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.
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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