Newcastle Get The Job Done With Top Class Performance


Make no mistake about this – this was one of Newcastle’s best wins of the season,  and the 1-0 win against a very good Metalist Kharkiv side puts Newcastle through to the round of the last 16 of the Europa League.

moussa sissoko penalty

Moussa Sissoko brought down by Goryainov

It was a very disciplined game from the Newcastle side who looked very well organized, and both Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara gave good accounts of themselves in the back four, with Yanga-Mbiwa showing what a good experienced center-back he is,  and Massadio showing he’s ready to play regularly  in the Newcastle first team – now.

The first half was very even with few chances – but the best chances of the half fell to Crisaldo after 28 minutes when he headed a cross narrowly wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post.

Papiss Cisse had Newcastle’s best chance – a half chance after 43 minutes – when he was played through by Sissoko but he shot straight at the goalkeeper, who blocked it.

If the scores remained the same,  this tie would go to extra time, which is the last thing Newcastle wanted, and after the break both sides increased their pace, and the game became more open.

Newcastle had played well all game, but they were gradually starting to take some territorial advantage over Metalist, and then just on the hour mark Newcastle got lucky – and it was a terrible mix up between center-back Papa Gueye and his goalkeeper Olexandr Goryainov, and the back pass went past the goalkeeper and Moussa Sissoko – the tank – came storming in and the goalkeeper brought him down.

On the TV replays it didn’t look too bad a foul, but the goalkeeper had no alternative but to stop the big man from getting to the ball – and referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot.

And it was Shola Ameobi – who has always been a great penalty taker – who sent to goalkeeper the wrong way with a beautiful penalty,  and Newcastle were 1-0 up – and Metalist now had to score twice in the last 30 minutes or be eliminated.

And Metalist turned up their game  a notch or two and attacked Newcastle,  and on 70 minutes only a magnificent save from Tim Krul as Willian dribbled the ball into a shooting position saved Newcastle, as Tim brilliantly blocked the shot.

James Perch and Jonas Gutierrez were brought on for Papiss Cisse and Vurnon Anita, and almost immediately James Perch blocked a shot on the line – a great stop from Perchinho.

A crucial save from the Newcastle goalkeeper,  but it was nothing to the saves the Dutch International pulled off after 76 minutes.

Cristaldo was through on goal but his shot was blocked by Krul, and then only seconds later the ball seemed to be going into the net from a shot from Cristaldo again, but Tim dived to his left to block the shot – a world class save from the Newcastle goalkeeper to keep Newcastle 1-0 up.

Metalist continued to pile on the pressure, but Newcastle also attacked on the breakaway, and had an outlet on the left wing with Moussa Sissoko – who looks like a tank when he powers his way down that left wing.

And stout defending for the remainder of the game, which included 5 minutes of stoppage time, saw Newcastle’s second clean sheet in a row – and only the second away win of the season – so this new Newcastle side is starting to show they are good – very good.

It’s hard to criticize any Newcastle player tonight, because they all did their part – and the side looked very well organized – and they looked a top side tonight.

I’m not the only one who will be very proud of Newcastle tonight – a fantastic performance from our lads.

This new Newcastle side have now played five times, won three, drawn one and lost one at Tottenham, and have two clean sheets.

And we’re through to the round of the last 16.

Howay the Lads!!

Teams:

Metalist Kharkiv (4-2-3-1): Olexandr Goryainov; Cristian Villagra, Papa Gueye, Marco Torsiglieri, Fininho; Juan Manuel Torres (Jaja 67), Edmar (Sebastian Blanco 82); Marlos (Willian 67) Cleiton Xavier, Jose Emesto Sosa (c); Jonathan Cristaldo
Subs not used: Vladimir Disljenkovic, Oleg Shelayev, Andriy Berezovchuk, Oleg Krasnopyorov

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haïdara; Vurnon Anita (James Perch 76), Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 87); Papiss Cisse (Jonas Gutierrez 76), Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux; Shola Ameobi
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan

Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)
Bookings: Metalist – Fininho (87), Cristaldo (88); Newcastle – Haidara (44), Cisse (74), Krul (90)

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38 comments so far

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #1

    bbc article says the keeper brought down cisse…getting him and sissoko mixed up

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #2

    spuggy

    happy days !!

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #3

    ……………………Krul…………………….

    Debuchy..Mbiwa..Saylor…Santon..

    ……………………Colo……………………

    ………Cabaye……………Sissoko…….

    HBA……………Cisse………..Goofy..

    Ouch.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Very happy, where through and we have a clean sheet away from home.

    Our season continues to get better, onwards and upwards.

    Now lets have Ben Arfa back

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #5

    spuggy

    have to agree again. awesome team that.

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  • toonicle

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Great win, everyone played well.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Hello Lads

    Ive been extrehehehemly busy the last few weeks, combined with the mobile site going all strange has resulted in my absence from the blog.
    I am sure i have been sorely missed !!!!!

    Anyway, first, have I missed anything the last few weeks? Is Cathy still about or are things too positive right now?

    Great win today, now without getting too optimistic, we are 3 rounds from amsterdam! We can get there!!

    Can not fault anybody today. Really good performance, and some excellent football, and excellent defending. Tim Krul looked like the best keeper in the world today.

    Im sure Sir Bobby was looking down on Shola during that penalty. A very fitting way of progressing through europe.

    Now we can all sit back, relax and laugh at the gift that keeps on giving – also known as liverpool

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  • Graeme

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Have said it before, will say it again – M’biwa is the best CB we have at the club – yes, he’s even better than Collo and will prove it.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #9

    If we can pull away from the bottom of the league to safety we can really start to enjoy our european nights. Hope we can string a few wins together then have a real good go at the cup.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #10

    🙂

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #11

    i prefer the look of haidara as a solid lb than santon :/ and i love santon

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Conaldo, Cathy was last seen earlier on this evening bemoaning Shola playing and even more weirdly Jonas playing despite not being in the starting 11. I am sure he will be on later to share his joy at a Newcastle victory.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Downing 20m
    Carroll 35m

    OMG

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Just been looking into the prize money available in the Europa league, this is what we’ve won so far:

    Play-Off Round – £100k

    Group Stage Base Fee – £1.3 million

    Group Match Victories (x2) – £400k

    Group Match Draws (x3) – £300k

    Group Runners-Up – £200k

    Round of 32 – £200k

    TOTAL: £2.5 Million

    If we progress further:

    Round of 16 – £350k
    Quarter Finals – £450k
    Semi Finals – £1 Million
    Losing Finalist – £2.5 Million
    Winners – £5 Million

    I though it was interesting anyway 🙂

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Class from enrique

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  • Graeme

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Wizard – love the luckpoo description – nice to see you back

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  • hotdog

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #17

    TDS agree Really impressed with mbiwa and haidara used the ball very well even if he inexperience showed in the last 10mins

    Krul has to be MOM those saves though IMO

    A few people knocking simmo but I thought he did well on his first start for a while.

    One gripe. Getting sick of seeing cisse on the right wing. Play him as a striker or bench him simples. We are doing the lad no favours.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #18

    alan pas de clue

    I think it would be hard to leave M’Biwa or Haidara out now.

    Never thought we’d have this dilemma!!

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Tequila – I was having an argument with someone before, he was saying the usual ‘Pardew is clueless etc etc.’ Saying it was stupid that Jonas and Shola were playing, when Jonas wasnt, and Shola. Well, He did exactly what he does the best.

    Hes only 15 goals behind Shearers euro tally now! Howay Shola! Should be able to do that in the next 2 games man 🙂

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  • martoon

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Alan Pas-de-clue @1 The report also said Cisse played a 1-2 with Ameobi but I think that was Sissoko also. Probably BBC cuts the reporter watched the match on a dodgy stream 🙂

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Liverfool are playing alright now. ..

    Onto laugh at chelski

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  • DanRo

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Massive positives.
    The European results breed more confidence.
    Two clean sheets against a more than decent opponent.
    Competition for places only increases performance.
    Santon, Gouffran, Debuchy and Taylor all back in on Sunday.

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Great win for the lads. Miles Starforth reporting that Krul on crutches could be a precaution.
    Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) tweeted at 8:12 PM on Thu, Feb 21, 2013:Tim Krul, still in his kit, just walked past the mixed zone on crutches. #nufc(https://twitter.com/milesstarforth/status/304685168579444737)

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  • olivant

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #24

    @ Rotonda. I must say it is very nice to have a defencive dilemma fore a change 🙂

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Also, I love Stevie Harper, but fcuk me he is a miserable sod!

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  • BDin9

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Danny Simpson was solid tonight. Gets some stick on here sometimes but always gives 100 percent

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  • olivant

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Does anyone know which team we will face NeXT in EL ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Olivant

    it’s been a long time, but hard to remember when we’ve had so much quality at the back.

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #29

    we are ever so close to having two quality players for every position

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Feb 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Olivant – Either Hanover or Anzhi – Its looking like Anzhi at the moment

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Great fixtures coming up… hope we can go on a run and climb the table, especially with HBA coming back.

    Newcastle v Southampton
    Swansea v Newcastle
    Newcastle v Stoke
    Wigan v Newcastle

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #32

    amazed arsenal didn’t get m’biwa ahead of mertesacker!
    or sissoko for that matter.

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  • martoon

    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #33

    BDin9 @26 I was just about to say the same thing – I know Simpson has his critics on this Blog but I also thought he had a solid game and he even got forward for a couple of crosses!

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  • geordielad880

    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #34

    I have been raving about m’biwa and sissoko for about 18 months now, especially m’biwa, he will go on and be one of the best CB’s in europe, he is such a complete player.
    I have also wanted newcastle to sign RB andreas beck, from hoffeheim, and jody lukoki from ajax, winger/second striker, lukoki is an amazing talent, and is exactly what we need.
    I think newcastle really need to be looking to playing collo, as a holding midfielder, with the players we have available now, he will be excellent there, great passer, and tackler, and reader of the game, he used to play there for deportivo quite alot.

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  • Goodfella

    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #35

    @25
    Also thought that haha

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  • TyneValleyToon

    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Yes Haidara was brilliant tonight, as was Mbiwa! But playing in Europe is a different ball game to the EPL. Pard’s is right to ease them into the EPL. Patience isn’t viewed as a geordie virtue, well not yet 😉

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  • TyneValleyToon

    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #37

    I can see the attraction of Playing Colo as a defensive midfielder, but! If Colo is going in the summer, play Mbiwa as DM, get him up to the speed of the EPL a bit further from the goal where errors aren’t always fatal.

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  • chuck

    Feb 23, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Are you serious ?
    One of the most homer biased reviews i have read.
    Fact is we never looked like scoring and had it not been for the questionable penalty, may never have.
    Following the penalty we were constantly under pressure and fortunate not to have let in two or three opportunities from Metalica.
    No Ed. it was’nt a great win , we got lucky, get real.

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