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    UEFA.cup 2nd qualifying round -1st leg.

    F K Ventspils (Latvia). 0 v Newcastle united. 1.

    Marks out of 10 rating.

    Shey Given- Great early save 8.

    Stephen carr- No worries 7.

    Celestine Babayaro - o.k. 7.

    Titus Bramble - Uniteds match winner 8.

    Craig Moore - Steady again 7.

    Nolberto Solano - Not yet into his stride 6.

    Scott Parker - Tireless 7.

    Nickey Butt - Did well 7.

    Emre - Neat and tidy 7.

    Damien Duff - Always a threat 8.

    Shola ameobi - Lacked support 6.


    Charles N'Zogbia (on for emre 80 mins).
    James Milner (for solano 84 mins ).
    Peter Ramage (for babayaro 87 mins).

    Subs not used - steve harper,stephen taylor,albert luque and alan o'brien.


    Shots on target new-8 - ven-2.
    Shots off target new-6 - ven-5.
    Fouls conceded new-7- ven-7.
    Corners new-4- ven-3.
    Offsides new-2- ven-1.
    Possession(%) new-52- ven-48.

    Goal 0-1 (71 mins).
    Bookings United : Moore (47 mins decent).
    Butt (90 mins foul).
    Ventspils : none.

    Referee. Stephen Lannoy (France). Much too fussy 6.

    Attendance : 6,000 (A big night for Ventspils).


  • #2
    Re: "news From The Toon".

    Great to see someone take the time and effort to post updates on the only tema that relegates the Rams to second place in my affections.

    I'd have responded sooner were it not for the fact that I'm not having much to do with this site at the moment.

    Wayne Bridge? - Yes please

    Obafemi Martins? - No thanks


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