Newcastle Goalkeeper Like Fine Wine In Madeira


Our view of Rob Elliot as a goalkeeper went up big time tonight, as the 26 year-old had an excellent game for Newcastle and made at least five very good saves to keep the clean sheet for Newcastle, in our 0-0 draw at Maritimo in the Europa League.

This left shot from Dan Gosling came off the post

Rob, along with 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana and 21 year-old left back Davide Santon, along with veteran striker Shola Ameobi, were probably Newcastle’s best players tonight.

And it was good to see Elliot play well in only his second game for Newcastle, with his only other previous appearance being last season, in the Carling Cup at Nottingham Forest.

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was pleased with the former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper’s display in Portugal tonight:

“Rob has waited a long time – since the Nottingham Forest game, really – to stake his claim.”   “We know him very well, myself and the goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman because of Charlton, and this is a shot-stopper, this is a great goalkeeper.”

“What he did at the start of the game is what he does in training every day, and I was pleased for him in every aspect of his game, very, very pleased with him.”  “He was outstanding, as well as the back four against a really difficult surface and difficult opponents.”

“Maritimo are a team who are going to surprise teams here.”  “They are very, very good – their record suggests that.”  “Therefore, taking all that into consideration, I thought a draw was a great result.”

The game could have gone either way, with Newcastle once again abysmal in those first 25 minutes, but after that we carved out a number of decent chances and hit the woodwork three times.

A Shola Ameobi diving header was somehow diverted onto the bar by the Maritimo goalkeeper, and then Dan Gosling hit the post with a great left foot shot, and then in the second half Shola Ameobi was clean through as he held off a Maritimo defender, but his shot rebounded off the cross-bar and was cleared.

But Newcastle also had their escapes, with the major one being after around 82 minutes, when Davide Santon headed the ball off the line and onto the cross-bar,  following a left wing corner, and it was cleared.

Maybe 0-0 was a fair result, but Newcastle will need to start these games with a lot more confidence and purpose,  because if Maritimo had taken their chances,  we could have been in a deep hole early in the game tonight.

But in the end it was a very decent point earned by Newcastle.

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76 comments so far

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #1

    The worry is that other coaches are going to pick up how slo we start and really go all out and get two or three up my half an hour into the game.

    Anyway good to see our second/third goalie did well..

    Also Repost as Ian and Bollance should know this stuff

    Anybody know how good Inman is ? What style of player is he ? Is he a true RW or more an IR and how come he’s scoring so many goals from the flanking positions. Is he good with both feet ?
    Any body got any ideas on how long he might take to break into the 1st 11 ?

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #2

    spooky! repost due to topicality.

    I think a real positive in this game has been Elliot. Generally regarded as a panic and under-par buy for who knows what reason when Forster was still on the books, he seems to have edged closer to us not trashing our drawers if he subbed harps in a PL game. Well, almost.

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Magsflyhigh

    For some reason we are always still in the game despite playing poor in first half time after time. Obviously no talking about spurs away!

    Ian summed up inmans performance on Tuesday night as one of the form players in u21s. He said fast, technically sound and eye for goal.

    He has 5 this season plus remember he was scoring in per season too and even back end of last season.

    Ian said he is starting to come good. When he first burst on the scene for u18 team he was likened to kaka. I have seen him a few times but he never stood out. Not bad but not like will keane for man u for example (what out for him!!)

    Just remember though how tough it is to come through at our club. Despite his good form he is still not in euro squad.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Gael Bigirimana…is what i took from tonight.

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #5

    If Inman is any good he will be loaned out I suspect to league 1 or scot prem as he is part Scottish as well as being born in Australia.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #6

    bollance

    Yeh it seems a bit unpredictable who will and won’t come through from the second and third strings.
    Maybe he’s one of the guys who’d benefit from a lengthy Championship loan .

    With so much hype about Ba we may need all the striking force we can muster come February…

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Rangers need all the help they can get just now…lost to Queens the other night on pens

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Fake Ruddy you are a bit of a nuisance really. I’m not psychoanalysing you at all, just stating the fact that you post on here masquerading as another poster, continuing the unfunny theme for no particular purpose and with no constructive product. As a character ou are self-descriptive, and evidently don’t appreciate having the obvious pointed out to you. It would give you a bit of credibility if you chose your own I.D. and made some salient observations. But that’s not going to happen because your charade has ruined any prospect of you being taken seriously hasn’t it?

    Sorry if you find it insulting and feel the need to attempt to wind me up but I enjoy fending off your feeble counter-criticisms, its just way too easy. Keep going if you like.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #9

    That is the Doonhamers not Queens Park

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Bigi has done little to suggest he is not going to be the next great find. In fact it may be a great disservice to the lad to say he is like a mini Tiote. At this rate Cheick may be the stuff of yesterday very soon.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #11

    It is very weird to have bloggers using the same moniker. Can only be a WUM. Not quite in Kets league but off putting, all the same.

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #12

    This season will b too soon but u r right goal scoring wingers are valuable to any team.

    Haven’t seen it in a while but perch misplaced a pass or two today. I don’t think he was his usual self. He was slated a bit against everton but I don’t think he had the protection and was left 2 on one with baines running riot.

    Hard to believe Bigi is only 18. Very mature performance today. Don’t think he is too far off prem standard.

    Felt bad for vuckic. Looks as if he may be injured again? Hope I am wrong?

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Bigi plays like he is 28 never mind 18. What a gem

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #14

    sad that some really talented players just are made of china

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Looks like everyone is in unison about Bigi.

    Why were we seemingly the only club after him and how did we get him for £1m?

    Ok coventry got relegated but doesn’t mean their player prices are going to be slashed! It is quite obvious he would be good as he won apprentice of the year. Last won by… Conor whickham

    Maybe we had first refusal on him with a pre arranged few of £1m?

    Or they have a sell on clause? Nothing mentioned in press though.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Bollance – ‘By the power of Carr….’

    🙂

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki

    I don’t know how you cram so many logical fallacies into so few words, but by heck you have an aptitude for it.

    I point you in the direction of this – http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

    Study it hard – you really need it. Don’t thank me. Let this be my legacy to the blog; take it, make it a pillar the blog is held up with.

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  • BeeGuy

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Gosling was all hustle, but as attacking midfielder he needs to start making some good passes and get open for returns.

    Perch did well, he is fine behind the ball, but we have to expect that he will come forward and contribute to the offense in the future.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #19

    If Vuckic has picked up a long-term I fear that his time is running out. As MFH says.

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Shola is another player who has been injured a lot. The guy is always coming back from injury.

    Great performance tonight. He is our poor mans Andy carroll

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Shola Ameobi did well tonite but he need to convert the chances to goals.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #22

    My 75 cents on the game tonight.

    Elliot did have a good game. I have never really been confident in him but he made some good saves, coped well under pressure at times, Only pointer is that he needs to be more of a presence in the box for set pieces and corners.

    Bigi was the bright spark tonight. For someone so young he looked extremely comfortable on the ball. He likes to play along the ground and was involved in most of our best play. Put in some great tackles and broke up the play well. Should never have been booked. Definitely a big prospect for the future and a great signing.

    Santon also did well. He saved us once. Provided an attacking threat and was underutilized for a lot of the game at times. Very promising show.

    Saylor, Willo and Perch were a worry at times. They defender alright and limited the opposition to hopeful long shots but at other times, Just like against Everton, they invite the opposition in too much. Perch did a better job containing against his man who did at times show a technical threat.

    Gosling had his moments but nothing to make me excited other than his shot. It’d be interesting to see him in the first team but he wont get a nose in with who we have in his position unless he pulls out something special.

    Amalfitano the same applies. although he did do some things that were exciting and seems to have a good deal of ball control. He did his job but did not light the place up.

    Obertan is a man that clearly lacks confidence. Especially near the beginning of the game. As the game went on and his confidence grew he got more into it and beat is man a couple of times. His final ball needs work but at the same time our strikers did not get into great positions for him. I was actually disappointed to see him subbed as I felt he was on the verge of creating something,

    One thing I noticed with Obertan is that he clearly has great control over the ball. his first touch at times would suggest he could play int he hole like Pards has tried him a couple of times. He needs confidence. but he also could do with getting back to basics. Less of the pointless stepovers. He needs to develop a link up play and passing game that matches his speed (his core selling point at the moment). He was beginning to show this a bit before he was subbed.

    Vuckic really struggled to get into the game and kinda looked like a fish out of water which upsets me because I had high hopes for him 2 years ago after his pre-season. He had very little impact on the field and I feel Campbell would’ve relished that chance. He also needs confidence to take people on more.

    Shola. At times seemed lazy but he was great at bringing the ball down. Came close to scoring on a few occasions. He needed a supporting striker to make use of his great ability at bringing the ball down. He put in a solid shift. Would have liked to have seen more energy from the man. He didnt have the best support from his surrounding players though and was often isolated. Vuckic needed to be taking advantage of the way defenders were heavily on Shola.You could see Shola was doing his role. Unfortunately Vuckic wasnt, which made Shola look useless.

    I felt Marveaux shouldve come on earlier but with Obertan on. He could’ve caused damaged but was not given time to get properly into the game.

    Ferguson’s presence was almost non-existent. I want to have faith in him but atm I dont to the extent others on here seem to. He could be good but at the moment he is far from the finished article.

    Sammy came on and was lively. He tried to impact the game like Ba did against Everton. Unfortunately it wasnt for him. His performance did make me wonder why he didnt get the nod in the first place though. He encouraged Obertan to play better balls in the final third along the ground and had the guts to take people on. He provided some much needed piss and vinegar. He is probably our closest reserve player to the first team IMO along with Bigi.

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #23

    You just have to look at Abeid. Bigi has come in and now Abeid is nowhere to be seen. Campbell is threatening to do that to vuckic.

    Vuckic is the player I expected to come through. He was light years ahead of players like sami but his constant injuries have held him back. Seems like a top guy too, completly focused on his football and nufc

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #24

    LGFUAD21

    The rumours there is a word limit on posts are not true!! 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Fake Ruddy. There’s no error in logic when the obvious is stated. You have indeed masqueraded as another poster. apparently as some form of joke? Your motive, as you have decided not to inform us, could easily be deduced to be one of an antisocial nature, as you spend absolutely no time expressing any salient footballing views on a football blog. Admittedly, by participating in this futile exchange, I could logically be deemed to be almost as culpable, but that is an entirely separate story.

    Where is the logic amiss? Whats with the crazy site redirections? Where on earth are you going with your quest? Does anyone agree with you?

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Brutooon. Back off the Sho. 🙂

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #27

    on the whole team performance. I feel we did deserve a win. They controlled the game for the first 35 mins but then we had a burst before half time and the second half we definitely had the better chances.

    We played a lot of hoof to Shola though and it annoys me because when we get some fluidity into our game we prove that we can actually play some decent stuff.

    I kinda wish we would bring in a top coach (NOT MANAGER) that is able to develop this element of our game. We looked best when we played through Bigi which allowed Santon to get involved in attacks more. When we hoof it, it bypasses Bigi and Santon and left Shola up top with no one to support him.

    I would love to see someone with Santon’s attacking instincts played behind HBA on LW in the future. I literally cream at the danger a partnership like that could cause.

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki

    Carr is a magician. Makes it a bit more exciting knowing we have someone who can find so many good players.

    Probably one of the reasons the fans wanted more signings because they are under the impression that we can’t fail with anyone we sign.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #29

    bollance

    Sorry . it’s been a while. I guess I got excited.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #30

    And up top MFH

    True. We need to get out of this habbit of slow of the mark. We never seem our best until second half

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #31

    LGFUAD21

    Literally? ha ha

    – My irrelevant question of the night is as follows:

    Had Anita’s other half not been in labour and he’d assumed his spot on the bench (or starting – who knows), who out of the subs would have missed out? Campbell?
    – Purpose being to get an idea of which youngsters are ‘ahead’ of others.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #32

    LGFUAD – dont worry mate as long as its worth reading which it is ha ha.

    I agree that HBA could be ‘unlocked’ with the right partnership. We’ve had a lot of calls for Santon at RB and evidently Pards doesn’t see that as any good, but I would be curious to see that with HBA ahead of him on the right. But then again it would probably be disastrous.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #33

    All is silent in the land of Fake Ruddy. Perhaps he’s looking for Nietzsche quotes on Wiki.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Football is beneath me. I’m going to kill myself now. Let it weigh heavy on your conscience, Tsunki.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #35

    I think the slow start is a deliberate habit by Pardew. He rarely seems to have his first choice starting lineup, so I guess its prudence to ‘feel out’ the opposition, especially playing a complete unknown club in a land far, far away. He seems to have a bit of a problem communicating when to stop hanging back though. Makes for stomach ulcers for us lot.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Mr F Ruddy. So you do have a sense of humour. My hat is duly doffed at your self-effacing deference, albeit in a guilt inducing manner.

    Are you coming back as a previous identity or are you thinking of a new one? Oooh, no wait, surprise us!

    🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #37

    LGFUAD21
    Great essay lad!
    Only thing i’d say is about shola, i understand what you meant about looking lazy at times but can any one remember the last time he played a competitive 90?

    Bollance
    RE perchinio
    Would of rather seen tav get another chance tonight i think playing monday night and thursday night is a bit much for perchy considering the lad has just come back from injury and will prob be expected to play sunday to

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #38

    The problem with Sammy is that he is learning some of Shola’s LAZY ABILITIES

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #39

    LGFUAD21

    Good read.

    As others have said we do have depth. We have players who are not far off. The euro games have certainly brought Bigi on and as u say obertan too. Even gosling is looking better but as u say needs more to his game.

    Agreed that we should have kept him on Marv did nothing when he came on.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #40

    My theory on the first half debate is this. Pardew see’s what the opposition does tactics wise.and then comes up with a completely new second half plan. That is the only way I can explain it, Anyone else got a theory ?

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