Disappointing Newcastle Display As They Lose 2-0 To Bordeaux

Nile Ranger in action tonight in Bordeaux

Newcastle were well beaten tonight by Bordeaux by 2-0, and the French side were the better side and with the win top Group D of the Europa League on 13 points, four better than second placed Newcastle, and tonight was Newcastle’s first defeat in Europe this season after 8 games.

The truth was that Newcastle were never really in this game, and only four brilliant saves from goalkeeper Rob Elliot in the first half saved Newcastle from a much heavier defeat.

It seems whenever Rob gets a chance in the Newcastle first team, he takes his chance and again he looked a very good goalkeeper tonight.

Bordeaux had won eight games at home on the trot in Europe, so that would seem to be difficult for Newcastle to get the win they needed to top Group D – and so it proved – and the French side on the other hand had never beaten an English side in nine previous attempts.

Well this was their first win after 10 attempts against English sides in Europe.

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.

Half time came at 1-0 with Newcastle second best in the first half.

Vurnon Anita was introduced at the start of the second half as Newcastle tied to come into the game.

But the match was put out of Newcastle’s reach when after 72 minutes the Magpies 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.

It was a disappointing display buy this Newcastle second team, and a bit of a damper after the good conformance on Monday night, but again it showed our squad is simply not strong enough.


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)

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14 comments so far

  • toonking

    Dec 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #1

    well after the european football this season it is clear now that the premier league is no longer the best league in the world i would say it is 3rd at best after la liga and bundeliga.

  • archaeomag

    Dec 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Final ball just not good enough, too many passes getting picked off, etc.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #3

    dont worry its part of his 5 year plan

    shit again

    shit on monday

    we will get beat next monday

  • archaeomag

    Dec 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #4

    & far too much hoof

  • manxpie

    Dec 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #5

    catchy make sure ya take them anti-depressants before bed time!
    toonking what are you basing that on? just wondering if its entertainment value, toughness of league or superioroty of teams?

  • GeordieAnt

    Dec 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Hey catchy…weren’t you leaving the blog and never coming back…like a week ago?

  • dinosaur

    Dec 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #7

    once again we have shown that we can’t pass the ball, can’t run with the ball, can’t win a one-on-one, and can’t shoot. Very exasperating.

  • RONNIE147

    Dec 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Pardew showed again tonight that he is clueless! Bringing on defenders when yr getting beat. Campbell should have been brought on.

  • toonking

    Dec 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #9

    i bas it on how poor english teams are getting with the european and and also the way results are in the premier league this year even manure are poor with there defence.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #10

    I always thought us Geordies were fair minded knowledgable football fans that were 100% behind the team. But reading this blog I think I was wrong what a bunch of whingeing prats who know not about football. But then again maybe the people on here aren’t Geordies

  • bobby vee

    Dec 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #11

    With the teams injury situation WHY bring on Coloccini
    and Cisse? Risking these two just doesn’t add up, we
    need them for Monday or am I missing something here!

  • nufcusa

    Dec 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone who thought we would win tonight is delusional. The team had god players but not a unit. You can’t expect guys not playing regularly to gel in one game.

    A draw or a win at Fulham and the logic is entirely justified, not that it needs to be. You can’t win every game and you don’t need to. Had parses played tiote, Ba, Cisse from the beginning and one or two if them been injured he woul of been crucified. Give the guy a break.

  • Ben_W

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Am not bothered about this loss. Didn’t need the win and am glad we didn’t risk any players really. Am hoping HBA will be back for fulham, need him back. If we can have HBA and cabaye back in full fitness against fulham we’ll be okay i reckon.

  • NUFC141

    Dec 7, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #14

    well i tink AP was giving e young lads a run-out n bringin on colo n cisse is a “warm-up” for them? we hav qualified so mon game vs Fulham is much more crucial.


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