Newcastle Go Through Thanks To Premier League Quality…
Morecambe 0 Newcastle United 2
Capital One Cup 2nd Round
Wednesday 28 August 7.45pm
The first half saw the home side have a right go and nobody in black & white could have complained if we’d gone in a goal down at the interval, well apart from the near two thousand fans who’d given their time and money to visit this new ground for most.
On the other hand Gosling and Bigirimana were easily second best in that opening period in the middle of the pitch, whilst Marveaux was easily the worst, and least bothered, up to half-time.
The second forty five saw the introduction of Shola for the ineffective Vuckic and to be fair he did improve things. However, only minutes into the second half he was one and one on the keeper and managed to easily clear the bar.
The parallels between the Ameobi brothers are to me uncanny.
They both clearly have ability but have basic faults as football players, neither of them can head the ball or shoot cleanly at goal.
It doesn’t mean they are hopeless but they are very basic handicaps for strikers who both stand well over 6ft tall.
Sammy did look our biggest threat but while he can beat opponents for fun at times, his end product is appalling, the crossing and shooting pathetic. Whether better coaching would iron these basic problems is something to think about.
It is a no-brainer that Shola and Sammy will make the headlines after this match, scoring the goals and first brothers to both score in same match for NUFC etc etc, but you have to also accept that it took a deflection on Shola’s shot to open the scoring and Sammy coolly finished the game off only when the pressure was off.
While Shola had helped pick things up with his introduction, it was clearly only when Hatem Ben Arfa arrived with 20 minutes to go that you could see any gap in class. His cool through balls gave the Ameobis the opportunity to finish and grab the headlines but I know for sure who really won the match.
Alan Pardew asked his fringe players to step up and not many emerged with credit. The best of the bunch was Curtis Good who showed far more composure than most of those around him, while Paul Dummett also suggested he had something to offer at a higher level.
On weight of chances, especially in the first half, there was no way Morecambe deserved to lose. However, United just about had enough quality to make it count in those final minutes but you can’t rely on these margins when playing teams in the Premier League.
Morecambe: Roche, Wright, Parrish, Hughes, Diagne, Wiliams, Drummond (Mwasile 87), Fleming (Kenyon 77), Amond (Marshall 57), Sampson, Ellison
Newcastle United: Elliot, Debuchy, Good, Mapou, Dummett, Sammy Ameobi, Gosling, Bigirimana, Marveaux (Sissoko 88), Vuckic (Shola 46), Gouffran (Ben Arfa 71)
Unused Subs: Alnwick, Santon, Streete, Anita
Ref: Mark Haywood
Crowd: 5,375 (1,800 Newcastle)
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