Newcastle played well this afternoon against a strong Blackpool side, and that man Shola Ameobi scored again for his home town club, and that’s three goals in pre-season for Shola, and it was an overall solid performance by Newcastle, and our first clean sheet of the pre-season, and Rob Elliot again looked solid in the Magpies goal.
And this game has been tabbed the Wonga derby, with both clubs being sponsored by the pay-day loan company.
And once again Alan Pardew was able to give all his subs a run-out in this game, except for young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, and there were many good performances this afternoon from the Newcastle players – a good display and a good result and performance from our lads.
Newcastle were dominant in the first half but Blackpool were much improved in the seocnd period with young winger Tom Ince outstanding for the home side.
Here’s how we saw the game this afternoon.
Over a third of the crowd were Newcastle supporters with 2384 of the crowd of 6,863 having made the trek from Newcastle to Bloomfield Road for the game this afternoon, and the Geordie supporters made their presence felt.
You would think Newcastle are a well supported side by those numbers – but really – fantastic support from the Geordie supporters.
And Newcastle got off to a great start this afternoon when Shola Ameobi scored his third goal of pre-season after only 5 minutes – maybe we need to keep this guy.
Captain Yohan Cabaye in action this afternoon
Yohan Cabaye crossed the ball from the right and Mike Williamson headed it down to Ameobi, and the Nigerian International controlled the ball deftly with his chest before turning acrobatically to drive the ball past goalkeeper Matthew Gilks, and it was another great goal from Shola.
And maybe Ameobi’s really inspired to make the Nigerian squad for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and he’s played well so far in pre-season, but we must keep him fit.
Cabaye has looked in good form in pre-season and he had another great shot at goal from all of 30 yards out, but goalkeeper Gilks saved it fairly easily.
And then Cabaye put through a wonderful ball to Sylvain Marveaux, but a good tackle from Bob Harris saved the day for Blackpool.
On 17 minutes Cabaye took a free kick about 27 yards from goal and it was a great effort from the Frenchman, and the ball only just went over the bar – Yohan looks in form this afternoon (we need to keep him).
Then on 28 minutes Rob Elliot came to the rescue of the visitors as Craig Cathcart, the former Manchester United youngster headed a cross straight at goal, but Elliot instinctively turned the ball over the bar, and it was a brilliant save from the Newcastle second string goalkeeper.
Six minutes before half time Shola Ameobi almost got a second goal, and it was a great run down the left wing by Italian Davide Santon that ended up in the Italian pulling the ball back to Shola, and his first time shot was just over the bar from 10 yards out – that was a little unlucky for Ameobi and almost his second goal of the game.
And then Newcastle seemed to have scored their second goal with a beautifully worked team goal – and it ended up with Gouffran back-heeling the ball to Moussa Sissoko, who smashed the ball into the back of the net, but the linesman flagged for offside – but it looked a good goal.
The half time whistle came without any stoppage time, and Newcastle led 1-0 and had played very well and were dominant against a fit Blackpool side – we need to keep it up in the second half ………
Haris Vuckic was brought on for Shola Ameobi at half time, and it was a bit of a surprising change, with Shola in top form in pre-season, but Haris will play up front again with Gouffran and they combined well in Portugal when they played together.
Looks like Shola will be playing at St. Mirren on Tuesday night.
We hadn’t seen much at all of England U21 International Tom Ince in the first half, but the 21 year-old was starting to show up well in the second period, as were the home side.
Ince got the ball off Yohan Cabaye and tried an effort from all of 50 yards out, and it was pretty close but the ball sailed just over the bar.
After 61 minutes Paul Dummett came on for Davide Santon, and a minute later Michael Chopra had the ball in the back of the net for Blackpool, but it was ruled offside, and then inexplicably the sprinkler system came on – for some unknown reason.
Tom Ince was playing really well in the second half, and he was leading a Blackpool revival and on 71 minutes Tom hit a shot across the goal, and it was only just wide, and Steven Taylor was a bit late in his tackle – good play by the Blackpool youngster.
And then three minutes later Alan Pardew brought on 21 year-old Sammy Ameobi in place of captain for the day Yohan Cabaye, with local lad Steven Taylor taking the captain’s armband for Newcastle.
Both sides were looking a little disjointed at this point in the game with all the changes made, and Blackpool manager Paul Ince had made four changes in the last six minutes, in this their final warm-up game before the Championship begins next Saturday.
On 81 minutes Mike Williamson was replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and four minutes later Adam Campbell came on for Yoan Gouffran, even though the 18 year-old local lad played the full game yesterday in the Newcastle U-21 defeat against Kilmarnock.
And a minute later Blackpool missed a good chance to equalize, a very good chance to equalize when substitute Eccleston hit the ball over the bar from all of eight yards out, when it looked easier to score.
And then young Adam Campbell showed his great potential and skill, with a rapid turn and he quickly released the ball through to Marveaux, and Sylvain was through on goal and forced a great save from Gilks in the Blackpool goal.
Newcastle played out the two minutes of added time and completed a very satisfying display and a good pre-season win.
Newcastle were well on top in the first half but young Tom Ince led the Blackpool comeback in the seocnd half and he will have impressed the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew with that second half performance.
A solid display by the Magpies today.
Blackpool (4-3-3): Gilks; Broadfoot (Basham 69), Mackenzie, Cathcart (Caprice 84), Harris; Ferguson (Kante 69), Martinez (Osbourne 76), Ince (Barkhuizen 81); Grant (Claasen 61), Chopra (Bishop 74), Davies (Eccleston 69).
Subs (not used): Halstead (gk), Banvo.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Elliot; Debuchy, Williamson (Yanga-Mbiwa 81), S Taylor, Santon (Dummett 61); Marveaux, Cabaye (Sammy Ameobi 73), Sissoko, Gutierrez; Gouffran (Campbell 84), Shola Ameobi (Vuckic 46).
Sub (not used): Alnwick (gk).