Rangers 1 Newcastle 0 – Full Match Report


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Here is a full match report of tonight’s 1-1 draw with Rangers at Ibrox, in front of a very decent crowd for pre-season, and Newcastle started for the first time with their new home black and white strips, as Rangers were in their customary famous blue strips.

Newcastle got off to a very bad start at Ibrox and were a goal down after just 6 minutes and it was Hatem Ben Arfa who didn’t challenge for the ball that led to the goal.

The ball was immediately played to Nicky Clark in the penalty box, and he went down when challenged by Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, and referee Steven McLean showed no hesitation in giving the penalty, and the Rangers captain Lee McCulloch put the ball past Tim Krul who dived the right way to his left, but couldn’t get to the ball.

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Rangers v Newcastle United - Ibrox Stadium

Lee McCulloch scores from penalty spot after 6 minutes

That’s a fault in Ben Arfa’s play, that he is sometimes sloppy around his own penalty box, and Alan Pardew will not be happy at the way this goal was conceded.

Jonas Gutierrez was starting to show up well and after 7 minutes he got down the left wing well and put in a good cross that was put out for a corner.

Cabaye’s corner kick was met on the volley by Mathieu Debuchy and he hit the ball  brilliantly on the volley, but goalkeeper Bell blocked the shot.

And then Jonas again played well and got in a cross that Papiss Cisse just couldn’t reach, but the ball then went loose to Ben Arfa who hit a decent shot just wide of the target.

More good work by Gutierrez and Santon on the left wing set up a chance for Yohan Cabaye,  who sent in a beautiful shot which was only just off target.

After 26 minutes Newcastle could have had a penalty, as the ball rebounded to Moussa Sissoko, following a Cabaye effort, and Moussa tried to chip the ball in, and it hit a Rangers defender and it looked like a hand ball – but referee McLean waved play on.

Newcastle were dominating this game, but just couldn’t get a goal, and after 29 minutes Ben Arfa set up Davide Santon who unleashed a terrific swerving shot, but keeper Bell saved it – but at the seocnd attempt.

After 34 minutes Rangers almost scored a second goal,  as Wallace beat a couple of Newcastle players before setting up Daly,  but his shot was easily saved by Tim Krul.

Gutierrez was outstanding for Newcastle in the first half, and after 39 minutes the Argentine sent in a good cross that Cisse headed back across goal, but his header was not strong enough and Bell saved again.

Four minutes before the break Sissoko was fouled by Arnold Peralta, and the Frenchman reacted and then had to be dragged away by Jonas, as he confronted the Rangers player.

Two minutes from half time Ben Arfa had a terrific shot which was only inches off target – a good effort from the French International – but Newcastle just couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net.

Half time came and Scottish Second Division Rangers were hanging on to their one goal lead.

Alan Pardew made two changes at the start of the second half,  with Rob Elliot coming on for Tim Krul, and Frenchman Yoan Gouffran was on for Ben Arfa.

Rob Elliot was straight into action and after three minutes of the second half Rob did well to tip the ball over the bar after a good effort from Clark.

Alan Pardew had Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett warming up for Newcastle, and it looked like they will come on at some point in the second half.

After 64 minutes Paul Dummett replaced Davide Santon, and Sylvain Marveaux came on for Moussa Sissoko, who was booed by Rangers fans after his problems he had with Arnold Peralta in the first half.

Newcastle needed a goal here to get back into this game.

After 68 minutes Marveaux set up Mathieu Debuchy, but the right back was way off target with his shot, and then after  70 minuets Rangers’ Crawford hits a great shot which flew just over the cross-bar – a good effort from the Rangers’ man.

And then on 71 minutes Gutierrez once again left McAusland and Peralta for dead, and Jonas got into the box, but he fell over the ball, and Newcastle were not playing well in the seocnd half.

Two minutes later Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote were replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Shola Ameobi and Vurnon Anita, to give the lads a run-out.

On 81 minutes Alan Pardew brought on Dan Gosling for Yohan Cabaye and Sammy Ameobi for Gutierrez, and all the Newcastle subs had been introduced into this game.

With 5 minutes to go Shola Ameobi put Dan Gosling through and the 23 year-old was quickly into the box, and his terrific cross went right across the goal, but no Newcastle player was there to put the ball home.

And then would you believe it but as time ran out, the Ameobi brothers created a late goal for Newcastle.

Young Sammy got to a loose ball and put it inside to his brother Shola, and Shola put in another great finish to equalize – and it was Shola’s fourth goal of pre-season, and every one of them has been an opportunist goal from the 31 year-old.

And the referee blew his whistle and that was it – and it was a decent result for Newcastle, and a good work-out for the side, and all the subs managed to see some action too.

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.

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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183 comments so far

  • jeff

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #1

    MY TEAM FOR CITY

    Krul
    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Santon
    Anita Cabaye Sissoko
    Marveaux Cisse Remy

    ben arfa is a one-trick pony, mbiwa is ten times better than saylor and theres absolutely no need for me to validate anita > tiote and remy > jonas

    this formation can also play 4-3-1-2 if the opposing fullbacks arent getting up much letting marv drop into the hole

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Francesco – and what was said?

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  • Toonboy_84

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Fransesco.

    Are you Jeff?

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #4

    jeff
    Please man….Cisse and Remy couldn’t hold a candle to Shola and Jonas.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #5

    starting to think keep Gosling but loan him out, regular games could do him the world of good. I do like his knack of getting in the box

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s safe to say Shola will start against City….that’s 4 goals now in 4 games…. Pardew will go mental..

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  • Finnbad The Sailor

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t understand how Shola keeps doing it…it’s simply mind boggling.

    I was hoping that this match and the Braga would show how Pardew was planning on lining up / tactics.

    It was hard to tell from tweets how the game went. A few people were going to the match that comment on here so hopefully there’ll be a better account of how it went on here tomorrow / tonight.

    Hopefully the Braga game goes a little bit better as I’m looking forward to actually getting my football fix after this summers drought again.

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  • Steven

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #8

    I have no doubts in t fact shola will be on t bench king arfa has to start at city

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #9

    If shola starts against citeh then I have seen it all from pardew.

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  • paul24

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Heres Shola’s stats from last season, try argueing he isnt s***e now.

    Total Appearances = 34
    Games started = 11
    Games played as a sub = 23
    Goals = 4
    Assists = 2
    Yellow cards = 7
    Red cards = 1
    Shots taken = 45
    Shots on target = 21

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  • geordie157

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #11

    I have a bad feeling that five mins in vs City, Silva will skip past Debuchy and be hacked down for a pen.

    On the plus side, Krul then saves the pen….mis kicks his clearance so its actually accurate and Remy steams through and smashes one in.

    We then lose 4-1. As pards parks the bus and subs remy

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  • CullysFinest

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #12

    i have foreseen alan pardews morning statement

    ‘we have good players in remy and cisse, but we have a fantastic player in big shola, he has come up with the goals recently and will start against man city im sure, possibly a lone striker. im confident jonas will start too’

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #13

    4 goals in 11 starts really isn’t that bad considering Shola is considered our weakest striker.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #14

    So Remy will not be fit for the start of the season and Gomis is unlikely to happen.

    Back to square One for us

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  • Felipe

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Think you’ve got the score wrong there Ed!

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  • jeff

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #16

    could not care less who we bring in

    we have a good squad, just a terrible and tactically inept manager. starting to think i might prefer jfk

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Did anyone actually see the game tonight?

    …if so how was it?

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  • paul24

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #18

    @fatmanjoe

    Only 1 was scored in Premier League. The other 3 were in the Europa League, a penalty against, Metalist Karkev, and 2 others against some other s**t kickers i’ve forgotten the names of.

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  • Ginger

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Can’t say I’m surprised.

    Sissoko is not a right winger, nor is Ben-Arfa a CAM. Ben-Arfa plays brilliantly on the wing yet absolutely god awful through the middle. Glad to see Guttierez proved me wrong and actually had a good game today.

    4-2-3-1 clearly does not work, not to mention the fact that he is misplaying players out of position. This blog had me convinced that he’s learned from his mistakes, apparently not.

    More then likely the same team will start against City and we will get thwarted, then it’ll be somebody else’s fault. Pardew can’t take the blame for anything.

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Pardew needs to wake up quick.
    How can he not see Anita should be playing regular football.
    How can he not see jonas is shocking.
    The club said after last season that they have learned by their mistakes, pardew clearly has not.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #21

    How many premier league starts?

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #22

    whats the point of having a supposedly good squad if the manager is shit though? lol

    May as well throw in the towel

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  • scout

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Absolutely no chance shola will start against city. I would bet anyone that he doesn’t start.

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  • Ginger

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #24

    I wonder what goes on in that mans head.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #25

    lol CullysFinest. you guys always get me with the tongue in cheek Pardew quotes

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  • scout

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Well put on a show against city, maybe we will get beat but not stuffed, no way

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  • beddersmag

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Aye joe but the goals probably came in his 23 sub appearances. And 0 in 11 wouldnt look too grand. Great interpretation of the stats though 🙂

    The record is 4 in 34, and if he was a better player he would have had more starts.

    Gutted we need to rely on him again as one thing he has done consistently is threaten to be good, and let us down. Cant let myself hope he has turned some kind of corner. Must just be a good run of goals. Hes still slow, lazy and cant direct his headers.

    Ok good servant to the club, dont wish him ill, but its not like he has had many other options and luckiest guy alive i reckon to have the career he has had at the toon.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Shola actually looked quite promising and had some decent pace and workrate….. back in 2000

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  • scout

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Season kick off practically 2 weeks away and it’s blind panic because we played badly in a pre season game. Come on lads, think about it.

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  • bzak12

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Massive news on Twitter we’ve had bid of 12Million accepted by Man utd for Hernadez

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  • paul24

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #31

    @FatmanJoe

    4 Premier League starts

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  • JackButler

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #32

    scout

    It seems we are playing exactly like we did last season which is a serious worry

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Not trying to twist stats, just asking that others don’t do that either.

    Glad someone is willing to do the research I can’t be arsed to do!!!

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  • Toonacious T

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #34

    @Ginger…’We’ll get thwarted’…we’ll get twat’d more like!

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Scout

    I don’t think it’s blind panic and I know it’s preseason and all that but if that’s the way he will be setting up his team it looks canny worrying to me.

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  • potski

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Of course, Shola won’t start. I don’t believe he will even be at the club if Gomis arrives in the next ten days. Good work during pre-season, but we know he can’t play more than 60 minutes in a game and can’t start two games in a row.

    Steven

    “king arfa has to start at city” he started tonight and hardly got a mention in the twitter feed.

    I’d start:

    Remy – Marv – Gouffran
    Cisse

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Let’s put in this way. We need Shola on the bench to be the last-minute killer. Is that obvious?

    And we gotta have someone to go in front of Pardew’s face criticizing his tactics and come back with some response.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #38

    1 premier league goal in 4 premier league starts.

    Pretty good 🙂

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m not too fussed about Tioté (would prefer Anita) against City as his & Sissoko’s strength may be needed to fight off Yaya Touré and Fernandinho. Steven Taylor & Jonas starting ahead of Mbiwa and Gouffran or Marveaux is ridiculous. Watch us create nothing & concede loads with them 2 Pardew puppets/muppets in Jonas & Saylor mucking around.

    My XI would be:

    Krul;
    Debuchy, Coloccini, Mbiwa, Santon;
    Tioté, Sissoko;
    Cabaye;
    Ben Arfa, Cissé, Marveaux;

    Subs: Elliot, S. Taylor, Dummett, Anita, Vuckic, Jonas, Gouffran

    Need Marveaux’s creativity; even though he’s better placed as a CAM. Vuckic on the bench is a must as he offers so much more than the Ameobi duo. If only Remy was fit, I’d have him on the left of the attacking trio with Marv on bench and Jonas nowhere in site. It will be very sad seeing Pardew’s lineup though.

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #40

    @bzak12, link please.

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