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Benfica 3 Newcastle 1 – Video Highlights

10:13 pm, Thursday, April 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments


Benfica 3 Newcastle 1 – Video Highlights

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57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nufc786 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    We lost the fight but not the war keep the faith and hopefully we will be in the semi’s by this time next week

  • 2 nufc_eire // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    The reason that nearly every team we’ve played this year have had a good day against us is that we let them play. There’s no pressure when they get the ball and they have acres to play passes and play nice attractive football. Benfica are a really good side but we made them look a lot better than they really were. Same with Man City last weekend.

    It shouldn’t matter which players are injured and out in terms of pressing the opposition and having a work rate higher than the snails pace we are playing at the moment.

    We’re lucky that there are a few teams playing worse than us that may go down. But if we play like this we just might

  • 3 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:17 PM


    Not just today, but always.

    You must see that a different game to me. We had them when we pressed but too many pass back, long balls and drooping shoulders.

    My question isn’t about the quality of the opposition, it’s the managers input during the game.

    We need a leader. Look how animated their manager was. They were on the ropes, he started getting angry and they responded.

    You cannot argue that fact?

    The most important thing to me remains the Premier League and if we invite the pressure on as we always do and we don’t find the leader we require in the manager we will be relegated.

    Sunday is the most important game and we go into it with dropping soldiers. It’s up to Pardew to sort this out.

  • 4 Ben3arfa // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Where was Ben Arfa when we truly needed him tonight.

    We exposed their defnce a few times but their midfield kept overwhelming ours hence the lack of constant threat to their goal.

    They well and truly played Cabaye out of the game.

    Santon’s shitty back pass changed the complexion of the tie.

  • 5 Tinman // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Still think we can go through. Must not concede though.

  • 6 darrenfletcher88 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Fighting Newcastle go down,what a load of pap!!! We were batterd!!! Again I may add!!!! Fulham on Sunday!!! Haha!! Pardews interview we were unlucky hit the post bla bla bla!!! Look at shots,possession,corners the things that matter we were done over again!!!

  • 7 JackButler // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM


    Has Santon got to improve???………YES

    But so does everybody else in our squad, as we are simply not good enough as a team.

    But as always on here after a defeat someone has to be hung out to dry and carry the blame.
    My original post was against those idiot’s who were saying that Santon should be sold because on the basis that they came up with we would only have two or three players available next season

  • 8 nufc786 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    NEWCASTLE REACTION – Benfica 3-1 Newcastle
    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: “I thought we did so much right to get into a great position. We had taken the sting out of them, then we gifted them a goal.

    “I thought Steven Taylor was desperately unlucky for the penalty; it just was not to be. I cannot fault the players, it was a great effort. We came here to have a go at them.”

  • 9 nufc786 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Here’s more from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: “Apart from 10 minutes at the end of the first half, I thought we were in control. It is an uphill challenge for us now.

    “The away goal could come into it if we get the first goal. They are a quality side, and we have to give them respect. We showed signs that if we are ambitious we can hurt a team.”

  • 10 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:25 PM


    Well I agree with you that neither should Santon be sold nor should he be hung out to dry as being responsible for the defeat so I’m with you on that score.

    On the topic of Santon I just wonder if these links with Zenit could be true. I wouldn’t be very surprised if the signing of Haidara – who is similar in age to Santon – is a replacement for, not understudy to Santon. Thoughts?

  • 11 NUFC_LEAZES END // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I think it’s a better result than a 1-0 defeat

    Like how pardew said if we get a goal first again, we only need one more.
    But like how poyet and Coleman said, it needs to be ‘controlled attacks’, so we aren’t caught out at the back like how we were today.

    Overall felt like we were robbed, 2 shots off the post that looked certain to go in, and on another day would have went in. 1 individual error which led to a goal, and an offside that could have led to a great chance for us.

    Never say we can’t do it at home, because we can :) HOWAY THE LADS!!!

  • 12 Bambams // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Its only half time ! They wont want to come to ours knowing 2-0 puts them out.

    I believe we can still go through, we gifted them two goals boys. They are good but not as good as I thought they would be.

    We ALL need to have St James’ Park rocking and I will be there…. This is what we all wanted, European nights !


  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Taylor unlucky for pen – crap does it every game rolls around if hit in balls. Also puts his arms around players every game – matter of time before he gets caught

  • 14 daztoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    As soon as we lose the ball our defence retreats to our own 18 yard line we need to play a higher line

  • 15 NUFC_LEAZES END // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Anyone else think cabaye is looking just a bit average lately? He’s never in my top 3 for man of the matches, not saying that I am the decider on good performances but I just think he’s not playing to his full potential lately

  • 16 martoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Any chance to bash Pardew – I thought he got the tactics spot on – he can’t legislate for individual mistakes and unlucky bounces of the post. Sorry of course he can Pardew should have demanded square posts!!!

  • 17 Byker Boy // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record SANTON is not a full back. He is a canny player but he is not and never will be a full back.It is much more important to beat Fulham than be side tracked by this competition.If we do then with momentum there is no reason we cannot go through to the next round of this cup,but the league MUST take priority

  • 18 stuart no9 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    lets face it – the best team won , and the best team will probably go through. committed suicide tonight, no surprise there though. aftrer the first 20 mins benfica took over , therewas only going to be 1 outcome. yep i bit unlucky , but pards cant complain about the pen. every toon fan must ave seen that coming from taylor these last few weeks, he got caught tonight. cant go round blaming any of the players really. i said before the game -untill we get more fire power up front forget about winning anything , it wont happen -i even think we will struggle to stay up.

  • 19 toon252 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM


    Correct – Been saying it all season.. There is a 60 yard gap between Cisse and the defence most of the time which means we cant play nice short pass and move stuff because we have to do it with a midfield 3 over 60 yards!

    The defence shoudl be pushed higher giving Cabaye and Perch/Anita to get closer to Sissoko and Cisse!

  • 20 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:30 PM


    You’re judging the manager’s intent due to how animated he gets on the sideline? Continental Europeans, especially the Iberian/Mediterranean ones tend to be more animated by nature so I feel that’s a redundant point.

    There are 2 sets of teams, if a team, especially one as technically sound as Benfica come back into the game, it isn’t just because we invite them on, it could be that their own game plan, be that pressing, tracking, passing and moving is working, not just that we have gone defensive.

    Benfica were the home side and we were hardly expected to press them like we did in the first 20 for the entire 90 were we? If we tried that we’d have run out of steam and they would have picked us off easily.

  • 21 JackButler // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:32 PM


    Buying Haidara was to give us cover, so selling Santon will leave us short again so we need to keep both at the club.

    Part of the issue with Santon is that he’s being told to get forward but has no cover when he does so and is then left exposed.

    For me the biggest issue with this current side is that we are so slow and static while in possession and therefore very predictable to play against

  • 22 mot7 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Cabaye seems happy to stroll around we needed our captain to impose himself on the game tonight and he didnt show up.

  • 23 martoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    darrenfletcher88 – we were playing Benfica at the SOL for gods sake you would expect then to have the better of the stats.

  • 24 toon252 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Martoon – They had 3 times the shots we did! His tactics were spot on for first 15-20 mins of first half and first 5 of second but after that it didn’t work – He doesn’t seem to have a plan B – It’s either his tactic works or it doesn’t.. Yes we hit post twice.. So the ball isn’t in the net – They scored 3 times, we scored once – Their tactics worked, ours didn’t (fully)

    The problem is for most of the season his tactics haven’t worked and that’s why we are in a relegation fight and by the looks of it going out out of Europe!

    Harsh but also a Fact!

    Another thing, depending on this weekends game at Fulham, say we lose, can we afford to put a strong team out against Benfica with the 6 pointer Derby on the Sunday?

  • 25 toonicle // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    I’m certainly not blaming the loss on Santon, but after having seen Haidara play back there in some of the previous games it just shows how much Santon seems to be lacking defensively. I can’t remember a game where I was actually impressed with his defensive work. We need a solid LB, not a decent attacking LB that has trouble getting back to cover.

  • 26 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM


    I’m not convinced that Haidara is simply an understudy, if Ferguson breaks into the first team squad in the next few seasons we would have 3 LBs, surely one would have to make way and I just think that may be Santon. Maybe not in the summer or even next January but unless he develops his defensive game he will never be a reliable choice at LB.

    I don’t agree that he is left exposed due to lack of cover, he leaves himself exposed when he is caught in possession high up the pitch and then saunters down the field at half pace. He simply isn’t tuned into his defensive game in my opinion.

  • 27 blew // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Santon was again cruely exposed.
    I cringe at the thought of him at LB against Fulham.
    Their attacks will be directed at him.He is major
    weaklink. PL is essential, I have grave doubts and
    no confidence in the manager.

  • 28 toon252 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Oh and what is this “Expect” all about – Do you think the fans who spent their money travelling to Portugal expect not to get a result.. I hate when our fans say “we didn’t expect anything” – It is a defeatist attitude!

  • 29 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Darkside of the toon

    Alex Ferguson – Scottish
    David Moyes – Scottish
    Tony Pulis – English
    Arsene Wenger – French
    Brendan Rodgers – Irish
    Steve Clarke – Scottish
    Chris Hughton – English

    The national characteristic of a manager is not intrinsic to the way he manages. Of course it adds to their ‘style’ of management but being vocal, animated and reassuring are not hallmarks of any specific region rather part of the winning mentality of managers who act as cheerleaders to their teams whether the said team is winning or losing.

  • 30 darrenfletcher88 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    @martoon, better stats wins football games am afraid!!!

  • 31 stuart no9 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    our overall play in 90 mins is not good enough. not just tonight , but over the entire season . you can only blame pardew for that. this has got to be his last season, he has taken us as far as he can – time for a change of manager,also must have a closer look at the coaches . there is something not right.

  • 32 toon252 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Santon wasn’t EXPOSED… He made a mistake – He did quite well to say they practically played with 2 wingers on each side!

  • 33 daztoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    We are our own worst enemy.Back off to much and invite pressure.

  • 34 slbfan // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    Benfica started the game with 4 players from B team, player who were not playing in A team since november. It was a great chance to NCU do a nice result.
    Seems to me that NUC need a lider in defense, a realy good player, and someone who can have the ball, with technic and game vision in the midfield. NUC atack is very good and team in general is solid but imo you have a lot of good players mixed with mediocre players, You need to get rid of some guys this summer.

  • 35 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    Shane Ferguson is not a LB.

  • 36 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    Out of that entire list the only 2 that I would say that are animated would be Pulis and Moyes, Fergie and Wenger get animated when things don’t go their way but you’ve pretty much given a list of British and Irish managers who are relatively reserved on the touchline, which brings me to ask, what exactly is your point?

  • 37 Mark the Mag // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    We had a knack of winning close games last season, this time round things just are not going our way. Next season will be the time to judge Pardrew hopefully he will get the luck that has evaded him this season. We need safety but its a shame relegation has threatened our European campaign as we might not get it for another 5 years.

  • 38 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:43 PM


    An interesting point. Who would you say are the mediocre players? x

  • 39 Deana // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    I hope Pardew doesn’t make excuses and blame bad luck when he’s talking to the players in the dressing room. We keep trying to soak up pressure and never dominate games.

    I think Cabeye has been poor for a long time now but never gets criticised. He was bollocks tonight and Sissoko was a disappointment. You can blame things on defensive errors but they are always going to happen when your midfield don’t give them a moments peace.

    Perhaps a nice guy and definitely exceeded expectations but Perch wouldn’t get a game at Sunderland. Taylor??? Well that’s just what he does…… Love him cause he’s a Geordie but I’m always scared about what he’s about to do.

    Apologies for the negativity but pissed off with that like. 2-0 at st James and all forgiven. Come on the Toon, through thick and thin.

  • 40 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    Shane Ferguson can play at LB, he has played at LB in the past, to say that he is not a LB is incorrect in my view. Perhaps I should rephrase. If Ferguson breaks through the first team squad we would have at least 3 players capable of playing LB.

  • 41 JackButler // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM


    I think Haidara may have been brought in as an understudy but from the little I’ve seen of the lad he certainly looks good enough to push for a starting 11 place. But I think that Fegie is never going to make the grade at left back as he’s not physically strong enough or good enough in the air.

    But with Santon he passes a very static midfield with no one dropping in to cover him, something that you see all the time with team’s like ManU and he’s then left exposed.

    I still have serious issue’s with the players fitness and conditioning levels as we are yet to play a full 90 minuets where we have looked up to speed

  • 42 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM


    My point is that you obviously watch the majority of your football matches on your settee.

    Anyone who goes to a match will see the listed managers on the sidelines barking instructions, giving confidence and making tactical decisions immediately to compensate for opponents weaknesses or strengths.

    What I am saying is that Pardew doesn’t, and when we have a leaderless team and he needs to step up, he goes missing like Santon on a counter attack.

    Pardew prefers to make notes and deliver them at half time or full time. Fact.

    When Santon played that ball back for their goal did you see 1 player go over to him to console him? Did you see the manager have a word?

    Leaderless team, just like 4 years ago.

  • 43 martoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    darrenfletcher88 – I think you’ll find that actually goals win games ;)

  • 44 JAMSHA // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    we wer unlucky today… anyways time to focus on fulham

  • 45 leeb1982 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Can’t believe it. We knew how tough this tie would be yet we decide to shoot ourselves. Yes we lacked a bit of luck hitting post twice but we need haidara asap. Santon had good first half of season but has been abysmal since.

  • 46 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM


    We would have 7 players capable of playing LB.

    Santon, Haidara, Moyo, Anita, Dummet, Ferguson, Ryan Taylor.. .anymore?

  • 47 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM


    From the little I’ve seen of Haidara I can say that I’ve seen more defensively from him in 3 games than Santon has provided all season which is a shocking indictment of Santon (albeit only from me haha)

    It remains to be seen about Fergie, he could be a late bloomer, but in the next few seasons even Curtis Good could be an understudy as someone who can play LB which would surely necessitate moving on at least one of those who can play there, as I feel logistically it would make sense.

    I long for another marauding wing back in the mould of Ginola but I am afraid Santon is nowhere near that standard going forward and not good enough (yet) defensively.

  • 48 daztoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Shane Ferguson is no left back and Beattie is right I have only seen Pardew have a go at the team during a game once this season first half away at Swansea

  • 49 leeb1982 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Beattie agree with all of ur last comment other than why should he be consoled. It’s was idiocy to play that pass and I’d be going mental with him after that. The kid can’t defend. We need a solid back for to give confidence to those infringed to attack teams

  • 50 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM


    Yes, being someone who does not live in England I watch a lot of my games at home, once more your point being? A manager who shouts does not necessarily mean he is a leader.

    I have watched many games where Fergie has sat down the entire game, so once more a redundant point.

    You just seem like a very disagreeable young man who does not like someone disagreeing with him so I think I will not indulge your childishness any more and simply ignore you.

  • 51 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Also, erroneously stating something as a “fact” does not make it so.

  • 52 slbfan // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:57 PM


    Imo perch, taylor, gutierrez and simpson are mediocre, without class to represent a team like NUC.

    It would be interesting to see both clubs playing with ther best players. Ben harfa, colocini and goufran in NCU and salvio, aimar, maxi pereira and enzo peres in benfica. The problem is that we are 2 victories away to become champions so we need to reserve the best players to the PL.

  • 53 leeb1982 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Darkside are those the games where man u are under the cosh or a goal down. No didn’t think so fergie lets them know when things aren’t going as he expects. End of

  • 54 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM


    “End of” So the discussion is over because you deem it to be? Well I suppose that concludes our discussion, however you’ve missed my overriding point that a manager who constantly shouts at his team does not necessarily make him a great leader. Also I’ve seen Pards shout instructions to the lads many times so I think this ridiculous point has been given too much air time. “End of”…

  • 55 Ben_BKK // Apr 4, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    slbfan – Perch, Simpson and Gutierrez would not be usual starters for us if Tiote, Debuchy and Ben Arfa were able to play, as well as Coloccini if he’d been fit.

    Your team has a lot more depth, when our best players aren’t fit we don’t have quality replacements to come into the team.

  • 56 darrenfletcher88 // Apr 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    And chances get goals u penis!!

  • 57 Footballwatch // Apr 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    If you wish you can watch the game’s highlgihts on

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