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)