Newcastle equalized with almost the last kick of the game tonight at Ibrox, and it was that man Shola Ameobi again who scored yet another opportunist goal after being set up by his younger brother Sammy in added time.
And Newcastle surprisingly went behind after conceding a penalty after only 6 minutes tonight, and although the Magpies then dominated the first half, Newcastle just couldn’t get a goal.
Lee McCulloch scores penalty after only 6 minutes
But it was the late heroics – again – from Shola Ameobi that saved the day (or should that be the night?) for Newcastle after Rangers had put up some stubborn resistance and had looked a very decent side.
Newcastle got off to a very bad start at Ibrox tonight and were a goal down after just 6 minutes and it was Hatem Ben Arfa who made a half-hearted challenge for the ball.
The ball was then played to Nicky Clark in the box, and he went down when challenged by the Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, and referee Steven McLean gave the penalty, and it was the Rangers captain Lee McCulloch who put the ball past Tim Krul who dived the right way but couldn’t get to the ball.
That’s a fault in Ben Arfa’s play, that he is sometimes very sloppy around his own penalty box, and Alan Pardew will not be happy at the way the Rangers’ goal was conceded.
Newcastle then dominated the rest of the half and had some chances but couldn’t score although Jonas Gutierrez was outstanding for Newcastle and the star man in the first half.
Alan Pardew made two changes at the start of the second half with Rob Elliot coming on for Tim Krul and Frenchman Yoan Gouffran on for ben Arfa, who had made that bad mistake that led to Ranger’s goal after 6 minutes.
But Newcastle didn’t look the same team in the seocnd half, as Alan Pardew made sure all the substitutes were introduced into the game, and Newcastle’s play was affected by so many changes, which often happens in pre-season games.
But then it was the Ameobi brothers who really saved the day for the Magpies after almost two minutes of added time, and Sammy set up Shola, and the 31 year-old again finished immaculately – we need to hang onto Shola for this coming season.
But Newcastle started a very strong side tonight, and we would have expected to do a little better against the Scottish Second Division side, but Rangers are hardly a normal Scottish Second Division side.
In the end it was a decent result, and a very good first half performance from Newcastle, and if you cannot win you don’t want to lose, and Newcastle managed at the very end to get the draw.
Next up for Newcastle is SC Braga at St. James’ Park next Saturday night – kick-off 6:00 pm in the final pre-season game.
We’ll have a full match report out as little later.
Rangers (4-4-2): Cammy Bell; Richard Foster, Lee McCulloch (Sebastien Faure 46), Belil Mohsni, Lee Wallace (Chris Hegarty 69); Arnold Peralta (Fraser Aird 78), Ian Black (Andy Murdoch 55), Lewis Macleod (Robbie Crawford 46), Nicky Law (Kyle McAusland 63); Nicky Clark, Jon Daly (Andrew Little 58)
Subs not used: Scott Gallacher, Barrie McKay, Luca Gasparotto, Andy Mitchell
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (Rob Elliot 46); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 73), Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 64); Cheick Tiote (Vurnon Anita 73), Yohan Cabaye (Dan Gosling 80); Hatem Ben Arfa (Yoan Gouffran 46), Moussa Sissoko (Sylvain Marveaux 64), Jonas Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 80); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 73)
Subs not used: n/a
Referee: Steven McLean
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