Newcastle played out a 0-0 draw against ADO Den Haag this afternoon in Holland, and although the visitors dominated the game, they couldn’t find the back of the net, although Newcastle had several decent chances to win this game.
The nearest Newcastle came to scoring was when Papiss Cisse headed the ball towards goal at the far post after 62 minutes, following an excellent corner from Ryan Taylor, but the ball was headed off the line.
And it seemed that Newcastle had gone ahead after 79 minutes when Mike Williamson headed the ball across goal for Shola Ameobi to tap the ball home, but it looked like it was Williamson who was flagged for offside, and the goal was disallowed.
Tim Krul had almost nothing to do during the whole game, but manager Pardew was able to give second half run-outs to James Perch, Mike Williamson, Shola Ameobi, Gael Bigirimana and Dan Gosling, back after he recovered from his hip injury.
The thing that stood out most when the teams came on was Den Haag’s strips which were yellow and green striped shirts, green shorts and yellow socks – you talk about the canaries.
Newcastle turned out in their new black and white strips, which look better every time we see them, and there were about 200 brave Newcastle fans who had made the journey to Holland for this game.
Newcastle were keeping the ball well through the early part of the game, and on 25 minutes Ryan Taylor’s left-wing corner was not dealt dealt with by the home defense, and the ball went to Gabby Obertan, who hits an excellent volley from about 17 yards out, but home goalkeeper Gino Coutinho blocked the shot well – good play by Gabby who started the game well.
Newcastle were having lots of possession but couldn’t get themselves in front.
Obertan was catching the eye as he got the ball from a Den Haag defender and crossed the ball right across the goal, but there was nobody was there to put the ball home – where were Cisse and Ba?
Half time came and though Newcastle were the better side and had the vast amount of the possession it was still 0-0.
Alan Pardew didn’t make any changes at half time and three minutes into the second half Obertan had a great chance to put Newcastle ahead , but he hit the ball wide form 20 yards out, and really should have done better.
About eight minutes later Gabby had another chance, this time from 25 yards out, but his shot was straight at goalkeeper Coutinho.
Newcastle should have gone ahead after 62 minutes, after another excellent Ryan Taylor corner came over and Cisse headed the ball towards goal at the far post, but Tjaronn Chery was there in the right place at the right time to headthe ball off the line – and it was another escape by the home side.
On 64 minutes Alan Pardew made a double change with Dan Gosling and Mike Williamson coming on for Haris Vuckic and Steven Taylor.
And with still no goals in the game the Newcastle manage made a triple change just seven minutes later, as Shola Ameobi, Gael Bigirimana and James Perch came into the place for Obertan, Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor, and it showed how well thought of this young Bigirimana is at Newcastle already.
Davide Santon moved to right back with Gutierrez moving to left-back and Perchinho took up a role in the center of midfield to try to work his magic, and it’s a front three of Ameobi, Ba and Cisse – all Newcastle’s strikers were in the game.
On 79 minutes it looked like Newcastle had scored, as Bigirimana put in a good free kick to the far post, and Williamson headed the ball back across the goal and Ameobi put the ball home, but the lineman flagged for offside (probably for Williamson) and the goal was disallowed.
Newcastle should have had some goals on the board by now and with just 3 minutes of normal time left local boy Tim Krul has his first save of the game, as he blocked a rising shot and gathered it at the second attempt.
But the referee blew the final whsitle and for all Newcatsle’s domination it still ended up 0-0.
ADO Den Haag (4-3-3): Gino Coutinho; Kenneth Omeruo (Dion Malone 58), Vito Wormgoor, Gabor Horváth, Aaron Meijers; Danny Holla (c) (Christian Supusepa 46) , Jens Toornstra (Stanley Elbers 46), Kevin Jansen; Mike Van Duinen (Charlton Vicento 46), Rydell Poepon, Tjaronn Chery
Subs not used: Robert Zwinkels, Ahmed Anmi, Tom Beugelsdijk, Aleksandar Radosavljevic, Kevin Visser,
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor (James Perch 71), Steven Taylor (Mike Williamson 64), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Gabriel Obertan (Shola Ameobi 71), Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 71), Haris Vuckic (Dan Gosling 64), Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Romain Amalfitano