Dominant Newcastle Beat Darlington 2-0


Newcastle finally ended up with a decent 2-0 win tonight at Darlington in their first pre-season friendly.

The great Hatem Ben Arfa made his very first appearance since his double leg break at Manchester City last October.

Also included in the starting line=up were 6’7″ goalkeeper Fraser Forster, back from a loan spell at Celtic, and young Slovenian U21 International Haris Vuckic.

Joey Barton captained the side and Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie were also in the starting eleven.

Pardew also named 13 substitutes, including Frenchmen Yohan Cabaye and Mehdi Abeid, two of Newcastle’s new signings:

Joey Barton put Newcastle 1-0 up after only 3 minutes of the game, when he put home a good cross from striker Leon Best.

But then what we didn’t want to see happened, and in the 11th minute, young midfielder Danny Guthrie limped off injured.

Danny had lots of injury problems last season, so we hope it’s not too serious an injury.

Guthrie was replaced by new singing, French international Yohan Cabaye, and he got a good reception from the 7,000 Newcastle supporters.

And would you believe it, Yohan almost immediately put in a fantastic effort with a crisp 30-yard shot, that went just wide.

Ben Arfa was looking very good playing in an advanced role behind the Newcastle lone striker Best, and the Frenchman went on a good run and put the ball to Alan Smith, who then got the ball  to Leon Best, who was just off target.

And then Haris Vuckic almost got Newcastle’s second goal, after the Slovenian cut in nicely from the left wing.

Newcastle were dominant at this stage, and then Leon Best put in another great effort that forced Darlington goalkeeper Sam Russell to make a good save to keep the shot out.

It was 1-0 at the half with Newcastle dominant.

Sammy Ameobi made it 2-0 after 10 minutes into  the second half, and Newcastle fans invaded the pitch, and the match  was held up.

The referee threatened to abandon the game and it took Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to make an announcement to get the Geordie fans to calm down, as violence ensued.

After the interruption manager Alan Pardew made eleven changes,  and every sub other than Ole Soderberg and Conor Newton got a run-out.

Dan Gosling and Mehdi Abeid were brought into central midfield, and youngsters  Paul Dummett and James Tavernier also got a runout in defense.

But with all the changes Newcastle lost their rhythm a little, which was hardly surprising, and the game tailed off.

But it didn’t stop Cabaye again impressing when his free-kick caused complete chaos in the Darlington defence afetr 77 minutes.

And Abeid, who has been impressive in training over the last couple of weeks,  almost had a goal but his effort was ruled offside .

Th pitch invasion will probably now be the news of this game, which is a pity because 22 players got a good run-out tonight.

Teams:

Darlington (4-4-2): Sam Russell (Deale Chamberlain 65); Paul Arnison (John McReady 34), Ian Miller, Graeme Lee (Nick Wood 65), Phil Gray (David Ferguson 79); Greg Taylor, Kris Taylor (Jake Simpson 53), Jamie Chandler (Curtis Samgbarini 75); Adam Rundle (Ryan Bowman 46), Liam Hatch (Tommy Wright 46), Jamie Walshaw (John Campbell 46)

Subs not used: Ian Balmain, Scott Harrison

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Fraser Forster; Danny Simpson (James Tavernier 72), Mike Williamson (Jeff Henderson 84), Steven Taylor (Paul Dummett 72), Shane Ferguson (Ryan Taylor 46); Danny Guthrie (Yohan Cabaye 12, Ryan Donaldson 79), Alan Smith (Dan Gosling 60); Joey Barton (Mehdi Abeid 69), Hatem Ben Arfa (Michael Richardson 75), Haris Vuckic (Sammy Ameobi 53); Leon Best (Nile Ranger 65)

Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Conor Newton



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44 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #1

    You missed the part where Fergie had to be taken to hospital, Ed.

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #2

    and you missed the other point that sammys goal was brilliant! lol have i mentioned that yet?

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Pretty much the ladson the pitch were faultless it seems so well done to them. Everyone out there did us proud from what I hear

    Now tomorrow I hope to bump into a few of them out on the town and buy them a drink haha

    Have a good un lads

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #4

    oh deeeeear… club statement on the invasion 🙁 they are going to shoot everyone they can recognise on footage O_Q @ 10 quid a ticket i doubt most have season tickets lol

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  • samag

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #5

    already had a few drinks tonight and i come back to check the news and its the 7000 traveller invasion of darlington!

    howay on a great game !!

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  • No.9

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Friday night in the north east, starved of football for months, lies again from our board, the young Ameobi scores = silliness

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    How did GOSLING do anyone ?????

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Great start for the boys couldn’t help but laugh at the pitch invasion haha

    Did any1 else hear a rumour that lambias was assaulted or is this nonsense ??

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #9

    cant say i saw gosling play

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  • gazza going fishing

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #10

    http://youtu.be/8ckMGarnJF8 I don’t know why every one is moaning, Darlington where at it to

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #11

    got verbal abuse somewhere… which chairman doesnt lol

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  • Bedale1892

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #12

    The pitch invaders were an embarrassment, buy compared to the Raul Moat songs at last seasons preseason such stupidity was no surprise, clueless bairns plus cheap beer equals moronic behaviour.

    Game-wise, Cabaye was very impressive, Forster continued whereby left off at Celtic, being terrible at coming out, in this case seriously injuring Ferguson, Vuckic had a stinker, Barton was good, Ben Arfa looked short on confidence, Best was very. The rest were solid, little, other than Smith, who is a money-grabbing disgrace that has been a blight on our club for too long.

    Well done to the anti-Ashley knuckle dragger who had a go at Llambias, you will have helped our cause a great deal. The guy may be a slimy tool but sadly he is our chairman and I doubt he’ll be swayed by some clown who posts on the chronicle website shouting at him…

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Hopefully these injuries will spark more transfer activity, there’s always hope 😉

    goodnight fellas over and out.

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  • ganiyu

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #14

    why the violence @ nufc???
    What about tamas kadar??

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #15

    gosling came on 60th minute apparently but i didnt really notice him lol

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #16

    @Bedale1892 – what exactly did fergie injure?
    and as for smith I’m still in disbelief that he is still here :/

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #17

    @bedale1892 forster was very hesitant but when he eventually decided to come out and get at the ball he never missed lol but i did cringe a few times. otherwise he was ok. i thought ben arfa was excellent and his vision and class stood out though lost the ball a few times generally was brilliant. cabaye was great though extremely short… not his fault ofc lol

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #18

    @joppadoni I know a lot of people who follow Celtic and they always faulted forster last season saying that he was hesitant but always got the ball aswell as his kicking being brutal haha

    Unfortunate for the injuries tho for fergie and guthrie 🙁

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  • gazza going fishing

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #19

    I take it the big announcement was a load of bull?

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  • Thump

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #20

    http://twitter.com/#!/Scottwilsonecho/status/92001026659459072

    Scottwilsonecho Scott Wilson
    Worth pointing out that if FA investigate, #NUFC won’t be only club in the dock. Inadequate stewarding and policing a major issue for #Darlo

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  • Thump

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #21

    @Bedale: Forster injured Fergie?!

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #22

    @ v fra – yeah i heard that from celtic as well lol. though to be honest if you go down fast you get chipped easy and i sometimes wonder if thats his ploy … cvome out… look to drop stop and then make a world class save haha

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #23

    @Thump – Bit of a joke tbh it was all banter until those Darlington fans started violence. And yeah i seen 4 or 5 cops max getting people off the pitch

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  • Burni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Good result but what a bunch of idiot raided the pjtcb U ARENT true NUFC fans u are tools

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #25

    @gazza – the big announcement is im not signing. im too old, too fat. though i will be hopefully getting my children to bed soon… grr they wont go and keep putting decent music on my laptop so cant complain lol

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #26
  • gazza going fishing

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #27

    joppadoni – Devastating news 🙁 haha,brainy kids, i wouldn’t have a clue!

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  • Andy

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #28

    i follow celtic also and i can pretty much confirm what you guys are saying about him. Heart was in my mouth at times when the other teams were attacking. He’s not good enough to even be challenging krul or harper for the number 1 imo

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 15, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #29

    i havent mentioned it yet buit BEst was bloody good as well…. if we have him on the transfer list we wanna get him off because although he didnt score some of his footwork was first rate and he played really well

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #30

    @gazza im on the voddie atm, just trying to cope with not signing but i think its for the best.. ha

    yeah its nice watching a 6 year old navigate youtube so well though i think its mainly down to the miss spells stil bringing up the right songs rather than cleveryness hehe

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #31

    @Andy – exactly what me mates were saying about him, saying they were shytin them when the ball get hit ova behind defenders with a forward trying to get on the end of it.

    Who do you think Pardew is gna start on goal this season ??

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #32

    the violence reports gunna be blown out of proportion…. seeing it pop up everywhere and as i say i saw nowt being outside the loos at the time. wondering what the hell happened

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  • Andy

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #33

    I think it’ll be harper i have no real reason for thinking this but don’t think AP will have the bottle to make krul first choice in case it goes wrong. I hope it is krul as he has the potential to be a great keeper and is already on a par if not better than Harper atm. If he played week in week out i think his decision making would improve pretty quick as well.

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #34

    @joppadoni its showing highlights on skysportsnews mate… shows 5 or 6 of them fighting then a few running back into stands and the rest pulled away by police

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #35

    cabaye nearly scored from 30 yrds out then a fk…mehdi abeid came close as did ben arfa

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #36

    @Andy yea mate spot on exactly how i feel about it

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #37

    ah really? bloody nutters 🙁

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #38

    lol kids wanting to listen to rockhammer for ten mins on youtube but couldnt find it i said what did they sing? son say dur dur dur duh… i say… cant touch this?

    yeah that one..

    its mc hammer not rockhammer…

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #39

    aye buh just rewinded it back and seen that there was darlington fans who were fighting running back to their stands da c*****s!! They started it clearly

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 16, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #40

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia68oTdIN7g

    hmm seems he didnt turn on a sixpence as i said earlier. he nicked it off their defence.. must have combined another move ha

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