Newcastle won this game surprisingly comfortably at St. James’ Park tonight, and inflicted the first defeat on Bordeaux in any competition since last April.
It was a good win by Newcastle and the lads went two nil up by half time with a good goal by Shola Ameobi, made by an excellent run down the left wing by Gabby Obertan, and a good cross into the penalty area.
And then a good right wing cross from Danny Simpson was put into his own goal by Henrique to make it 2-0 by half time.
And then another nice goal from Papiss Cisse, provided for him once again on a plate by Shane Ferguson’s excellent left wing cross into the box, and Newcastle seemed comfortable at 3-0 up.
The lads saw out the game and this was an excellent win by the Magpies and a decent display too.
Here’s how we saw the game as it happened.
Newcastle kicked off in a their light lime green European strips and after just 7 minutes a good header from Bordeaux was only just over the bar.
And after 14 minutes Yohan Cabaye showed he’s getting back into form with a decent shot from outside the box, which was just wide, and then a free kick which he put just outside the goalkeeper’s left hand post.
And then after 16 minutes Cabaye provided the perfect pass to Gabby Obertan on the left wing, and Gabby steamed down the wing, got to the by-line and put over a nice low cross, which Shola Ameobi converted for his first goal of the season.
It was a goal made in France, but converted by Nigerian born Shola Ameobi.
After 34 minutes Rob Elliot in goal again looked confident as he palmed away a cross from the right wing, and he had looked good in saving a number of shots basically straight at him.
And would you believe it, but Newcastle went further ahead on 40 minutes and it was good play by the returning Danny Simpson.
Danny put in a nice right wing cross, and Henrique put the ball into his own net as the goalkeeper came out to collect the ball.
A fortunate goal for Newcastle, and it put the lads 2-0 up and surely we can now go on and win this game?
Half time came and Newcastle were comfortable at two goals up, but we must keep the pressure on in the second half, and we would expect Alan Pardew to make all three sub changes.
Steve Harper came on for Rob Elliot for the second half, and the news was that Rob Elliot had suffered a slight injury in the first half.
Only four minutes had gone by when Newcastle got another goal, and it was Shane Ferguson again as the provider, as he put in a nice left wing cross, and Papiss Cisse converted it first time with his left foot – that’s the way to put them in – and a goal by instinct from Papiss Cisse and his second goal of the season.
Ferguson at left back was again showing up well for the Magpies.
And after 60 minutes Alan Pardew brought off Yohan Cabaye, who had looked something like his old self tonight, and brought on 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana, who seems to play in every game for Newcastle at the moment.
After 71 minutes Cheick Tiote was taken off to warm applause from the Geordie fans, and he was replaced by Dan Gosling.
After 74 minutes Bordeaux should have scored as David Bellion somehow beat the offside trap and was clean through by about eight yards, but Steve Harper saved Newcastle with a good block – that was close and it again showed that Steve is in good form at the moment.
Newcastle held onto their 3-0 lead rather comfortably for the last 15 minutes or so, and after 4 minutes of added time the referee blew the final whistle and Newcastle had won 3-0 and go top of Group D on 4 points from their two games.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot (Steve Harper 46); Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Shane Ferguson; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Dan Gosling 71), Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 61); Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi (c), Gabriel Obertan
Subs not used: Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba
Bordeaux (4-4-2): Cedric Carrasso; Mariano, Henrique, Marc Planus, Benoit Tremoulinas; Henri Saivet, Ludovic Sane, Jaroslav Plasil (c) (Landry N’Guemo 46), Ludovic Obraniak (Cheick Diabate 46); Jussie, Yoan Gouffran (David Bellion 68)
Subs not used: Kevin Olimpa, Florian Marange, Matthieu Chalme, Abdou Traore
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz