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)

Crowd: 30,167

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KelvinZhou 5pts

the above list looks more like a fantasy football game than anything realistic.

Squintytoonarmy 5pts

Townsend, Austin, sigurdsson, Damial gray all gettable but not ones listed above

grantham mag
grantham mag 5pts

One two many son, why would any of these players want to drop in to the championship.

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson 5pts

The hand would be snapped clean off..... You could buy Ronaldinho with that \U0001f602\U0001f602

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

13 million for sissoko kerching. I sign the cheques round here bonny lad. Ha ha

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

Yeah I agree. If we can get 7 million as reported for tiote I'd snap there hands off.

Moxytoon 5pts

Andros townsend no brainer, he's available probably about 10 million & get Carrick from man utd let him play in front of the back 4 give him a 2 year contract to finish his career at his home town club

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson 5pts

Sissoko, Gouffran, Tiote.....not French but still shite!

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

Cabella, marveaux, haidara and thauvin to name a few

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

I'll have 2 of what this writers had. Never heard so much shite in my life. Newcastle don't buy players over 30 any more as there's no resale value. And why would a player from a team higher up the league want to join us? That's why were buying poor quality French players and not British.

scottpaige 5pts

None of the above will happen. Tired of the what might be. Yawn yawn. As a season ticket holder id love bold transfer window by Newcastle. But really is it gonna happen mmmmm????

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave 5pts

Inspirational read this, I've decided to get shot of my Mrs and get Michelle Keegan instead, no problem.

amacdee 5pts

The only problem with all of those options is why would they come to SJP with McWally at the helm and us in the bottom 3 by then ?

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave 5pts

Cracking read. Does anyone know if the author posts on here as "likely lad" ?

kenhomsbarmyarmy 5pts

utter lunancy, this is FIFA level stuff not realistic may aswell sign messi and ronaldo

Prateek Thammineni
Prateek Thammineni 5pts

Yeah because we can convince matip, rojo and bolasie to join us\U0001f602\U0001f602

tkSteveFOX 5pts

Man, you are dreaming and lots of those suggestions are bogus. Instead of Dinho we could get Pato, but that won't be a good transfer as well. Brazilians don`t tend to do that well in England.
We need EPL proven players or Championship TOP players who have experience in English football. Preferebly wide midfielders(wingers) and centre backs. Mbemba is doing pretty well, considering this is his first year in EPL football, but Dummett and Colo are slowing him down.
Bottom line is we need to get rid of as many players as possible in January instead of bringing so much, because I am convinced that they are bad influence in the dressing room. 
We are better of playing Reserve Team players and bring back our loanees than play - Tiote, Cisse, Anita, Colo and especially Gouffran.
We Siem De Jong, we have Armstrong, we have Ferguson and Bigirimana. Get those players back and give them a chance!

Paul Dent
Paul Dent 5pts

What exactly is the next level?


Selling Tiote means we have no defensive midfielder-unbalanced squad-a good striker is no1 priority, it was only Cisse goals in last 2 seasons that kept us up-Austin must be a priority.

Nastynorm 5pts

Disagree with u on hiadara, dummett is the worst left back I've seen in a long time, an oil tanker can turn quicker than him, all he does is get the ball & hoof it up the left wing 4 opponents r/b ! Would rather see him as a c/h. I can't see many players leaving or coming in in January or a change in management, championship here we come !

hettonmag 5pts

@Nastynorm  Dummett  is Willo in disguise  you either play him at CB or not at all.

NottsToon 5pts

I like it, what's Zidane up to these days? Or toothy fat Ronaldo? That Beckham lad can hoy a cross too, maybe a pay as you play.

Martins is on his way back so why not Viduka and Luque, or Owen?


UsmanManuDabos 5pts

Sigurdsson isn't starting at the moment for Swansea, he has one hell of a thunderbolt of a shot on him too, exactly what we could use. We would stand a better chance of getting Sigs than Shelvey anyway. On the subject of Swansea, it looks like passing on Gomis wasn't such a bad call after all. A good start, but Gomis is horrendous now. Terrible player.

Leemo 5pts

This piece is mad. 

And Mbabu isn't a left-back...

CladderJack 5pts

What the hell have you been drinking today? Was already in hysterics by the time I got to Bolasie for 18m in for Sasoko (frying pan and fire or what) but then you pull out the Ronaldinho thing and I'm on the floor by this time only to get up again and read the bit about buying the Leicester front line ... Oh my god my sides!,,,,