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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16 comments
1957
1957

An interesting comment from a man who made a minimal investment in the club when he was part of the takeover and with family and fellow board members went on to make Wonga type profits through salary, dividends, dubious rental agreements and the sale of the club. Any hedge fund would have been proud to make as much money from an investment as Freddie.

Maybe he is positioning himself to take over Charnley's job when Lee hopefully goes down with 'Geordie' John.

What a dream team Mike and Freddie, things could get worse.

Adam_B
Adam_B

The problem with people saying "everything will be all right, don't worry" is that MA did not take over NUFC yesterday. It is 8 (I think) years when we have been relegated and asset-stripped, and MA has been dragged before courts and MPs and found wanting. And people like FS seem to ignore this and pretend the world starts from here and that everything in the past is irrelevant. Well, it is not. That stuff happened. The stadium renaming, the Keegan constructive dismissal, the 5 derby defeats, losses to weaker teams in the cup. And these people have the brass neck to say - oh, forget that, summer will bring in the "new caring, sharing Mike Ashley". So maybe there are some gullible NUFC fans, but THAT gullible? Do us all a favour FS and the MA apologists and propaganda machine, leap into the Tyne and swim to Norway......

ilullissat
ilullissat

@Adam_B The fans have ALWAYS supported the team .Per Capita we are probably the best supported team in Europe considering the amount of things we haven't won.Of course today's events are a culmination of the way the club has been run.Be honest,apart a fantastic blip,that was the Keegan era,it hasn't been pretty.Some might even say that we are too well supported and that can sometimes be a hindrance.

Wingpaddock
Wingpaddock

Dispatches -8pm Monday 27th April – Channel 4.
The Secrets of Sports Direct

About this programme

Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the secrets of the sports retailer’s success. Reporter Harry Wallop explores the hidden cost of the clothes, shoes and discount gear that have helped Sports Direct buck the trend on the high street, making billions for its elusive owner Mike Ashley, one of Britain’s richest men.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@Wingpaddock There probably wont be anything 'illegal' ..... just purely exploitative of people and laws..... immoral.


I've already seen the expo that BBC Newcastle did on him with Mark Tulip I think it was, where the '70% Off labels' are attached in the 'factory' at source.  Further reading concludes that his 'success in the high street and internet markets are down to distribution, 20,000 zero hours workers and a management benefit scheme that keeps everything driven.


I'd be very surprised if they find 5 year old kids making umbrellas for him in Kuala Lumpur. And having said that, virtually the whole or the clothing production of the high street is manufactured in the east.... have a look at some of the labels on your clothes.


There are a group of wealthy individuals who's influence is so great that even if they are cornered for tax avoidance they can buy their way out of prison, look at Bernie Ecclestone's as he limbo danced beneath the legal bar!


He's running our club on his business plan.... its not illegal..... just plain horrible.



Andgeo
Andgeo

Bollocks! If we don't go down this season it will be next.

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

can't believe this freddie. 2 types of people in this world freddie - people who give and people who take. i am ashamed to say you originate form biker. don't try telling us now what to do. you left us in this mess. are you the same person who had storage place down the naval yard but were charging nufc 6 times the going rate for storage?

RexN
RexN

Shepherd made tens of millions out of Ashley. He can afford to pay good money to watch a load of s**t.

Deltic13
Deltic13

Can fat Freddie remember this? the pair visited Spanish brothels, described the team's star player Alan Shearer as Mary Poppins, laughed at fans for paying large sums for the club's shirts and labelled the city's women "dogs"? SHUT YA GOB FATTY!

Bornunderabigbluestar
Bornunderabigbluestar

Ashley will protect his asset, he has cleared the club out to either sell it or more likely to give a new manager a tempting "little" kitty to start off a new team with. They took the hardnose business decision to end the season in january (again) and not spend to purely appease the fans, but you can't do that without discontent in the entertainment industry. Its going to be a rough end to the season, I think the propaganda has started with Freddy saying everything will alright, lets wait and see

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

And what exactly does Fat Freddy base his assumptions on ??

foggy
foggy

@PeterRobson  Probably after a phone call from carver.

"please Freddie say something nice"