TK0003_Tim_Krul_Newcastle_United_NUFCThursday 14 February 8.05pm
Newcastle United 0
FC Metalist Kharkiv 0

Newcastle United extended their unbeaten run in European (non-Intertoto) home matches to 23 on Thursday night but it could and should have been so much better.

A combination of crucial decisions going against us from the match officials and wasteful finishing, meant Newcastle take their chance in the Ukraine next week with no advantage.

The visitors looked dangerous with swift and skillful counter-attacks but Papiss Cisse alone could have had four or five goals on another day.You could argue that at least he made the keeper work but such were the quality of chances that he should have really done better. Firstly, Yohan Cabaye released him with a defence splitting through ball and though Cisse kept the chasing defender at bay, his shot was straight at the keeper. Then in the last seconds he made good connection with his head to a spinning ball but once again could only direct it at the keeper, in between these two golden chances we’d seen Papiss also pass up a couple of half chances as the ball buzzed around the Metalist box.

Cisse did get the ball in the net twice but the linesmen denied him. Replays showed a first time through ball set Sissoko away in an onside position with Cisse converting, only for a disbelieving Newcastle team to see the official’s flag.

Second half and once again a low cross, this time from Mapou, was turned in by Cisse and while TV replays suggested Cisse may have been offside, it was literally by an inch or two and impossible for the human eye to gauge. The official getting it right but only by guesswork, unlucky.

Layout 1Speaking to people after the match, the viewpoint appeared to revolve around how decent supporters though FC Metalist were.

I was in the camp that thought Newcastle had done well against a talented opposition, while others thought United were simply not on top of their game enough.

One thing I did think was that Obertan stood out like a sore thumb as being below the level of his teammates, harsh but true. Yet again he gets a game and then when he gets into an attacking position, he doesn’t take responsibility and passes the ball/buck to Davide Santon to try and create something.

The whole match was played in a kind of stop/start fashion as both teams attacked in their different ways. Five bookings for Newcastle disrupted our flow and it was left to players like Jonas to come into his own as he showed good ball retention and chased back to cover his defence. Speaking of defence, Tim Krul may not have had loads to do but he made some fine saves and just generally has that assured air that makes you think he won’t be beaten, if given decent protection.

Not the best, or worst, day in Newcastle’s European history but a mountain to climb in the Ukraine.

One thing is for sure and that is Newcastle won’t field as strong a team with the Southampton match in mind, which should spell curtains for United, or will it?

Newcastle United: Krul, Mapou, Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Tiote (Shola 79mins), Cabaye, Obertan, (Marveaux 62mins), Sissoko, Gutierrez, Cisse

Unused Subs: Elliot, Simpson, Perch, Haidara, Anita

FC Metalist Kharkiv: Goryainov, Villagra, Gueye, Torsiglieri, Fininho, Edmar, Torres, Marlos (Willian 73mins), Xavier, Sosa, Cristaldo (Jaja 82mins)

Ref: Tom Harald Hagen (Norway)

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12 comments
Andgeo
Andgeo

"It's is the embarrassment, humiliation and pain of having your football club destroyed by the lies, deceit and greed of one clueless fool who knows absolutely nothing about running a football club. Thank you Mike Ashley"

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Divnt understand these articles bemoaning the lack of signings. He'll sign some players because he knows he has to, none if those incoming will be signed because it will benefit nufc but because it will benefit SD. He will take a punt on the usual rag tag bunch of out of contract players and those he hopes to make a profit on. Easy to come to this conclusion as that's what he's always done and and if he's still here in five years that's what he'll still be doing and the same fans will still be saying "give it time" etc.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@Chemical Dave Of course players will be coming in....  the filtering system that operates through the leagues, means that the best players are looking for the best clubs and the best deals....


.... its not our turn to choose from the remainder yet....  thats the remainder who have given up hope and ambition... 


Third drawer players..... bigged up by the Chronicle boys will sell a few more season tickets...


...the anxiety of waiting to be picked, and knowing the choices are getting fewer and poorer.... bit like School eleven a side the fat kid was always last and put in goal.

Andgeo
Andgeo

And mike Williamson was playing hopscotch with the lasses!

zemtex
zemtex

We have until the last day of the transfer window for the club to turn around. Don't get these arbitrary deadlines - there was an article on here last week saying if we didn't sign anyone in a week  we were DOOMED. It doesn't matter if we sign them tomorrow or on deadline day, as long as they come. If they don't come... then we are f*cked.

NME85
NME85

Totally and utterly delusional. NOBODY is coming.Anyone with any sense can see that a mile off. Fatty is lying to everyone yet again. Keep drinking the kool-aid buddy I'm afraid.

Willvenus1
Willvenus1

"The club would come out of that meeting looking ridiculous". If the meeting goes ahead, and it's a big if, the club are going into the meeting looking ridiculous. So what's new??

MilitantGeordie
MilitantGeordie

The fans forum will be cancelled because they will know going into that meeting without any signings in the bag will rile up and anger the fans and they will be on for a hiding to nothing. Our transfers coming in will be totally dependant on player sales as usual but we'll all have to forget about the Mbiwa, Santon and Pardew money ( yes he even made a profit selling our manager), also Ben Arfa, Gutierrez and Taylor off the wages will be expected to be forgotten and none of them will be replaced.

I tell you what though i am totally and utterly fed up and pissed off with feeling so angry and cynical about my football club. I cannot think of another sports club anywhere in the world that has an owner who treats the fans with such contempt and the only owner in the world that does not want the club to grow and compete for honours.

 Think back before Ashley about how other fans would see us Geordies. The words ' mad' ' passionate' ' loyal' and ' loud ' would be used regularly. And now?

' cheap' ' deluded' ' laughing stock' ' whingers' ' fickle' 

For the first time in my life i'm ashamed of my club and unless there's a splurge of quality signings before the season starts i'm going to do something i never dreamed i would do.. I'm going to bang some money down in the bookies on Newcastle to get relegated.

lameduck9
lameduck9

You make some very good points and I echo your thoughts & fears, however as most fans agree, a large proportion of our current squad are simply not good enough yet it is not simply a matter of getting new players .  The procrastination in the transfer activity is also borne from the need  to off load those who (as you name) will never reach an acceptable standard. This isn't a matter of selling to raise funds but selling to reduce wages paid to previous purchases who have failed to deliver.  Of course, now that many have tasted Prem wages they (and their agents) are not going to accept moves to clubs who will pay them much less and so we are left hamstrung with the failings of previous transfers.


I'd like to think there was a master plan to release players who will never 'cut it' and write off any final payment, just to free up space & wages but I'd rather suggest that McClaren will be asked to fashion a silk purse from the sows ears of yester-year.



Andgeo
Andgeo

There is already massive savings off the wage bill and he has pocketed money in the transfer market too. He should be set for another £50m profit this season at which point he will pay himself off and put the club up for sale. Asset stripped! The new owner will have to completely rebuild the club from top to bottom.

Andgeo
Andgeo

It's basically a case of cost cutting year on year until it would need investment to avoid certain relegation, at which point he will sell. It's a question of how long he can get away with it, or how long we will let him!