The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle Come Back Well To Draw 1-1 At Pacos – Match Report

9:57 pm, Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

It was a poor and uncoordinated display by Newcastle in the first half against Pacos de Ferreira, and we again went behind after 15 minutes with a goal from Caetano, and Newcastle found it hard to get going.

newcastle vs Pacos de Fereirra

The Newcastle side before the game.

But after 30 minutes the game started to get out of control and ended up with the referee giving a red card to Coloccini and to Pacos’ Caetano, after some reckless tackles from both sides.

In the second half Newcastle played a lot better , as both sides calmed down, and it was all change and after 61 minutes Shola Ameobi scored a good goal with his left foot to level the scores, and it was Shola’s second goal in pre-season.

And Newcastle continued to play well in that second half, and with any luck we could have won this game, after another poor first half performance.

Alan Pardew will point to the second half of this game where we looked a good team and certainly passed the ball around very well indeed, and slowed the game down well.

This is the game as we saw it:

Newcastle almost went ahead in this game after just two minutes after a Yohan Cabaye free-kick that wasn’t cleared but Shola Ameobi with a decent chance ballooned the ball over the bar.

The play was fairly even at the start of the game, but then after 15 minutes Pacos de Ferreira went ahead, when the defense failed to cut out a cross down the left and Caetano hit a nice effort past Elliot, and the Magpies were 1-0 down.

On 23 minutes Ben Arfa went on a good run and then he hit a good shot which just went over the bar – a good piece of play from the Frenchman.

And then after 25 minutes Mathieu Debuchy seemed to handle the ball, as he tried to control a high cross into the box, and he got away with it, although it could have been just outside the penalty box – but Debuchy’s got a bad habit of fouling in or near the box.

The game then started to get out of control as the players were auguring with each other and Cabaye was brought down, but refused to shake the hand of Poulson, and then Steven Taylor put in a wild tackle on Caetano, and fans were not happy with that tackle.

The game was start – stop as the players were arguing with each other, and Anunciacao was booked for a bad tackle on Sammy Ameobi when he was in full flight.

And then we saw two red cards after about 36 minutes – and really the referee handled this situation very poorly, and made things a lot worse if anything – and so much for a friendly game.

First of all there was a red card shown to Caetano, but then on the TV replay Coloccini was seen to get hold of the neck of a Pacos player and the Newcastle captain subsequently was given a red card – so this game has been wrecked with both sets of players loosing their cool after 36 minutes and both sides were down to 10 men.

Why the referee didn’t give both players a yellow card and warn them we have no idea, after all this is a pre-season game where players are trying to get fit, but to be fair the players didn’t help things either with some reckless tackling.

Half time came and it was still 1-0 and Newcastle were finding it difficult to get going in this game – it even seems like it’s early pre-season.

At half time Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi were replaced by Santon, Jonas and Gouffran – with Davide Santon went to left back with Yanga-Mbiwa going to center-back with Steven Taylor.

Newcastle then started to calm things down with some nice passing, but the penetration was poor, and it seemed both sets of players had been told at half time to cool it at half time, after some reckless tackling for both sides in the first 45 minutes.

Gouffran was showing up well and showing a lot of energy in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

And then after 60 minutes Shola Ameobi was given the ball in the inside left position, and he banged the ball home in great style with his left foot – Shola’s second goal in pre-season.

Cheick Tiote then put in a perfectly timed strong but fair tackle, that stopped a Pacos attack down the right wing, as Newcastle were starting to play well, and on 66 minutes some nice passing saw Newcastle get out of a tricky situation and the lads were starting to play with a lot more confidence.

On 70 minutes Jonas put Davide Santon through down the left wing, and his cross was met by Debuchy who ballooned the ball over the bar with his right foot, that was a decent chance, and he probably had time to control the ball.

On 73 minutes Shola Ameobi went off and he had a decent game and he was replaced by Sylvain Marveaux.

Both sides were going for the goal as it was end to end as Alan Pardew brought on Mike Williamson and Haris Vuckic after 78 minutes for Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor.

On 80 minutes Newcastle were continuing to pass the ball around nicely but we need another goal for the win – and then a good cross from the right win in a Pacos attack was just missed by a Pacos forward as the ball went right across the six yard box.

On 85 minutes Yoan Gouffran came off with his right boot off – so we don’t know if he’s injured.

And then on 90 minutes Pacos almost scored, as they caught Newcastle with a quick break in a 3 on 2 situation, and the ball was put past Elliot and was going into the net, but a great piece of play from Vuckic saved the day for the Magpies.

Vuckic managed to get back and hit the ball over the bar as it was gong into the goal, and it was an excellent piece of work from the Slovenian.

And that was it as the referee blew the final whistle – a good display from Newcastle in the second half to draw the game at 1-1, and at times we looked a good side.

Alan Pardew managed to get all the subs a game tonight except for young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and in the three pre-season games Newcastle have it well-balanced – one win – one defeat and one draw – and six goals scored and six goals conceded.


Pacos de Ferreira (4-2-3-1): Antonio Filipe; Tony, Ruben, Roberto Dias, Helder Lopes; Andre Leao, Anunciacao (c); Manuel Jose, Sergio Oliveira, Caetano; Jaime Poulson
Substitutes: Matias Draga, Freitas, Vitor, Christian Irobiso, Rui Miguel, Hurtado, Nuno Santos, Ricardo, Fernando Neto, Rodrigo Antonio, Gino Guerrero, Sousa, Eridson

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy (Paul Dummett 85), Steven Taylor (Mike Williamson 78), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Jonas Gutierrez 46); Moussa Sissoko (Haris Vuckic 78), Hatem Ben Arfa (Davide Santon 46), Sammy Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 46, Adam Campbell 87); Shola Ameobi (Sylvain Marveaux 73)
Sub not used: Jak Alnwick

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


71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TheToonKing // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    first …yey…we suck.. :(

  • 2 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    A red card that Colo could do without as he needs playing time

  • 3 Rooster // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    ED, with respect you say we came back well, it was mind numbingly awful for 90 mins, players havnt a clue who they are going to pass to, no movement no crosses no passion no forward thinking, pre season lets try something different, not a single change from the dross of last season, our manager is clueless, MA get your hand in your pocket asap, no jokes its serious.

  • 4 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM



  • 5 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Can’t wait 2 hear the shit pardews talks about this game now that most of us hav seen it, he’l prob blame the red card 4 the whole thing

  • 6 beddersmag // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Chill guys thats what pre season is about. If the players are working as hard as they say then obviously they will be jaded in the matches but should be all the better for the season opener. Of course we are toothless also given our obvious lack of attacking options

  • 7 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    The only players who actually look decent for us at the moment are Vuckic, Anita, Mbiwa, Santon , Marveux and Sissoko

    Cabaye looks lost as a DM , Tiote is gash, Taylor is getting worse every season, Jonas is past it, Both Ameobis are shite and Debuchy for some reason looks worse that Simpson at times(how the hell did that happen?)

    Its also a bit worrying that our captain can lose the rag like that in a friendly imagine what he will be like when Navas is running rings round him on opening day??

  • 8 jeff // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Arsenal really interest me. Fantastic manager and good attacking football. Change in managers in the top 3 could mean they have a shot at the title.

    Dortmund are gonna be great to watch as well. Liverpool and Tottenham will also both be solid top 4 contenders with tactically astute managers. Swansea will be interesting too.

  • 9 believeintoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    4-3-2-1 or 4-1-4-1

    Anita Saylor Coloccini Mbiwa
    Debuchy Sissoko Santon
    Cabaye HBA

    will be good for me

  • 10 danuneek // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Patoon, think about other teams? What do you mean …

  • 11 jeff // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Lol compare the five managers of those teams to Pardew aaaagggghhhhhh and then only Dortmund really have a squad that is a cut above us.

    We don’t need a new striker, we need a new manager

  • 12 geordie157 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I know its a friendly but after all the hype and the drawn out signing of debuchy. I wonder if he could be a liability. Can we afford to have two full backs who are suspect defensively. I’d get debuchy watching how ivanovic plays at right back.

  • 13 believeintoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Norwich looks interesting as well and even the Scum
    Maybe newcastle are the most boring club right now

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    The trouble is the players don’t seem to have a clue what is expected of them, they know relegation is a big no no, but qualifying for Europe could get them relegated, playing well for your manager might keep the bufoon in his job but trying to get him sacked will have mackem Mick shouting his unintelligible mackem sh!te all over the training pitch while JfK struggles with learning how to operate the switchboard.

  • 15 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM


    Think about watching other teams instead of Newcastle, seriously can’t b good 4 ur health, 2 watch that 4 90 mins and b as frustrated as i get when watching it my heart must b near exploding

  • 16 manxpie // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    manxpie // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    cheers lads i hope i aint jinxed him with his injury lol
    and can i just say wat pre-season is for its for fitness and giving lots of players game time against good teams who are doing the same!
    so for the people complaining bout the starting line up, the subs and even the play to some extent is laughable but i know i’m mostly talkin to brick walls!
    can you not see its about getting the whole squad playing and getting used to each other??
    or is pardew a moron for taking arfa n cabeye off!!?
    its a pre-season friendly remember that lol

    and i’m gonna start it


  • 17 geordie157 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    fergs to Brum on loan then, there goes or one winger that can cross.

    Kinnear please pick up the phone to the Psv manager and make an offer for wijnaldum

  • 18 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM


  • 19 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Geordie – I think Kinnear has a call-bar on at the moment

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    When will people realise jeff is a troll or wum whatever you call them ,apart from the occasional putdown it is best not to engage as it only encourages them

  • 21 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I honestly cant c how JFK and Mackem Mick could b any worse than Pardew, fcuking Iggle Piggle could do a better job, every pass we made 2nite ther was a man closing us down, players hav no idea how 2 find space or giv and go

  • 22 Spuggy // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Chill chaps. Preseason nonsense. No real striker options.

    If (and I know it’s a big if) we sign two strikers like Gomis and Remy then we should have a lot more cut and thrust up front.

  • 23 Spuggy // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Non-league Luton town have just beat Villa :)

  • 24 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    We need a midfield who can provide, as well as a couple of new CF’s

  • 25 martoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Some of you need to get real – this was a very early pre-season friendly played on a warm humid night. The main objective is to get some match fitness not play pretty football. Yes some of it was dire but the second half was slightly better than the first but the usual multi-substitutions broke up the pattern of play (of what little there was).

  • 26 geordie157 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Newcastle are the new stoke, minus the long throws. In all seriousness though not many prem sides play more direct than us. Norwich, Southampton and Swansea play good football, all with someone playing in the no.10 role. Hoolahan, Lallana/Ramirez, michu etc

  • 27 croftus5678 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM


    few suprises there but santon plays a lot better at rb and dummett looked class while tiote looked his old self again and guti was all over in a free cm position covering wings/dm/cm/acm all at the same time and really impressed me in that game.

  • 28 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Why are people getting so wound up after a preseason game?

  • 29 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Can I just double check…

    People are discussing which OTHER club they are going to follow because NUFC isn’t doing it for them?


  • 30 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM


    When was the last time u saw us playing pretty football? i was shooting down all the negativity on here over the weekend but after seeing the same old shit as last season its hard, very hard 2 b positive

  • 31 blew // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I think Colo head butted the other guy who got sent off with him.
    We lacked pace and ability. The midfield is totally
    imbalanced, they showed little craft/guile and nothing
    constructive for the forwards to feed on.
    It was a very poor match, I look forward to APs obsequious assessment in tomorrows papers.
    It is early days, but there is so much wrong we could be in for a long season.

  • 32 martoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I’m with manxpie – bring back Torque :)

  • 33 geordie157 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Would like to see what an attack minded manager could do with our squad.

    That’s enough of my slightly negative comments. Now lets get two strikers and a winger in!

  • 34 jeff // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    There are two objectives to preseason friendlies. To test new strategies and for ftiness. Pardew is playing the same old shit.

    All theother theams have been testing new ideas. Oxlade chamberlain has played every game as a CM, lpool have been playing a back 3 etc…

  • 35 Jamiemac // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Haha I LOVE all the shite Simmo was getting for his performances then Debuchy comes and does this. Simmo gave his all every game but maybe wasn’t the most gifted player but you shouldn’t fault him for giving 100%. Debuchy is reckless and looks like he doesnt give 2 fcks most of the time.

  • 36 sidecutter // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    I always though per-season games were to get players match fit and to try different combinations and tactics? Then why aren’t we doing any of this?same old,same old!!! I can’t fathom out what pardew is about! How does he want his teams set out? What is his favourite system? Has he got one? WHY HASN’T HE LEARNED FROM HIS MISTAKES??

  • 37 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    At least at Stoke Pulis had their defence playing ok, ours is terrible, Saylor is the worst defender i’ve seen in a long long time

  • 38 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    What’s the Craic with Gomis’ imminent arrival ?

  • 39 JaxtheMag // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    we were poor tonite same as last season.pards looks mor like a waiter than a premire league manager. clueless.

  • 40 toon22 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Our tactics..

    Hoof it to shola who either looks hopless or dis interested.

    We are donald ducked…

  • 41 Tinman // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Sounds like a game best forgot about.

    Poor Man U, still havent brought a CM through the door. Lost two out of three pre season games, against Singha and Yokohama.

    Everyone just chill out…

  • 42 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    It wont matter who we sign bcos when they hav Pardew playing them out of position and god know’s wot he’s doing wey them in training, if we got messi we’d prob play him in DM

  • 43 geordie157 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Totally agree, yes is about fitness. But surely we can field a side that uses or players technical ability whilst also playing players in their preferred positions. Heard sissoko was out on the right wing at times, which is just add bad when Pardew thought Cisse could play there.

    So much for me not being negative again, Hhmm I’ll call it constructive criticism, that’s slightly better.

  • 44 toonthompson // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    heres a much clearer picture of cisse in casino

  • 45 wingspan // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM


    I really dont know how you can say debuchy doesnt give a shit after watching that game. He was up and down the wing all day and what about that flying header clearance in the first half?

    You either didnt watch the match or are just making a ridiculous comment

  • 46 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Pardew wil def b gone by Halloween, fck i hope they burn him on the bonfire in Newcastle

  • 47 Tinman // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Oh and…

    Bring Back Torq! ;)

  • 48 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Patoon – give it a rest

  • 49 geordie157 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Carlton Cole in for medical tomorrow

  • 50 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM


    Giv wot a rest???

  • 51 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein

    Just for you Mr. Pardew

  • 52 pengy // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Tyldsley Toon.

    Do you happen to live in the town of Tyldsley near Manchester???

    Shame pardew wont give gouffran more game time hes a great player.

  • 53 Tinman // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Did everyone think the fact that Pardew is a shit coach was going to change after his holiday? I didnt.
    Lets just wait till the season starts before making judgement calls.

  • 54 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Patoon – who was played out of position?

    Sissoko has played out wide in the past so lets say Pardew was seeing how he fared! Mbiwa can play anywhere across the back 4!

  • 55 jeff // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Gus poyet
    Scott sinclair
    Bafetimbi gomis


    Net spend minus a few mil

  • 56 toon22 // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Guss hidinks left that russian club,lets hope he and a new owner show up in Newcastle.

  • 57 manxpie // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    JFA totally agree same with the mackem plana just dont bite lol!
    infact i think ed should put on every thread don’t engage with so n so there trolls just so everyone knows!

  • 58 Tinman // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    geordie157, think I read that CC was signing for Hull… PHEW ;)

  • 59 Bearsize // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Tiote has to go. I have played a lot of football and when you have people in the team who are terrible and are keeping good players on the bench it makes you feel dead inside. You lose 20 per cent of your game as your carrying and covering the terrible players, it makes you look sh!t. Pardew needs to realise you need intelligence (anita) in front of the back 4 not a huge tackle and sloppy passer. All i am saying is pardew playing the favourites has a huge knock on effect with the players not just us fans and it shows

  • 60 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Hiddink – no chance

  • 61 Bambams // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I always thought that Vuckic could be some player.

    Just needs confidence and a chance.

    Give the bloke s chance alongside either Cabaye or Sissoko.


  • 62 Mister Tuff // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I think I should point out to the younger more inexperienced posters and those that play Football Manager etc before they get a stiffy – that the garment that Jonas was wearing under his shirt was not a brassiere ( the things your mams’ wear) but a harness/vest containing electronic monitoring equipment.

  • 63 Tinman // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Got more chance of Mandela being our coach than Hiddink

  • 64 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Tuff – want it the Spider-Man garment?

  • 65 Patoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:33 PM


    Wasn’t referring 2 just 2nite, if u read back u’l c i said that Mbiwa played wel at LB against Arsenal, he constantly plays players out of position but it isn’t his only fault, so giv u it a rest u fckin twat

  • 66 Mister Tuff // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Bring back Tudor! Tudor where are you?

  • 67 Goodfella // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    @ jfa 20
    Thank you, and some people go along with it naming new clubs to support, how old are they? :)

  • 68 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    @ JB

    I mentioned that quote a couple of weeks ago and is true in Pardews case. Same style of football and woefull corners.

    Looks like the script writers have been at it again for the soap opera that is NUFC :

    . Kinnear in

    .Star (and only) striker using his religion to try and jump ship despite being caught out gambling

    . No players signed

    I sometimes think I am part of some Truman show and people watch my misfortune as an NUFC fan.

  • 69 manxpie // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    and wat is wrong with some of you on tiote?
    he is a player that lets teams n players know there in a game! and it ain’t gonna be easy!think of all the top teams they’ve all had them!
    most of you have been watching to much barcelona who btw are in a far far easier league!

  • 70 Ashton // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Pardew is out of his depth managing this football team. He just doesn’t know what he is doing. We have no style or identity on the pitch and our players seem lost all the time. It’s just too chaotic.

  • 71 manxpie // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    ashton see post 16 to see wat a pre-season is about especially early pre-season

previous post: Coloccini, Debuchy, Tiote And Ben Arfa Start

next post: Pacos de Ferreira 1 Newcastle 1 – Video Of Goals