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Newcastle Put In Great Performance – Win 3-1 Against Schalke

6:46 pm, Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

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Newcastle put in a very good display today against Schalke 04 and won 3-1 with three very good goals,  and young Rolando Aarons made one and scored one, and he was the Man of the Match. And it was in the dying seconds of the game that  Schalke managed to break their duck in the tournament, and Donis Avdijaj scored for the home side – with the last kick of the match – but Newcastle played very well today.

The scorers for Newcastle were Riviere, Rolando Aarons and Remy Cabella got his first goal for the club, and all three goals were good ones.

After some early pressure from Schalke Newcastle went ahead after 18 minutes and it was a great goal as Rolando Aarons did some great work down the left wing as he beat his man and sent over the cross that Riviere headed home just inside the post giving the goalkeeper no chance – a great header from Riviere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nty0n8vHlw

Schalke has a lot of possession in the first half,  but they didn’t have too much to show for it, with the Newcastle defense much improved over the first half against Malaga yesterday.

At the start of the second half it was nearly all change for Newcastle as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Lubo Satka and Mehdi Abeid come on for Jack Colback, Fabricio Coloccini and Moussa Sissoko and Rob Elliot replaced Tim Krul in goal.

And then after 54 minutes another run down the left wing by the impressive Rolando Aarons saw the ball go over goalkeeper Fahrmann, and straight into the back of the net,  to put Newcastle 2-0 up, after the Magpies had started the second half in good style – this lad Aarons must get a run in the first team.

And then after 55 minutes in came Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra for Manu Riviere, who had played well and scored a great goal, and Remy Cabella came in for Yoan Gouffran, who had a quiet game.

And after some good attacking play from Newcastle on came Adam Armstrong for Rolando Aarons after 67 minutes – and Rolando had a great game for the Magpies today.

And then after 73 minutes it was Remy Cabella who picked up a loose ball and made ground quickly before hammering the ball past Fahrmann to put Newcastle 3-0 up – and a good recovery from yesterday’s poor performance as Newcastle looked really good in the second half.

Adam Campbell came on after 72 minutes for Gabby Obertan, who again look good today and then seven minutes later on came Ayoze Perez for Paul Dummett.

Schalke picked up the pace a lot after Newcastle had gone ahead 3-0, and the game became end to end as Schalke tried to get something out of the game – and at least score a goal in the tournament.

And after 88 minutes Adam Campbell was straight through on goal, but he couldn’t beat the goalkeeper who turned the ball behind for a corner.

And then in the last few seconds of the game Schalke scored through Donis Avdijaj, and it was a little disappointing that we let in a goal at the death.

Newcastle finished second in the Schalke Cup behind Malaga who won both their games convincingly.

In the circumstances when Newcastle made 11 changes through this game it was a evry good performance from the lads.

Schalke (4-3-3): Ralf Fahrmann; Kaan Ayhan (Marvin Friedrich 46), Felipe Santana, Joel Matip, Sead Kolasinac (Christian Fuchs 46); Roman Neustadter (Marco Hoger 46), Marcel Sobottka, Dennis Aogo (Axel Borgmann 71); Kevin Prince Boateng (c) (Maurice Multhaup 46), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Donis Avdijaj 62), Max Meyer (Pascal Itter 71)
Subs not used: Timon Wellenreuther

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (Rob Elliot 46); Vurnon Anita (Haris Vuckic 73), Mike Williamson (Remie Streete 73), Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 46), Paul Dummett (Ayoze Perez 79); Gabriel Obertan (Adam Campbell 73) , Moussa Sissoko (Mehdi Abeid 46), Jack Colback (Lubo Satka 46), Rolando Aarons (Adam Armstrong 68); Emmanuel Riviere (Facundo Ferreyra 57), Yoan Gouffran (Remy Cabella 57)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor

Referee: Thorsten Kinhofer
Bookings: Schalke – Sobottka (77); Newcastle – Aarons (34)

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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 levi15791 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Anyone able to (help?) compile a list of squad numbers from the preseason friendlies we have played thus far?

  • 2 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Welsh,

    Stop moaning on about people moaning:)

  • 3 nufcursed // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    aarons is our best ‘signing’ so far!what a player!
    can anyone tell me who played at LB in the last couple of minutes?was it satka?

  • 4 curmon // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    AArons reminds me of Raheem Stirling, both in appearance and his style of play.

    Colback is a squad player at best

    Mbiya totally switched off for Schalke goal

  • 5 levi15791 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    @3 abeid filled in for last few minutes at left back.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I’m not moaning I’m just saying the ones who were yesturday probably celebrated today.

    Can’t have it both ways

    it’s quite funny because they are probably hiding right now anyway

  • 7 nufcursed // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    review from today’s game:

    positive:
    -aarons
    -riviere
    -cabella
    -satka
    -williamson

    negative:
    -dummett
    -anita
    -pardew

  • 8 Mike's Iron Curtain // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Best performers:

    Mom – Aaron’s – zippy and decisive with his end product. Beautiful cross for Rivière.

    2nd – Obertan – Carried the ball up the pitch very well and retained possession in tight spots, making good decisions around the box (his previous main weakness), also did well winning and directing his headers from the long diagonal.

    3rd – Willo – night and day between him and Saylor. One a calm, commanding, assured presence that wins everything aerially; the other a headless, flapping chicken that gives everyone around him the jitters and can barely get his backside off the ground.

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    i said it before and I will say it again, I’m happy with this squad.

    Very happy

  • 10 bob52 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Great to see we have a player who can beat a man and put in a decent cross, what a great prospect, I can see him getting plenty of time on the pitch this year. Lots of positives today but no doubt the ususal knockers will not be satisfied.

  • 11 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Welsh,

    Only kidding pal

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    114toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    We’ll look at what happens when Stevie Taylor is no where near the bloody pitch

    Much improved performance today and some good showings from the new boys, especially Cabella (HBA Who?)!
    But MOTM has to Rolando, very good pre season from him

    Pardew promised a much improved performance so credit where it’s due but it’s still pre season non the less so won’t be banging the “were ganna win the league man” drum yet

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    How can pardew be a negative

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Boy oh boy do i like watching Aarons play, he’s got to be in first team squad now

  • 15 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Welsh

    You’re getting carried away. Our defence is terrible. We still need a top striker. Pardew has had plenty of time to sort it out. Time is running out.

  • 16 bob52 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Forgot to mention a solid performance from Williamson, hope Pardew now realises he’s got to be in the team.

  • 17 beefman13 // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Nufcursed, a bit harsh on Anita who I did not see do anything wrong, young Dummett was neat n tidy and put a decent shift in, opinions of course, Mbiwa though worries me as he is a ball watcher.

  • 18 Mike's Iron Curtain // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    For their goal, Streete completely missed a basic clearance and whoever was at LB, Abeid I think, allowed his man to get away from him unchallenged, after Mbiwa had just before turned to check the situation, seeing Abeid right with the man. In that position, the fullback is primarily responsible, because he can see everything, but it should never have beat Streete and Abeid isn’t a fullback, so much ado about nothing.

  • 19 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Well with only 2 weeks to go I’m going to offer my opinions on the squad and where we need to strengthen.

    GK:
    Krul – Number 1 keeper but under no pressure.
    Elliot – Not good enough for PL and should be 3rd choice/sold.
    Alnwick – Probably needs to be loaned out to League 1 team. Worked wonders for Forster a few years ago.
    Conclusion – Need another GK, possibly a young keeper to really push Krul.
    Recommendation – Gerorge Long (Sheff Utd)

    DEF:
    Jaanamt – Not seen anything but looked decent for Holland.
    M’bwia – Do not play at RB, start him at CB and give him a chance.
    Saylor – Sell. He had potential but has made a living out of being a geordie.
    Willo – Prone to a mistake, never any better than back up.
    Colo – On the decline but still decent. If an offer came in, he wouldn’t be a big miss if he was replaced.
    Santon – Still has masses of potential. We should keep him for sure.
    Raylor – I’d like him to prove me wrong but I think he is finished as a RB. Maybe a deep lying CM but his knees will have gone and he had no speed to begin with. Keep as back up.
    Haidara – Competition with Santon and I think has a big future.
    Ferguson – Just hasn’t come on sadly. Sell.
    Dummet – Poor player for me, doesn’t offer anything so sell/loan.
    Conclusion: Weakest area of the team for me. Too many average players. I’d like to see a good young RB come in to offer competition and a solid CB to replace Saylor.
    Recommendation: Sam Byram (RB, Leeds), Uroš Spajic (CB, Toulouse)

    Mid:
    Sissoko: Need to stop playing him at RW and start playing him as a marauding CM. Technically he will never be a player that sticks to CM but flying box to box and stretching the play by heading to either flank woul be good for us.
    Anita: Underrated and never has a decent run in the team to really show his class. If we are keeping the ball he is sublime, under the cosh not so good.
    HBA: A must start. If only Pardew knew how to play him!
    Jonas: Not been good enough for 3 seasons now. No big loss when he goes.
    Bigirimana: Needs a loan to play first team football r else he could lose his way.
    Tiote: Excellent on his day, but his day doesn’t come often enough. Will be a starter under PArdew regardless of form until AFCON. Needs to show form again.
    Obertan: Fans hate him (not me) and he doesn’t have the mental strength to cope. Sell him or keep him for away matches only.
    Sammy Am: Isn’t good enough. Needs a season loan to prove me wrong. Shouldn’t be anywhere near the starting 11 or bench.
    Vuckic: Make or break for him. Keep him in and around the team and let him prove his worth.
    Colback: Bench at best but I think Pardew will put him in with Tiote every game.
    Abied: Good player but wouldn’t be missed for me.
    Siem: Could be great, fingers crossed.
    Cabella: Is a top player but I fear for him under Pardew.
    Aarons: Could be gem but too early to say for sure.
    Conclusion: We lack quality in the middle and thanks to Pardew’s stubbornness we will never see the best of the players we have. Inviting pressure onto our midfield is an invitation for disaster. Still think we need a creative CM.
    Recommendation: Grenier (Lyon)

    ATT:
    Riviere: Looks good and suited to the PL.
    Cisse: If we could play attacking football and serve him up the chances he would rediscover his brilliance.
    Ferreyra: A predator, probably will be similar to the Cisse situation.
    Gouffran: Stop playing him at LW/AM and play him up front. Tireless runner and a decent player.
    Perez: Good back up and full of potential.
    Campbell: Potential again is a key word but needs a loan at a decent team.
    Conclusion: I think we are okay up front. I of course would like another CF but don’t think it is as essential as some. No point having a CF if we can’t create for them so if we are going to sign anyone it needs to be someone who creates sommat out of nowt.
    Reccomendation: Matias Suarez (Anderlecht)

    Overall we need to sell a few, loan a few and buy a few. I don’t think it’ll happen and I predict a 11th place finish with Alan Pardew seeing it through to the end. If we could get this team playing though (replace Alan) and strengthen the key areas we could potentially push top 6.

  • 20 Belfast // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Much improved from yesterdays horror show.

    Hope this new improved Obertan is here to stay

  • 21 toon kk // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Credit when credit is due, very good performance by the lads. They worked well together. Surely given me a lift!

  • 22 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if we rarely see Aarons again this season. Too young, inexperienced and not sufficiently defence minded for Pardew’s liking.

  • 23 Pottsclock // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Isn’t it nice to see some goodyoung players on the pitch that have come through. They may not be starters this season. They may never actually make it, but so often on here we hear that we have sold x number of players in the last 2 years and therefore need to buy x +3 to compete.

    For the first time in a while, we have some decent young and improved prospects.

  • 24 Mike's Iron Curtain // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    My only word of caution on Aarons: that was a very Ferguson type performance from a few seasons ago and look how he has fared. Got to keep at it kidda!

  • 25 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    I think we’ll do well to finish in the top 19. We need Alderweireld, Rojo, Grenier and Remy.

  • 26 Belfast // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    That’s a bold prediction Kets lol

  • 27 toon kk // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    B and B
    yes agree with you, wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see much of Aarons thought he was he was class today, excellent pace.

  • 28 Dennis Twice // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • 29 lesh // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Good result, some good performances.

    Pardew out?

  • 30 mattnufc // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    We won but a ‘great performance’ it was not. We were being dominated and scored against the run of play. While the second half was more even, the second goal was complete luck and the third we did well to track down a move.
    I’m glad we won but in no way did we play particularly well.

  • 31 MonkseatonMag // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    The best I’ve ever seen Obertan play! Why can’t he play like this every week?

  • 32 MonkseatonMag // Aug 3, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    We missed HBA badly.

  • 33 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Monkseatonmag, seriously? We missed HBA? Giving the ball away in our half, not tracking back ? Zero work rate ? I didn’t miss him. His time is up, hopefully we get a decent fee and but Grenier….

  • 34 stuart no9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    bob52@ 10—–”-Lots of positives today but no doubt the ususal knockers will not be satisfied”—–i think what you need to understand is when they are shyte they are going to get knocked, when theyve played well they will get praised . no body wants to knock the team just for the hell of it, its not just us , every team in the prem gets knocked by there fans if they are shyte.

  • 35 stuart no9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Mickalonius——HBA is one of the most gifted players at this club for a long time. does he track back ??no, did ginola, trckback ? no , did laurant Robert track back ?? no , but i wouldnt have swapped them for the world. At that time , we had a manager who knew how to get the best out of his players, why pull ginola or robert back when he knew they would cause more damage in their natural position. let defenders defend , let midfielders create and let strikers attack , why have HBA defending ?? he cant defend for toffee, sp put him where he is going to create havoc instead.

  • 36 gazzaforever // Aug 3, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Great post , Beatroll25.

  • 37 WestOzMag // Aug 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    @Beatroll25. Great post. Agree with everything that you put forward.




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