Maritimo 0 Newcastle 0 – Full Match Report

Here’s the game as we saw it tonight in Madeira – and we’ll take the point.

Romain Amalfitano in action tonight

Newcastle were wearing their lime green strips in an empty stadium, apart from one of the four stands, because of the UEFA limitations for the ground, which was still in the process of being improved.

And Newcastle kicked off against a Maritimo side that was unbeaten in their 7 games so far this season.

On 11 minutes Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot made a brilliant save, when he somehow turned the ball over the bar from a Maritimo header from a left wing corner – a great save by Elliot.

And one minute later another good save by Elliot after a terrible mistake by Mike Williamson, who completely mis-kicked the ball just outside the penalty area, as Newcastle again looked all at sea at the start of a game.

Newcastle were trying to play the game slowly, as the temperature was around 29 degrees Centigrade.

Maritimo were doing all the pressing and again Newcastle looked very poor in the first half, until an injury to a Maritimo player halted play and Alan Pardew was able to talk to the players and from then on – after about 27 minutes –  Newcastle started coming more into the game, and seemed tos ettle down.

What it it that Newcastle  seem to start the games this season scrambling around?

On 29 minutes Shola Ameobi almost put Newcastle ahead, after a good cross by Amalfitano from out on the left wing was met by Williamson whose shot was blocked, and Shola Ameobi threw himself at the ball with a header with the Maritimo goalie only just saved off the post for a corner.

Newcastle were coming more into the game now,and then Dan Gosling had a great left foot shot from just outside the penalty box, which came back off the bar, a great effort by the former Everton player.

Bigirimana was then booked just before half time, when Newcastle expected Maritimo to give them the ball back after a Maritimo player had recovered from injury – but they didn’t do that – which is the usual thing in the Premier League, but it looked like the tackle from the former Coventry midfielder looked fair enough.

Gael Bigirimana was again showing up well in defensive midfield, and this lad looks a star of the future.

Half time came with the score at 0-0 and Newcastle looked poor in the first 25 minutes, but then came back into the game in the final 20 minutes of the half, and the lads had goalkeeper Rob Elliot to thank for two excellent saves in that first half.

There were no changes made at the start of the second half.

On 47 minutes Shola Ameobi was straight through on goal in the inside left position, and his shot was well placed but came back off the cross-bar, after he had held off a Maritimo player’s challenge.

That’s the third time Newcastle had hit the woodwork in this game.

On 53 minutes Sammy Ameobi came on for Haris Vuckic, and the Ameobi brothers became the first brothers to represent Newcastle in European competition.

On 57 minutes a good move between the Ameobi brothers set up Amalfitano about 16 yards out in the inside left position, but the Frenchman blazed the ball over the bar with his right foot – it was a decent enough chance, and the 23 year-old should have done better.

After 57 minutes Maritimo had a chance when a decent cross in from the left wing was slammed wide by Fidelis, and that was a let off for the Magpies.

On 62 minutes Sammy Ameobi had a good left foot shot just wide of the far post, and the 20 year-old was showing up well, and the game was evenly balanced at this point.

On 66 minutes Shola Ameobi turned well in the box,  but his left foot shot was well saved down to his left by goalkeeper Salin.

And then after 70 minutes Rob Elliot made another great save as he just got down low to his left to deflect a shot for a corner – that’s the third excellent save by Rob Elliot tonight, and he was having a good game in goal for Newcastle, which was great to see.

With just 15 minutes to go it was still 0-0 and the first goal could win this game, and Alan Pardew brough on Shane Ferguson for Romain Amalfitano on the left wing.

After 77 minutes Rob Elliot saved a shot coming in from the left wing, and he was looking a good goalkeeper tonight.

Gael Bigirimana blocked a shot on the edge of the penalty area, and the 18 year-old was again looking to be a very tidy player for Newcastle, for one so young.

After 80 minutes Sylvain Marveaux came on for Gabby Obertan.

Then a couple of minutes later  an amazing escape by Newcastle from a corner,  when a Roberge header was headed onto the cross-bar by Santon and the ball was cleared, as Maritimo were pressing for the winner.

It wasn’t over the line, like that shot at Everton, and an official was just five yards away, and each side were going for the winner.

In the second minute of five minutes of added time, it was Rob Elliot again, who made an excellent save low down to his left as he scooped the ball for a corner.

Newcastle held out and it was a decent point in our first game in the group stages of the Europa league, and we think Alan Pardew will be pleased enough with some excellent performances.

Three players in particular impressed tonight, Gael Bigirimana (what a player this lad is at just 18), goalkeeper Rob Elliot and Davide Santon, who is improving all the time on Tyneside.

We’ll take the draw for sure.


Maritimo (4-5-1): Romain Salin; Briguel (c), Joao Guilherme, Valentin Roberge, Luis Olim; Rafael Miranda, Joao Luiz, Heldon (Fidelis 55), David Simao (Goncalo Abreu 75), Sami; Danilo Dias (Adilson 82)
Subs not used: Wellington Lima, Joao Diogo, Marcio Rosario, Igor Rossi

Newcastle United (4-5-1): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 80), Haris Vuckic (Sammy Ameobi 53), Romain Amalfitano (Shane Ferguson 76); Shola Ameobi (c)
Subs not used: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Adam Campbell

Referee: Robert Schorgenhofer (Austria)

Bookings: Maritimo – Simao (45); Newcastle – Bigirimana (45), Amalfitano (68), Santon (86)

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53 comments so far

  • toonking

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #1

    what made the perforance look worse and boring i think was the fact that while our game was still goaless espn constantly kept showing the score between liverpool and youngboys had changed so it make you feel like you regret watching newcastle and might as well of watch that other game for entertainment.

  • Sholadona

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Decent game, will take the point away from home, Gosling and Bigi looked mint in the middle today.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I voted for elliot, but tbh could of easily voted wor shola or bigi.
    But voting for elliot was my slice of humble pie never really rated the lad and wasn’t impressed with him in the last couple of pre seasons or the cup games he played in but tonight showed an absolutly solid performance behind what tbf was a chaotic defense, pulled off some cracking saves and screamed at the lads to try and get them motivated, good on ya lad great game for him!
    Also agree with fake ruddy shola had a cracker considering the poor service and tge fact that was his first full 90 for fcuk knows how long!!

    My only concern is if maritimo get UEFA to look back at the taylor elbow cos that ciukd easily be a red card
    Other than that good point away from home with a youngish squad, reckon our home games will feature a few more ‘big names’

    Oh and also worried about vuckic gor a big lad he seems to be made of glass really cant see him making it purley on injuries could be a dean ashton

  • Grafton83

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #4

    I strongly feel that Obertan owes me a refund on my bets as he couldn’t cross a road never mind a football.

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Well played lads,sometimes Europe can look slow and poor.
    We had a lot of young lads on and players that haven’t had much playing time in the team and then the heat too.
    Great point away from home.
    Willo with some childhood errors,heart in my mouth at times with that fellow but he does some good stuff too.
    Bigi was very good and Obertan did put some decent balls in the box but does fade
    Howay the lads

  • toonking

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #6

    one last post and a positive one for sure is at the end of the day a point is a point which can be good as it’s first time in 7 years we are in europe yet chelsea who are constantly in europe could only draw at home to juventus, which barca and madrid who were both at home only managed to get a win thanks two there players who are the two greatest in the the world ATM messi and ronaldo

  • G

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #7

    It wasn’t what I would call a classic match. ST should have had a red card, and Maritimo should have buried the ball at least twice. Elliot had a good game, as did a few other players, but that wasn’t a good team performance in my opinion. Bring on the French, and please put a proper side out AP.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #8

    I reckon Obertan’s strategy for crossing roads is just sprint across them without looking and hope for the best. Explains his disfigured head.

  • toonking

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #9

    so HWTLs lets roast the canaries with goals from all 3 ba cisse and the man himself HBA.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Good game! Really good experience for the lads… Bigi is just immense at only 18 what a player! Super Shola was unlucky, carved himself a good few chances! Overall I’m happy, but then I’m a supporter and I support haha I’m always lookin on the bright side…

    Anybody seen beattie? People jus seem to drop off here

  • Grafton83

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #11

    We did hit the woodwork 3 times and a point away from home in tricky conditions is ok. Can’t wait to see Tiote and Cabs back in the middle though, those two on form transform the team

    On a side note Santon is looking better everytime I see him.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #12


    A lot of us are getting fed up with the atmosphere on here and too many WUMS like Kets who endlessly pursue their hate figures.

  • Grafton83

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #13

    On another side note Willo is looking worse everytime I see him

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Ruddy- drowning not waving.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Tbf kets isnt on here much now hes busy drawing up his 9,000 man list for the january window

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Haven’t heard from the other Ruddy in a while, have we finally purged the blog of his overbearing, dogmatic ways?

    Hopefully it will recover to it’s quality prior to his participation.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #17

    and too many ruddys ….

  • Charlietoon

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Obertan would have looked better if we had a striker on the front post but no matter how many times he put the ball there no yellow shirts came up.

  • Grafton83

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Yes but you’re meant to get your head up and look with your eyes so that you pick out a cross not just blindly pumping the ball in to where you hope someone will be.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Bollance- given the need for self sufficiency
    I’m delighted that we have such a good crop
    of youngsters in the pipe line. I know numbers are short but let’s get some of them out on loan. You could see Bigi’s performance tonight he played like a mature seasoned
    Guy would had a film season in the championship. Those that we subsequently don’t rate we can sell at a higher price than let them languish in our reserves. Shame that
    Inman wasn’t on the trip.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve read some interesting posts regarding how many games the top pros at the big European clubs play, suggesting that they play a lot and that the clubs will look to put out their best 11 in Europe and the league.

    I think we can play the second string in the early stages of Europe with confidence and in the domestic cups and if we are still in the competitions then play our strongest 11 in the final stages. This gives the second string great experience and provides the platform for two or three of them to really press their 1st team claims and gives us our best chance of re-qualifying for Europe and a good chance of winning some silverware, which we really should be going after.

    It would be great to win something after all and I think those players tonight showed they can play their part.

  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Before the Everton game we had 5 games in 13 days. A point at Goodison was more than what we deserved and a point tonight was good too – ok we wanted the win but its a solid start.

    If we beat Norwich, and I think we will (1 or 2 nil), then it will have been a great week for us.

    This group of players have a huge fixture list until January and we’ll need them, some big bonuses from tonight’s game.

    Say Ivory Coast qualify and we lose Tiote I now feel far more assured that Bigirimana is here. These games will prepare him in some way for what lies ahead. He could start consecutive games come January. I know Anita will also be in the frame but Bigi will take part too.

    Tonight was good for us, shame Shola didn’t bury a chance. I had him down for a 1 nil.

  • TimKrulFan

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #23

    agree with you no one even tried

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Charlietoon- We just don’t get enough players into the box. Obertan did OK

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #25


    The wisdom of Kets…..
    ( a series of memorable one liners)

    Good god, Mike Williamson at it again. He almost cost us a goal in the 13th minute…..
    Once again, Williamson has cost us the game…..
    I if was Pardew, I’d cancel Williamson’s contract…..
    Tavernier, Gosling, Williamson, Simpson and Shola Ameobi aren’t god enough to play for us anymore…..
    Xisco and Ranger have more potential….. (referring to Shola)
    Everyone’s better than Simpson. Don’t rate Tavernier.
    I’m hoping Xisco makes the bench tonight……
    The clubs a complete joke……
    The club are lacking ambition…..

    nuff said ?

  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #26


    I agree, I think that’s the right way to tackle it and exactly how Pardew will approach it. Well said.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #27


    How good is Inman ?
    Is he a true RW or more an IR ?
    Two footed ?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #28

    So, Pardew been fired yet?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Jesus….Just looked back a thread or two.

    Santon rubbish?
    Bigi overrated?
    Obertan man of the match?

    Ok, two of those were from Kets but still.

    Ed, you need to have some sort of medication check before people can log in. I realise this means I wont be able to comment so much, but it’s in the best interest of the blog.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Bigi was head and shoulders above everyone out there to call him outstanding would be an insult needs to be starting premiership games for me. Gosling vuckic obertan amafitltano all looked very average and need to step it up big time. Sammy and fergie both looked good and even marveaux showed his class.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #31

    83….Thought Elliot put in a very good performance. Couldn’t have asked for more (only a goal, but that seems unfair on the lad) from him.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #32

    I strongly recommend that Alan Pardew visits Sunday morning pub league in order to find a replacement for Mike Williamson. I know a few decent players, so I’ll be sending Alan a polite letter.

  • rainrix

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #33

    That was the best game we’ve played all season, just had some trouble finishing our chances. Shola looked really good so did bigi and gosling in the middle. Obertan had the beating of his fb just lacked the killer ball, amal looks to have a decent cross but just wasnt in the game much. Overall unlucky not to win and encouraging stuff from our reserves

  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Beardo it wasnt funny to start with so why persist? If you are hoping to come back into fashion I wouldnt hold your breath if I were you, my money would be on tank tops and platform shoes before your sorry fake ruddy lark.

    Anyone criticising tonights team performance needs to wake up to reality. That team does not play together week in and week out, so to go away and rattle an established half-decent team like that was a good draw. Job done and a good look at our fringe players. Moan less, get some happy for a change.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #35

    would agree that elliot looked good. Gosling was awful made one good pass all game and hit a shot on the post that if he hadnt of hit the target would have been hammered for cant understand the praise for him. Thought shola done well but if obertan is so poor at crossing why doesnt soembody run across the front post was annoying me so much.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #36

    If Obertan had a footballing brain like Marveaux, he’d be a good player. He’s got the skill and pace.

  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #37

    I’m actually new to commenting on this blog despite having followed it for years. Is Kets a parody? Or does he actually hate Williamson that much?

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #38


    Thanks for the input. I don’t aspire to be ‘in’. That’s precisely what’s turned a once thriving blog, a good read, into a banal exercise in back-slapping and stomach turning ‘jokes’.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #39

    He’s costing us games every time he plays. He should be getting at least 4-6 goals per season. We don’t have enough goalscoring defenders. That’s why I was disappointed that we missed out on Vertonghen and Alderewerield.

    Williamson doesn’t have one decent attribute. He’s not a footballer.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Kets is the worst kind of ‘supporter’ any club could have.
    He knows better than the management and he really hates a lot of the players.


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