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Newcastle In Good Position To Qualify For Knock-Out Stages

9:03 am, Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Newcastle battled back from being two goals down early in the game last night, and secured a valuable point in Belgium against Club Brugge, and there were some good performances from the Ameobi brothers, who both played well.

Shola Ameobi slots home Newcastle’s first goal last night

And Alan Pardew seemed happy enough after the game, but he wasn’t too happy that we gifted Club Brugge both their goals:

“We keep talking about the spirit at Newcastle and it’s in the younger group too.” “It’s going to be there because it filters down.” “I thought it was a terrific game. It was open, we didn’t sit back and ask them to unlock us.”

“We went at them, they went at us and it was a good night of football.” “We gifted them a goal, and then gifted another one. I was surprised because I felt we were in good shape and were creating chances. I thought we would score goals, so it was just important not to let any more in.”

“We got a great goal from Anita after a good bit of pressure and then immediately got the second before half-time, which was a bonus really.” “We came in at half-time in a strong position and really all we did in the second half was just to make sure defensively we were sound.”

It is a good result to be sure, because Newcastle should now be able to beat Maritimo at home on November 22nd, and Alan may field a strong side to ensure that, and then on December 6th we will travel to Bordeaux, and that will be a tough game and the last in group D, but to qualify we have to finish in the top two of the group.

It would now be a huge surprise if Newcastle don’t qualify for the last 32 and the knockout stages of the Europa League, and it would seem that Newcastle and Bordeaux are the two teams most likely to go through to the last 32.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Les Grossman // Nov 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Jeeez
    That mature dating woman scres the shit out of me………

  • 2 Les Grossman // Nov 9, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    The one in the yuellow dress covering her bits with her hand because it probably has a set of fangs or summick………..chrikey

  • 3 shearermania // Nov 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    there was some good performances from the lads but also some very poor….
    Anita i had been very critical of him and still am a bit but i thought he was pretty decent last night…sammy was good but then he was also poor he constantly lost the ball due to a poor first touch which resulted in clear counter attacks for brugge…hes a talent but not a starter yet by a long mile….
    Tav did a lot of good things going forward but jeez his defending is really poor…i mean really really poor..
    collo, obertan, tiote..decent but something missing.
    shola : unplayable at times…but then sometimes the normal shola,,still one of the best players last night.
    krul: simply the best -without him we would have been toast
    marveaux: good game from a rusty player…should have tapped in though…great deliveries on set pieces..
    bigi…hes getting there…hes only a kid but sloppy at times
    willo…solid but again poor with feet

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Les
    Stick to the mobile version of the blog then you dont have to be greeted by sunderlands finest!!

    Jesper
    Happy birthday mate have a good few bevvies tonight!

    Shearermania
    Completly agree RE tav cant see how he should be in the squad infront of simmo!

    Jawsballs/kc-toon
    Great posts last night about about the ameobis and pards system of bringing through our youth players

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Nov 9, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    transfer @#2 on previous post.
    I agree with your observations ref. Colo. The last two games will have shown oppostition managers/coaches Collocini’s achilles heel – the long ball over the top.
    This fault has costs us two goals in two games. If there is a one on one in a central position, chasing a long ball over the top, it looks like Colo will not be able to recover
    the situation. It appears that as well as lack of speed he also loses sight of the flight of the ball. Clearly this is an area others will/should exploit (including Carroll). If this did not occur in a central area I would not be too bothered as there would be no immediate threat upon the goal and other defenders would have the time to get back. I am at a loss as to what to suggest to rectify this problem.

  • 6 Graeme // Nov 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Mr Tuff – maybe bringing in a taller, quicker, more agile CB would help??!!

  • 7 BarcelonaMag // Nov 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I’m not sure how the knock-out stage works. Does anyone know if there’s any advantage to finishing top of the group? Would it mean that we’d avoid the teams that have com from the Champions League?




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