Newcastle Just Fail To Pull Of A Sensational Result


Newcastle almost pulled off the impossible tonight, as they came on strongly in the second half and a good goal from Papiss Cisse (who else?) after 671 minutes set it up for a grandstand finish, with Newcastle needing one more goal to get through to them last four of the competition.

Soccer - UEFA Europa League - Quarter Final - Second Leg - Newcastle United v Benfica - St James' Park

Cisse in action tonight – yes he scored again – and had two “goals” disallowed

And in the second half Alan Pardew brought on Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux – all attacking moves – to increase the pressure on a Benfica side that were almost being over-run in the last twenty minutes of the game – and with a little luck Newcastle could have had a second goal as they went all out and had the chances to score a second.

But then in the second minute of stoppage time, a quick breakaway from Benfica ended up in Eduardo Salvio putting the ball into the net – and Benfica won the tie by 4-2. It’s just a pity we couldn’t have won it 1-0 to say we beat Benfica and ended their winning streak – but it was not to be.

But Newcastle came ever so close to getting through tonight, in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park crowd – who were roaring the lads on – and it was a perfect game plan from Alan Pardew – and with just a little bit of luck in those last 10 minutes Newcastle could have produced the miracle we all wanted to see.

This was the 14th game in Europe for Newcastle this season – and they have done really well – considering all the injuries the side has had – and they were great tonight.

Ben Arfa in particular tried hard to open up things in the last 20 minutes of the game, and the mercurial Frenchman got a huge reception from the crowd when he was introduced – and Hatem had a couple of decent chances – which he may have blasted home – with a little more match practice.

The lads were fantastic tonight – let’s give them the credit they deserve – even though we didn’t get through against a very good Benfica side – who could go on to win the whole thing.

We were proud of the lads tonight. 😀

Now we have to ensure we beat Sunderland on Sunday, and start picking up points in the Premier League.

We’ll get a full match report out a little later.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:


You can also reach Ed at admin@nufcblog.com

=============================================



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

136 comments so far

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #1

    GUTTED. Proud, but gutted. feel that we will tear sunderland apart though

    0
  • do the hatem shake

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #2

    hope the lads dont have any grudges against the mackems if we play like that for the rest of the season we will be fine

    0
  • Gleese

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Very proud of pardew and the lads…did everything right and were desperately unlucky in the end. Credit to Pardew..got the tactics spot on…if we had attacked them all night they would have definitely caught us on the break at some point and then the game would have been dead! We had them rattled and as gutted as I am i cant fault anything…I think we should all be very proud of them!!! 🙂

    0
  • JDdubai

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #4

    1. Thought we did well when we decided to attack, think he went too extreme though for the first 60 mins. Yes we had to be careful but it was too much for me. Why not just ask UEFA to start the match at 60 mins and be done with it…
    2.showed we can compete with top teams, add a fit HBA, Colo, Debuchy, Santon, Saylor, Tiote, a fit Marveaux, Gouffran to this lot, plus 3 purples in the summer and we should be rocking next year.
    3.Still think its unacceptable how many times Cisse is offside, its just laziness not getting back level with the defenders. Glad his scoring touch is returning tho.
    4.overall feel disappointed as i thought benfica were there for the taking and dont think we did everything we could have tonight. Nevermind, no distractions for top 4 challenge for next season now….

    0
  • Eddie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Sunderland is going to be messy.

    0
  • Graeme

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Take the very many positives and turn it against the scum.

    We need to give them the thrashing of their lives in full retribution of the injustice tonight. I’ll be VERY happy with TOOOOOOOON 6 -0 mackems lol

    Bring the unwashed on for the ritual slaughter

    0
  • kevymartins

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #7

    The way spurs are playing here it looks like there heading out.

    0
  • Tinman

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #8

    If Pardew got the tactics right why arent we in the semis? You cant argue against that. When we ‘kept it tight’ in the first half we could have easliy conceded two goals. Best form of defence is attack, always has been, always will be.

    0
  • Hatem Ben Hutley

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Very proud. Get a couple new signings to strengthen the squad and were in for a cracking next season!

    0
  • JAMSHA

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #10

    kevymartins

    Lol Mate… Guess the scum stole the box den

    0
  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #11

    It was not to be… i cant fault their effort…maybe marvaux should have started first half to give us a creative outlet when did have have a chance to push forwards in the 1st half

    then bring on benny 2nd half

    0
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #12

    McClaren is saying Pards got the tactics right. Enough said.

    0
  • Toon Tang

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #13

    if we play like we did in that 2nd, we will massacre the unwashed similar to that texas chainsaw affair. pardew is cast as leatherface in this epic and this time their isn’t a survivor.

    0
  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #14

    all of your European games were so boring that your own fellow magpies hated it and called it a distraction

    0
  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Tinman

    Does getting the tactics right automatically result in a win?

    0
  • toonluvva

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Agree that the Toon did everything they could to win the tie and can be proud of their effort.

    Thought that we should have had a penalty when Cisse was brought down by the keeper in the second half.

    Bring on the mackems on Sunday.

    0
  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #17

    NOW bring on the mackems…

    0
  • do the hatem shake

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #18

    my team for scum would be
    ……………………………..krul………………..
    deb…….yanga………….saylor/willo..hairdryer

    ben arfa…cab……sissoko………..marveux
    ……………….shola………cisse

    0
  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #19

    people chat about cisses offsides as if its new, he had the highest offside rate in europe before he joined and still scored 20 a season. its frustrating yes, but playing on the last man gets him free, and its part of his make up.

    0
  • toonbrother

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #20

    pardew got it exactly right. the position we were in around the 85 minute mark was a very good one. only a one goal deficit and we had the momentum. They seeemed out on their feet we just couldnt deliver the killer blow. When you consider Benfica have not lost in aeons it was a very valiant performance by our boys. Only player i had a problem with was Anita. He just doesnt stamp his authority in midfield. I would have move bigi there and take him off for shola. No surprise cabaye only came to life when he had sissoko playing alongside him in central mid.

    0
  • Tinman

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Mutiny, excluding bad luck. Yes.

    0
  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Tinman

    That doesn’t make any sense – You are aware who we were playing against? And that we were two goals down from the first leg?

    It is of course possible to do everything to the best of your abilities, but simply be outclassed by outstanding opposition. Giving away two goals by individual errors doesn’t help too much either.

    0
  • geordie066

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Tinman. Using best form of defence is attack lost newcastle a 12 point lead in the league once… you might have read about it in the paper.. the best form of defence is ball possession and composure.

    0
  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #24

    MACKEM WARRIOR

    i never knew you watched our games you….

    0
  • Tinman

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Or exceptional goals

    0
  • JackButler

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #26

    MACKEM WARRIOR

    How are you qualified to comment on anything to do with Europe???

    Never mind, Championship tickets are far cheaper so you don’t have to mug so many old ladies to pay for yours next season

    0
  • yo-yo

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #27

    The tactics were fine iver the two legs – the execution failed. Two individual errors, two off the woodwork – Shola slipped and Benny didn’t catch his shot right.
    Any two of those six different and we were through

    0
  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #28

    on a side note, shola may not be the best individual, but cisse looks a much better player alongside him. shearer said he was the best to play with and you can see why.

    0
  • PhillNUFC

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #29

    i had no hopes pinned on us going through i didnt see it happening but with 20 mins to go (like pardew said, and also he got the tactics and subs for that game spot on) i honestly thought we could do it.
    It was soul crushing to see us lose when we didnt deserve it, i would of been happier if we just lost it in the first half but hey its Newcastle they put there hearts into the game just like every Newcastle fan (including me and im normally quite negative in these games) devastating to see us go out but im proud of the team!

    0
  • Toon Tang

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #30

    we were unlucky really, i thought willo played class like. when benny got back on to his left peg at the end i thought ‘this is it’.

    cabaye had an off day as well

    0
  • Assam Toon

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Didnt understand why bigirimana was played. Marveaux should be allowed the platform. Pardew played it safe but almost pulled it through. He knew that between today and Sunday he can afford to lose today only. Sissoko was disappointing. I am Sad but proud…

    0
  • JAMSHA

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #32

    MACKEM WARRIOR

    An Yet U Wer Watchn All Our European Games

    0
  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #33

    if any of you think we will play like that against sunderland,, your more deluded than i thought

    he will sit, and try and hit ont the counter, cisse by himself AGAIN,

    pardew may come accross as confident,, its just a front, confident ppl are bold by there very nature

    pardew is a chicken,, wont go for anything, rather keep what he has

    0
  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #34

    catchy

    You usually ignore simple logic and reasoning, but I should point out that I’d happily see Pardew replaced by a better manager – in fact, almost everyone would be perfectly happy with that.

    But most clearly just feel that sitting on an internet blog moaning and posting abuse about Pardew is somewhat of a waste of your life. Football doesn’t seem to give you any enjoyment whatsoever. You should give it a rest.

    0
  • yo-yo

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #35

    toonbrother

    I thought Anita played fine – first half they held the high line, gave us no time on the ball and his passing options were pretty limited.

    0
  • Tinman

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Look all I’m saying is Pardew got it wrong. Again…

    Pardew made mistakes tonight:
    Starting Williamson – he cant pass out of defence for shit, all this ends up doing is wasting us time.
    Dropping/Resting Marveaux – abosulutley ludicrous. Wouldnt of minded Bigi in for Anita, but Bigi for Marveaux is a joke. Marveaux has been our best player over the last 3 games.
    Bringing Ameobi on at HT – hes shocking. Gives away free kicks, wasting time.
    Waiting too long to bring on Ben Arfa and Marveaux – game changed when they came on, what more can I say?

    Oh and while I am at it. Have been backing Cisse for MONTHS. He has been fantastic over the last month. Tonight showed his passion for our club. He was everywhere tonight. Not even sure if he will have the energy to walk tomorrow. He left his heart and soul on that pitch.

    0
  • Cool Hand Luke

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #37

    I almost pity the Mackems now… in my minds eye I can see Shola/Ben10 crush our enemies, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentation of their women.

    0
  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #38

    ben arfa not fully fit but still made a noticeable difference, for me a fit in form benny scores that shot on his left

    0
  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #39

    catchy in norway
    mate your worse than the mackem on here…
    cmon on lad your a geordie… Arent you????

    0
  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #40

    yes I was watching your European games just to see how you people were fighting with eachother

    0

You must log in to post a comment.