Newcastle Too Good For Bordeaux – Win 3-0

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
Attendance: 30,987

22 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #1

    nice result

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #2

    So grafton, kets, and some others let’s read the compliments for Willo for a faultless performance

  • Burni

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Good game, good to watch as well as the result. They hardly had a sniff in the second half.

    Oba motm!

  • hotdog

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Simmo improved after a rusty first half, fergie mom followed by obertan. Well done boys happy days

  • newcben

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Too easy brilliant result and performance.

    Don’t want to sound negative just a genuine question.
    Anita looks a decent player very talented but lacks a position. Too light weight at the moment to play LB or RB I feel, CM should be perfect for him as he is great on the ball but struggles to find the gaps and places to be to receive the ball I feel unlike Tiote, Cabaye and even Bigi.

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Anti willo Grafton83, kets,

    Brutoool don’t think I have missed you where are the compliments for and awesome display of power from Shola Bordeaux had no answer for him.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m sorry, can someone clarify this for me?

    Tim Krul’s distribution – world class?

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Haven’t seen the highlights yet as was watching liverpool (as it was on tv before I get abuse!). Another Ferguson assist I hear?

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #9

    ignore first line

  • Burni

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #10

    cupid, in all fairness neither him or perch had to do anything haha.

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Obertan had a great game,he looked a totally different player tonight on the left.
    We all know he has talent but doesn`t seem to bring it on the field.
    He did that tonight and i hope for his and our sake that it lifts him enough to continue at this standard
    CHUCK,do you agree???

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #12

    ToonDownSouth – who on earth said that????

  • CAToon

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Good performance, Obertan MOTM, Ferguson played very well. He has matured into a very good footballer and should be pushing for first team action in the not too distant future. The lads displayed a strong the midfield. Aside from a few dodgy moments in the first half, the team controlled the match.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Another disaster. Simpson a liability what was Pardew thinking – usual inept tactics, setting out too defensively. Obertan complete waste of space just cant get into their half or get a cross in. Yet another poor and sluggish first half as expected….. Oh, sorry, I’ve cut and pasted from the wrong match critique template.

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Fergie was great and Willo did well tonight 🙂

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Motm is a hard one several top performances there.

    Gabby with his physical abilities he should be doing this a lot more often so no.

    Cabaye has shown this is what he does in controlling a game so no.

    But for consistant 90 mins of dominating your opposite numbers, won just about every ball that came his way, hold up play was superb and for just all round link up and layoffs were top class, so I have to go for Shola

  • lukes26

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Shane Ferguson LB, Santon RB?

    It was obvious that Bordeaux’s game-plan was to attack Ferguson’s side of the pitch. He handled defensive duties very well. Never seemed to be caught out.

    I think that Pardew is trying to play an interesting strategy in which Anita switches to playing either left back or right back.

  • tenpointnine

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Good one, Tsunki!

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Burni @ # 10

    You may well be right but they did what they did with class nothing was made to look overly flash and normally when you make something look easy it’s generally because you have just out manoeuvred your opponents and they did that.

    Rarely looked like conceding anything Bordeaux were made to look quite toothless to be honest.

    Technically they have good players but just out thought and out managed tonight.

  • mauritius island

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #20

    nice 2 see newcastle win..bordeaux was stonger in ze 1st half but united had the goal…then one goal offside 2nd half….newcastle was losing 2 many ball in ze 1st half….cabaye & tiote were good..
    Newcastle Too Good For Bordeaux – Win 3-0(the title)…
    a bit overstated

  • drewpoo92

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Cabaye looked good, some great long passes that were wasted by the front three. Ferguson looked solid and needs more game time in the PL. Both keepers did as well as they could have. On a downer… Anita and Simpson were both poor in possession, Obertan is too inconsistent and Cisse needs teaching the offside rule.

  • NUFCWill1986

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #22

    Tsunki what a nob u r


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