Strong And Courageous Newcastle Hold Anzhi 0-0 In Moscow


Newcastle United, in a well-organized and disciplined display tonight in Moscow, ended Anzhi Makhachkala’s winning home record, when they defended well and looked a very good side in holding the hosts to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Europa league last 16 tie.

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James Perch and Willian – Perch had an excellent game tonight

The Russian side had won every Europa League game so far this season, including a 1-0 win against Liverpool, but the hosts couldn’t get the breakthrough, in what was a very even game tonight at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

And in truth  there were very few chances tonight, with Ben Arfa having Newcastle’s best chance after 64 minutes, when he was clean through on the right, but tried to lift the ball over the goalkeeper, who managed to block the shot.

And Rob Elliot again showed what a good goalkeeper he is with two excellent saves , one in each half – and in general he put in another first class show in the Newcastle goal.

In the first half  Elliot turned a swerving dipping shot from Samuel Eto’o over the bar, and then in the second half after 61 minutes he made a fantastic point-blank save low to his left from Eto’o, to put around the post for a corner – a fantastic reflex save from the Newcastle goalkeeper.

It was a very even first half with only one chance – which fell to Eto’o – and Newcastle had held their own rather easily in the first half.

Anzhi started the second half in another gear, going all out to try to break though what looked like a very solid Newcastle defense, but they just couldn’t carve out many chances, as the back four and the goalkeeper had very good games, with Ynaga-Mbiwa looking like a first rate defender.

Ben Arfa almost brought Newcastle the winner when some neat inter-play with Yohan Cabaye found Ben Arfa through in the inside right position, but instead of smashing the ball home with his right foot, he tried a delicate lob, which the goalkeeper saved – a great chance missed by the Frenchman.

Alan Pardew brought Shola Ameobi for Ben Arfa a few minutes later, and Ben Arfa can be pleased with a decent performance in his first game back since early December.

And then goalkeeper Rob Elliot was again alert as he came running out of his box to boot the ball clear just outside the penalty area.

After 75 minutes Pardew replaced Vurnon Anita, who had put in another excellent shift in the black and white shirt,  and on came  Steven Taylor and James Perch moved forward into central midfield.

Newcastle then held an increasing desperate Anzhi as the game came to an end, as they just couldn’t break through the Newcastle and rearguard, and after three minutes of added time, Newcastle had got a well deserved 0-0 draw in Moscow.

There were lots of good things to take out of this game – not least of which was another strong defensive performance from Newcastle in Europe.

The second leg is next Thursday at St. James’ Park, and with a good attendance on the night, Newcastle must now have an excellent chance to reach the quarter finals.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Anzhi Makhachkala (4-2-3-1): Vladimir Gabulov; Andrey Eschenko (Arseny Logashov 90), Joao Carlos, Ewerton, Yuri Zhirkov; Jucilei da Silva, Lassana Diarra; Odil Ahmedov, Willian (Lacina Traore 23), Oleg Shatov (Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez 84); Samuel Eto’o (c)
Subs not used: Evgeniy Pomazan, Rasim Tagirbekov, Ali Gadzhibekov, Fedor Smolov

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, James Perch, Massadio Haidara; Yohan Cabaye (c) (Cheick Tiote 84), Vurnon Anita (Steven Taylor 75); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 64)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell

Referee: Istvan Vad (Hungary)

Bookings: Newcastle – Haidara (34)



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53 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Well done boys. Finish them off at home.

    Liking the look of Mbiwa and Haidara very much.

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #2

    MUST win game against stoke on Sunday.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #3

    If a substantial offer was to come in for Santon and big Mike was to sell, I’d feel pretty comfortable knowing that Haidara would be taking the mantle.

    He deserves to get a chance in the PL in my opinion – two very good performances.

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  • seantoon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Thought we were the better side tonight just missed a striker that’s all. Must say though Ameobi was dreadful he makes me so angry. Every time the ball comes near him he makes a foul!

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Ameobi and Obertan need to go if we are serious about being a top side to be replaced by a top striker and a decent winger/striker.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #6

    I think haidara is better than santon at defending, I’m hoping that Pardiola try’s santon on the wing some time, nd I hope young Adam Campbell gets a chance sooner rather thn later

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    TDS

    Very impressed with Haidara – another great find! A notch above bigi IMO. Very good prospect and will be pushing Santon soon if he keeps making defensive lapses. Santons forward play is excellent however.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #8

    repost
    great result if we play the same at home (defensively) we should be ok
    to think that was a WHOLE NEW DEFENSE is unbelievable really perch was brilliant for me!
    but obertan infuriated me and any1 who says he was alright are bonkers!!
    the most infuriating thing about him is his concentration EVERY time the whistle blows in any situation he turns his back and jogs back not knowing wats happening behind him it fackin boils my piss!
    surely thats somthing thats easy too learn but he hasn’t!!
    needs to sharpen up and soon

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #9

    @spuggy
    How can u say get rid of Ameobi, when he’s the best player on nearly every derby day, and not a bad back up, fair enough get rid of obertan

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  • mot7

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #10

    I would swap shola and obertan for some bibs for the training ground .

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #11

    manx

    totally agree – he is the biggest ball watcher I have ever seen too. Just static until it comes to him and watch an attack on our goal and just stands there static 30 yards away.

    Sell sell sell and replace with quality winger.

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #12

    NUFC

    I like ameobi as a person and he’s a geordie, but if we’re serious about being a top 4-6 team we need to be more ruthless – not good enough to play well twice a year. He just doesn’t cut it anymore, the players we now have leave him miles behind.

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Happy with shola as 4th striker only, but obertan needs to go and we need a quality winger anyway. Hopefully QPR go down and we nick remy.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #14

    yeah haidara was brilliant too i was wondering in french footy they teach defenders to not give any space to attackers coz him and m’bwia are so quick to get to there men?
    something that simmo might learn from

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Perchy –
    best player on the night good result – but a dangerous one

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Spuggy/Manx
    Fair enough ober was wasteful tonight, but c’mon lads not a word about marv? Really? Worst player on the pitch by a mile would happily see this lad flogged in the summer and replaced with a winger who knows he’s a winger and can actually be arsed to play

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Would love to go to he game next Thursday but looks like the only flights from Norway are via London or Amsterdam thus ending up an expensive day.
    Ryanair used to have direct to Newcastle but the cheap sh1t closed them down

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    @spuggy
    I get what your saying, but
    I’m not saying dont get more quality in, I’m just saying there’s no point getting rid of a homegrown player, that would leave for pennies, when he’s:
    Big in the derby day
    Doesn’t cry when he’s not being played
    Homegrown
    A big influence in the dressing room
    And he can also change a game when he comes on, as we’ve seen against Tottenham and sunderland last season, qpr this season. I just can’t see why we should let him go 🙂

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Leazes

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  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Absolute class performance! Professional and got the job done.

    Considering many on here thought we would get hammered then I would expect those who were on earlier to come on and eat humble pie.

    I doubt they will. They never do. 😀

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  • mot7

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #21

    BY BY marv lazy little git

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  • carl

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Elliot 7
    Simpson 7
    Mbiwa 9
    Perch 8
    Haidara 7
    Cabaye 7
    Anita 7
    Marveaux 6
    Sissoko 6
    Obertan 6
    Hatem 5

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #23

    I didn’t think marv played that bad in all honesty.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Leazes,
    I get ya there when ya say Santon on the wing with Haidara at LB
    Santon loves to take players on which Jonas cannot do anymore so it’d be nice to try it.
    Haidara looks quality alongside Mbiwa as did Perchy

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Obertan 4

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Troy
    I was saying the other day I thought we’d nick a win or get a draw very happy with the result reckon we’ll do them 2-0 at SJP

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  • manxpie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #27

    spuggy i think he’dve been a good player if he’d stayed in france for longer
    when we bought him i thought he was a rough diamond and i didn’t believe united had ruined him but every game he plays he angers me more and more and i’m a person who very very rarely slates a player but he infuriates me lyk!
    some of the things he does is very good but they’re very few and far between!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Spuggy
    Really? We’re you too busy screaming at obertan then? Because marvo was absolutely shocking

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  • toonking

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #29

    @18
    i would also add that players like shola will be the last of the one club players. now it will be very unlikely that any player will remain home grown.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #30

    @marty
    Yeah and santon is very good at whizz ing past players whether its cutting inside or going down the flank, which is more difficult for the defenders to position themselves.
    And as for haidara he is solid at LB, he’s tall, quick and strong, and very young.

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  • carl

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #31

    NUFC
    Ameobi is blocking the development of Adam Cambell.

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Evening Gents, missed the game. Can anyone be so kind as to give me a succinct summary of the performance? Great result but would like to know particularly how Ben Arfa played on his comeback? And also how we defended against Eto’o, Traore, Willian and co? Thank you in advance!

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  • Assam Toon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Okay relief more than regret (of not getting an away goal). Taking Europa league in isolation, this is our 7th clean sheet our 10th match, with 9 goals scored and 5 goals conceded. Playing without a recognized striker was a smart thing to do by Pardew, i am sure even the great Guus had to think for once.

    Anzi will know that they need a just a goal now, to gain an upper hand. we should know that we have to just throw everything at them once the 2nd leg kicks off.

    keeping the same defence line might be a good idea. cisse would definitely play with ben arfa and mousa lurking behind him. cabaye & anita/perch/tiote behind them.
    Btw, I was wondering if anzi will find it tough in a natural surface, just as we were sceptical about their turf?

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Good to see people criticizing our own players all over the park……………oh brother!

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  • seantoon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Toonarmydownsouth
    At least Marv has showed some promise and that he can actually play football. At times obertan struggles to play a 5yard pass.

    I know Ameobi is big in the derby games and he’s a Geordie but does that warrant the thousands of pounds he earns every week. Sometimes he honestly makes me wonder how I never got chance to play even in the conference when this guys made it to the bigtime.
    I will continue to back him and I also like him as a person but he’s just hard to watch lead the line for your pride and joy which is nufc

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #36

    @carl
    It’s the man who picks the team sheet and makes the decisions for substitutes, that is blocking Adam Campbell from playing, not shola

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #37

    @Carl
    Obertan scoring a 6
    I Donno what you’ve been watching or drinking but that’s a bad call mate
    I think he deserves a point or two for working hard to get the ball back when he lost it but he just went n lost it again.
    I’d have Peter rampage over him any day.
    Actually we thought Routlege was rubbish when he was at the toon but he’s 10 times the player Obertan is at the moment

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  • hisnameisjonas

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #38

    marty-toon

    I think there is a direct line with norwegian from bergen to newcastle.

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  • toonking

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #39

    tommy i watched it right through
    ame basically it was totally opposite to our swansea team
    here we had excellent defence but awful forward play with obatan always wasting his balls HBA looking too rusty and marvo the worst of them all with not once making the effort
    the team next week has to change
    we can keep our back 5 as it was but the midfield and forward need to change
    mine would be
    anita
    sissoko HBA cabaye
    cisse ameobi

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  • manxpie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #40

    tads yeah marv was terrible but he at least does good things and you know he is capable of creating something out of nothing ober as i have said is just infuriating and the most annoying thing is it seems its very simple changes that he needs to make i.e concentration,effort and just simple bloody football!
    in the 1st half (as an away team) we needed to hold the ball up in the final third and he was flicking and 1 touch over hit balls! which is not needed, he plays like it’s 3 touch footy in training!

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