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Poor Performance Gets Newcastle 1-1 Draw With Maritimo

10:10 pm, Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Newcastle went ahead in this game after 23 minutes, with a good goal by Sylvain Marveaux, who was nicely set up by Ben Arfa – but in the second half Newcastle ceded possession to Maritimo, who had only 2 points (one off Newcastle) and were bottom of Group D coming into this game, and yet Newcastle struggled to hold onto their lead in the second half and finally gave way on 79 minutes when Maritimo equalized.

Goalscorer Marveaux in action tonight against Maritimo

Maritimo took the opportunity to come at Newcastle in the second half, until they equalized, and then after that goal, Maritimo had a great chance to win the game in added time – but Fidelis missed an open goal, as he hit the ball wide with two minutes of added time played.

This was a mediocre performance at best from a struggling Newcastle side and a poor result, and will do nothing to lift the gloom that’s settling on Tyneside.

This is how we saw the game.

Newcastle came out in their famous black and white stripes, so at least for this game they ditched the light lime green strips they had been wearing in Europe this week. And after 23 minutes Newcastle went ahead with a beautifully worked goal.

Ben Arfa picked up the loose ball in the center the field just inside the opposing half, and the Frenchman played a beautiful through ball to Sylvain Marveaux on the right wing, and Sylvain beat his man beautifully, and then slotted the ball coolly between the goalkeeper’s legs, for his first ever goal for Newcastle United – a goal made in France.

On 38 minutes Papiss Cisse had the ball in the back of the net but the linesman flagged for offside, and the TV replays showed it was very close and he was probably level and onside – it should have been 2-0.

And then after a few more minutes Ben Arfa seemed to pick up an injury and he was replaced by Demba Ba.

The score at the half was 1-0 with Newcastle just about getting the job done is the first half.

After 50 minutes Papiss Cisse was replaced by Romain Amalfitano, and it looked like Papiss was limping as he walked of the field, so it could be we have two injuries coming out of this game.

On 54 minutes Tim Krul made a good save to keep the clean sheet, as he tipped the ball over the bar.

Newcastle were laying off Maritimo and every 50-50 ball was won by Maritimo, and this was a dangerous game Newcastle were playing – trying to hold the Portuguese side rather than keep going forward.

Then a well worked Newcastle move from a Marveaux free kick had Sammy Ameobi hit the ball just wide after 69 minutes, and then after 73 minutes Ruben Ferreira hit a good shot following a corner, and Tim Krul did well to turn the ball around the post for a corner.

On 76 minutes Sammy Ameobi was replaced by Mehdi Abeid, for his first appearance for Newcastle this season.

Then on 79 minutes Maritimo equalized, and Fidelis was free with loads of room down the left wing and his shot went between Tim Kruls’ legs – and it was a bad goal for Newcastle to concede.

But you couldn’t say it wasn’t coming – the way Newcastle were simply trying to contain Maritimo in the second half rather than moving forward.

Maritimo continued to take the game to Newcastle, and two minutes into injury time Fidelis missed a wonderful opportunity to win the game for the visiting side, when he hit his shot just wide – with the whole goal to aim at.

And that could have been Newcastle third home defeat in a row – we were lucky not to lose the game tonight, and didn’t deserve to win it, with the negative tactics of the second half..

The final whistle went with boos from the home fans – and we didn’t deserve the win because we back-pedaled in the second half all the time, and gave up the momentum to Maritimo, who remain bottom of the group.

And Bordeaux beat Club Brugge 2-1 in Belgium tonight and go top of Group D with 10 points, with Newcastle second on 9 points, and it seems Newcastle have qualified to finish at least second in the group, and therefore qualify for the knock-out rounds.

If you don’t go out to win the game – you can expect teams to come back at you – just like Maritimo did tonight.

A mediocre performance and another poor result tonight from an out of touch Newcastle side, and Papiss Cisse and Ben Arfa both went off injured during this game.

We had better be an awful lot better on Sunday if we are to pick up anything at St. Mary’s against Southampton – who are second bottom of the league.

Tonight’s not what we wanted to see from Newcastle in what was a dismal second half display.


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Sammy Ameobi (Mehdi Abeid 76), Hatem Ben Arfa (Demba Ba 40), Sylvain Marveaux; Papiss Cisse (Romain Amalfitano 50)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mike Williamson

(4-3-3): Romain Salin; Joao Diogo, Valentin Roberge, Marcio Rosario, Ruben Ferreira; Joao Luiz, Rafael Miranda (c), David Simao (Ruben Brigido 73); Danilo Dias, Adilson (Fidelis 59), Sami

Subs not used: Ricardo, Luis Olim, Briguel, Rodrigo Antonio, Joao Guilherme

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland)

Bookings: Newcastle – none; Maritimo – none

Comments welcome.

Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Match Reports · Newcastle News


45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDownSouth // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Cisse was offside.

    I don’t understand how anyone can possibly see otherwise……

  • 2 Baro // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Man what the hell was that?? That was one of the worst performances ever….. Pure sh!t performance!…. honestly we need something to change… just something.. I really wished we had Steve Clarke as manager who is now at West Brom and flying high in the table… Or Harry Redknapp…. somebody that knows how to play the game the right away…like seriously when was the last time we scored a set piece? Our corners and set plays free kicks just always the same… Target willo or tayls and hope they head the ball back into the box, which never works… our corners are pure sh!t…
    I just want a change, whatever the hell it has to be, even 3 at the back just something…







  • 3 irish magpie // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Worst performance in years….awful stuff anita is fg hopeless

  • 4 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Can’t wait ’til Pardew is consigned to the history books.

  • 5 North Atlantic Magpie // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    It’s a major problem that Pardew uses one formation for EL and another formation for PL.

  • 6 BelfastMagpie // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Pitchforks out,fires everywhere.

    Ibiza get your hose out !

  • 7 Spellcheck // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM


  • 8 catchy in norway // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM


    you my freind are 100% right,, we do have a good squad,

    now look at the manager and ask why we can not pass a ball,

    why we sit on 1-0 leads,

    why we play very defensive even against team you should be putting 3 past them at home,,

    he should be sacked now, and replaced before we get to jan, he proved to mee tonight that he is pig headed and does not learn from miastakes

  • 9 irish magpie // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Awful stuff….Anita is a useless load of shit! depressing last few weeks, Ben Arfa out now aswel we dont have hope vs Southampton or Stoke

  • 10 hoppernufc // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    How I see it….. Krul is having a poor season his kicking is getting worse. We can’t defend at all our defenders play hoof ball and loose possession. The whole team is disjointed the defence bypasses the midfield and our strikers can’t hold up the ball and bring others into play. Anita isnt good enough always giving the ball away in bad areas.we don’t create enough chances. We’re too defensive and have no tactics. We are no threat from corners/ freekicks.ive probably missed something’s off but most of this needs to be sorted urgently on the training pitch

  • 11 Graeme // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    It started off with so much promise yet ended with us hanging on for a draw. We really should have beaten this team quite comfortably, but we made one hell of a meal of it.

    We are qualified for the next round, but need to beat Bordeaux to go through as a “Seeded” team in the knock-outs; it has major advantages being top of the Group!!

    I have to say, I’m rather disappointed with the way this game progressed.

  • 12 catchy in norway // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM


    night night son

    youl be hard pressed to find many happy

  • 13 Toon1978 // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    WTF is sacking Pardew gonna do mannnn???? The fault does not lie with him. The fault lie’s with Ashley and his lack of ambition in the summer. Pardew had his hands tied and was thrown to the lions. Even f…ing SAFC spent more then us and they aren’t even competing in bloody Europe. Not good enough and now we are paying the price for the GREEEEDDD of the board!!

  • 14 Jonny // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    The only reason why Anita doesn’t look that good in our team is because he isn’t used to our goalkeeper and centre backs hoofing it over his head every time they get it! I personally think on the ball he looks good but at times looks to lightweight off it. Good player though that needs time.

  • 15 geordie_upon_tyne // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    chit football chit weather chit job wor lass cant cook chit , apart from that lifes just smashing :)

  • 16 colwell // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    The boo’s have started it won’t be long now, with our squad stretched to its limits I can’t see Cabaye playing under Pards again.

  • 17 Magpies-till-d3ath // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Pardew Out! Redknapp In! Wonder when fans start to make posters saying Pardew out?

  • 18 catchy in norway // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM


    it will be like this until
    A he is sacked
    B, he plays higher up the pitch

  • 19 Spellcheck // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    No teams in Norway too bore on & on about?

  • 20 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I don’t understand, before the game, people were praising the formation choice. The players didnt perform on the pitch, and that’s Pardews fault?!

    Get real people.

  • 21 JTOONJ // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    do you realise we don’t have a fully fit squad? also midfielder who has jumped from league 1 level to prem league

  • 22 Toon1978 // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Can’t understand what sacking Pards woud do like. Beggers belief. We have more injuries then most atm………really frustrating.

  • 23 catchy in norway // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM



    this is a poor maritimo team man pardew, they have not been playing well, they have scored 4 goals all season

    yet they looked like scoring a few against us in th2nd half

  • 24 AndyMac // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Its football Ed but not as we know it :(

  • 25 Novocastrian66 // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Cisse should be fit for Sunday. Ben Arfa too early to say.

  • 26 Jonny // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Pardrew never admits that we are shite. he seems delighted that we have just drawn against maritimo.

  • 27 FatmanJoe // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Well said Conaldo.

    I’m off.

  • 28 NUFC STEVE // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    SERIOUS INVESTMENT NEEDED. Everyone gives out about pardew and I too wud get rid of him but at the end of the day if u push for fourth in your last year and buy 1 first team player (anita- whovis a flop) in the summer the squad will go stale!!! That’s what’s happened we need new manager new players new system, tactics, formation and style!!

  • 29 Magpies-till-d3ath // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Another great decision by Big Fat Mike! Give Pardew an eight year contract! But yet he doesn’t f*cking open his wallet in the transfer window!!!

  • 30 Novocastrian66 // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Jonny. Pardew didn’t look happy to me. He was very guarded and admitted we did not have enough quality and did not retain possession.

  • 31 irish magpie // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Anita is not strong on the ball didnt look to bad in right back and just looks lost in midfield too small….we lack so much creativity without cabaye it is ridiculous all the same players bigi, tiote, anita, perch, would not mind seeing abeid think he might have a pass in him

  • 32 Magpies-till-d3ath // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Hate to say this, but Anita is no good at all! The amount of times he either got muscles off the ball or gave it away was abismal

  • 33 colwell // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    What I can’t understand is how teams like Swansea/Maritimo can pass the ball around great, while our superior players can’t do a one tw?

    Pards and all the coaching staff are too blame for this not MA, week in week out we become more scared to attack teams. Our defence isn’t that good that we can sit back but we do. Stick up for Pards as much as you want but its his tactics and style of play that isn’t working.

  • 34 davis_toons // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    How i wish we had defend the 1-0 lead….and win it.

  • 35 geordie_upon_tyne // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    1 word (going doon) ok thats 2

  • 36 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Did you go back and read those posts properly or are you still aimlessly calling ppl virgins without knowing why

  • 37 GeordieDan // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Some very cagey responses from Pardew I just heard there on ESPN. You can tell he was very disappointed but unfortunate injuries aside the players performances in the 2nd half were mostly shocking.

    Basically lasy all round.

    Our lads need to get better and very quickly. Southampton is now looking very difficult with Benny and probably Cisse missing as well.

    Time 4 the players 2 earn their mega-bucks wages and man up at St Mary’s !

  • 38 davis_toons // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    colwell // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    What I can’t understand is how teams like Swansea/Maritimo can pass the ball around great, while our superior players can’t do a one tw?

    AP: The current group of player are not good enough.

  • 39 Dublin_Magpie // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Losing the ball far too much and I don’t see the players in our team that will operate any differently. We need some creativity, but in saying that, our creative players are suffering from poor tactics i.e hoof the ball forward and then hope for the best. Also, I wouldn’t have a problem with the long balls if we had a man waiting for the breaking ball but we never, repeat, NEVER do. A change in manager isn’t needed, I fully trust Pardew after what he’s done for us. But I still don’t understand why we’re not playing 4-3-3 anymore when it got us 5th last year. I put it down to keeping Ba happy, but the team should come before him and the 4-4-2 that isn’t working. One last thing……….what’s the story with no players being able to do anything from set pieces? I’ve seen plenty of players try their hand at dead ball situations but none can kick a decent one, bar Cabaye. We need some thought in our set pieces and someone to execute them. January: ST, CB, RB, Sissokho and a creative CM

  • 40 GeordieDan // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM


    Abeid played nearly 20 minutes 2nite and was almost a spectator. No wonder u missed it. ;

    Amalfitano was also almost non existant.

    Early days but they need 2 grab these chances and have a go. They looked terrified 2nite. :-(

  • 41 Graeme // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    With eleven players now out injured, it could well get worse before it gets better.

    Now that’s a heart-warming thought!! But, I’ve seen worse, we can & will get better; Just have to hope its sooner, rather than later though!!

  • 42 geordie_upon_tyne // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    dont wanna give you lads nightmares but the last time i said we would go down , we atcually did :(

  • 43 nezzatoonmad // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    my prediction for Sunday Newcastle 0 Southampton 3

  • 44 gringo burt // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    awful simple as that,passing was a joke,could not keep the ball,then when we did get the ball players kept it to long and got tackled or just kicked it somewhere up the pitch in the slight chance it might get lucky and find a front man.getting through to the knockout round is just papering over the cracks.weve just lost ben arfa,no cabaye a dread the trip to st marys

  • 45 Premiership Manager // Nov 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    I was very dissapointed as the European games have been much more entertaining than the PL games and what started as a season full of anticipation has now become one of resignation that we will be lucky to achieve a place in the top 10 of the EPL.

    I have no problems with the back 4, however the midfield and forward play has been very poor with players losing the ball putting the defence under severe pressure. The fact that we cannot get the basics right of passing and retaining possesion is very worrying indeed.

    Some of our best games last year came with HBA on the bench. There wasa very good reason for this and that was that the midfied was balanced. It didn’t matter if Tiote or Cabaye was out as we had Guthrie to fill in for them and it’s this balance that is missing this year.

    Jonas played a very defensive role last year covering for Santon, swapping and changing positions and it was the same if we had Raylor and Simpson on the other side.

    When Cisse arrived we were on fire and player confidence was high and this has a major effect on how the players react and we were able to accomodate HBA and when it went right it was a joy to behold but whenit was wrong it was woefully wrong.

    Playing teams like MU, MC, Arsenal, Chelsea and liverpool we cannot afford the luxury of carrying too many attacking players and to play 3 upfront like we have is suicide. tactically as much as I like Pardue he keeps on getting it wrong. There is nothing wrong with 5-5-1 when playing better teams and controlling the midfield is key.

    Anita, Mavaux, Obertan and even Sami Ameobi are not yet up to mark for the EPL and even in Europe should be playing alongside more experienced players.

    Amazingly Ferguson who adds defensive and attacking ability to the team was left on the bench. His crossing ability and ability to swap and change with Santon could have had made all the difference tonight but for some reason he sat the game out.

    We seem to be good at letting the wrong players go, Guthrie and Routledge were far better players than any we have signed in the last windows and addeded depth and quality to the side. Anita will improve but 8M was far too much to pay for somebody unproven in the EPL and if he went tomorrow we’d be lucky to get 3M for him.

    I’ve no idea what will happen in the next window but we need a forward and some established palyers who can run the lines, track back, tackle and cross the ball.

    In addition i wouldn’t be surprised to see us loose up to 3 players in the next window because if there is no improvement in performance running up to Christmas, Cabaye, Tiote, HBA and Ba will all be looking at their options

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