Newcastle Get The Job Done With Terrific Obertan Winner

Newcastle got the job done tonight and beat Club Brugge 1-0 at St. James’ Park, and it was a wonderful goal from Gabby Obertan, brilliantly set up by the impressive Sammy Ameobi, that was the difference between the two sides.

Gabby Obertan scores the winner – what a goal!

But it wasn’t easy for Newcastle, who were the better side in the first half,  but didn’t take any of their chances, with the very best chance coming after 15 minutes, from another superb Shane Ferguson cross, that Papiss Cisse headed straight at the goalkeeper, when he really should have scored.

Brugge looked a decent and well organized side and were trying to counter attack Newcastle, who were caught short at the back a couple of times in that first half. At the half it was 0-0 with Newcastle playing patient football, and passing the ball around well, but lacking bite up front.

Shola Ameobi came on for Vurnon Anita at the start of the second half and after 48 minutes Newcastle scored a great goal.

It was Sammy Ameobi who set it up, as (not for the first time) he raced through the center beating a number of  Brugge players, before he laid it off to Gabby Obertan.

Gabby took the ball in his stride in the inside right position and smashed the ball into the back of the net – a wonderful effort by the Frenchman, who again looked a good player with so much speed and skill.

Newcastle then tried to contain Brugge, who came more into the game as the second half went on, and we really needed a second goal to finish Brugge off, but it wouldn’t come.

Alan Pardew made a wise move to bring on Coloccini for for Sammy Ameobi after 73 minutes to try to see out the game, and he replaced Sammy Ameobi who got a great ovation from the 33,124 St. James’ Park crowd.

Brugge kept coming at Newcastle, and it was getting just a little bit close at times, and Alan Pardew brought on Yohan Cabaye for Shane Ferguson after 80 minutes, and Shane got a well deserved warm reception from the appreciative Newcastle crowd.

Newcastle hung on – and that’s the best way to put it – but it was an excellent 1-0 win – and the lads got the job done tonight.

Newcastle now have 7 points from their 3 Group D games in the Europa League and are at the top of the group.


Newcastle United (4-3-3): Steve Harper; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor (c), James Perch, Shane Ferguson (Yohan Cabaye 81); Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita (Shola Ameobi 46); Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Sammy Ameobi (Fabricio Coloccini 73)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Hatem Ben Arfa, Adam Campbell, Demba Ba

Club Brugge (4-3-3): Bojan Jorgacevic; Tom Hogli, Carl Hoefkens (c), Jordi, Bart Buysse; Vadis Odjidja, Jonathan Blondel (Thibaut van Acker 83), Jesper Jorgensen; Lior Refaelov (Ivan Trickovski 56), Carlos Bacca, Maxime Lestienne
Subs not used: Vladan Kujovic, Jannes Vansteenkiste, Bjorn Engels, Victor Vazquez, Bjorn Vleminckx

Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)

Attendance: 33,124

11 comments so far

  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice finish Oba, that’ll do us!

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Good performance, not great but so impressed with 7 points from 3 games and no goals conceded. 9 changes from the scumberland game too. We were undefeated in the qualifiers too.

    Tiote had a very solid 2nd half and I felt the booking was harsh. He has a reputation now and seems to get booked because his name is Tiote. 30 yellows from 60 appearances is bad though, gotta be some kind of record!

    Shame Anita had such a quiet night cos ironically we needed him most just after he went off. Cabs did s solid job though – and as for Captain Colo sprinting back from our corner to get a diving header in to intercept their break – what can I say. I f**king love you Colo! Solid performance from Saylor too.

    Biggest disappointment of 2nd half was that Cisse barely had a touch. Overall well pleased though.

    Without meaning to cause offence I can’t believe some of the negativity and criticism leveled at Tiote, Obers and Pards tonight. One really good season and everyone wants the moon on a stick. Back to the 90?s we go… at least Pards has two feet planted on planet earth. Thank God for that.

  • BelfastMagpie

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Well done Obertan.

    Thought Sammy,Fergie and Santon played well too.

  • TorqToon

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Pre empting the vote for best player, I struggle to pick between Gabby, Ferg and Santon! All 3 were superb tonight!! Shola was solid as always, sammy showed some world class touches, perch getting better each week and have to agree with others than 3 central DM’s is not really the way to go. but another win, never under threat and a bigger crowd than last time which was nice to see.

    Well done lads !!! Toon Toon

  • HBA better than CR7

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Where ws Xisco….:'(

  • TorqToon

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Rowan – One of the best posts this blog will see tonight. Accurate and positive. Fair play mate! 🙂

  • TorqToon

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #7

    And surely the Ober-haters will be quiet tonight?!! That lad worked his socks off, put a massive shift in, played very well and scored the winner!! That’ll do for me, lad!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Rowan…not all criticism is negative 😉

    …quite the opposite sometimes!

    With that I bit y’all good night 🙂

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Thanks TorqToon, glad you enjoyed the game. Was a bit stressful near the end but hey, that’s Newcastle Utd! Young players are still learning, as is Pards, especially now he has to rotate so much. In theory we should keep getting better, taking the fact of having to play so many more games into account. It was always going to be tough this season and we all knew it, so I’d say so far, not bad at all. Room for improvement, yes, but we’re on track.

  • Honoured2BNUFC

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve had so much faith in Obertan for so long now. Even before the Mancs bought him. So, so glad he’s starting to put it together for himself. Good lad.

  • Wor Cheik

    Oct 25, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #11

    The points are what mattered and 7 points from 3 games is great!!


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