Demba Ba Goal Wins It For Newcastle


A goal after 32 minutes from Demba  Ba won the game for Newcastle tonight,  in what turned out to be an excellent work-out for Newcastle in Germany.


Newcastle found the going just a little bit difficult in the first half, but Alan Pardew was not afraid to make the changes in the second half, and the Magpies looked more confident in the second period, as they finally began to string their passes together.

The only goal of the game was an opportunist goal from the Senegal striker,  as he won a 50-50 ball with the Monaco goalkeeper on the goal-line, and simply headed the ball in.

But it was poor goalkeeping, and you always expect the goalkeeper to be able to punch the ball clear in those situations, and there was no foul from Ba, which the goalkeeper appealed for,  after failing to clear the ball.

It was a typical pre-season game as passes went astray from Newcastle, especially in the first half, against a Monaco team who start their season in two weeks time,  and were much more match fit than Newcastle.

This is how we saw the game as it happened.

There was a low sun casting shadows across the pitch as the game kicked off with Newcastle playing in their all new home strip.

The game started slowly and Newcastle were finding it hard to string two passes together as Monaco looked the much more fee flowing side.  A very poor back pass from Davide Santon almost cost Newcastle, as a Monaco forward beat Harper to the ball, but he scooped the ball over the bar.

After 25 minutes Monaco had a good chance to score, and the ball seemed to be going into the back of the net, but it fortuitously hit Steve Harper right  in the face, and the ball came back out and was cleared.

After the first 30 minutes Monaco had he better chances, but had failed to capitalize on a couple of decent chances they had carved out.

Monaco were ahead in terms of physical fitness and match fitness for this game,  since their season starts in less than a couple of weeks time, with Newcastle starting their season three weeks later.

Demba Ba after scoring – as the goalkeeper appeals for a foul – no way!

After 32 minutes the ball was in the penalty area and Mike Williamson headed the ball downwards, and a Monaco defender kicked the ball high into the air, and it was a 50-50 ball between the goalkeeper and Demba Ba, almost on the Monaco goal-line.

And Ba was first to the ball and headed it  into the net – but  it was poor play from the goalkeeper

Alan Pardew showed his frustration once during the first half when a Newcastle player (it was Abeid) let the ball run out of play, and Alan was seen blowing hard and shaking his head – in apparent frustration – such is pre-season play sometimes. 😀

Just before half time Steve Harper just got down to a low shot and turned the ball around the post for a corner, just in time.

And a minute later some good work on the left by Sammy Ameobi set up his brother Shola,  whose shot was well blocked by the goalkeeper down to his right.

It was 1-0 at the break.

Haris Vuckic was introduced at half time in place of Sammy Ameobi, and Brazilian star Perchinho replaced Mike Williamson at the back, and young James Tavernier came on for Mehdi Abeid.

Santon switched to right back and Gutierrez moved into central midfield, and it looked like James Tavernier was at center-back with Vuckic on the left wing.

After 49 minutes a good cross into the Newcastle box was headed onto the cross-bar by a Monaco player and over the bar – the marking had not looked good when crosses came into the Newcastle box tonight.

After 57 minutes Ryan Taylor came on for Davide Santon at left back, and in truth the Italian looked a little bit rusty tonight.

On 62 minutes Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan and Cheick Tiote came on for Newcastle in place of Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano  and Shola Ameobi, and Gael looked steady for Newcastle and had a good outing tonight – he looks a good player.

Newcastle were looking a little more comfortable in the second half, as they tried to get themselves back up to speed in pre-season, and Monaco were certainly giving Newcastle a good test and were closing down the Newcastle players well.

On 72 minutes a good Haris Vuckic corner was headed just wide by Demba Ba, who was looking dangerous, and then six minutes later Sylvain Marveaux came on for Demba Ba.

As Ba left he was seen having a photo taken with some supporters on the sidelines  – good for him.

After 84 minutes Newcastle  should really have gone 2-0 up when Obertan was clean through in the center forward position, but with only the goalkeeper to beat,  his shot was blocked and Gosling’s follow up drive was kicked off the line by a Monaco defender.

It was noticeable after Cheick Tiote came on that Newcastle had looked more secure,  and seemed to have more of the ball, and started the pass the ball around well – but of course we are talking about a top top player for the Magpies.

And just after writing that – would you believe it – in the last minute Tiote was caught in possession just outside the penalty area, and it took a good save from Steve Harper to keep the ball out.

But then the final whistle was blown, and it was an excellent work-out for a lot of the Newcastle players tonight.

Next up is Fenerbehce on Saturday night at Sonnenseestadion, SC Ritzing, in Austria,  and it’s again a 7:00 pm kick-off,  with the game being televised by ESPN.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Davide Santon (Ryan Taylor 56), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson (James Perch 46), Jonas Gutierrez; Romain Amalfitano (Gabriel Obertan 63), Mehdi Abeid (Haris Vuckic 46), Gael Bigirimana (Cheick Tiote 63), Sammy Ameobi (James Tavernier 46); Shola Ameobi (c) (Dan Gosling 63), Demba Ba (Sylvain Marveaux 79)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot

Monaco (4-4-2): Daniel Subasic; Eric Marester (Jeremy Labor 86), Andreas Wolf (c) (Adriano Da Silva 63), Andrea Raggi (Gary Kagelmacher 63), Layvin Kurzawa (Dennis Appiah 63); Nabil Dirar (Emir Bajrami 75), Nampalys Mendy, Gary Coulibaly (Delvin N’Dinga 86), Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (Tristan Dingome 75); Ibrahima Toure (Valentin Eysseric, 63), Valere Germain (Nacer Barazite 63)
Subs not used: Martin Sourzac, Marc-Aurele Caillard, Kevin Diaz, Stephane Dumont, Dominique Pandor, Jakob Poulsen, Alexandros Tziolis, Nicaise Salli Edgar



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104 comments so far

  • davis_toons

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Obtan looks ok, almost score a goal…he just cant finish it.

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #2

    good workout!

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #3

    motm goes to bigi i think

    the ‘wtf was that all about’ award goes to amalfitano

    just kidding, but by all accounts, and this being the only one, looks questionable

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #4

    One of the players I really want to see do well this season is Obertan. Just to shut up all the harsh and unfair (imo) criticism he gets. Last season I wanted Perch to do well and he did, hopefully Obertan can follow his lead.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #5

    good

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  • Spellcheck

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice one Ba,HWTL

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Enjoyable match.

    Some good movement, pre-season is all about fitness and hopefully no injuries.

    Better to lose all your pre-season games 1-0 than cruise to 6-0 wins. Makes everyone try harder.

    .. but I’ll take the win 😉 — Dodgy keeper.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Are we not having names on this year’s shirts?

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #9

    @MUTINYbyLEMONS

    With you 100% – hope Obertan has a cracking season. Shut all the boo-boys up.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m just happy i got to see them play a match in the pre-season.
    Tavernier and Sammy impressed me allot. Great, great players in the making.

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #11

    obertan looked good as striker, need a little bit of sharpness on the finishing, abeid played very well, tavernier looked good, gosling averge (tried hard, was running a lot, but expected something more, hope he will get better since i like him as a NUFC player), sammy was good but lack stamina and a bit lazzy going back and defending (abeid defended very well), simps was usuall (hope debouchy is coming), santon played well, but made few mistakes, looked lively. Vukcic played ok, put one good cross, closed down some opposition passes, but faded at the end of the game.. demba scored, but he was not in form. Good game, very good training sesion, teams were simmilar level, but monaco is almost ready for the start of their season and we have just strarted..

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  • Thump

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #12

    @Ben Arfa (8): We never have names on shirts for pre-season.

    We looked good. Definitely looking forward to seeing what Gael has in store.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #13

    @Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Squad No’s not set yet.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Roll On August 18th !!!!!! Whens The New Shirt Out Lads !!!

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #15

    How come Tavernier played CB today since he is primarily a RB? Was it just to see how he would do there in case we need to rely on him at some point?

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  • ToonAndy

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Marveaux looks the real deal like! … Think he’d be better as a playmaker than on the left of a front 3 though…

    ————————–KRUL——————–

    DEBUCHY-DOUGLAS-COLLO-SANTON

    ————————-TIOTE———————-

    ————CABAYE———-MARVEAUX—-

    ———————-BEN ARFA——————

    —————-CISSE———–BA—————-

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  • nufc786

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #17

    august 1st new shirts

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Bigi was a surprise one of the best players on the field! Pardew was very happy with his performance.

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  • davis_toons

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Obertan will came in sooner then Marveaux

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #20

    yes Tav is RB but he is capable of being CB, looked better CB than Perchinho IMO, Perch is not a good choice at CB, neither is simpson..

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  • XtraTimeAndPens

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Decent performance really and a good workout. Bigi looked good in the middle of the park and looked sharp breaking up attacks. Santon looked a bit sloppy at times but it’s not too surprising given it’s only our 2nd game back. Obertan had a few decent touches, should have scored. Hope we get to see more of Marveaux this season as well because his pace can worry defenders if he stays fit. Overall it was a pretty close game without too many clear chances. Plenty of time to improve and no doubt we’ll look sharper by the time August swings around.

    http://www.extratimeandpenalties.com

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  • pardews plan B

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22

    How many times will we see this headline next season?

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Marveaux is pure class, hope he will be fit all next season. He should play CAM i think.. but is good as LM too.:) and i think vukcic is wasted on the wing.. he is better at CAM or CM or even ST IMO.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #24

    There was a post on NUFCfans during the match.

    A mate of Carroll’s Ashington AFC striker Marc Walton has apparently spoken to the pony-tailed wonder and got this info straight from the horses mouth …?

    http://www.nufcfans.co.uk/liverpool-and-newcastle-haggling-over-a-fee-for-andy-carroll/?

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  • lukes26

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Ratings-

    Harper-6
    Santon-8
    Simpson-4
    Willo-7
    Jonas-7
    Amalfitano-6
    Bigi-7
    Abeid-5
    Sammy-5
    Shola-6
    Ba-7
    Vuckic-6
    Tiote-7
    Obertan-8
    R Taylor-7
    Marveaux-7
    Gosling-5
    Tavernier-5
    Perch-5

    Difficult to make conclusions on this type of game, since it’s a team sport & a lot of these players are new to each other. The only thing you can evaluate is how composed players are and how well they defend.

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  • seantoon

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #26

    God knows why were in for Anita when we have Marveaux. The guys awesome. Him tiote and cabaye I can see bossing the middle of any park! I’d rather they bought 2 players for the future with the money they would be spending on Anita. I know he’s looked abit injury prone Marveaux so far but still don’t think it’s worth spending 5-7 mill on Anita

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  • pardews plan B

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Didn’t see the match was bigi good or just good for his age?

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Yeah Vuckic doesn’t have much pace so he can’t really play on the wing, his vision and skill on the ball means he is better of playing CAM. A bit like Amalfitano

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  • Thump

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #29

    @Pardews plan B: He was good. For his age, he was amazing.

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Hmm bigi vs abeid?

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Bigi was good and looks just like Tiote

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Thump

    Where’ve you been for months? :O

    I thought Amalfitano looked good as well – everyone seems to be ignoring the poor lad. Because he came in so early, no one seems to care (;

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  • pardews plan B

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #33

    @seantoon were we really in for anita though? Really? Really? Really?
    Just sayin it might have been more paper bulls**t

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  • leeb1982

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Krul

    Debuchy Saylor Colo Santon

    Tiote

    Ben Arfa Cabaye Marhesus

    Carroll/Ba. Cisse

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #35

    @pardews plan B

    Bigi looked very confident and assured.
    Could easily be another Tiote in 2-3 years.

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  • pardews plan B

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Thanks thump. I know its only one game but that still bodes well. Another bargain buy?

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  • nufc786

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #37

    obertan might has found his calling as a striker….. needs to work on his finishing though he could feature in early qualifiers of the europa league our cup games as a striker….

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #38

    @pardews plan B

    Ajax acknowledged there had been a bid.

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  • swemag

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Starting to really see why these games means nothing, as in making any sort of conclusion from this, it really is a kick around.
    Too many changes and none of the central positions populated by real first teamers. Guess in a few weeks we will see a more solid starting eleven.
    With the camera angle on this game it feels like you are watching your mates run around on a pitch.

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  • pardews plan B

    Jul 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #40

    @hatems better if that happens there will certainly be a highlander style showdown.
    There can be only one

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