Here’s how we saw last night’s 1-0 win against a good looking Club Brugge side in round 3 of Group D of the Europa League. The other game in the group was a 1-1 draw at Madeira between Maritimo and Bordeaux, which was a good result for Newcastle.
Good shot of Gabby Obertan scoring only goal of the game
After 3 minutes there was a quick breakaway by Brugge and Steve Harper made a decent save down to his left, at the second attempt.
On 10 minutes it looked as though Papiss Cisse was fouled in the penalty box as a cross came over and there were appeals for a penalty but the referee waved play on.
Newcastle had started this game well and were playing a good passing game and trying to keep the ball.
And then after 15 minutes Cisse should have put Newcastle ahead, and it was a beautiful left-wing cross that came over from Shane Ferguson, and it saw Cisse head the ball straight at the goalkeeper, when he really should have scored.
And then a couple of minutes later Cheick Tiote ran through and hit a shot from 30 yards out, but it was straight at the goalkeeper.
On 31 minutes Sammy Ameobi was playing well, and he made a good run down the right-wing, before shooting wide of the goalkeeper’s left hand post.
Newcastle were having the majority of the possession, and were playing decent patient football, but they were missing the killer instinct up front, and Brugge were mounting some quick breakaways.
On 35 minutes Cheick Tiote almost presented Brugge with a goal when he passed the ball inside and directly to a Brugge player about 10 yards outside of Newcastle’s penalty box, and it was a really good job that Stephen Taylor was awake and saved the situation – what was Tiote thinking?
Just before half time, another left-wing cross by Ferguson was headed over by Cisse, and in the last minute of the half, good play by Cisse brought a very good save from Brugge goalkeeper Jorgacevic, as he palmed the ball away to safety.
Newcastle were the better side in the first half, and had their chances, but Brugge also had a couple of half chances and looked a decent side who were very quick to counter-attack Newcastle.
In the second half Shola Ameobi was brought on for Vurnon Anita, and in the 48th minute Newcastle went ahead with a great goal.
It was Sammy Ameobi who set it up, and not for the first time in the game he raced through the center beating a number of Brugge players, before he laid it off to Gabby Obertan on his right.
Gabby took the ball in his stride in the inside right position, and while being challenged by a Brugge defender 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.
On 52 minutes another good cross come shot was well saved by the Brugge goalkeeper, and then Steve Harper had to be on his toes to save a good shot, when he palmed the ball around the post for a corner.
Brugge were now coming at Newcastle after the Magpies had gone ahead, and at times they looked dangerous, but couldn’t make that final good pass to open up the Newcastle defense.
On 60 minutes Cheick Tiote received the first yellow card of the evening, and Steve Harper made another decent save from a left-wing cross.
After 63 minutes Brugge put a good cross into the box which seemed to catch the Newcastle defense out, but it was headed down by a Brugge forward and over the bar, and it looked at first like it was a terrible miss, but the linesman had flagged for offside.
After 67 minutes some beautiful wing play by Gabby Obertan as he beat several men and then played the ball inside to Shola Ameobi, who was fouled.
But that was a warning to Newcastle, who were starting to hang on a bit defensively in this game, and then Fabricio Coloccini was introduced in the 73rd minute for Sammy Ameobi.
It was a good move by manager Alan Pardew to try to combat the increasingly dangerous looking Brugge side, and Sammy Ameobi got a great ovation from the 33,124 St. James’ Park crowd after having a very good game.
Newcastle continued 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.
And on 83 minutes young Gael Bigirimana, who had another solid game for Newcastle, was the second Newcastle player to be cautioned by the referee.
Brugge kept coming at Newcastle, and it was getting just a little bit close at times, and then Alan Pardew brought on Yohan Cabaye for Shane Ferguson after 81 minutes, and Shane got a well deserved warm reception from the appreciative Newcastle crowd after another good game in Newcastle’s colors.
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 against a good looking Club Brugge side.
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)