Atromitos 1 Newcastle 1 – Ryan Taylor Special Does It


Newcastle played well within themselves tonight in Athens, Greece as they strolled to a 1-1 draw against Atromitos, but only after going 1-0 down to the Greek side after 24 minutes from a defensive mistake.

Newcastle handed debuts to Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitamno and Adam Campbell during this game, and Adam became the youngest player ever to play for Newcastle in Europe.

Newcastle held the ball for long periods in this game but it was a mistake from young James Tavernier that gave Atomritos a surprise lead after 24 minutes, when a long ball beat Tavernier on the inside, and Epstein took his chance well to put the home side 1-0 up.

But it was Ryan Taylor, with another tremendous free-kick from about 30 yards out just before half time, that got Newcastle level, and Ryan will have done his first team chances no harm at all with an excellent display as he controlled the game for the Magpies.

Ryan took all the free kicks, corners and throw-ins and seemed easlily to be Newcastle’s best player on the night, on his European debut, but this lad is now a very good player at Newcastle.

Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita and James Perch – Perchinho – also had good games tonight.

Newcastle basically saw the game out in the second half, and an away goal will also help Newcastle when we entertain Atromitos next Thursday night at St. James Park.

This is how we saw the game with the major incidents.

Newcastle started the game in their maroon strips and it was obvious from early on in the game,  that Newcastle would try to control the pace of the game, and they had most of the possession, but a lot of the play in their own half.

Ryan Taylor was taking all the throw-ins, free kicks and corners, and he was putting some good throws into the box, aiming for big Mike Williamson, who was captain on the night, but nothing much was coming from them, as Newcastle found it difficult to create clear cut chances.

There was a couple of half chances down the left wing in the first 20 minutes for Atromitos, with Denis Epstein looking useful.

On 24 minutes, after looking very comfortable on the ball, Newcastle went behind, and it was a long ball to the inside left position and inside Tavernier, that Denis Epstein got on to, and put the ball into the back of the net nicely, and low past Steve Harper to his left – a surprise goal by the Greek side and against the run of play.

It was poor defending by Newcastle and showed the inexperience of James Tavernier at the back, as one long ball beat the defense, and Alan Pardew would not be too pleased about the goal.

On 35 minutes a free kick from the left wing taken by Ryan Taylor almost went in, as the goalkeeper just managed to keep the ball out with his left foot, and the ball was cleared.

There was a minute of added time and a few seconds after the minute had elapsed, Newcastle had a free kick 30 yards out and slightly to the left of the goal, after an obvious foul on Dan Gosling.

And Ryan Taylor again showed just how valuable he is to this Newcastle side, and on his European debut, as he stroked the ball into the back of the net to the goalkeeper’s right  – another magnificent goal from Ryan and a great time to equalize for the Magpies.

Papiss Cisse had a quiet game tonight

The referee blew his whistle for half time, and Newcastle were level and had looked comfortable apart from giving the goal away – but we only had ourselves to blame for their goal, as it was poor defending, with Tavernier out of position a couple of times in that first half.

And Newcatsle now have an away goal which should help them – but they will need to be more aggressive in the second half.

There were no changes in the second half and almost immediately Dan Gosling should had scored when the cross from Cisse was headed straight at the goalkeeper by Dan Gosling.

On 58 minutes a Ryan Taylor free kick out on the right was cleared to Obertan, whose first time shot was deflected just over the bar for a corner, which was cleared, and Newcastle were trying to pick up the pace of the game.

Newcastle were again well on top but we were also on top in the first half, but still managed to concede a goal,  so the Newcastle players had to keep their concentration in this game with Ryan Taylor outstanding in taking all free kicks, corners and throw ins, and the former Wigan player also had  scored Newcastle’s goal.

After 64 minutes  Romain Amalfitano came on for Dan Gosling, and it was Romain’s debut for Newcastle, in his first competitive game – the Magpies had 60% of the possession so far in the game.

On 69 minutes goalkeeper Itandje missed a cross and Cisse had a chance to put the ball into the back of the net, but the goalkeeper recovered.

On 71 minutes Gutierrez came on for Sylvain Marveaux and then a beautiful move by Newcastle started with a good run down the right wing by Obertan set up a chance for Amalfitano, but the goalkeeper smothered the ball – it was a good chance for Newcastle and if Cisse had let the ball from gabby go straight through to Romain, it would have been a great chance for the Magpies – but the score remained 1-1.

After 71 minutes Adam Campbell,  wearing his 49 number on his back – since it ended with a 9 he must be a striker, came on for Papiss Cisse.

And the North Shields youngster became the youngest player ever to play for Newcastle in Europe, being 64 days younger than the former record holder – Andy Carroll – who went on to become a £35M England International striker.

Newcastle were cruising in this game, but they almost paid for some lackadaisical play, when Konstantinos Giannoulis cut inside from the left beating Tavernier, but he missed an excellent chance when he shot wide of the goal – that was a let off for the Magpies.

And in the last few minutes Newcastle had a couple of decent chances to score but couldn’t get the win tonight, but we think Alan Pardew will be satisfied with the result and the performance, which was decent enough.

Bottom line – Newcastle’s second team strolled through the game tonight, and we expect them to attack Atromitos a lot more next Thursday night in the second leg at St. James’ Park.

Teams:

Atromitos (4-1-4-1): Charles Itandje; Ioannis Skondras (c), Sokratis Fytanidis, Nikolaos Lazaridis, Konstantinos Giannoulis (Athanasios Karagounis 86); Matias Iglesias; Nikola Beljic (Marinaldo Chumbinho 60), Elini Dimoutsos, Eduardo Luiz Brito, Denis Epstein; Njazi Kuqi (Anastasios Karamanos 60)
Subs not used: Velimir Radman, Eustathios Taylaridis, Sebastian Pitu Garcia, Evaggelos Nastos

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Steve Harper; James Tavernier, Mike Williamson (c), James Perch, Ryan Taylor; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling (Romain Amalfitano 64), Sylvain Marveaux (Jonas Gutierrez 71); Papiss Cisse (Adam Campbell 77)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye
Referee: Alon Yefet



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41 comments so far

  • lordjoesnow

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #1

    boring!!!!

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  • Magpie_Man

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #2

    ill take a draw, does anyone know if home leg is on tv??

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #3

    That was quick Ed 🙂

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #4

    We sent a reserve side out to Europe, and came back with a 1-1 draw.

    We were relegated 3 years ago.

    Get a sense of perspective people. Please.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #5

    So extra pressure on the home tie now. Great job boys…

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  • HBA Blood Twister

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Play a load of youngsters. Get an away goal. Draw. Keep players fresh for Chelsea. Decent enough result.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Magpie man – aye it’s on itc

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s on itv

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  • Sholadona

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Will take that in 30c heat. Adam Campbell and Amalfitano looked sharp when they came on. Bring on the second leg!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #10

    So we got a draw on a bad pitch, in the heat, with a lot of young players, an away goal.

    Not a great performance at all, but got the job done.

    Most key players rested for Saturday.

    Anyone suicidal?

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  • Magpie_Man

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #11

    cheers mate

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Job done without breaking a sweat or getting any injuries. We’ll easily take these back at the ranch.

    Campbell looked lively, looking forward to seeing his progress. Amalfitano looked decent too.

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  • Thump

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #13

    @Ibiza: I’ve already started downing the Domestos mate 🙁

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  • euanpolo

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Bloody hell I thought it started at 8 not 6 – why did it start at 6 ffs! Argh I’ve been looking forward to it all week as well.

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  • nufc786

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #15

    good on the lads………. lets finish them off at SJP ……

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Tds- exactly. Best comment all night

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Boring match.
    Loads of youngsters tho, many changes, a few debutes.
    We looked very assured, but lacked energy going forward.
    Amalfitano and Campbell looks to link up amazingly well tho…

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  • Sholadona

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Ochytoon

    Howay man, it was a reserve side in blazing heat

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  • CAToon

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #19

    The commentators made a good point towards the end of the match about how much stronger the 2nd team looks compared to a few years ago. It shows the team is building a strong infrastructure for future success. The result tonight shows things are coming together.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #20

    ed that was quick

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Thanks. It is making much more sense now. It was a good game with a good outcome. 1-1 with an away goal, no injury.

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #22

    TDS
    Per…per….perspective? I know what that means!!! IT MEANS UR A WITCH!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s funny when you think how far in even a year we’ve came as a club. Shakey players like Perch and Raylor are really solid now, and despite Williamson and Tavernier not having the best game ever, it’s only the 2nd into the season and they are not regulars. Bigi could well become a regular the way he’s playing, at only 18 he’s still young but is setting the example that the likes of Vuckic, Fergie, Sameobi and Campbell should follow.

    No doubt the heat and pressure would have affected us tonight as well as the ‘B’ team run out with Chelsea at the weekend, but a Raylor free kick and an away draw, finish it off in style at SJP? Good times!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Amalfitano looks like he’ll be key if we’re to progress in Europe.

    He looks like the only player outside our starting 11 who can provide a bit of a spark. He looks to have a good understanding with AC already!

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS
    The thing is though, these are the players who are expected to fill in for our first teamers (whom we have few of anyway) when they are injured. If they struggle to bit an obscure Greek team (no offense to them at all) then what can we expect from them when they come up against a Prem side? I know we did alright last season but we were lucky on the injury side. If we get stuck with the likes of Gosling, Obertan and Williamson for a prolonged period of time, we’re stuffed.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Poor , boring, too defensive, passion-lacking performance tonight. Well done lads. Naaaat.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Good job guys, who are thinking positive. Ibiza, Sholadona, Spuggy… and TDS.

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  • Zero

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Amalfitano and Campbell were excellent, Amalfitano has some promising ability in one-one play.

    Obertan….well he looked like he has good pace and a nice cross, but in the first half he looked like he was in a constant mood like he couldnt be bothered with it.

    Away goal, good result considering the amount of matches we have got, just need to hold them to a 0-0 draw or give them a pasting at SJP.

    Lets hope we thrash Chelsea, hopefully Toite or Anita can put Hazard in his place.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #29

    I think we may struggle In domestic cups. Not a negative statement just a realistic perception.

    I think we need some quality added to the first team and less pressure put onto the youngsters.

    That team tonight was to full of players who have either A. Confidence issues B. Fitness Issues C. Have hardly played for a whole season or 2 D. Too much pressure put on them at a young age.

    Overall the result was good but the performance is worrying and reflects what I’ve been saying for a long time. We need investment if we are truly going to try to repeat our feats this coming season.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Ochy…Fill in being the key phrase there. Unlikely 9 players will always need to fill in.

    Give these guys a chance, they can only get better. We were shocking first half against Spurs too and that was a strong team. It happens. Mission accomplished for tonight

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  • morocco0015

    Aug 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #31

    @14

    8 o clock Greek time you plum ha ha

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Good game. Kinda expected a game like this. A draw will do and we should be able to win at home and get through this. Amalfitano, Anita, Bigirimana all looked good. Didn’t see enough of Campbell. Obertan same old same old although he put in few good crosses in the second half but still not enough and needs to improve. Gosling didn’t do much either.

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  • lukes26

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #33

    The Good:

    Amalfitano: After he came on for Gosling immediately made space for everyone else. Obertan looked much better because of this. He’s fun to watch. Very intuitive.

    Perch: Continues to Amaze.

    Campbell: Looks quick. Didnt look fazed by opportunity. He’s a gamer.

    Anita: Tidy player. The future of him Amalfitano, Santon, and perhaps Ferguson on left looks very promising.

    Papiss: Looks just as comfortable as last season.

    The Bad:

    Tavernier: Exposed at least 4 times that I can count. Uncomfortable on the ball. He’s 20, but so far seems a Poor Man’s Danny Simpson.

    Gosling: I thought he had a good game in one of the preseason matches, but he’s too slow, Amalfitano created more in 25 minutes than he did in 65.

    Bigirimana’s Ball Control: Gave the ball away a few times, better competition would punish this type of error from a DFM.

    Obertan’s Final Product: Did better in the second half, but still confounds me how someone with all the necessary skill can continue to disappoint.

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  • Andrew M

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #34

    For me, this match was all about providing a platform from which we could qualify for the group stages, and assessing the new signings and youngsters.

    On the former, we did that successfully; on the latter, my views are mixed. On the positive side, I was extremely impressed with Bigirimana and Anita in the first half. Anita is the more polished of the two. I was impressed with the way he always offered an “out ball” in midfield, got it and shifted it on smoothly and quickly. He also didn’t always look for the simplest of passes, playing a couple of lovely twenty yard balls to feet to Cisse. Without the ball, he was also impressive, taking intelligent positions, and tracking tightly the midfield runners. He’ll be the real deal, I reckon. Alan Carr has done it again, I suspect. Bigirimana, likewise, looked neat and tidy. If you look at how he receives the ball, he gives himself that extra half second that’s crucial in midfield. Yeah, both of those lads are going to do it, I reckon.

    Amalfitano when he came on looked a real live-wire, more dangerous than either Obertan (who I think is a busted flush) or Marveaux.

    On the negative side, Tavernier was shaky defensively. He was at fault for the goal, getting sucked inside and missing losing the man he was supposed to be marking, and in general needed to be helped on a few occasions. Am I right in saying he’s more of a centre back, though? I’ve never seen him play before.

    But, anyway, there was enough there to make me hopeful for the future. Especially Anita and Bigirimana, who look like they could be our first choice midfield pair in two seasons time.

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  • valle

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #35

    I was hoping to see more from Campbell… Also quite disapointed that Cisse started, there is no way he is going to be in top form for Chelsea now. That said there were a few good performances, especially from young Bigi who impressed in central mid.

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  • Andrew M

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh, forgot to say, I thought Gosling had a terrible game. Maybe it was playing as a number ten, because he clearly doesn’t have the technical ability or the attacking instinct to do it; however, he was generally anonymous. He was outplayed comprehensively by Anita, and, of more concern for him, Bigirimana. And that’s before we get to the missed chance.

    Disappointing — and he certainly doesn’t look up to the standard of Guthrie. But maybe he needs a chance playing deeper, in a more traditional English box-to-box role.

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  • PJ

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Finally decided to make an account, been reading peoples comments on here for a while now so thought il start making my own opinions, the toon played well considering this was a second string team barring cisse, it also shows how much our development squad has improved, thinking back last year even a second string squad lost against Brighton in the cup, so hopefully we can rely on the full team more when first teamers need rest/ a bigger game coming up, well that’s my first comment, but the first of many 🙂

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  • PJ

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Also seems people are complaining about cisse starting, dont think pardew had any other choice with shola and ba injured, people rate Campbell but we need to ease him in not throw him in at the deep end, still need a 3rd choice striker for games like this. Carrol would be good but not for the moeny they want, so let’s move on and fast il sure Carr has someone unknown and quality, let’s face it has anyone on here actually heard off Pappiss demba cisse before we signed him

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  • AmericanMagpie

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Raylor didnt take all the corners. Marveaux took one.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #40

    No more linking us with Cissokho. He signed for Valencia.

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