Newcastle 1-0 Up At Half Time Against Wellington Phoenix


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew named another strong side for the game against Wellington Phoenix tonight, which is the final game of the Football United Tour of New Zealand, and Mehdi Abeid gets a starting position in midfield.

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Mehdi Abeid – at Panathinaikos on loan last season

Mehdi had a very good season on loan last season at Greek side Panathinaikos,  and he was impressive in 38 games with 10 goals, and he’s making an attempt to be in Newcastle’s plans for the future in this pre-season.

New signings Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere were again given starts tonight.

Newcastle will play in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Riviere up front and de Jong playing in the withdrawn striker role, and both scored against Sydney FC on Tuesday night, with Jack Colback and Mehdi Abeid in the middle.

In the first half Wellington showed up well and were getting on top when on 41 minutes Yoan Gouffran put Newcastle ahead.

Vurnon Anita put the ball into the penalty area from a short corner, and Gouffran was there to place a header just inside the post to put Newcastle 1-0 up at half time.

As expected,  it’s a tougher game than against Sydney FC on Tuesday night.

Teams:

Wellington Phoenix (4-3-3): Glen Moss; Manny Muscat, Ben Sigmund, Andrew Durante (c), Thomas Doyle; Tyler Boyd, Albert Riera, Alex Gorrin; Louis Fenton, Jeremy Brockie, Nathan Burns
Subs not used: Lewis Italiano, Michael Boxall, Josh Brindell-South, Kenny Cunningham, Alex Rufer, Jason Hicks, Roy Krishna, Matthew Ridenton, Andrew Blake

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback, Yoan Gouffran; Siem de Jong; Emmanuel Riviere
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman, Paul Dummett, Lubo Satka, Haris Vuckic, Rolando Aarons, Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong, Ayoze Perez

Referee: Matthew Conger

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14 comments so far

  • Keith in France

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #1

    De Jong off injured!

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  • Ethiotoon

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #2

    How is the game so far guys/ladies ?

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  • IITianToon

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #3

    All players impressed me barring MYM, Saylor and to some extent ANita.
    Most impressive Colback, Aarons and Ayoze. Gouff Mr consistent as usual.

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  • clinath@ed

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Won 1-0

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  • baro9

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Good game…. The youngsters really impressed!

    Satka looks like a Colo-Clone!

    Armstrong is gonna be some player!
    Aarons was alright….

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  • clinath@ed

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #6

    IITianToon….couldn’t gave put it better. Satka looked comfortable for the few mins he was on.

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  • baro9

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Ayoze Perez will be some player!
    He looks like a Fernando Torress style striker…
    Tall and close dribbling player that weaves through defenses.

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  • Keith in France

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Fat Sam’s team lost again 3 -1 against Sydney.

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  • baro9

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #9

    ………………………………….Krul……………………………………

    Janmaat……..Tayls…………………Colo………..Haidara

    ……………………………….Tiote……………………………………

    ……………….Sissoko……………….Colback…………………

    Gouffran……………….De Jong………………….Cabella

    …………………………..?New Striker?……………………….

    Subs:

    Elliot
    Ben Arfa
    M/Bwia
    Santon (Maybe Haidara when santon is back)
    Armstrong
    Anita
    Aarons
    Cisse
    Riviere

    BTW i would start ben arfa every time… But, looks like its gonna be a lineup similar to this for Man city

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  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 26, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Baro9

    Doubt we will be starting with your team mate, unless you are now aloud 12 players on the pitch.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #11

    yep colback is starting 11 for me.
    rolando needs to be used as impact sub this year and starter in cup games.
    and i agree perez looks a very good player prob better than river over the last 2 games tbh as i wasnt impressed with river in that game but he did play well against sydney.

    goofy again mr versatile and should be played as winger stand in.
    and siem just lifts us a few places higher in the league alone imo.
    and hairdryer is my starting lb imo.

    now the downside’s

    ok i admit i’m wrong on mbiwa he’s just not cut out for it and thats not just based on this game but i must admit its highlighted his faults even more than before.

    our cb’s are a problem as colo who really shouldnt be here is our tiny bit of calm ! saylor who we all admit is avg at best can only do a job which isnt good enough and same for willo but they are all aging and dont have the legs and in honesty those young cb’s we have are way off the pace atm when you look at prescence and positioning.

    armstrong and campbell are very good players but they are not fast enough and definatly not tall enough with enough spring in there step they need a full season on loan with lots of games both of them and they shouldnt be in our first team plans yet.

    vukic can go ! thats all i have to say about him

    abied ! well..he’s good enough to be a backup but he doesnt inspire me tbh ! he has improved a hell of a lot and he’s still very young but plays with a lot of confidence and you do notice him on the pitch which is a very good thing but i suspect a few years till he’s starting 11 material.

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  • baro9

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #12

    NUFCJACKW

    LOL! … That’s my mistake!

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  • baro9

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Croftus5678

    Agreed on most of your comments … But, if anything Armstrong and Campbell’s main strengths in their game is their speed…

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #14

    It wasn’t good performance and we were
    the second best team on the pitch to be honest
    we can’t play good football when the
    opposition press us hard , we make so many mistakes
    and we can’t also build the attack perfectly
    we need another center halve and a class playmaker !!!

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