Three Points Against Braga Wins Trofeu Guadiana For Newcastle


Alan Pardew has asked his troops to go out tonight against FC Braga and win the Trofeu Guadiana, and if they can win tonight against the Portuguese side, they will achieve that,  with both games played so far – Braga vs Olympiacos on Thursday night and Newcastle vs Olympiacos last night – resulting in 1-1 draws after 90 minutes and 4-4 on penalties.

Alan Pardew – wants to win tonight

Newcastle and Braga have one point and Olympiacos have two points, with the final game of the mini-tournament tonight, and the winner wins the whole thing,  and we suppose if it’s another draw – it’s a three way tie?

Alan Pardew seemed pleased enough with the performance  of his side last night, and he had this to say today to the Evening Chronicle:

“I’d like to think we could win this now. We’ll probably have a stronger side out in terms of senior players with Demba, Cheick, Marveaux, Coloccini and Jonas.”

“I thought Obertan last night was probably pick of the bunch – he made some real good thrusts – and there were a lot of positives. We’ll take that into the Braga game.”

“I thought, particularly in the first half, we all played very well.”  “They changed the team second half and brought on some fresh legs. That swayed the game a little bit towards them. They deserved an equalizer, I thought.”

“I was really pleased with our performance. We had about eight players who did 90 minutes. It was very, very good.”  “I was very pleased with everyone’s individual performance – I thought they all made an impact.”

“It was a shame for Dan. He got a little twist in his hip. He thought he could play his way through it, but he couldn’t.”  “We’ll have to wait and see.” 

It was a pity for Dan Gosling to get injured, as he has looked in pre-season like the player he was at Everton, and Dan made the first goal for Newcastle, and was making an impact in that first half when he had to leave after around 35 minutes and was replaced by Mehdi Abeid.

Gabby Obertan has speed when he starts to run with the ball, but he was still a bit wasteful last night, although to be fair,  he did set up a couple of chances and hinted at the player he could become – if he keeps his head down and gets better at his decision making.

Newcastle should have a strong team out tonight, and can even use more substitutions, if they are needed to win the game, and therefore the Trofeu Guardiana – remember that winning is always great for the confidence of the team.

Wonder who will play alongside Coloccini in central defense,  with Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson having played last night – maybe a half each?

Comments welcome.



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28 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    In the interest of balance, Obertan played OK last night, and Bigirimana was partly at fault for the goal.

    Of couse, no one notices because it’s far easier to blame Williamson.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Final game, put out our top starting 11.

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  • pardew no 1

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    great to see spurs are doing what liverpool did to us bid for every player we are after but spurs are doing it to liverfool

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  • cadete

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Tds? Not sure bigi was at fault at all he tried to get across to cover as perch was standing on the halfway line rather than where he should have been, but I agree Williamson couldn have done much

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  • RonVanDam

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    I bet the next article will be on Harper

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    TDS of course it was willos fault because ketsbia has said its so, apparantly hes a league 1 player despite being in a top 5 defence for over half the season

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    cadete

    Bigi threw himself into a sliding challenge and mis-timed it, so he was completely out of the game.

    I’m not criticising the kid – it was exactly the kind of slightly rash thing you’d expect from an 18 year old!

    It just makes me laugh that everyone was blaming Williamson for the goal, and not a mention of anyone else at fault!

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  • Macas

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Williamson did ok for their goal, and was the only one busting a gut to try and prevent it. Perch was out of position, Bigi went to ground too easily, and while Williamson showed the guy inside he got himself back in a position to block any shot. For me that’s his job done, not his fault no one tracked their runner. Is he supposed to cover all their players?? It’s all too easy to pick on him, he makes the odd mistake but overall has been decent for us since he signed.

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Of course Gael was partly at fault for the goal. He slid in, when if he’d stayed on his feet he could’ve just shown the guy down the line. That sort of thing is what coaches have a go at under-11’s for so a professional even if only 18 should know better. I’m not having a go at him cause it’s pre-season and he was otherwise good but to pretend it was perch’s or williamson’s fault instead is ridiculous.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    There’s clearly two people 2 blame guys. Ashley for not signing the 11 players we need and Pardew for being tactically inept.

    One other thing, If Scharner had been on the pitch, they would never have scored.

    So, KO same time tonight? Everyone confident of a win?

    Also, had no idea the game would go to penalties last night, so killed the stream at the final whistle – great move 🙂

    How did penalties end 4-4? I thought the point of penalties was to get a winning team?

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Williamson still getting the blame?

    Oh and there is a trophy for winning this a actual trophy I have seen it on google images…its not great but its a trophy Pardew better get it won

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I disagree. It was Williamson’s fault. That guy cost us too many points last season. We need to get rid of him or face the consequences. I’d take £500k for him.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Yo….Will there be an open bus parade if we win?

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Kets
    How was it Williamsons fault?

    Ibiza
    I bloody hope so haha

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    TDS – thought that Perch was to blame myself, getting stranded in midfield and leaving the youngster stranded out wide. Pardew thought Obertan was best player – goes to show what too much sun does for the brain!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Jimmy…Maybe he’s just trying to boost the lads confidence?

    Yo…Well, if they don’t organise one, we should.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    @Kets9
    I’d give u away for free. Like Barton, u troll.

    It’s a bit of a disgrace tbh, that we’re slagging players 4th game into presason(!!!)
    Some adjust quickly, just due to their talent, others take longer, it’s just the way it is.
    5-6 games into the season is the time where u should be able to see everyone at the top of their game, depending on how many games they’ve played.

    Blaming Willo…people see what they want to see. Vuckic will be great if he gets a run and stays injury free. Santon got passed many times last night, Perch was nothing spectacular either.

    Come on, it was more or less last season reserve team out there, playing the greek Champions, which have allot of good players too.

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza
    Well I am pretty sure I could recreate the trophy with minimal effort and most bus drivers are toon fans so again that wouldnt be hard

    I reckon we could get Sammy on board as well simply by asking him on twitter and maybe offering him something shiny 😉

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Really impressed that Amalfitano and Bigri were apparantly our best players last night (didn’t see the game, just going on the previous article title) Especially Bigri for only being 18 years. The future bodes well for that lad, and I hope the majority of it is spent at Newcastle.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    @Jimmy
    Obertan wasn’t the best, but it could also be a way for Pardew to install some confidence in the lad.
    During one part of the game Pardew shouted: “We’re playing Gab, not resting”.
    It was all over twitter too, i heard it on the telly myself.

    I think Pardew is vary of Obertan and is doing his best to help him along.
    Obertan was a far cry from the worst i’ve seen him, but there where better players out there. Saylor, Santon, Gael, even Dummet was solid.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    IF we sign Anita AND Debuchy, Santon is going to be very vulnerable – his defending, as last season, leaves a lot to be desired. Any golden oldies out there? If so, am I the only one who thinks that Amalfitano has the style of a Terry Hibbit?

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    All this talk of trophies… everyone’s forgotten we won the Teresa Herrera trophy. Perhaps the biggest size of trophy : prestige of competition ratio in world sporting events … it dwarfs Colo and Nolan combined…

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/bigasstrophy.jpg/

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Dannyo – sorry mate, can’t agree about Santon.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    Yo…Sounds like a plan. Any chance you could swing by and pick me up?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Dannyo…did he really say that 🙂 Brilliant

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza
    Of course lad wouldnt be a party without u…though ur gonna have to pay for the petrol

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #27

    Yo….Cheers bud. Well, can we re-fuel here? Petrol’s a lot cheaper like.

    Anyway, we’ll confirm details after the game, not celebrating a 3 way shared trophy.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #28

    He didn’t close down quickly enough and didn’t block the shot. Pathetic effort. I feel sorry for the young defenders that didn’t make the grade. When they watch players like Williamson, it’ll make them feel sad that they didn’t make it. Hopefully, Good and Streete will relegate Mike to 6th choice centre back.

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