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Newcastle Lose 3-1 To Malaga – Great Obertan Goal

4:21 pm, Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

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After winning three games on the trot without conceding a goal, Newcastle were beaten by a good-looking Malaga side in Germany this afternoon, and the Spanish side were 3-0 up at half time, after the Newcastle defense did not look good in that first half, and the team failed to close down the Malaga players.

A great goal from Darder after 25 minutes and a brace from Castillejo was the difference between the two sides in the first half, with our back four looking a bit shaky, but things improved a lot in the second half as Newcastle tried to get back into the game – and Pardew got a reaction from his players in the second half after a poor first half display.

And Newcastle got one back after 60 minutes with a great goal from Gabby Obertan, who got the ball from a corner, and beat his man on the edge of the box and hit the ball brilliantly into the back of the net.

And Gabby may leave us this summer.

SA poor first half display from Newcastle this afternoon but much improved in the second half is the bottom line of this game.

Heres the way we saw it this afternoon.

Newcastle started this game slowly with Malaga having more of the ball and Darder missed a good chance after 23 minutes when he headed the ball over the bar from just six yards out and should have done better.

But then a couple of minutes later, the same player had the ball played back to him and he sent a fantastic shot from 25 yards screaming in off Elliot’s left hand post, to put a good Malaga side 1-0 up.

And then after 32 minutes Malaga doubled their advantage when Jesus Gamez made a good run down the right wing and got to the bye line on the right, looked up and chipped the ball over to Castillejo, who was completely unmarked (where was Mapou?) and he hit the ball first time with his left foot past Elliot and into the back of the net.

It was 2-0 to a who looked the sharper side in the first half.

And then after 43 minutes Castillejo scored his second when he hit the ball with his left foot – but the ball looped across Elliot into the goal when it was deflected off Yanga-Mbiwa and Newcastle were 3-0 down at the break against a good-looking Malaga side, who looked much more threatening than the Magpies.

Alan Pardew made four changes at half time with Yoan Gouffran, Manu Riviere, Gabby Obertan and Rolando Aarons coming on and Adam Armstrong, Sissoko, Perez and Cabella all off.

Both sides went close after 54 minutes with Ignacio Camacho heading wide from a corner when he found himself completely unmarked and then a minute later Mbiwa-Yanga headed over from six yards out when he should have scored, and after 60 minutes a good shot from Gouffran was deflected wide.

And then from the corner the ball was played to Obertan who beat his man brilliantly and hit a great shot into the back of the net – Obertan is showing he’s a good player when he’s in the mood.

Paul Dummett and Vurnon Anita came into the game for Jack Colback and Haidara and ten minutes later Mike Williamson made his first appearance in pre-season replacing Fab Coloccini and Haris Vuckic came on for Mehdi Abeid – as Pardew gave his subs some playing time.

The game was much more even in the second half as Newcastle tried to get back into the game, but Newcastle couldn’t get another goal, which would have made it interesting.


Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Lubo Satka 84), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mike Williamson 74), Massadio Haidara (Paul Dummett 67); Mehdi Abeid (Haris Vuckic 74), Jack Colback (Vurnon Anita 67); Moussa Sissoko (Gabriel Obertan 46), Adam Armstrong (Yoan Gouffran 46), Remy Cabella (Rolando Aarons 46); Ayoze Perez (Emmanuel Riviere 46)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Jak Alnwick, Daryl Janmaat, Remie Streete, Cheick Tiote, Adam Campbell

Malaga (4-2-3-1): Idris Kameni; Jesus Gamez, Wellington, Sergio Sanchez (Alberto Angeleri 73), Antunes; Sergi Darder (Juanami 73), Ignacio Camacho; Ricardo Horta (Pablo Perez 86), Duda (c) (Samuel Sanchez 86), Samu Castillejo (Juanpi 54); Roque Santa Cruz (Luis Alberto 73)
Subs not used: Guillermo Ochoa, Agustin Cousillas, Arthur Boka, Jose Rosales, Recio, Ezequiel Rescaldani

Referee: Christian Bandurski

Tags: Friendlies · Match Reports · Newcastle News · Pre-season

49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Uncertain Toon // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    No comment

  • 2 JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER) // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Pardew is a world class manager trust me lads…..:p

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM


    At some point even Chunky must realise pardew ain’t the man and won’t ever change his spots.

    You just know that if a martinez, Rodgers, Pochetinno type had this lot we would be playing attacking passing, cohesive and fluid football.

    Pardew out, saylor out, colo out!!

  • 4 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    no comment

  • 5 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    3 years we’ve been trying that same floated corner/ free kick to the far post (Williamson)! Why does he always think the next one will be the one which finally works?

    Set pieces, the big weapon of the mediocre English journeyman manager, have been like a spoof story under Pardew.

    Remember last summer? He kept saying how we want a “commanding CB” to score atleast 5 from set pieces. Another well executed plan Pards!!

  • 6 firebug666 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Just sick to my stomach.

  • 7 Uncertain Toon // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM


    I wholeheartedly agree mate. In fact I’ve never been so certain of something in all my life!

  • 8 deeps // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Tim Sherwood > Pardew

  • 9 Beatroll25 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    In the past 3 1/2 season under Pards NUFC have conceded 3 or more goals 40 times.


  • 10 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    That was a pretty ummm buoyant assessment by Ed. I thought we were woeful, beyond woeful in fact. cannot wait for Pardew to be gone.

  • 11 Sliema // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    “I blame myself”

    Then he blames the poor young lads who got no service because of his own pathetic team selection and tactics!

  • 12 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Players to young yet both Malaga’s goal scorers were under 21 .

    Ok Alan .

  • 13 Beatroll25 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Pardew ‘I take full responsibility…

    …because the young players were too young.’

    Ha ha ha. That is him passing the buck.

  • 14 JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER) // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Juventus have confirmed Mauricio Isla is poised
    to join Queens Park Rangers and is set to
    undergo a medical on Sunday.

  • 15 Uncertain Toon // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Our senior players came on in second half? Did I just hear that?!

  • 16 Spreadthetoon // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    AP – man with a comical bible of excuses!

  • 17 aussiemag // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Absolute horseship defensively in the first half. Too slow for mine. My opinion should have played Willo and MYM at Centre Half. Saylor should have played RB or better yet why didn’t our new Dutchman play? Was he not match fit? That’s funny I could have sworn that he played the 90 mins in every game the Dutch played at the world cup?

  • 18 davetoon // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    results dont mean anything in preseason…

  • 19 JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER) // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    any news bout the loan signg?

  • 20 Blubber tits // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Boy, oh boy, do I reserve the deepest chamber of hate in my heart for that slithery pillock.

  • 21 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Too young!? Just get him out now please Ashley! Why can teams in France and Spain bring through players from 18, yet ours are deemed too young? Just get a grip Pardew and piss off.

  • 22 Tsunki // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Yes thats right Alan, its your fault, but not thetwo scapegoats up front who you have characteristically hung out to dry for your midfield dissaray. Remember how the likes of Bigi were similarly hung and cured, same thing. You have to wake up to this Mike, he is tearing down your money making machine.

  • 23 beermonkey // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    well I take it pards has spoken

    not so sure I wanna hear what he has to say

    was looking forward to todays match thought it would be tough to get a win Malaga not a bad team
    I fell asleep in the first half but the second wernt much cop

    did cabella go off injured in the first half

  • 24 Shaker Shakrah // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Why can’t we play like that
    passing respectable team
    passing from one touch ?
    the typical poor english managers and
    their way o f playing , Malaga has outplayed us in everything , we should’ve done better in this game
    that’s shows you why we always got ripped off
    on the big stages & the FA cup under pardew
    there is no excuse for this miserable defeat at all !!!
    MA should’ve got rid of Pardew 2 years ago
    and now we are forced to stick with him 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • 25 Slank // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    My analysis:

    Malaga were a good team or were made to look good especially in the first half as we didn’t really compete.

    Our forward line in the first half was powder puff. Peres, Armstrong and Cabella were collectively too light weight. Sissoko looked like this was his first game, and it showed. But the glaring omission was that there was no midfield playmaker. Abeid and Colback are mobile but they don’t have the killer pass in them. De Jong was noticeable by his absence. Even though the defence looked very shaky I thought Haidara and Yanga-Mbiwa were both good.

    In the second half the tempo and commitment was much better. Riviever, Gouffran and Obertan looked much stronger and more effective. I thought young Aarons again played well.

    Overall the big miss was Tiote and De Jong. These two will be critical to the team.

    In some ways I am pleased we got the run around as that should make the players and coaching staff come out of any slumber and complacency.

  • 26 welshgeordie9 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Oh no we lost a match oh my god what are we going to do, already our new signings are not up to scratch let’s get rid of them and start all over again, moan when we win and moan when we lose. Matches like this happen all the time even to the best teams.

    Dear me

  • 27 JrReps // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    How did Cabella do?

  • 28 Ron Knee // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    If that’s the shape of things to come, then God help us.

  • 29 Shaker Shakrah // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Just get ready for an another defeat against Man city
    and a hard hard games against the Villa and a really
    strange season .
    You have Pardwho people !!!!

  • 30 welshgeordie9 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    If you lot are like this now god help when the season starts

  • 31 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    I wasn’t able to watch it today (un)fortunately but my friend watched it and I’ve read the comments on here and Lee Ryder’s tweets, but it sounded abysmal against the first real test of any note.

    Nothing has changed. P45DUE out. Don’t give him time to con and brainwash you. He’s inept and a few signings will only patch over it for a certain amount of time, as we saw with the 5 that came in the other January.

  • 32 NUFCJackW // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Such a shame we have pardew managing this team…

  • 33 aussiemag // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM


    Results may not mean anything in pre season but as sure as shit proper positional play and a lot more possesional passing especially keeping the ball on the ground would help.

    Possibly a manager who knows how to coach and utilize more than 1 tactical type of play if that’s what it was called would be a massive plus as well HAHA!

  • 34 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Oh dear. Its all gone a bit wrong on here today, hasn’t it? Pardew is blaming himself for picking to many inexperienced players, and you lot are translating it to /its the kids fault” that is not what he said, you are just being petty. You all need to decide whether freindly results matter or not. Because so far, if we win, they dont matter, but if we lose it’s the end of the world. Give your heads a shake, and try to be objective.

  • 35 Shaker Shakrah // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    # Slank

    I think even if we played our strongest side
    we still going to loss this match ,
    we can’t play good football if the opposition pressed us hard and didn’t give us space , and we are not a passing
    team , that’s it .
    Poor but not Smart manager , and he looked happy after the match too .

  • 36 Slank // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM


    Cabella did some tricks but overall he was totally ineffective. He didn’t get much service to be fair. Aarons was better than him I thought.

  • 37 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Never hated an NUFC manager as much as I hate Pardew . He is a horrible person as well as a shocking manager . The polar opposite to Sir Bobby .

    What we learned today is that Sissoko is no winger, Collo & Taylor are possibly our worst CB pairing and Colback is nothing more than squad filler .

    Team for City should be:




    —HBA—————-De Jong—————-Cabella—


    Ideally I would like another CB to pair M’biwa, Quality striker and Grenier as well but I can’t see that happening in a million years under Ashley .

  • 38 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    seen some woeful performances over the last 50 years
    But that first half most be one of the worst I have witnessed.
    absolute SHITE, clueless, never got near there players, yards faster, quicker in thought, stronger,
    Please don’t start the season with Colocinni and Taylor as centre backs. Sorry Mbiwa might of had a decent game but his defending turning his back on their third goal just CHICKEN.

    Up front desperatley need someone with strength up-front -to lightweight

  • 39 Shaker Shakrah // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I just want a spanish manager to be honest
    and a spanish players too 🙁 !!!

  • 40 Bambams // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    P45due is looking worried…..

    He has been backed by ash and no hiding place this season.

    It is only a pre season game and that is a fact. I am not going to get worried about this result but I am concerned we have some new players and I just know Pards is not good enough to turn them into a team.

    He needs to be playing all his ‘purples’ as soon as possible so they get to know each other’s strengths. Not sitting them in the stands.


  • 41 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    I can garantee that, should we win tomorrow, people here will still be picking all the negatives out of it and ignoring any positives. No one has said much about winning the second half 1-0 after making changes.

  • 42 NUFCJackW // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM


    Why is moaning about this game a bad thing. Did you see the first half ?

    They were a team that were going to be a big test for us, This game told us how well our first team starters play and tbh we were dreadful. Mainly the back four.

    Yes it is only a pre-season game but that first half shows nothing has changed since our form at the end of last season.

  • 43 toon22 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Looks like another long season of lucky wins and utter hammerings

    Out at the first in both cups,defeat to the mackems twice etc

    But most if all its the dire boring brand of headless chicken football

    Cant wait.

  • 44 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Big Pappa, I haven’t hated a manager as much as this prat either. He’s the luckiest puppet alive.

  • 45 Shaker Shakrah // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    # Markaccus

    clam down dude
    all what i am saying the type of players we have are not
    too god under pressure , there is no solutions against
    the organized teams + our way of defending and tracking is poor , with the 2 CBs !!

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM


    Yes I did watch the 1st half but like i said it happens to the best of teams, 2nd half was a lot better, I bet you tomorrow it will be the other way round.

  • 47 Shaker Shakrah // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Does the need of a new CLASS center halve
    will enter Pardew”s poor head after this
    horrible defending ???

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    all of the players that have played so far before today’s match, everyone on here have been praising the squad that they have been doing well, and today because we lost the match now all of a sudden people on here are saying get rid of this player and that player to be honest it’s quite pathetic really.

  • 49 Online Guy // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Summing the game up

    We did not push up on the Malaga defence , they had it easy throughout the game ..knocked it about from the back ..always had a man in position when in possession, to receive a pass, even in tight situations rush for them ..they also played some good 1-2 touch football..they are a Team

    Newcastle ‘s passing was rushed and chancy, 40 yard balls played out of defence only in the hope of a Newcastle player getting on the end of it was poor percentage play . We gave them a lot of time and just never pushed up on them only getting a foot in in the last third ..

    Malaga tore us a new one showing Pardew how to play as a team.

    The team is fractious just now . many new faces means we are not a settled Team ..we can give it time ..See what transpires .

    Unless the football philosophy changes ..and it wont imho..Pardew is going back south before October comes.

    “To many youngsters today” said Alan .

    You pick the Team Alan.

    Here we go again.

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