Newcastle Lose 3-1 To Rio Ave With Poor First Half Performance


This game was over after 26 minutes tonight,  when Newcastle were 3-0 down, after falling behind 2-0 in the first nine minutes of the game, when some slack Newcastle defending led to two goals from 20 year-old Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan.

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The Newcastle team before tonight’s game – with Cabaye captaining the side

Newcastle kicked off with a decent starting eleven, but it seemed the defense was asleep for the first 10 minutes of the game as Newcastle conceded two poor goals, and both goals were scored by 20 year-old Egypt U23 International Hassan.

After 6 minutes Rio Ave went ahead after Del Valle sent in a cross from the right which was put beyond the reach of young Jak Alnwick by 6’3″ striker Hassan.

And then Hassan scored his second a short three minutes later,  as he was just given too much time and space  when he got inside the box, and there was some rather slack marking from the Newcastle defense.

Newcastle tried to come back from this disastrous start and Yoan Gouffran headed the ball wide, as Rio Ave were passing the ball around well and keeping possession well, and Newcastle were chasing shadows – or so it seemed.

And would you believe it but Rio Ave got their third goal after 26 minutes and Del Valle advanced down the left, as Steven Taylor challenged him, but Del Valle was allowed to cross the ball, and Newcastle again failed to clear the danger and Braga hit the ball in from just nine yards out and Newcastle were getting hammered 3-0.

Captain for the day Yohan Cabaye did try to rally the side and the French International had a couple of decent shots that were off target, and then just before half time Yohan hit the post with a great effort, but apart from that Newcastle were very little threat to the well-drilled Portuguese side.

At half time Newcastle were 3-0 down and had been second best, and it had been a poor performance from the Magpies.

In the second half Alan Pardew made five changes and  introduced Elliot in goal and Sammy Ameobi, Cheick Tiote, Gabby Obertan and Moussa Sissoko.

Gouffran and Obertan had decent shots as newcastle upped their tempo at the start of the second half,  and Newcastle were not starting to press and Shola Ameobi was then brought on for Yoan Gouffran.

And after some good pressure from Newcastle, the Magpies got a good goal, and it was Shola Ameobi who converted well after 76 minutes, from a good cross from winger Gabby Obertan.

Mike Williamson then gave away a penalty late in the game,  although the infraction seemed to have taken place outside the penalty box, but Rob Elliot made an excellent save from Lima to keep the score down.

And that was it,  as the final whistle was blown, and our first defeat of the pre-season, and a rather disappointing display from Newcastle, especially in those first 26 minutes, but an improved performance in the second half at least reduced the deficit.

Alan Pardew cannot have been happy with the defensive display by Newcastle in the first half, and it’s an area Newcastle must improve on, after leaking 68 goals in the league last season, the worst goals against record ever by the Magpies in the Premier League.

It seems the sooner Coloccini is fit and ready to play the better, but Newcastle rely far too much on the Argentine in defense, and we missed him big time earlier this year, when he did his back in against Southampton.

But we have to remember it’s only one game – and we shouldn’t over-react – and the lads will have to learn from those mistakes in that first half.

We now play Pacos de Ferreira at the Estadio da Capital do Movel on Tuesday night, with an 8:00 pm kickoff, and we will probably see Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini in the starting line-up.

Teams:

Rio Ave: Ederson, Tarantini, Hassan, Diego, Braga, Vilas Boas, Dias, Marcelo, Lionn, Del Valle, Wakaso.

Newcastle United: Alnwick (Elliot, 46); Santon (Williamson, 70), S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett; Cabaye (Tiote, 46), Anita (Campbell, 76); Marveaux (Obertan, 46), Vuckic (Sissoko, 46), Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi, 46); Gouffran (Shola Ameobi, 62).

Goals: Hassan 4, 9 Braga 26, Shola Ameobi 76

Bookings: Vilas Boas 43

Referee: Pedro Campos

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219 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #1

    REPOST

    It’s very important for the future of this club that Pardew is sacked with immediate effect and it’s also very important to let the players that want to go also leave with immediate effect.

    Cabaye wants to go so let him go

    Cisse wants to go…the wonga thing’s a load of bollocks…he’s wanted to go since April…so let him go.

    We need to clear the decks and only have players at the club that want to play for the club managed by a manager who know’s what he’s doing.

    Change is needed and it needs to happen to now or we lose another season

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Is Alwnick good enough to be 3 keeper? = nope

    Is Dummet ready to push Santon over Haidara? = nope

    Is Guti the answer at LW? = nope

    Should Cabaye be played at DM? = nope

    Should Pardew know these answers already? = yep

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  • alext109

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #3

    And Shola has injured his arm. First game he has featured in so far this pre-season (?), and he gets injured.
    The sooner we get some strikers in the better. Hopefully very very soon!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Not overly worried about the overall score but worried that
    A) we still start games on the back foot, 3 goals in 26 minutes is a major concern
    B) we still playing the same formation
    C) Steven Taylor is still starting games

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  • Noah Another Ameobi

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #5

    if we get gomis and remy this should be the team 42121
    krul
    debuchy colo mbiwa santon
    anita sissoko
    hba
    remy gouffran
    gomis

    if cisse stays he could play insted of gouffran

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #6

    out done by a 20 y o egyptian
    wow says a lot dunnit

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #7

    So Pardew moaned all last year that the squad wuznt big enough, yet he says we’re ok in defence and midfield. We haven’t signed any purples. He makes it up as he goes along.

    Europe or not, performances and results do the talking, not his flat out lies.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #8

    I did the Ameobi dance once, back in 2003, and since then I’ve thought he was shit.

    Over a decade of pure crap and he’s still here.

    Why us?

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  • woodsee

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #9

    I hear there busy altering the scoreboard at the ethihad ,so it fits 3 figure numbers

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  • plana

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #10

    At least we know its the same old Pardew, rubbish! So sack him before it gets to late.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Steven Taylor is crap also and is quickly becoming the new Shola.

    Earning a living because of where he’s from rather than the ability he has.

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  • puretoon

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #12

    To be honest I can’t see this next season being any different from the last horrible, boring and inept season with Pardew at the helm. I know it’s only a friendly but Williamson’s up to his same old tricks in causing yet another penalty! same old, same old…..he’s not good enough and never will be, BUT Pardew’s reckoning him into the team no matter what so doesn’t bode too well.

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #13

    give him the reserves to manage in fact give him the corporate restaurant to manage
    and yes he will cokk that up

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  • sparky55

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew should be using pre-season to experiment…not practice playing the same way we did last year which everyone but Pardew knows was absolutely cr@p

    the man is a baffoon…he’s trying to perfect playing badly and here’s me thinking he did that last year.

    Am I a rambling idiot or am I missing something??

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  • Toon1978

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #15

    sparky55

    3 years at the club and our scouting system should give Pards a clue as the where the players are best suited.

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  • woodsee

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Only we could get beat off a team with avenue in its name,i hear where playin the cast of coronation street next

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  • sparky55

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #17

    toon1978…that’s why carr and Pardew fell out last year…Carr scouts and recommends players that can play football…we buy them and then Pardew plays them out of position and plays hoofball hence the big fallout.

    Pardew must go…it really is as simple as that

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  • jordijohnty

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #18

    dont care any more

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  • Chrissie Waddle

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #19

    i’m gonna wait four more games before passing judgement!

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  • puretoon

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Laurent @ 7-couldn’t agree more! but looks like this is going to be the way for next 7 years as Pardew aint got the balls to leave and blames the whole mess that was last season on the ‘turmoil of the Europa cup’ !! so much for the Champion League placing that are lies! God knows what the players were told to get them to sign up cos don’t think tenth or below was in their brochure.

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  • sparky55

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Chrissie…didn’t the 50 odd games last year give you a clue as to what to expect this year??

    What makes you think he’ll pleasantly surprise you?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Why do people think Pardew is magically going to change
    his mindset. He jokingly claimed his teams are always on the front foot and play exciting attacking football and that last season was just a blip. His CV would suggest otherwise.

    I don’t think you could find anyone so diametrically opposed to the KK philosophy. Could never imagine KK or SBR saying thy were so pleased not to have European football. Pardew is a total loser.

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  • bzak12

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Back to same old tactics, cant defend so revert to old faithful hoofball tactics. Instead of spending cash on new players use the money to get rid of the clown.
    Until then nothing will improve.
    Pardue hasn’t a clue!

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Sparky,

    Your a rambling idiot. (Sorry) but you asked.

    To put all the short comings to one man and the manager of this football club is mental.

    Every man and his dog knows Pardew has been dealt a bad hand in his time here. He has his faults, but no way is he to blame for the current turmoil. He could of did alot better with the proper support which he should of had.

    Im well aware the buck stops with the manager. But not in a scenario when you have someone like Mike Ashley as owner.

    No other football club would operate in such a way.

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #25

    any one gonna stick up for the shambles

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  • Bearsize

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Wow shola scored. That will add 50p to his transfer!

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  • puretoon

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Pardew had the bloody nerve to accuse Carr of finding lousy players too! think that’s how they fell out. Can’t believe how arrogant and ignorant Pardew is when he aint got any right to be. Can’t stand the man (and I use the term ‘man’ very loosely as mouse would be more befitting)-infact can’t abide any of the board.
    Roll on Jan when I can cancel my season ticket debit.

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  • sparky55

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #28

    rotonda…sad thing is he wasn’t joking! 🙁

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #29

    I blame llambias for the 8 year deals, crap management and wonga but ash isn’t blameless either.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Nowt has changed – looks like Goufran is going to be the sacreficial substitution this season to!!!

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  • AndyMac

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #31

    jordijohnty says

    “dont care any more”

    Yepper until we rid ourselves of this halfwit clueless manager and the equally inept Director of Football, we’ll waste another season struggling in the bottom half, early exits from the Cups and playing Russian Roulette in the January transfer window.
    Its Bleedin’ Groundhog Day all over again 🙁

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  • t00ntime

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #32

    @laurent robert

    1) He always said our squad wasnt big enough TO COPE WITH EUROPA LEAGUE AND PREMIER LEAGUE. Dp we have EL next season? nope
    2) He still hasnt said the squad is big enough, he has just narrowed it down to the fowards department isnt big enough.

    AP saids plenty of stupid things, no need to make more up

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m not Pardews biggest fan what so ever but we have tonight the same squad minus our star striker, longest serving keeper and a few other blokes who lost their last three home games 10-0 yet Pardew is sh!t and our best ever owner is a legend for bringing financial stability whilst still keeping the services of this silver tongued lethario, be careful what you wish for Ashley lovers because the not so silver tongued but silver haired bufoon is waiting in the wings for results like tonight.

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  • viv

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Its a total cock-up from top to bottom. Even if Pardew gets new players in, he will blow it. The guy is a loser!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Puretoon. I’ve mentioned a similar thing before. He won’t walk, not because he can handle the pressure blah blah, it’s cos this club is the pinnacle of where he can get to.

    As I’ve said before, he’s literally blagging his way through being paid his wages as for some reason Ashley thought it was a good idea to employ the prat.

    The quotes of him name-dropping Jose recently were overly cringeworthy for me to hear.

    He loves the limelight as it fills his ego. Yet he’s actually extremely poor at his job at this level.

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  • elan

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Pardew out people !!!!!! Who do we replace him with ???? Manager of the year working under Ashley the bloke deserves a medal

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  • sparky55

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #37

    toon-prodigy…HAHAHAHA…I guess I asked for that didn’t I.

    Just for the record I’ll give you a rambling idiots reply.

    The squad is a very good squad…despite all the lunatic decisions Ashley has made in his time, he has given us a very good squad.

    Only a muppet could have managed that squad to 5th bottom despite what’s happened behind the scenes.

    His tactics are negative and woeful, his faith in certain players is massively mis-placed and despite our terrible results of last year he still beleives he plays on the front foot.

    Pardew is the rambling idiot and our performances will instantly improve as soon as we have a manager that is befitting the squad

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #38

    spend and spend wisely you bathard

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  • t00ntime

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #39

    you just knew the Pardew out brigade were going to come back. Pre-season doesnt mean anything. we havent brought in new players yet and we arent even playing with half our main 11 (hba,tiote,krul,colo,sissoko, debuchy, all didnt start)

    With reports that we can now talk to Gomis (fee not agreed but club has allowed it) and also reports we will talk to Remy’s agents next week. Our front line could be alot different.

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #40

    colo player manager

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