Newcastle 1 – Fenerbahce 1 – Full Match Report


Newcastle put in another very good display against Fenerbehce tonight, and Alan Pardew used 18 players and nearly every single man played well, and knew just exactly what he had to do in the Newcastle side.


For so early in pre-season, it turned out to be another excellent team performance from  our lads.

This is how we saw the game – as it happened.

Romain Amalfitano seemed to pick up a slight injury during the warm up, and he was replaced in the starting eleven by Gabby Obertan.

Newcastle kicked off in their good looking new strip (it’s looks better with every game) and Fenerbahce were in all yellow, and Alan Pardew was wearing reall snazzy top on the line – mental note – get one of those.

What was obvious early on is that Alan Pardew and the lads have not been wasting their time, and against what looked like Fenerbahce’s best line-up, Newcastle were very well organized, and as against Monaco on Monday night, were able to shut down Fenerbahce in front of their own penalty area, when it mattered.

Demba Ba was again showing up well and there seems an enthusiasm to the Senegal striker’s play in pre-season – which is good news for Newcastle.

There was a familiar face up front for Fenerbahce, as former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt – a former Newcastle target – was in Fenerbahce colors.

In the early part of the game Fenerbehce had most of the play, but could not create any good chances, and then on 26 minutes Demba Ba was put clean through, but he was flagged for offside.

One strange thing we noticed was that Newcastle did not have any names of the backs of their shirts.

Gabby Obertan was showing up quite well on the right wing, and the Frenchman put in a decent shot from 25 yards out but it went straight to the goalkeeper.

Then on 34 minutes Tiote fouled one of the Fenerbeche players, and from the free-kick outside the penalty area on the left hand side, goalkeeper Rob Elliot made a good collection of the cross, when under some pressure.

A few minutes later Danny Simpson, who was looking again like a good workmanlike right back for the Magpies, put in a good block from a shot, and the resulting corner was cleared.

Then on 38 minutes Demba Ba put Haris Vuckic through, and from the inside left position his shot was well blocked for a corner.

And then on 40 Minutes Dan Gosling, who was looking good in midfield, got his head to a cross and the ball went just over the bar – a good effort from the former Everton midfielder, who was showing up well.

As the half time whistle approached Newcastle were starting to look more dangerous, and to be truthful we were quite impressed with the way Newcastle were playing as a team, so early in pre-season, and with a number of youngsters in the team.

It reflects well on the youngsters that they fitted right into the side, and maybe we are stronger than we think with youngsters like Tavernier and Vuckic – to their credit.

Half time came and it was an evenly matched contest.

Newcastle introduced Sammy Ameobi and Papiss Cisse at the start of the second half, and Newcastle continued to play some good football, while containing the Fenerbahce attacks.

On 53 minutes Christian Baroni hit a shot just over the bar, and this Brazilian looked dangerous for Fenebehce and certainly is an excellent technical player.

Then just two minutes later Sammy Ameobi had a half chance set up by Demba Ba, but his shot was blocked and then when Sammy was brought down 10 yards outside the penalty box, Ryan Taylor’s free kick went over the bar, after Cheick Tiote had tried to persuade Ryan to let him take the free kick. 😀

One 63 minutes a nice through ball by Gutierrez, who had some on for Marveaux after 59 minutes, put Gabby  Obertan right through, but he was flagged for offside.

On 67 minutes Demba Ba challenged the goalkeeper for a high cross into the box, and the goalie dropped the ball. but then dived on it to clear the danger.

Then Obertan ran into the box, and it looked like a penalty but the referee waved play on – but it looked touch and go to us. On 71 minutes Davide Santon replaced Danny Simpson at right back – and Simpson had another solid game for the Magpies.

On 73 minutes Mehdi Abeid came on for an impressive looking Dan Gosling, and would you believe it – Newcastle went ahead through Mehdi Abeid after 76 minutes, who scored his first goal for the club.

Mehdi had just come on for Dan Gosling, and the young and impressive Gael Bigirimana put in a cross into the box, and the Frenchman brought down the ball and held off a defender well, before he dispatched the ball into the back of the net from just six yards out, to put Newcastle ahead.

On 78 minutes some good play by Sammy Ameobi, who had looked impressive in the second half, hit a good effort low on the ground and the goalkeeper did well to parry the ball clear.

It seemed like the Magpies were going for the second goal and Papiss Cisse found Shola Ameobi at the far post, and Shola hit the ball on the half volley, but it was just too high.

The game came alive as Fenerbehce went for the equalizer, but Newcastle were carving out some decent chances, and after 83 minutes Papiss Cisse, who looked good for his first action of the pre-season, got a loose ball in the box, and put in a great effort that was only just tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper – it could have been 2-0.

But then when it looked like Newcastle would get their second 1-0 win in a row, and a really great victory, on 90 minutes Christian Baroni, the Fenerbahce Brazilian defensive midfielder, hit a low shot from the edge of the penalty area that easily beat goalkeeper Rob Elliott. It was almost the last kick of the game.

It was a cruel end to the game, but that’s football for you – but Alan Pardew has to be very pleased with a second good performance in a row, and it was obvious the lads have not been wasting their time in Germany and Austria, as every single Newcastle player seemed to know exactly what he had to do.

That’s nothing more than very good coaching, and we may even have a better squad than we think. 😀

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson (Davide Santon 68), James Tavernier, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 59), Dan Gosling (Mehdi Abeid 73); Gabriel Obertan (Shola Ameobi 75), Haris Vuckic (Sammy Ameobi 46), Sylvain Marveaux (Jonas Gutierrez 59); Demba Ba (Papiss Cisse 68)
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson

Fenerbahce (4-2-3-1): Mert Gunok; Orhan Sam, Bekir Irtegun, Serdar Kesimal, Hasan Ali Kaldirim; Mehmet Topal (Henri Bienvenu 85), Cristian Baroni; Dirk Kuyt (Semih Senturk 68), Alex De Souza (c) (Selcuk Sahin 68), Miroslav Stoch; Moussa Sow (Mehmet Topuz 46)
Subs not used: Serkan Kirintili, Gokhan Gonul, Salih Ucan, Recep Niyaz, Caner Erkin, Ozer Hurmaci, Sezer Ozturk, Volkan Demirel

Referee: Paul Petho



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48 comments so far

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Strange Simmo still gets stick.
    Thought he had a decent game. He usually does.

    Chelsea fans think he could fit into their squad/team, apparently he’s on the club’s radar.

    Weird that the Champions of Europe think he’s quality but muppets on here slag him off.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #2

    As if caughtoffside are saying we’re chasing Huntelaar haha

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Good quality in depth, I think some of the young players have improved a lot and Bigi looks very good. Shame we didn’t get to see Fitano again.

    Three more first teamers through the door and we will look a very good outfit indeed.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Hatem’s better than Messi – Exactly, you’re now my favourite!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Love Loic Remy

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyway cant be bothered going over this again the whole reason it started wad because i said for me tav is already way better than Simpson and its strange ap does not see this so i wonder if tav has a big flaw in his game that we are yet to see.

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Tweet scan…

    James Tavernier ?@James_Tavernier
    Good solid game for us tonight. Really disappointed about the late goal but showed good signs of getting the ball and playing with it

    Danny Simpson ?@dannysimpson
    Good solid game for us tonight.. Worked hard n we tried 2 play when we could. Some great performances n the young lads r slotting in nicely

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #9

    As for the simmo to chelsea story its more likely the messi transfer to us will come off.

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  • Harley

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #10

    I know it’s only pre season but I’ve thought this everytime I’ve seem him. Obertan will never be a player as long as he lives. He is maybe the worst player I’ve ever seen at Newcastle.
    Sorry to be negative after such an entertaining game but he is just so poor.
    Vuckic didn’t look great but I still think he’ll benefit massively from a season long loan.
    Abeid, sameobi and bigi were massive plus points for me tonight.
    I know I’m late with opinions but just watched it on catch up.
    Really pleased with our pre season so far!!

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  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Tav does look a better player than Simpson in my opinion – he is better on the ball and always looking for a killer pass, Simpson tries hard and he is quick , other than that he lacks quality – Simpson won’t go to Chelsea

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Theres no way in a million years Chelsea are after Simpson like lol

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  • Harley

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh forgot to mention tav, he had a good game too.
    I’d take harper over Elliott any day.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Simpson is actually not that quick and tav is really quick. Sounds like i am really hating on Simpson now like lol.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #15

    How sharp did cisse look aswell. Quality.

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  • Graeme

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #16

    nufc 90, Would be nice, just cant see us chasing Loic Remy anytime soon lol

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  • bigirimana

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Obertan is our player, why not support him no matter what

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Would prefer to sign Remy instead of Carroll like 😉

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #19
  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Lol bigi as a fan we would all love it if obertan was amazing and everytime he plays i will along with simmo give them my full support. However i don’t have to rate them as players and believe they shouldn’t be replaced just because he plays for us.

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  • hotdog

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #21

    bigi – i admire your positive outlook. I wish i could be like you but i cant sorry. Nothing against him i just dont rate him.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Its obvious the person who wrote that article has no football knowledge as he says. Simpson who has a similar playing style to Kyle walker. Whaaaaat!!!!!!!!

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  • elpaso_geordie

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #23

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/7924809/Pardew-relaxed-over-Ba-future

    Pardews comment about Ba playing 90 % of games up top in central role …

    Not sure am liking the sound of that!!!!!

    Either its 442 or Cisse away ?? or am i being to simplistic

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  • hotdog

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #24

    hatem – instead of paper talk, insert blog talk 😉 can you really see him playing for Chelsea?

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #25

    From maicon to Simpson i would laugh my bollox off.

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  • dmac

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #26

    I think Simmo is massively under rated by alot of Toon fans. He saved us so many times by being on the line and he played practically every game in a team that finished 5th. He was part of the defence that kept so many clean sheets at the start.

    Good player just an easy target as he wont sign a contract people want to hate him.

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  • no1magpie

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #27

    tavernier looked excellent. But unfort i was not impressed with bigi … looks too small, slow and not very skillful… hope he proves me wrong

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Dmac not even gonna go into it just read lynxies comment from last article and you may start to understand football a bit more.

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  • hotdog

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Here’s my team if we dont sign anyone
    Krul
    Simmo
    Colo
    Williamson
    Santon
    Hatem
    Tiote
    Cabaye
    Marveaux
    Ba
    Cisse

    Only postions i would like to change are simmo and williamson for us to kick on

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  • breno95

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Hotdog
    Saylor ahead of will? Otherwise agree

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Just out of interest hotdog why would you start simmo over tav purely experience ??

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  • jonobbad

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Simpson is definitely the most underrated player in the squad.
    I want him to stay but if he doesn’t i hope he goes to chelsea so i can laugh my taters off at nufc83.

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  • hotdog

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #33

    no1magpie – not impressed the kid is 18 and uses the ball like a 30 year old, i could not disagree with you more.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Prediction for the season gosling to win over the toon army

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  • hotdog

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #35

    breno – he aint ready to start in my opinion, been out to long

    nufc-83 – yea mate nail on head – he needs eased in.

    Remember we have a full squad at the moment and we will pick up injuries sooner or later.

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #36

    No1 magpie

    Are you for real, he was one of our better players

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #37

    I would be laughing with you johno dont worry.

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  • lukes26

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Hotdog…I can promise you that Jonas will be in the starting 11 at the beginning of the season…. whether he should be is another question. But pardew is very conservative & has complete trust in him .

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  • hotdog

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #39

    geordie157 – undecided on the lad but he is rated by people in the game, hope they are right.

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  • Harley

    Jul 21, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Dmac
    I don’t think anyone is picking on Simpson because of his contract situation. The fact is, when you lay out our first 11 (if everyone is fit) then Simpson is the stand out candidate to improve on.
    He is the least technically gifted player we have, he’s too slow (someone amazingly said he wad quick on an earlier post) and nearly all of our attacks break down when he gets involved.
    He’s ok defensively but its the rest of his game that is poor.

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