Newcastle were well beaten tonight and it could have been a lot worse than 2-0, but for some great goalkeeping by Rob Elliot who made four great saves in the first half to keep Newcastle in the game – but Bordeaux were much better than Newcastle tonight and won easily, and we hardly ever threatened.
This is how we saw the game – as it happened.
The Newcastle team were wearing their lime green tops with black short and lime green socks – the kit they principally wear in Europe this season. Newcastle have to win to win Group D, so a loss or a draw isn’t any good. This was Bordeaux’s 10th tie against English sides in Europe in their history, and the French club had never won, and had only managed two draws.
Bordeaux going into the game were top of group D on 10 points from their 5 games, and they are 6th in the French League, 6 points behind league leaders Lyon.
And after just two minutes of this game, Bordeaux almost went ahead, when a right-wing Bordeaux corner went to Henri Saivet at the far post, and he hit it well, and it looked a goal all over, but then Rob Elliot brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar – a terrific save by the Newcastle goalie.
Newcastle looked decent and well organized in the first 10 minutes, with Nile Ranger prominent with his aggression and speed up front, and it was fairly even with Rob Elliot making that excellent early save to keep Newcastle in the game
And on 18 minutes Rob Elliot again saved Newcastle when he made a great double save, going down low to his left to block the ball that was on the way into the back of the net, and then blocking a second attempt low down again, a brilliant double save by Newcastle’s number two goalkeeper.
The first goal came after 29 minutes, and Newcastle had plenty of warnings as Bordeaux were starting to get the better of midfield, and a left wing cross from Ben Khalfallah was headed home well by Diabate, after James Perch just couldn’t reach the ball to head it away – and it was poor defending from Newcastle, and this time Elliot could do nothing about it.
Ron had already made four good save to keep Newcastle in this game but he couldn’t stop that one.
After the goal it gave Bordeaux a lot of confidence, and Newcastle were starting to chase shadows in midfield, and then Mike Williamson picked up a yellow card just before half time.
Half time came with no added time, and Newcastle could have been out of this game but for four brilliant Rob Elliot saves – the lads had been second best in that first half.
At the start of the second half Vurnon Anita came on in place of Sammy Ameobi, and Newcastle pressed Bordeaux, in an attempt to get back in this game..
Then Shola Ameobi was clean through on 51 minutes, and his left foot shot was just blocked by the goalkeeper with his leg, – and that was Newcastle first shot on goal,a nd it was a clear chance for Shola.
A couple of minutes later Abeid dispossessed a Bordeaux player just outside the box, but his shot was just wide of the goalkeeper’s left hand post.
Diabate then had a chance but a great late tackle from Mike Williamson put the striker off and he shot wide, form a good position, and then after 57 minutes Sertic hit a terrific drive that was inches wide of Rob Elliot’s right hand post.
A Vurnon Anita free kick then went harmlessly wide of the goalkeeper’s right hand post – what’s that about working on our set plays?
After 65 minutes Alan Pardew was seen talking to Fabricio Coloccini, so may be he was going to come on – although he’s one of only fit recognized center-backs that Newcastle have.
James Tavernier was booked after 67 minutes for a bit of a mis-timed tackle, as Newcastle were pushing forward, but they were getting no joy out of a Bordeaux side, who had won their last 8 European games at home.
And then after 72 minutes Newcastle were caught short at the back after pushing forward, and it was Diabate who was put clean through and he made no mistake to get his second goal and put Bordeaux up 2-0 and this could be the first time Bordeaux have ever beaten an English side in Europe.
Coloccini came on for Mike Williamson immediately following the goal, and on 78 minutes Rob Elliot made yet another good save for Newcastle – and then on 80 minutes Cisse replaced Shola Ameobi.
The game fizzled out, with Bordeaux going close a couple of time in making it 3-0, but Newcastle were well beaten tonight by a decent Bordeaux side – so we finish second top of Group D – but we’re through to the last 32 and when things start up again in February – we hope we have some new players in the squad – we need them.
Bordeaux (4-4-2): Kevin Olimpa; Matthieu Chalme, Marc Planus, Florian Marange, Maxime Poundje; Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Andre Poko, Gregory Sertic (c), Henri Saivet; David Bellion, Cheick Diabate (Hadi Sacko 88)
Subs not used: Abdoulaye Keita, Ludovic Sane, Landry N’Guemo, Nicolas Maurice-Belay
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, James Perch, Mike Williamson (Fabricio Coloccini 73), Shane Ferguson; Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana; Nile Ranger, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi (Vurnon Anita 46); Shola Ameobi (c) (Papiss Cisse 81)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell
Referee: Menashe Masiah (Israel)