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Attacking Newcastle Beat Motherwell 4-2

9:00 pm, Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments


Newcastle United got their pre-season off to a good positive start tonight at Motherwell and won the game 4-2, after impressing in the first half as the lads went 3-1 up and were attacking the Scottish side, which was good to see.

Haris Vuckic, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko and Sylvain Marveaux all scored, and after struggling so much to score goals in the final games of last season, it seemed attack was on the minds of the Newcastle players tonight, and it was a good display from our lads.

Newcastle went ahead in this game after only 8 minutes when Moussa Sissoko got the ball in midfield, and then put a great through ball to Yoan Gouffran, and the Frenchman’s shot was well saved by goalkeeper Hollis but Haris Vuckic, back from his ACL injury put the ball into the empty net from the edge of the area and Newcastle were 1-0 up.

Haris certainly has an eye for goal, and it was a good opportunist effort from the Slovenian International.

And in the early stages it was all Newcastle, as 21 year-old Paul Dummett hit a decent shot over the bar, and it was 20 year-old Haris Vuckic again, who had the assist on the second goal after 15 minutes.

James Tavernier put through a beautiful ball to Vuckic, who went forward to the edge of the penalty area, and then when it looked like he was about to shoot, Vuckic cleverly put Gouffran through, and the Frenchman had the ball in the back of the net in a jiffy.

This man Yoan Gouffran is much better player than we may think – and he cans score some goals for the Magpies.

Motherwell v Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly

Haris Vuckic scores Newcastle’s second goal

So Newcastle were 2-0 up, but then conceded when Iain Vigurs scored after 26 minutes, when he put in an excellent shot from 23 yards out, that gave goalkeeper Rob Elliot no chance.

And then after 39 minutes Newcastle scored again, and this time Sissoko got the ball on the edge of the area, but he was well marked by several Motherwell defenders.

Then out of the blue, Sissoko hit a first time effort towards goal and while Hollis got a hand to the ball it slid underneath his body and Newcastle were 3-1 up, and the goalkeeper possibly could have done better.

At half time this attacking Newcastle were well worth their 3-1 lead.

Alan Pardew made two changes at the break, replacing Vuckic and center-back Mike Williamson with Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor.

But Motherwell brought it back to 3-2 after just 52 minutes with a penalty, when Sissoko tripped Stuart Carswell as the Frenchman tried to intercept the ball, and McFadden chipped his penalty straight down the middle of the goal, as Elliot dived out of the way.

Newcastle restored their two goal advantage after 64 minutes, and it was that man Marveuax who put the ball home after an excellent cross into the box from the left wing by Newcastle-born Paul Dummett.

Alan Pardew made sure everybody but sub goalkeeper Jak Alnwick got a run-out, and the game became disjointed, as often happens when too many subs are introduced.

This was a good display and a good win by Newcastle and it was good to Newcastle able to score four good goals tonight.

And while the results of friendlies don’t mean to much, after all the negativity we’ve had over the last several weeks, this was a good display and a good result from this Newcastle side, and we were short of a lot of our first teamers.


Motherwell (4-4-2): Lee Hollis (Gunnar Nielsen 46); Adam Cummins (Fraser Kerr 46), Simon Ramsden, Shaun Hutchinson, Stevie Hammell; Stuart Carswell, Paul Lawson (Zaine Francis-Angol 46), Keith Lasley (Craig Moore 74), Iain Vigurs (Euan Murray 74); Bob McHugh (James McFadden 46), Trialist (Lee Irwin 82)
Subs not used: n/a

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, Mike Williamson (Steven Taylor 46), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (c) (Remie Streete 82), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita (Michael Richardson 82), Moussa Sissoko (Mehdi Abeid 68); Gabriel Obertan (Shane Ferguson 74), Haris Vuckic (Sylvain Marveaux 46), Sammy Ameobi (Romain Amalfitano 82); Yoan Gouffran (Adam Campbell 58)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick

Tags: Friendlies · Match Reports · Newcastle News · Pre-Season


27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kevymartins // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    That guy talking about rooney is getting on my last nerv, he is talking like people watching are 5 year olds. Wayne ROOOONNNEEEYYY at old trafford is looking bleak

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Attacking? Newcaslte? Easily Beat?

    It’s been a while and granted it’s Motherwell, but come on, it’s nice to hear.

  • 3 rainrix // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Only scored 4.

    Pardew out!

  • 4 toonicle // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Ibiza- I was going to say exactly the same. When we are allowed to attack by Pardew we look so much better. Long may our winning streak continue!

  • 5 Noah Another Ameobi // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    my team for next season 4312
    debuchy colo mbiwa haidara
    santon sissoko ben arfa
    cisse gouffran

    subs elliot saylor dumett anita bigirmana marveaux campbell

    p.s i think cabaye will go and i think that vuckic could be amazing with ben arfa sissoko and santon next to him

  • 6 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    ….and so the mighty mag machine rumbles on as it grinds the once mighty motherwell to dust in a humiliating display of destruction and humiliation. And concedes 2 goals. Hmm.

  • 7 Toon_Tom // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Unbeaten this term.

  • 8 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Is this Pardew suddenly realizing how easy being Newcastle manager is? Did we really play attacking football??!?

  • 9 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    The result is an irrelevance, nice to get the win, better to see fringe players perform well.

  • 10 Yohan Kebab // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    noah another ameobi

    that midfield would get ripped to shreds

    however i can see the logic in trying to get gouffran cisse vuckic and arfa into a team, they could be a forceful unit

  • 11 Toon_Tom // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Noah – Tiote ?

  • 12 John Tudor // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    years ago tours of ireland cracking wins pre-season come the league utter rubbish

  • 13 Yohan Kebab // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    debuchy mym colo santon
    sissoko anita cabaye
    arfa vuckic

    christmas tree formation,

    in reality vuckic prob not good enough to get into our starting XI but i love watching him

    santon looks twice the defender alongside colo

  • 14 Newcastle for alltid // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I`ve always seen Gouffran as a player who hasn`t exactly grabbed the headlights. He works hard and scores goals. He doesn`t get the praise I feel he deserves, as it`s always Cissè this and Cissè that. Gouffran is a striker, even though he`s often used just of Cissè or on the wing. If we don`t get lucky in our search for a striker this summer I would consider using Gouffran as our man up front. is attitude is brilliant.

  • 15 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM


    I’d have Anita in the middle and until Cabs leaves, we can’t factor a team without him. A midfield 3 of Anita, Sissoko and Cabs would be immense.

  • 16 Ibizatoon // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    and he started Obertan!

    Pardew out!

    Right lads, I’m off. Take it easy.

  • 17 Belfast // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Pipe down Skunki you turnip.

  • 18 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    oh well, another cameo appearance and a couple of weeks until the next post. Bon Soir.

  • 19 Belfast // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    100% record wohoo.

    Lets just play in the Spl

  • 20 Yohan Kebab // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    pardew seems determined to persist with 4231, which leaves us

    tiote cabaye anita sissoko marv hba vuckic bigi jonas obertan sameobi to compete for 5 places in midfield

  • 21 Belfast // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Where have you been anyway ??
    I’ve enjoyed you not being here to be honest.

  • 22 BDin9 // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    J T just been skipping through the blogs. Ignore the tossers. I like reading your quips. If they don’t then skip them. Don’t bother dropping to their level.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Nice to be back home so I can listen to total sport as it gives a good gauge on the mood of the fans and Ando seems to talk a lot of sense, well it seems like the majority of people are pi$$ed off with the way Mike Ashley is doing things and if they try and pull the ‘well the signings made in January were for now’ then it’s simply not good enough as they have admitted those signings should have been made the summer before and for all those telling people to calm down the window has only been open two weeks please remember the season kicks off against Man City in four weeks time.

  • 24 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    I have been holidaying from brainless interaction. Its been a bit boring tbh :)

  • 25 Jamesthefirst // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Gouffran is nowhere near as good as Remy. Hence why Remy was number one choice for that role before he chose QPR.

    Gouffran runs himself into the ground for the club. But so did Milner. Still very little end product on a consistent basis. Remy is a born goal scorer with raw pace. A front three of Remy Cisse and Ben Arfa would be an handful for any defence.

    Considering the work the club put into scouting Remy and negotiating a deal I would be very surprised if they don’t go back and get him before the end of this month.

  • 26 Charlietoon // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Good to see Obertan get a run out. More chances of being seen by someone and an offer coming in. If this guy and Ameobi are still around come the new season I’d be gutted.

  • 27 paul7388 // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Noah Another Ameobi – That team would get totally overrun in midfield. I’d like to see Anita and Sissoko in CM with Cabaye playing in a more advanced role where he’s more effective feeding the front 3, rather than lumping long balls from DM like Pardew had him doing last season.

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