Date: 27th August 2008 at 1:59pm
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Given – 7 – A virtual spectator. Kicked steadily, could do nothing about the goals and made an awesome low stop from Simpson.

Beye – 6 – Not his best game in attack and probably culpable for the first goal by proxy.

Coloccini – 8 – A class act. Coped with any physical battle very well, cracking distribution too.

Bassong – 7 – Very steady. Seemed weary in stoppage time but I liked the look of the lad.

Enrique – 7 – Showed some good dribbles and his ball to Owen for the winner was a peach.

Geremi – 5 – Constantly dispossessed and needed two or three touches too many. The weak link. Now set to be our first choice RM following Milner`s transfer request.

Butt – 7 – Was a Ginger Warrior the whole way through. Well and truly a Magpie now.

Guthrie – 7 – Hit and miss. Great energy, half and half distribution, needs some extra shooting practice.

Spiderman – 8 – Lung busting display. The lad is a firm favourite just off the back of his efforts.

Milner – 9 – MOTM with an absolutely tireless display. Couldn`t really fault the bloke. Until post-match.

N`Zogbia – 8 – Quality display from Chuck. Great dribbling and energy later in the game.

Sub: Owen – 7 – One chance, one goal, quality player.