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Newcastle Fight Back To Draw 1-1 Against SC Braga

7:56 pm, Saturday, August 10th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

Newcastle finished their pre-season this afternoon with a creditable 1-1 draw against SC Braga in front of just over 16,000 fans, after they went behind just before half time, when Mathieu Debuchy conceded a penalty, and it was a bit of a harsh decision, although it looked like the Frenchman had tripped Felipe Pardo in the penalty box.

fab coloccini against braga

Fab Coloccini leads the side out this afternoon at St. James’ Park

Newcastle had been the better side in the first half, but again lacked a cutting edge up front, but the lads put in a decent second half performance and Fab Coloccini scored with a great header from a Ben Arfa corner after 60 minutes to bring Newcastle level.

And Newcastle could have won this game in the last 30 minutes but it was a decent performance from a number of Newcastle players, with ben Arfa looking good for Newcastle.

Newcastle came out in a new strip and the shirts were black and white halves split vertically.

Newcastle almost went ahead after a minute, as Hatem Ben Arfa moved down the left wing and then hit a good cross over that Coloccini hit first time, and it was only just wide of the target.

Both sides were finding it hard to get going, but it was Newcastle who were stringing the passes together and the Braga side threatened for the first time after 15 minutes.

After 19 minutes Papiss Cisse had a good effort when he beat his man in the box, and the curled the ball with his right foot, but goalkeeper Eduardo dived well to his left to push the ball away – a good effort from Cisse.

On 33 minutes a good cross from Braga from the right wing went straight across the Newcastle goal, but Debuchy calmly chested it back to Elliot on his goal-line – good play by Debuchy and Elliot.

Three minutes before half time Jonas had been showing up well down the left wing, and he beat his man nicely to send in a nice low cross and Shola Ameobi poked the ball just wide of the post.

But then just before half time Mathieu Debuchy gave away (another) penalty, and as Felipe Pardo went past him to his right, the Frenchman stuck his right foot out, and the Braga forward took the opportunity to fall over and referee Mason immediately pointed to the spot.

Alan made no mistake from the penalty spot, as he sent Elliot the wrong way to score easily, and after one minute of added time, SC Braga found themselves one goal up at half time, although Newcastle looked the better side in the first half.

But the game was being played at what appeared to be a slow pace.

At the start of the seocnd half Tim Krul came on for Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett for Davide Santon and Yohan Cabaye replaced Cheick Tiote.

On 52 minutes Jonas took a knock and was replaced by Sammy Ameobi, and then good play down the Newcastle right wing saw Cisse pull the ball back inside for Shola Ameobi, but the striker blasted the ball over the bar.

Four minutes later Ben Arfa made a good run down the right, and put a good ball through to Shola Ameobi, but the ball went through Shola’s legs – it was good play from the Frenchman.

Newcastle were raising their game in the second half and after 60 minutes Newcastle equalized when Ben Arfa put in a great cross from a corner and Fabricio Coloccini headed home with a strong header into the net.

A goal from a set piece – well would you believe it.

And five minutes later Coloccini tried to put the ball back to Krul, but the Newcastle captain mis-hit the ball, and he had to bring down the Braga substitute Yazalde,  as he tried to race past him Colo.

The game had quickened up from the slow pace of the first half,  with both sides going for the winner, and Yoan Gouffran then replaced Shola Ameobi after 64 minutes.

On 71 minutes Moussa Sissoko hit a good shot and it whistled only just wide of the post, and then after 77 minutes Alan Pardew made a triple change with Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux and Vurnon Anita replacing Cisse. Debuchy and Sissoko.

A triple substitution – that’s something the great Bobby Robson did a lot while manager at Newcastle.

Sammy Ameobi was showing up well down the left wing and combining well with fellow Geordie Paul Dummett, as Newcastle attacked frequently down the left wing.

After 85 minutes the lively Yoan Gouffran had the ball in the net with a good header but he was well offside, as Newcastle were making a spirited effort to win the game.

Two minutes later Ben Arfa, who had a good game and looked very fit, was replaced by Gabby Obertan.

The game fizzled out to a 1-1 draw, but it was a decent performance from the lads, with some good second half performances from subs Gouffran, Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Rob Elliot (Tim Krul 46); Mathieu Debuchy (Steven Taylor 76), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 46); Hatem Ben Arfa (Gabriel Obertan 87), Cheick Tiote (Yohan Cabaye 46), Moussa Sissoko (Vurnon Anita 76), Jonas Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 52); Shola Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 64), Papiss Cisse (Sylvain Marveaux 76)
Sub not used: Dan Gosling

SC Braga (4-4-2): Eduardo (Cristiano 46); Baiano (Joao Pedro 82), Paulo Vinicius (Custodio 46), Aderlan Santos, Joaozinho (Florent Hanin 87); Alan (c) (Nuno Andre Coelho 46), Luiz Carlos (Salvador Agra 46), Mauro (Helder Barbosa 78) , Ruben Micael (Luis Silva 67); Edinho (Yazalde 46), Felipe Pardo (Rafa 46)
Sub not used: Pedro Santos

Referee: Lee Mason

Attendance: 16,187

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64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    So this is Pardews “changed man” “got it wrong ” performance eh . Looks a mirror image of last season . The guy is a politician and says what the fans want to hear.

  • 2 Yohan Kebab // Aug 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    meh that was average, worried for city

    based on preseason my team for city

    santon colo mbiwa dummett
    sissoko cabaye
    hba vuckic gouffran

    where was vuckic today?

  • 3 Graeme // Aug 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Does Pardew actually now know what our best 11 is? Or was he just trying to confuse any Man City spies in the ground?

  • 4 Beattie25 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Re post:

    Pardew is a liar.

    He says the things you lot want to here.

    Like someone mentioned above, pass and move?! What pass and move?!!!!

    I’ve seen nothing this pre season. No new formulas, evolution of tactics, formations being tried out, set pieces.

    Welcome to mediocrity.

  • 5 Indian Magpie // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    This Team Kine up thing with pardew is like Teaching an Illiterate Chemistry.

  • 6 Toon1978 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Pards in no Napoleon mind with his tactics. I’m at a loss as to why the club ain’t brought in more strikers and also a winger. We take so long to do anything.

  • 7 Rowan Milsted // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    For me, Yohan Kebab pretty much summed it up a couple of threads ago when he said ‘overwhelming emotion for this season is just pure uncertainty.’

    That, mixed with some disappointment, incredulity, and downright confusion.

    Bring it on!

  • 8 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Why treat a game before the big one as a training session with everyone given game time?

  • 9 Unbelievable Tekkers // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    My team for city:


    Debs M’biwa Colo Santon

    Anita Cabaye Sissoko
    HBA Goofy


  • 10 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I still think we have a great first 11 but they’ve never played together yet pre-season.

  • 11 Yohan Kebab // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    should be fun this season right ;)

  • 12 alext109 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Nothing to get excited about from that game but pretty much sums up our whole pre-season and transfer window. Slow to start, no real ingenuity and no end product.
    Was just an endless cycle of passing at the back then to jonas or benny who proceeded to lose possession.

    We need something to change if we want to avoid a cricket score at City

  • 13 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Repost – (sorry)

    Scouse – no m8, Ba played out wide… do you mean isolated rather than up front alone? If you do I’m of the same opinion meaning the defence needs to push further up (which is why Yanga is so important with his pace for covering) and the midfield supports quicker and the wide men tuck in more… IMO all FUNDAMENTAL TACTICAL FLAWS in which Pardew is at fault and most professional sides carry out these basic duties, but unfortunately we are too concerned about the opposition and play with shackles on unfortunately.

    Pardew needs to unleash the beast that is very possibly our best squad for around 10 years and let teams worry about us… especially at home!

  • 14 Belfast // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Never expected anything different from Pardew this season. If you thought he was going to change his ways, you’re a bit of a fool tbh

  • 15 JackButler // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Are people still surprised that Pardews tactics haven’t changed or that we are still pressing ahead with his brand of attacking football. Poor manager. Poor tactitian. Poor man manager. Same old Pardew

  • 16 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    i think we need a Gomis type player badly. Cisse’s hold up play is, well none existent.

    We need a shearer-esque player to hold the ball and let the team move forward. It’s a scrap in CM every time.

  • 17 Toon1978 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Nothing new at all. Same old same old. Mbiwa looks more composed and was very good today. Young Dummett is a quality young player. Hba looked good with his vision. Santon looks good also as did Colo apart from his blunder lol. Everything else was the same as last season. No new blood on show for us to see pre season ONCE AGAIN and nothing of late regarding any players coming in within the next few days.Pards, you boring man…..give us some width and exciting Football….that was utter utter dross!

  • 18 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The level of players will always produce a level of performance, even without a coach and manager as they are international footballers.

    It is through top coaching, planning and emphasis on motivation and confidence where teams really make great strides.

    We are yet to settle on the above elements, because we don’t have the tenchical coaching ability available to us to knit these good players together cohesively. What a grand shame. It saddens me dearly.

  • 19 Beattie25 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I’m glad Pardew answered those critics who said he insulted Sir Bobby by saying he aspired to be like him.

  • 20 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I think we would have played much better with Cabaye, Anita and Goofy on from the start.

    Anita has to be a starter this season as he’s a very tidy footballer. For me, Cisse only plays when he has a Gomis/Ba style player to play off. Other wise we go with Goofy, Remy and HBA up front, unless we get Gomis.

  • 21 Indian Magpie // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    AP says “We were tired after the rangers Game”

  • 22 aidytoon9 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Lets hope things improve drastically in the prem as it hurts to see our team play like they did last season.
    To be fair I think pardew will be found out very early in the season and be sacked as his brand of football and tactics are poor.
    You get sick of saying to yourself ( why can’t he see that other players need tried) blah blah.
    It’s a shame that some of the season will be gone though before and fingers x we get a manager who knows how to get the best out this squad.

  • 23 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    The grass was too green …

  • 24 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 3m
    AP says #nufc still looking to improve frontline on transfer front

    If no big man to play off, Cisse out for me.

  • 25 Rowan Milsted // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    It’s going to be emotional. That’s all I can say for sure.

  • 26 Beattie25 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM


    Cisse plays when he doesn’t have to drop deep to get a touch, contest for headers and is told to hold up the ball.

    Cisse plays when we are on the front foot with attacking intent.

    Cisse is useless under Pardews drab defensive football, as are most of our team.

    Cast your mind back to those 6 wins in 6 when Ba was a left winger and Cisse had free reign to find space and capitalise on chances.

    He was immense.

    Now he’s Carlton Coles untalented brother.

  • 27 Beattie25 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Why was Sam Allerdyce sacked by Ashley?

  • 28 Toon1978 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Pardew clearly has his favourites which is stagnating any success on the pitch. At work, i use the best tools i have to do the best job i can, Pards uses knackered ones because they are his favourites hence we fail.

  • 29 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Can anyone answer why we didn’t play our first 11-13 players for 80% of the game tonight, given that we face City next week?

  • 30 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Cisse got something like 13 goals in 13 starts, most playing 4-3-3 as the central striker .

    What does Pardew do ? , stick him right wing

  • 31 AaranD // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Training has to be upped this year massively. We lack so much urgency in that final 3rd its unreal and when we finally manufacture something its so forced its hard to watch. Its all well and good retaining possession, and it is a starting point, but we need to use it much much better. Hopefully thats whats being worked on and eventually, similar to Liverpool last year, we start playing some decent stuff :D.

    I feel the plan against City is to go for the 0-0, could be wrong with Newcastle though!

  • 32 Belfast // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Think he’ll get found out pretty early on this season. When everybodys fit and we don’t have any thursday night games.

    That was his get out of jail card last year.

  • 33 Scouse_geordie // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    krul_ i still think we are too frightened, our mentality on the ball is still quite wary rather than confident play. but confidence breeds confidence and its long process.

    yes i think cisse is too easily isolated, our mid does not support enough. but at the same time even when ba played out wide, the fact it was ba meant that he was marked and all the emphasis was not on cisse. now its often the case that both centre halfs just mark cisse as there is no other obvious threat and thats why we struggled so much last year

  • 34 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    He’ll get found out in the eyes of 100% of fans, however, it will not be enough. He’s good enough to manage us to mid-table, which is all Ashley wants.

    I’d hazard a guess that even if we finished 16th again, Pards would still be in a job.

  • 35 alex84 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Thought we played well today just lacked final 3rd play in the 3rd with Bambi up top, but 2nd half we pressed high up the pitch and had more energy.

    just needing that pace in behind then i think we will have a good season.

  • 36 John Tudor // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    seeing is believing ,there was not a lot there to see that performance diabolical

  • 37 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM


    Agreed – Cisse needs more support or he’s wasted.

    I hope this was a pratice match and the first 11 will suprise. If pards sticks to the old formula with Jonas, Saylor, tiote guarenteed starts with sammy and shola close behind then it’s game over.

  • 38 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Don´t get relegated.
    Don´t get into Europe.

  • 39 Ginger // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Notes to take from the match:

    I think we play better as a 4-4-2.

    Debuchy still does not look settled.

    Mbiwa is absolutely phenomenal in either fullback position.

    Dummet looks better then Santon.

    Guttierez performances are relishing in thought of competition, Sammy is also improving.

    Collo’s age is starting to show.

    Ben-Arfa’s vision has improved but his pace and trickery has severely decreased in quality due to his weight gain.

    I prefer Gouffran to Cisse.

    Our corners are much, much better.

    Given the chance I’d sell Cabaye, do not rate him.

    Marveaux dwells on the ball for too long, nevertheless is still quality.

  • 40 aidytoon9 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    It sticks out like a sore thumb but the man in charge can’t or won’t change things.

    On a positive note I am looking forward to see remy play.
    Hom and benny either side of cisse in 4-3-3?

  • 41 John Tudor // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    just tell em a pack of shit

  • 42 Toon1978 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM







  • 43 Fostino // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    friendlies are times to try things…weve tried very little this pre season..the likes of sammy, vuckic, anita, marv, dummett should have been given more opportunity.

    instead of persisting with jonas, shola. hopefully jonas is out for nxt week

  • 44 aidytoon9 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM


  • 45 Slank // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    I was impressed with Dummett, very composed and can cross a ball. Possibly better than Santon at left back?

    Debuchy looks very suspect when faced with a player running at him. Perhaps Santon would be better?

    Gouffran is a far better option alongside Cisse than Shola. He is much more mobile and direct.

    A pairing of Tiote and Sissoko without Cabaye doesn’t work.

    Mbiwa looked alongside Colo but then again most of our central defenders look good alongside Colo. Lovely header. Looked like a training ground routine actually worked.

    Jonas was good. Sammy far to often flatters. Not sure about Ben Arfa. He lost the ball quite a few times.

    We really need more invention and penetration. Remy get fit quick.

  • 46 BDin9 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Couldn’t get to the match tonight but it’s good to get some feedback from the rest of you who did.

  • 47 believeintoon // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Just one thing to say.
    Sammy Ameobi was absolutely awful,still a reserve level player

    BTW,I hope AP will do well this season.
    If he doesn’t,we will see much horrible manager leading this great players,and his name is Mr.Joe Kinnear.

  • 48 Toon1978 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    We need Moses……a bloody miracle. V.Moses!

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    graeme @3 – I think your theory about confusing City after that display is the only logical explanation. Really it was a hotch potch of football with no discernable mode/method of play although it was apparent that they were playing it out of defence or trying to. Not convinced that our defence will be able to cope with any decent forwards. Really a non event type of game.

  • 50 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    HBA does lose the ball – because he takes risks and carries the ball forward. He also delivered some of our most threatening balls into the box.

    Messi, Rooney, Mata, Ronaldo lose the ball too.

  • 51 Fostino // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    it was great watching earlier…some nice slick passing from technically gifted players in wilshire, ox, arteta, walcott, cazorla etc….they cut city open. yet we have marv and anita, from the same mould and they barely got a sniff of a chance to prove themselves today

  • 52 Ginger // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:29 PM


    I predict a 4-4-2 with Cisse and Remy upfront, Ben-Arfa and Guttierez on the wing. Don’t want it but I can see it.

  • 53 Spuggy // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Agree 100%

    The game had far too many changes at this stage of preseason with our first game a week away!

    We should have made 2-3 subs at best and used ALL our best players from the start in the formation for city.

    No Anita, Cabaye or Goofy – I didn’t get it. Marv or Cabaye should have been tried in the 10 role behind Cisse and Goofy.

  • 54 Toon1978 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Fostino 51

    Exactly mate…well said. Obviously they aren’t up Pards hoop like Jonas.

  • 55 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I get the impression that as a side we are playing with 3 different units – Defence, midfield and attack – instead of being 1 cohesive unit – did anyone see the game and tell me if we are playing as a team? I really can’t understand how a midfield as talented as ours and a lethal striker find goals hard to come by?

  • 56 aidytoon9 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:33 PM


    That wouldn’t be to bad if Sinclair,marv, ince , was on the left with mapou at the back with colo. would just love Anita to start getting games also.

  • 57 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    BTw someone mentioned earlier that the City game is pretty much wrapped up – the real proof is in the pudding which should be the first home game – I will be very upset if we lineout with this ridiculous 4231 at home!

  • 58 Graeme // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Toon 1978 @ 48 – On that display we need the biblical Moses to have any chance of success!!!

    Mr Tuff @ 49 – It confused the life out of me, thats for sure. Just what was the objective of this last of the pre-season friendly’s? Isnt it usual to play as near as possible your starting 11, giving them the final chance to put into practice everything that had been learned and drilled during the pre-season training regime??

    If so, its fairly obvious that not much has been learned at all!!

  • 59 BDin9 // Aug 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    By the way,Hull beat Real Betis 3-0. It means nowt.

  • 60 lesh // Aug 10, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    ‘Mmm, I like this guy and am gonna ask Joe to sign him, no matter what the cost.’. Alan Pardew on Felipe Pardo!

    Aidy – sack Pardew? Can we take it that you want the dynamic duo of Kinnear and Harford to take charge?

    Beattie – why did Ashley sack Allardyce? Because the fans didn’t like him and he brought Keegan in. The decline was started!

    Now, perhaps the sack Pardew brigade might like to dwell on that? Or more likely, they won’t!

  • 61 Sir Braveheart // Aug 10, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Im confused. Ed makes out that Sammy played well, others back that up and others say he’s rubbish. Which is it?

    My biggest concern is we start so slow every game. Against good opposition we’re a couple of goals down before we’ve even started. Its not good enough, we need to start better.

  • 62 Somerset Mag // Aug 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Pathetic continuation of last season’s relegation form.

  • 63 toontillidie // Aug 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    i sooooooooooooooo want that kit

  • 64 Craborumtoon // Aug 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Debuchy is an absolute liability! I thought he was quality when we signed him but overall he’s been nothing but disappointing…

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