Here’s How Newcastle Players Fared Last Night

Shane Ferguson played on the left wing for Northern Ireland last night in Belfast in the  1-1 draw in the World Cup qualifying game with Azerbaijan.

David Healy scores equalizer in injury time last night for Northern Ireland

But it took a David Healy dramatic injury time equalizer to  salvage a point,  after Northern Ireland had missed a host of chances throughout the game, although it probably is still not enough to rescue Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifying hopes.

Tim Krul was surprisingly an unused substitute for Holland’s friendly against Germany in Amsterdam, which ended in a 0-0 draw,  and a game that we watched – and it was boring – and that’s being kind.

Holland gave Ajax 26 year-old goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer his very first cap, and he had a decent game.

As we reported earlier, Fabricio Coloccini got his first cap in two years last night and his 35th in his career, and he was impressive in Argentina’s 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, and cleared off the line in the second half.

And Cheick Tiote made the journey to Austria but never played in the Ivory Coast’s 3-0 win against the home side, and it was a convincing win for the African side.

And Davide Santon, recalled for the Italian squad for the first time in over 18 months,  didn’t play in Italy’s 2-1 defeat against France in Parma, and Yohan Cabaye did not get on for France last night either.

Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse were not involved in Senegal’s friendly in Niger.

So the only two Newcastle players to get games last night were Shane Ferguson and Fabricio Coloccini, and as far as we know, both players came through the games unscathed.

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5 comments so far


    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it’s time Pards resorted to some radical, cutting edge. outside of the box, psychological motivational techniques with the lads.

    Something along the lines of showing them the league table, perhaps.

  • Phatoon

    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, Tiote played 52 mins last night.

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    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

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  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Shola played half an hour last night too.

    Anyone seen the article in the Journal about Cisse? I cn’t believe it to be honest. He is playing in a team where if you marked them out of 10 for their season so far, then the midfielders would be awful.

    HBA would get a 7, he has mixed brilliant with not too good.

    Cabaye has been average at best, for me a 6.

    Tiote (and he is usually everything good about us) has been suspended, injured, and average. 5 out of 10.

    Jonas, and I have always loved him before anyone has a dig, has had a terrible run, and being honest, his season merits a 4 out of 10 so far. No end product whatsoever.

    Demba Ba has been a revelation and made the best of it, but no doubt, for the strikers to score 10 between them is great considering how poor we have played, and Cisse has been given a wide role too often.

    These 2 boys can score 40 this season between them. If that happened then we would have as good a return from our strikers as any team. So far we have been woeful and they have 10. The problem lies with the rest of the team and our massive inability to get balls in the box, not with the boys from Senegal.

    The West Ham game said it all. Over 80 long balls? Almost 1 a minute. Basically every time we got the ball we lumped it. Awful tactics, awful imagination, awful movement from midfield. So we smash it to the strikers.

    The journal should look at other players before the strikers get grief. ANd by the way, Cisse did score against Man United, it was over the line.

    Our only midfielder to even slightly offer us anything is HBA, and to be fair, he goes it alone 90% of the time.

    We need Cabaye further up the field, Tiote back to his best and Sammy or Fergie getting balls into the box. We can improve but several players need to pull their fingers out, not just Cisse.

    Rant over!! Sorry chaps!


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