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Extra time League Cup scorcher! Scunthorpe United 1-2 Newcastle United.

Posted on August 25th, 2011 | 9 Comments |

Sammy Ameobi scores against Scunthorpe.
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From the kick off of this League Cup evening game, Scunthorpe came out of the traps giving everything while Newcastle seemed to be treating it as some kind of training game.

Once the dye was cast, the Magpies just couldn’t seem to get back into the first half, except perhaps a little in the last ten minutes. Overall though, it was a dire performance from Newcastle United until the break, and a good one from the ‘Irons’ of Scunthorpe. Uniteds defence was shakier than Shakin’ Stevens at times, and it took less than a quarter of an hour for Scunthorpe’s Dagnall to take advantage. First of all it was a near miss as the ball bounced off Coloccini. The resulting corner saw Dagnall making no mistake the second time though with a fine finish fromm around eight yards to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

Scunthorpe were very effective in stopping Newcastle getting any flowing passing movements together, not that the Premiership side were trying particularly hard to show what should have been a gulf in class. In the rare opportunities Newcastle did have, mostly long ball efforts, Scunthorpe defended well and soon counterattacked to keep the pressure on, closing us down much better than we closed them down.

Crockery was obviously thrown by Alain Pardieux in the Newcastle dressing room at half time however, as the Magpies were MUCH better after the restart. Leon Best had the ball in the back of the net within just a few minutes, only for it to be ruled out for what looked like a very close offside decision. Level. Unlucky. Lovenkrands was bearing down on goal soon after that, but the pace of his run seemed to take the shine off his finish, which was high and wide.

While the Magpies were much better overall, Scunthorpe were still hanging in there, occaisionally threatening and continuing to fashion a few good chances. Demba Ba certainly doesn’t seem to be quite the player he was at West Ham last year, and was substituted in the second half. Picking out poor performances from the Magpies in the early part of this game would be a little like shooting fish in a barrel though.

Once again, it was sometimes unfancied ‘squad’ player, Ryan Taylor, who came to our rescue with yet another stunning free kick that really had some curve on it. With an added impetus now, Newcastle were furious not to get a penalty for a push around the 83rd minute. Ameobi playing in Ryan Taylor in the box, only to see him pushed to ground by Scunthorpe’s Thompson. The referee was blind though, and extra time it was.

The game had been much more exciting for some time now, and though they had an execrable start, the Magpies should have put the game to bed a while back were it not for the referee and a linesman, though Scunthorpe performed admirably throughout and always kept the pressure up. Eventually though, in the 22nd minute of extra time, it was substitute, Sammy Ameobi who finally administered the coup de grace, exploiting what seemed to be some tiredness in Scunthorpe’s defensive ranks. Seemingly untroubled in the box, he cracked off a fine finish into the corner of the net. Game over!

Hopefully, a more detailed (and better) report on the game will be forthcoming in the fullness of time from our man at Glanford Park, Jimbob. I will also endeavour to put up some match highlights and post match interviews as soon as they become available.

Howay the lads!

Scunthorpe (4-4-2): Lillis(G), Wright, Nelson, Canavan, Nolan; Ryan, Togwell, Norwood, Barcham; Dagnall (Duffy 88), Grant (Thompson 77). Booked: Wright.

Subs: Slocombe, Collins, Godden, Palmer, Thewlis.

Newcastle (4-4-2): Krul(G), Simpson, Williamson (S Taylor 44), Coloccini, R Taylor; Lovenkrands, Gosling (Vuckic 70), Cabaye, Marveaux; Ba (Ameobi 65), Best.

Subs: Soderberg, Abeid, Smith, Ferguson. Booked: S Taylor, Cabaye.

Referee: Graham Salisbury.

Match highlights

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9 Responses

  1. That’s a fair enough report there worky.

    A couple of really great goals, a couple of really great saves, a couple of really BAD ref decisions & a couple of really different halves.

    :)

  2. Krull was motm by far,, but bad thing bout that is,, the way this club is at min,, if some one cums in 4 him,, will he b gone,, please ashley don’t do it,, sorry bout being negga after 2nite,, just I cringe every mornin b4 I read wats happening that day, coz u no its gonna b bad news,, well 90% ov time

  3. geordie55 says:
    August 26, 2011 at 12:31 am

    “the way this club is at min,, if some one cums in 4 him,, will he b gone,,”

    Not quite yet I don’t think geordie. He’s skirting round the edges of the Netherlands team, he’s been given first place in the Newcastle team, possibly related in my equally cynical mind as it will no doubt help him there. Then, if he cements hiself as a regular Netherlands goalkeeper and first choice in Premier League, his price will rocket and then he’ll be fattened up and sent to market.

    Sorry about being negative after tonight ;-)

  4. Agreed mate,, but there,s not that many great keepers bout & we all no wat fat c***s like,, all he,ll c is fkn £ signs & Fk the club & fans like he has done so many times b4,, as b4 sorry bout negga,s but wasn’t Sammy goal great

  5. Absolutely stunning game, really easy on the eye! Thought Krul, Colo, Cabaye did pretty well. Saylor was so much better than Willo after he came on. Sammy and Vuckic also better than those they replaced. Also, as someone has mentioned earlier, Raylor should have RB for me, slighty weaker defender than simpson, but those free kicks are worth some points over a season.

  6. geordie55 says:
    August 26, 2011 at 1:28 am

    “but wasn’t Sammy goal great”

    Aye it was, he’s sort of crept up on me. It was good to see Vuckic again too. I’ve thought that he’s gannin’ to be a great player since the first time I saw him.

    Sorry about the moderation there, it filters very rude words ;-)

    Erlend says:
    August 26, 2011 at 1:56 am

    “Absolutely stunning game, really easy on the eye!”

    It was certainly quite exciting Erlend, but I thought we were awful at the start. Could have got more in the end though if it hadn’t been for the ref and the linesman, who were both blind!

  7. Afraid the pairing of Ba and Best just didnt work at all. Ba was really woeful and Imean woeful. Shows how desperate we are to sign a Quality striker or 2 while the likes of Sammy A progress with their game.
    If Ashley cant see how bad our strikeforce is and is not prepared to invest in it then he really has no ambition to progress.

  8. totally agree with you keith if thats our strikeforce then we are in serious trouble just cant think of a good finisher out there as the fat controller only has around 40 mill to spend good team spirit against scunny but it was just them papering over the cracks the squad is not good enough at the moment even though its 3 games in but who would want to be anthing else but blacknwhite

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