Newcastle v Leeds Match Report
Newcastle United 2 Leeds United 0
Wednesday 25th September 7.45pm
Capital One Cup 3rd Round
A few chances taken on the home line-up which appeared to back up the confirmation by club directors that cup competitions weren’t a priority for Mike Ashley.
Gradually the home side did begin to look a slightly better class but the possession didn’t translate into chances as Cisse was isolated early on.
When Newcastle did carve open a chance it summed up Cisse’s season so far; the ball dropping in an inviting position some 12 yards out only for the centre-forward to totally miss his kick with his right foot and then repeated the dose on his left.
When a striker like Cisse is out of form then the lack of confidence is all too apparent.
That was rubber stamped when an excellent cross from Gouffran eluded the last defender, Cisse expertly chested it down and lashed the ball into the side netting from an acute angle, in a more confident mood he would have appreciated he had the time to take a couple of step to make a better angle and an almost certain goal.
The match was opened up with a quickfire move down the left, Dummett hitting a cultured ball down the left that Sammy Ameobi allowed to run on and then crossed with a half volley without breaking stride. Cisse timed his run to perfection and powered home with his head.
Leeds had a response and Krul made one smart save diving to his left from a Smith header, while McCormack came close again driving just wide of Krul’s post.
The second half saw Newcastle increasingly confident in possession and Leeds becoming increasingly tired as they chased the ball. Gouffran made the game safe with a magnificent finish on 66 minutes. Receiving the ball with his back to goal just outside the box, he turned to his left and hit an unstoppable shot across Paddy Kenny and into the top corner. Not dissimilar to Ginola’s quality finish against Manchester United in the 5-0, not bad company to be keeping.
The closing stages saw the entrance of pantomime villain Diouf and any threat he once possessed was anonymous tonight.
Speaking of pantomime, Alan Pardew had talked up Gabriel Obertan and he came on for the last twenty minutes, in that time managing to waste two excellent chances, one of them through on the keeper and he could have put it anywhere but hit it straight at Paddy Kenny.
In the bar after the match we had the draw to look forward to and personally I’m more than happy with Manchester City at home. It will be good to have it as a bit of an occasion and surely the standard of opposition will ensure Newcastle putting out their strongest line-up for the chance of a last eight place…won’t it?
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Tiote, Anita (Gosling 80), Marveaux, Gouffran (Vuckic 84), Sammy Ameobi, Cisse (Obertan 71)
Unused Subs: Alnwick, Mapou, Ben Arfa, Bigirimana
Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Wootton, Pearce, Warnock, Austin, Mowatt, Tonge (Diouf 63), McCormack, Smith, Poleon (White 63)
Ref: Mike Jones
Crowd: 36,220 (Away fans 5,971)
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