasion . . .



But perhaps for me the biggest plus was Titus Bramble.



Pompey were only a threat for the first 20 minutes, but Bramble was in no mood to let the team currently in fifth place in the Premiership make any progress in the Carling Cup.



Pompey midfielder Sean Davis took the mickey out of the United defender on Soccer AM on Saturday saying that he was having a "Titus Bramble" meaning a nightmare.



Well dare I suggest that Bramble should be claiming that the Pompey midfielder had a "Sean Davis" after his poor show and subsequent substitution last night?



But if Davis was poor, what about Andy Cole?



I had to check my teamsheet after the game to see if the former United striker had been playing.



Yet all the time he had been hiding in Craig Moore's pocket along with Mark Viduka from The Riverside Stadium on Sunday afternoon.



The 30-year-old Aussie, who was skipper last night, may not have the legs these days but, as was the case last night, he has never let United down.



Roeder put all the credit for last night's victory on his players at a time when people who should know better are asking whether he is going to be sacked or not.



He has now actually won two more games than he has lost this season, and after last night Roeder has been in charge of United for 34 games and won 19 of them, compared with just 10 defeats.



And he certainly won his little confrontation with the highly-acclaimed Harry Redknapp last night.

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Guest Canny_Fettle

Is this the same Alan Oliver who was writing articles a few weeks ago claiming that Bramble wasn't good enough to play for the Toon.  The man undoubtedly knows his own mind


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How the ugly cunt still has a job is beyond me.


Not one person i know can tolerate the fuker, nevermind like him and his opinions.


Would love to see the Ronnie Gill ditch him before they are forced to through a takeover bid (if it happens)


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Guest Kenton Magpie

Oliver writes such dribble as he probably gains huge satisfaction in the fact that half the north east disagree with him, there are two solutions to the problem 1) Don't buy the Chronicle & 2) Don't read any articles which are written by the man (search for his name at the top of each NUFC related article)

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He has now actually won two more games than he has lost this season, and after last night Roeder has been in charge of United for 34 games and won 19 of them, compared with just 10 defeats.


Wow, fucking impressive.

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