Newcastle Scrape Through 1-0 Against Atromitos

Newcastle made very hard work in beating Atromitos 1-0 tonight at St. James’ Park, and the all important goal was rifled in by Haris Vuckic after 21 minutes that eventually put Newcastle through to the group round  the Europa League, with the draw being made tomorrow in Monaco.

Newcastle started the game brightly, and were on top for most of the first half and had Vuckic to thank for putting Newcastle ahead after 21 minutes, when he got the ball five yards outside the box on the right hand side, and the Slovenian then stroked the ball just inside the goalkeeper’s right hand post, for a great strike.

And Newcastel should really have been more than one goal ahead at the break but they wasted their chances. And after only 10 minutes Ryan Taylor limped off with what looked like an injury to his right knee.

And then in the second half Atromitos came more into the game, and they had their chances to equalize but missed a number of chances, and really let Newcastle off the hook. Thank goodness.

But we’re through, and we suppsoe that’s the main thing, although this was much closer than we thought it would be.

Newcastle were again anything but sharp in front of goal and we should have put this game away by half time, but that has to be a concern for Alan Pardew, that we are finding it very difficult to put the ball into the back of the net.

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

Newcastle started this game brightly, and it was just the line green shirts and socks, and black shorts as they started the game quickly and passed the ball about well.

But bad news after about eight minutes as Ryan Taylor went down with what looked like an injury to his right knee, and after receiving treatment for a few minutes ion the touchline, Haris Vuckic came on, James Perch went to left back, and Haris went into midfield.

We’ll just have to hope that Ryan is not too badly injured and hope it’s not the knee ligaments.

Demba Ba in action tonight

After 21 minutes Haris Vuckic put Newcastle ahead with a nice goal, and he got the ball five yards outside the box on the right hand side, and the Slovenian then stroked the ball just inside the goalkeeper’s right hand post, with Demba Ba flying in, but the Senegal International didn’t touch the ball.

Newcastle kept attacking Atromitos and Haris Vuckic had a couple more chances, which goalkeeper Itandje did well to block, and though Newcastle had a lot of the possession, they were not sharp enough in front of goal and should have added to their lead.

Just before half time Tim Krul uncharacteristically spilled the ball and Chumbinho went for it and it looked like Krul brought down the Atromitos player, but the referee gave Chumbinho a yellow card for diving. That was lucky.

At half time the score was still 1-0 and this game was by no means over, with one goal from Atromitos would make the scored level.

Newcastle will need to get at least one more goal in the second half.

Immediately the second half started, Obertan had a wonderful chance to score and he was straight through but the ball was put out for a corner – Gabby should have scored.

Atromitos started to come back into the game and on 54 minutes a male streaker came running onto the field, and stopped the play, just after Marveaux had been brought down on the left wing, and the free kick was delayed – but nothing came of it.

James Tavernier came on in place of James Perch after 60 minutes, with the game still in the balance with Newcastle trying to get the all important second goal to give us some breathing room.

After 70 minutes Marveaux broke through on the left, but he over ran the ball and Newcastle were wasting some good chances to score, and they were also giving the ball away far too much.

Newcastle needed a second goal and after 78 minutes Williamson gave the ball away but the chance was lost by Atromitos.

Then Atromitos had a wonderful chance to equalize as Dimoutsos  found himself with a clear shot on the right but he amazingly shot wide – that was a letoff for Newcastle.

Newcastle were being very wasteful – giving the ball away, and shooting too many times from distance and off target.

Then it looked again that Newcastle had given away a penalty after 85 minutes, and out hearts were in our mouths, but the referee coolly walked up to the Atromitos player and gave him a yellow card for diving.

But it was very nervous for Newcastle as Atromitos continued to come close to scoring, which would take the game into extra time, and this was not a confident second half display by Newcastle.

On88 minutes Bigirimana tried to set up Gosling on the edge of the box, but the former Everton man blazed the ball over the bar.

There were three minutes of added time for Newcastle to hand onto the win – if they could do it. Epstein then had a decent chance in the inside left position but shot just over the bar, as Newcastle tried to hand on.


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Ryan Taylor (Haris Vuckic 11); James Perch (James Tavernier 60), Gael Bigirimana; Sylvain Marveaux (Romain Amalfitano 90), Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan; Demba Ba
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Adam Campbell

Atromitos (4-2-3-1): Charles Itandje; Ioannis Skondras (c), Sokratis Fytanidis, Nikolaos Lazaridis, Konstantinos Giannoulis; Matias Iglesias, Eduardo Brito (Njazi Kuqi 88); Elini Dimoutsos (Sebastiau Garcia 85), Chumbinho (Nikola Beljic 75), Denis Epstein; Tasos Karamanos
Substitutes: Velihir Radman, Stathis Tavlaridis, Evangelos Nastos, Panagiotis Ballas

Referee: Stephan Studer

Attendance: 29,242

33 comments so far

  • TorqToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Job done lads!! Weren’t pretty but we are in !!!

  • Zero

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #2


  • toonking

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #3

    well good entertain ment but just poor with finishes i think
    a differant story for ppl we play manure in league cup

  • nufc786

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    and so the road to europe begins……..

  • Dannyo

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #5

    We play Man Utd away in the Capital One Cup.
    It’ll be the best chance we have of beating them imo.
    They’ll be playing the reserves.

  • martoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #6

    We just did enough but rode our luck especially with their penalty appeals. Hopefully Obertan will get some confidence from this match.

  • toonking

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #7

    MOTM obatan
    was always looking a threat at goal and perhaps pardew should play him as a forward next game.

  • psutty80

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Did what was needed to get through, a little lucky but hey, pards wants to concentrate on the league. we will struggle against better teams if we field a simular side.

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #9

    *from last thread…

    @ Ibiza – no I didn’t mean I was worried long term about Krul! Just that he looked a bit dodgy today.

    A bit scrappy but we’re through so never mind.


    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Obertan in Europe = outlet

    Chuffed to see him put in a good performance and the crowd roaring when he got the ball

  • JackButler

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #11

    A poor performance but we are through, now lets get some bodies through the door and not allow anyone to leave

  • toonking

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #12

    the main team to avoid in the draw is milan

  • psutty80

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Obertan, MOM did very well + marveaux had a good first half.

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Mark Robinson ?@robboma3
    QPR are now the only team in the Premier League to have both goalkeepers named after salads. #fact

  • Asprillas Ma

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #15

    I wouldn’t say nervous like, more comfortable. They barely threatened. Just need to hang on to Tiote & Cabaye tomorrow now!

  • Asprillas Ma

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #16

    I wouldnt say nervous like, more comfortable. They barely threatened. Just need to hang on to Tiote & Cabaye tomorrow now!

  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Only one thing to say..

    Obertan was fantastic,well done lad.
    Well pleased for him.

    Im away of to polish my pitchfork goodbye. 🙂

  • Nick 69

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Whilst Obertan had the beating of the full back all day long, he failed to put one single decent cross into the box the whole game. He was nowhere near as good as some are making out, although it was one of his best performances in a Toon shirt

  • nufcursed

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #19

    they barely threatened???
    they could’ve scored twice!

  • johnboy

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Anyone know where abeid was tonight? Injured?

  • Carpet Shark

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Obertan opened,and closed the match very nicely, but went missing in the middle I felt. MOM though Marv #2

  • nufcursed

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #22

    obertan cannot make an impact against this poor team so surely not against a team of PL quality…

  • ramajama

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #23

    When is the Capital One Cup draw fellas?

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Is it safe to come back, I know I rattled a few cages at half time but they needed to be rattled.

    Second half we seemed much more content to absorb what they had to throw at us and then take control of the ball and spray it around. Never felt that we were pressing too hard for the second goal.

    I am “immensely” happy that we got through (I’ll use whatever damn word I want Niafron) and long may the European adventure continue.

    Gosling needs to get his head in gear, but hopefully he can come good as the season progresses, I feel that he will get plenty of playing time in the cup competitions.

    Obertan was excellent in the first half and towards the end of the second half was resurgent, was really pleased to see him play well.

    Onwards to Sunday and hopefully we can give Villa a spanking.

  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Might have to bring someone in because Taylor is injured!! Get in!!!!

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #26

    im not liking the rumours on twitter about tiote moving to arsenal.

    i would be devasated if tiote is sold for 15 million

    he is worth 25mill+ atleast.

    reason why?

    there aint many players like him in europe he is the new makalale look at what happend to real madrid and chelsea when they left there clubs for an amount of time.

    there so rare we look so much better when he is in our team.

    i dont rate gosling etc if we did sell tiote and got m villa in or someone highly rated then ok lets move on but if we sell tiote and not replace him and just let anita replace him i be pissed of real bad.

    tiote and krul are our future sell 1 of those players and i will find it hard to enjoy been a newcastle fan again.

    ive gone true a lot of highs but mainly lows as a newcastle fan but i dont think its fair on fans when you get attached to players who want to stay and then just sell them on.

    we got big stadium we are in the biggest league in the world we get 50 million a season just been in the league yet it seems we got to fund transfers by selling our players something is not right there when tony fernandez who is worth much less than ashley yet shows ambtion even tho mark hughes is brain dead in how to bring quailty players in the squad he just seems to be wasting the money on anyone he can find pathetic

    but if pardew and carrr got some finacial support WHICH THEY DESERVE we could have a good season

    i doubt gosling and some of the back ups are going to take us far in any of the cups !

  • Geordie-Jedi

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #27

    I dont often post, i mostly read but some people on previous thread getting my back up.

    People should consider that tonight there was a lot of promising aspects to this game. Was it our first team? Not even nearly!! So why complain about scraping through? We had a lot of youngsters out one of which a goal scorer. A lot of them rarely play a full game.

    And to say obertan didnt meet players with crosses is not true, he also very nearly scored.

    Some of you need to stop being so flipping miserable all the time and learn to enjoy football!
    Rant over

  • Szarka

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Got lucky with the ref, we could have won it, but played carelessly, and sit on the 1-0 lead. Krul wasnt good today, made two mistakes, but he will get better till Sunday. Obertan played well, but hes crosses still sh*t, couldnt give Ba a decent cross. Perch made again a decent performance, he keeps developing, and making long term decent work.

  • valle

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Geordie-Jedi… True mate, some of them are so obvious mackems though, like that nufc-curse or whatever his name is… Dont feed the troll.

  • Robson Wonderland

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m far from miserable. I’m delighted to be in Europe, delighted to have such a good team and delighted to see so many promising kids in an NUFC team for the first time I can remember.

    But if you think that Obertan’s 0 successful crosses from an attempted 10(?) is good enough against as poor a side as that then we have very different expectations of a fairly experienced Premier League right winger.

  • toon6toon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Im really impressed by perchinio he has developed so much from our first season back in the big time

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #32

    I knew it would be anything but easy. We nearly shot ourselves on the foot a couple of times. They should have had a penalty and Krul sent off. Lady luck was with us tonight. Let this be a lesson to Pardew and the board. We can’t take our Europa League opponents lightly whoever they are. I understand the league is the priority but we should invest in these last hours on a player or two for depth. Due to Raylor’s injury Pardew hinted at making a move in the transfer market for cover- fingers crossed we go in with an improved bid for Debuchy and hopefully the rumours of him moving to Madrid are false.

    Obertan stole the show with his tireless running u and down the right flank. He was a constant threat and he had his best game for us tonight. That would have done wonders to his confidence.

    Simpson showed how average he is and Gosling failed to impress again although he tried harder this time. Bigirimana again had a great game.

    Ba did not have much service but again looked sharp.

    Bring on the group stages whiiiyhiiiiiyyyyy!! 😀

    Oh and for all you Carroll ‘ Judas’ lovers, he’s gone out on a season long loan to West Ham- it’s official. Finally that’s the end of that!

  • swemag

    Aug 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Can honestly say that I feared that we would not go through. Now an excellent chance for a lot of young players to get game time.
    Wasn’t as impressed by Bigi as some people on here. Marveaux is a class player. With Tiote possibly out for Sunday I hope they move Jonas in to the middle and let Marveaux roam on the left. Ben Arfa and Marveaux on each side, sounds really good to me.
    Obertan, no end product, maybe not, but I bet their whole defense was scared every time he got the ball in the first half. Second half they had three guys on him every time he got the ball. No wonder he was more quiet second half.


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