Newcastle’s Dates Announced Against Anzhi Makhachkala

Newcastle have just released the dates for our next two legged tie against Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala – who qualified by beating Hanover 4-2 on aggregate in the last round.

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This is what Newcastle published on their web-site a few minutes ago:

United will be away from home in the first leg, which will take place on Thursday, 7th March. The venue will be confirmed on Friday but current information is that the match will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium, home of Spartak Moscow, with a kick-off of 5:00 pm GMT.

A week later, on Thursday, 14th March, St. James’ Park will host the second leg. The kick-off time is 8.05pm GMT. As a result of the Magpies’ progression in the competition, the Club will be requesting that the Barclays Premier League fixture at home to Stoke City, currently scheduled for Saturday, 9th March, be moved to Sunday, 10th March but confirmation is awaited.

Due to the unstable political situation in the Republic of Dagestan, the match has been moved to the home of Spartak Moscow, the Luzhniki Stadium, with a kick-off of 5pm BST. Final confirmation that this will be the venue/time are expected very shortly.

United will play the home leg a week later on Thursday 14th March with a kick-off time of 8.05pm. Newcastle United have requested that the Stoke match scheduled for Saturday 9th March will be moved back 24 hours.

The match following the home leg against Anzhi has already been taken care of due to Wigan away having been taken by TV for a Sunday screening.

That’s an advantage to be away from home in the first leg, and then be able to do what’s necessary at St. James’ Park in the second leg.

The fact that we got though last night has reinvigorated what has been a very disappointing season for Newcastle – so far.

But those last two words are important,  because we now have 12 league games to play and at least two more games in Europe – so if we can start putting in performances like we’ve done since the five new Frenchmen arrived last month, we can surprise a lot of people – including ourselves. 😀

Howay the Lads!!

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48 comments so far

  • dannyboy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    sirtoon – haidara impressed me so much last night , he was very mature with great positional sense, he timed his runs well , he picked the right time to go forward but didnt put himself at risk for being caught out.
    i was describing the game to my dad as he missed it, and i wouldnt shut up about haidara and he was defo my man of the match, then sissoko , and i though marveaux was impressive last night to , but what a waste outting cisse on right wing, id much prefer squidward on the wing and thats saying something
    shola must just do weights and not running in training , he comes across so lazy its fustrating only player that can get away eith that is berbatov

  • Jamiemac

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    This is what I would like to see for soton even though I know it won’t happen:
    Deb mbiwa Taylor haidara
    Anita cabs
    Hba Sissoko santon

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Just looking at their squad, their no mugs by the look of it.

    Eto, Zhirkov, Willian, Diarra,

  • Rylandhall

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    does anyone know if Wilian is cup tied for the Europa League having played for Shakhtar? Will he be registered in time? It looks like he is yet to even play a game given their winter break..

  • toonincheek

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Being at home in the second leg, so you know what you have to do is supposed to be an advantage
    Seems we are better when we are away second leg, needing a result, backs to the wall.
    Then, it seems, we really produce a memorable performance.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Jamiamac –
    Yes – of all our players, it’s probably Colo who could do with a short break.

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7


    Yeah he impressed me for sure. I think he is quicker than Santon. When they tried to get in behind or around the back, his pace made it very difficult for them.

    He is breathing down santon’s neck and that has to be a good thing. As for Shola, he was good, but we didn’t get in behind them the way we did last week, and I know cisse didn’t take his chances (some of them anyway) but his movement is absolutely first rate. He drags defenders all over and Sissoko in particular has profited. I still believe in Papiss and feel that Shola should be used for the last 15 minutes when he is fresh and defenders are tired

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    I feel we can get this job done. Especially with the 2nd leg being at st james. I’d expect us to have 45,000, 50,000 there for this game. Some good world renowned players on show, Eto being one of them.

    What a tie this is going to be, I cant wait!

  • dannyboy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    a score draw would be perfect for the 1st leg, bring them back to st.james and we should be able to win the tie overall , if we can contain them in russia , we should be looking at the quarters 🙂
    positive thinking

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Just got to keep it as tight as possible in the 1st away fixture. Play the counter attack.

    Then thump them back here

  • dannyboy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    yeah sir toon i agree , i think its quite obvious with the team selection last night and subs what team will be picked for sunday.
    krul or elliot(rumour is krul aint gona make it)
    debuchy saylor colo santon – think the defense is certain
    tiote,anita,cabaye(2picked depending on whos fit)
    jonas(unfortunatly) sissoko goofy

    with marveaux and shola coming on at some point

  • Best9

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    anyone have any idea as to when the home leg tickets will be released to ST holders?

  • Jayden

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    An away goal (or two, not fussy) would be a great birthday present 😛

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    When we have our best 11 on the pitch we will be a match for most. Can’t see us having any problems winning the 4 games to stay up plus a draw or 2. Sooner we get wind the better though, as I feel that we are gonna give the Europa league a good go. This team is capable of getting to the semi’s with a good draw. Then it’s anyone’s to win. But semi final would have made it a nice journey for us.

  • dannyboy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #15

    can anyone explain the ticket situation for getting europa final tickets as it really confuses me??i want to buy them now and get cheap flights
    IM NOT COUNTING MY CHICKENS but even if we dont get to the final , id like to go anyway for the experience

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #16

    I didnt see the game, but hung on with bated breath to Sky etc. When Haidara arrived I said he would put immediate pressure on Santon, and he has. Santon is limited defensively and cuts our width aswell. He has many positives ( technique, energy, pace ) , but seems like a square peg in a round hole sometimes, although improving. Haidara and Gouffran could work very well together.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Willian played in the game last night so can play against us.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Inceidentally, those of you who were crying out for Wigans hugely limited and tactically naive manager to take over NUFC a few weeks ago – hang your heads in shame!

  • dembademba

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #19

    we all have our ideal teams but i think the depth we have is very promising. i for one really like anita and marveaux but its clear that they arent guaranteed starters by any means. so when players are missing we have these players to come in and do a good job, if they impress they might start the next game. this is what is needed, if we hadnt brought the players we had in in january who would have played left back? perch? the whole team would be stretched and its not fair. as long as players like anita n marv are happy to fight for their place we will improve no end. i really liked haidara yesterday esp. after getting booked reasonably early on, he showed maturity.

    as long as we replace any outgoings with similar quality and add a quality winger and quality striker we will have a very very good squad.


  • toonLYF

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m really glad were still in the mixer for the Europa League…feels like ages since we were in the last 16 of anything, so make it through to the last 8 and ill really start believing. Gonna be a nervy away leg but if we can bring them back to St James and still be in with a shout, I expect I big crowd.

  • robcstar

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    @dannyboy, I think they officially all sold a while ago, maybe even before the competition started. It was a lottery situation i think? There should be some for the 2 teams fans that get to the final.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Danny- or is it canny boy for the experience ! It’s in Amsterdam! I am using my MasterCard to try and win tickets for Champions League Final at Wembley.

  • robcstar

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #23

    @dannyboy tickets went on sale 03/12/12 until 18/1/13

  • toonLYF

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #24

    That ticket process is crap! So how many are going to be left to be offered to each set of fans of the two teams in the finals?

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Munster– Mate, all those fans are now gung ho and totally denying what you are suggesting. It’s the usual suspects the flaky flip flop fans. Hope were know on a roll. Nice to have a squad where absences of the marquee players can be compensated for. Enjoy your weekend hope your fully recovered

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

    From the mag’s site. Brilliant video of the Toon Army in Kharkiv.

    Yohannnnnn Cabayeeeee!


  • Dannyo

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Haidara did well last night, but he also exposed some minor flaws which he’ll probably irone out over time.
    His headers had little direction, there were some poor first touches in there.
    How much does he have? I dunno, it seemed like he struggled to get past the opositions wingers at times when he tried.
    But he had excellent work rate and was a good defender in the best sense of the word.
    He showed his desire to do well, and i thought that showed more than anything.

  • Dannyo

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #28

    That should’ve read “how much PACE does he have?”…

  • mindshaft

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Excellent team effort last night, think Pards got tactics spot on. I know some people on here hate him and half the players but I think they somehow think that if Pards had different tactics we’d somehow be a match for Barcelona / Real Madrid etc jeez, we’ve spent about 60 million on our whole squad and in reality at best we should be hoping for top six and maybe fourth if we can start well next season
    Some people are clearly deluded and think we should win the league at a canter and that the opposition should all be quaking in their boots and just defend or even give up after 5 mins

  • nick_9

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Its great to progress in europe, sends out a message. Anzi will be tough but i would like to think fans will give us a good backing in the second leg at home and cheer the lads to victory. I would take a boring 0:0 in the first leg right now if it was offered.

    My stream wasn’t great last night so i cannot judge hiadara well but if he is as good as many think he is or could be then perhaps he might challenge for the fb spot with santon challenging jonas for a spot on the wing.


    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #31

    On the news about our fans being attacked last night:
    I think it’s time we start giving these Eastern European hooligans a good f***ing kicking

    Has anyone else seen some of the players anzhi have :0

    Lassana diarra

    it’s gonna be a hard one, but do-able

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Yes I an much better now.I was happy for Pards to hang on and be judged at the end of the season. If we had stayed the same, I would have been happy to say goodbye, if we had a decent replacement. But the new guys have lifted him and Ba was a real issue which he probably didnt handle well ( although still got 13 goals out of him ) . Onwards…..the summer holds few fears now. We might lose Tiote ( voluntarily ) or Colo, but we can now fully trust the club to invest in decent players. I dont think the 20 mill spent on the new guys is the end of the spending till after the summer window closes. Who knows, Colo might stay.

  • Gerard Depardew

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #33

    NUFC_Leazes End person.. What use is giving the kicking to these hoogilans types as you then no better than? Only way is club refuse officially to play away leg in east europe or ask for for MK to be sospeded from europa til the nasties people fans become nice again. When uefa gets mad thos east europe teams will be shaking in boots and askin all the naughty fans give big cheers for newcastels very gud black players and also say sory to all geordie fans for kickin them and buy them a free aperatif in restaurant insted. But I think this will not happen soon do you??


    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #34


    It’s called giving them a taste of there own medicine, nd what sort of dream world do you live in like??

  • jayphoto

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Missed the game last night so didnt see haidaras performance! Saw him alot in france and never rated him asides from his energy but there was alot of good teams in for him so top pro scouts know much more than i do 🙂 think santon has that left back spot as his own for a while though, hes been one of the standouts this season! Interesting to see pardew say he took shola aside before the game to express thst hes not been impressed with his performances! Think pardew sees as much/more than any of us regarding jonas’ form (massively improved on the right) sholas form etc tbh we ‘re playing good football now, pards should get the credit as much as he was gettin slated for long ball

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Liverpool in Group A – playing Anzhi won 1-0 at home and lost 1-0 away.

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #37

    i would like to see a team of

    debuchy mbiwa colo taylor santon
    sissoko tiote/anita cabaye
    gouffran arfa

    trialed out. solid at the pack, two wing backs more than able to provide width, solid down the middle, and arfa able to roam about the final third as he pleases.

    the best part is with new found depth we have options

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s an issue for the local police not UEFA in these countries.

    UEFA and football clubs cannot control what goes on in these cities. They can put sanctions on clubs if fans misbehave in and around the ground but a club cannot police a whole city. Those being violent might not even be the teams fans, just random people who are violent and see it as an excuse to fight.

    Worst case scenario if a city is too dangerous play elsewhere in the country or if the country is too dangerous play in a neutral country but its difficult if the local police don’t show a lot of care.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Did not want to comment during the game as the blog goes a bit mental good solid result although in all honesty we should have been going over there 2 nil up so justice was served

    I am usually a critic of Simpson and Shola but thought they done well Simmo can defend its when he tries to do other things its where he comes up short but he kept it simple with a couple of hoofs just shows if you have a good centre back beside him like Mbiwa he can look solid

    Shola well what can you say ??He was really good last night and keeps up his ratio of one decent thing every 10 games (last game was QPR home game) he might be better suited to european football as its a slower game and the opposition defenses dont really like playing against someone physical

    Also how dirty were Metallist?!?Every time we started to make passes or make a run = CHOP!!Sissoko, Cabaye, Haidara, Anita and Marveux could have been seriously injured and that guy with the elbow against Mbiwa in the 1st minute should have seen red!And what was all that pettiness from them when Dreamboat went off?!

    To make matters worse anytime we even tapped them they would go down in installments!!Haidara’s card was never a yellow compared to some of their tackles

    Eastern European teams are only going to get stronger they have the money and are able to attract better players and coaches every year, their grounds and crowds are always intimidating it now looks like any team that wants to win the Europa will need to beat Anzhi, Rubin Kazan and Zenit to do it !Oh and they can afford to pay off officials as well!!

    On the plus I though Mbiwa, Haidara and Sissoko played well Anita in the 1st half was great the way he helped us keep possession but they broke him 2nd half

    Marveux done ok but that was the hardest I have seen him work in terms of tracking back and closing down it may have finally sunk in for him that the only way he can stay in the team is to put the legwork in although should have squared the ball over for a goal!!

    After Haidara’s performance i thought this team would be unreal against Southampon Injuries permitting of course:

    Santon RWF
    Gouufran LWF

    Would give us the perfect combination of players and width Santon and Debuchy and Haidara and Gouffran overlapping each other without cutting in with Anita and Sissoko getting into the box late for crosses and cutbacks

    That team would dominate Southampton but I doubt that is the team that will be on Sunday

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #40

    jay– Your right. Pardew has direct contact with the squad in training and has the benefit of performance monitoring technology to gauge physical shape. He discusses with his coaching staff just how adequately prepared individual players are and training programmes are set accordingly. It can be energy consuming for a player to be overly concerned about non related football issues. Players need relaxed minds as the difference in the average game is more thinking than physical . The knowledge derived from all of the above is in marked contrast to those critics who claim to have more knowledge than the professionals. Nobody is beyond criticism but the manager is usually better informed to make a judgment call.


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