SholaAmeobi23Thursday 21 February 6pm
FC Metalist Kharkiv 0
Newcastle United 1

Newcastle made a confident start and in the first half hour could have taken advantage of their superior possession.

Whilst it was expected that the home side would throw everything at United early on, they seemed slightly subdued compared to what we saw at St.James’ Park.

Looking solid at the back in the opening period, Newcastle played some good possession football and created two decent opportunities for Cisse and Sissoko but neither really tested the keeper despite both efforts being on target.

Yet again an over fussy ref gave numerous free-kicks and Newcastle did work themselves into good positions but the delivery was once again poor with Cabaye the main culprit.

The last fifteen minutes or so of the first half saw Metalist at last get into the game and started showing some of the clever pass and go we’d seen last week. However, they also struggled to break down Newcastle and whilst Newcastle had edged the first half, they hadn’t really created the chances worthy of their play.

The second half saw neither team tinker with their starting eleven as the game kicked off again and once again goals looked as though they were going to be hard to come by.

Newcastle’s defence was looking the part as Simpson came back in and looked the dependable player we saw for much of last season, though not in the tights he had on tonight!

Mapou was very comfortable at his usual centre-back position alongside Coloccini and my only criticism of Colo would be a few rash challenges giving away daft free-kicks, much like the one that led to Bale’s free-kick strike at White Hart Lane.

As the game went on, Hadaira looked better and better as he played himself into the match and looked composed going forward as well.

Layout 1With the lack of clear chances maybe it was always going to take a mistake to settle the match and the home side’s centre-back, Papa, supplied it. Under no pressure he played a backpass beyond his keeper and Sissoko was alert enough to get there first and earn a deserved penalty as the keeper went in feet first.

After a few minutes treatment Shola showed the usual nerves of steel on spot-kicks and lashed it home, credit to him because all too many players bottle it when it comes to penalties.

Newcastle then dropped deep as the home side took chances and it was Tim Krul’s turn to excel as he made half a dozen very good stops as the home side belatedly tried to turn the screw.

As the clock counted down the niggles escalated and players of both teams increasingly stayed down; Krul, Cabaye and Sissoko receiving treatment that was hopefully mainly about ticking the clock down.

Alan Pardew said he would settle for a score draw as that would put his team through but the players went one better, he should be a very proud and satisfied boss tonight.

Full match report to follow.

Newcastle United: Krul, Simpson, Mapou,Coloccini, Haidara, Anita (Jonas 76), Cabaye (Bigirimana 87), Marveaux, Sissoko, Shola, Cisse (Perch 76)

Unused Subs: Elliot, Taylor, Gosling, Obertan

FC Metalist Kharkiv: Goryainov, Villagra, Gueye, Torsiglieri, Fininho, Edmar (Blanco 82), Torres (Willian 67), Marlos (Jaja 67), Xavier, Sosa, Cristaldo

Ref: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)

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9 comments
No Brainer
No Brainer

in fairness to him he doesn't shout from the roof tops on any item

AndyMac1
AndyMac1

It was an exercise in damage limitation from Fatman.

If the figures had revealed, what many had forecast, the true profit of £40-£50m (albeit pre tax) there would have been discontent on a major scale even from the SJP going faithful. 

So this post tax profit figure has kinda taken the wind out of the sails of the opposition which, I assume, was the point of it all ?

Gaffa201
Gaffa201

The 2013 accounts show £40m in tax losses not used so no tax will have been paid in the 2014 accounts.


For 2012 TV revenue was 55.6m and Commercial revenue 13.7m to fill the gaps.

RexN
RexN

@Gaffa201 Thanks for that. A part of the rationale was to look at what the club included and excluded when they made the original announcements.

radgiegadgie
radgiegadgie

@RexN @Gaffa201 Yes, and prior year losses can be offset against future profits given certain time limits.  Corporation tax is not simple but, I don't think Newcastle will be paying too much of it right now.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

You would expect HMRC to take an interest in these figures, given they will receive considerable less corporation tax than expected.

As you say it's a mystery how operating costs could have increased so dramatically for no apparent reason.  After all, the club's whole operation seems pared down to the bone.

Sniff, sniff.  That's the smell of books being cooked.

radgiegadgie
radgiegadgie

@Demented_Man No, this won't be the case.  You have to add back any costs that might be disallowable for tax purposes.  We won't see NUFC's tax return but it is likely to be legit and different from the figures announced, Mash will hire tax specialists from a top four accounting practice and they will look for every loophole but, will not break the law.


LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Lee Charnley is ripping the heart out of one of England's important clubs - and Newcastle deserve better...Lee Charnley is a guy who has risen without trace....


Daily Mirror.


very apt bio.

mickg
mickg

Maybe he's scared of heights.......