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S.C. Maritimo vs Newcastle United Europa League match banter!

Posted on September 20th, 2012 | 108 Comments |

S.C. Maritimo v Newcastle United.
A holiday in the sun for Pardew's happy campers.
Venue: Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal, Madeira.
Date: Thurs, 4th October.
Kick off: 6:00pm
Referee: Robert Schorgenhofer.
UK TV: ESPN.

Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s Europa League clash versus S.C Maritimo on the paradise island of Madeira, home of Christiano Ronaldo, cake, and many a fine fortified wine.

Even away, the Magpies should normally go into this match as strong favourites, however with injuries and manager Alan Pardew prioritising the Premiership at home, he has travelled with a somewhat depleted squad to Funchal, which should add a bit of a “squeaky bum” factor to this game. However, I will spare you from too much of the usual pre match waffle here, as I have alredy done more than enough of that for this game, not only with my fairly extensive match preview from this morning, but also in another story in my series probing our Europa League Group Stage opponents from a few weeks ago. As I noted in the preview though, the squad Pardew has taken out there is:

Steve Harper (G), Rob Elliot (G), Steven Taylor (D), Mike Williamson (D), James Tavernier (D), Davide Santon (D,M), James Perch (D,M), Vurnon Anita (M,D), Shane Ferguson (M,D), Sylvain Marveaux (M), Gabriel Obertan (M), Dan Gosling (M), Romain Amalfitano (M), Gael Bigirimana (M), Mehdi Abeid (M), Haris Vuckic (M,F), Sammy Ameobi (M,F), Shola Ameobi (F), Adam Campbell (F).

On thing that is sure so far is that it will be Shola Ameobi who will be leading the lads from the front this evening, as our Silver Supremo has named him as captain for the evening.

As usual, I will also be posting the final teamsheets for the game when they become available, as well as match highlights and a video of the whole game afterwards. This game will be broadcast on ESPN TV in the UK, but I shall also endeavour to post links to watch the game online in the comments section.

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets

Maritimo (4-2-3-1): Romain Salin (G), Briguel (c), Joao Guilherme, Valentin Roberge, Luis Olim; Rafael Miranda, Joao Luiz, Heldon, Simao, Sami, Danilo Dias.

Subs: Wellington Lima (G), Joao Diogo, Marcio Rosario, Igor Rossi, Goncalo Abreu, Fidelis, Adilson.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling; Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano; Shola Ameobi (C).

Subs: Steve Harper (G), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Campbell

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108 Responses

  1. Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling; Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano; Shola Ameobi (c)

    Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Campbell

    Elliot in goal and 4-2-3-1 :(

  2. That comes direct from the horses mouth or .cock so its possible it could be 4-4-2 6-4-0 or 1-10 as they have a habit of cocking things up.

  3. AndyMac says:
    September 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    “Isnt Amalfitano a right winger normally ?”

    I recall that he is also a central midfielder Andy. I think that was his main position before?

  4. They’re launching some very good attacks with some good passing, but as I said in my preview, they’re not very good at finishing themselves off, otherwise we could be down already :-(

  5. Phisix says:
    September 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    “Is Pards using Europa for the kids and B team then?”

    That’s what Pardew’s said more or less Phisix. Cisse’s ill now apparently so we only have Ameobi and Ba (apart from young Campbell) upfront. Tiote’s still knacked (just), he took Anita out there but she’s having a baby now apparently. He doesn’t have much choice with our current squad really.

  6. But he does have a choice in terms of formation WT. Seems he cant even get that right no matter who he plays.

    At least he’s managed to quieten the crowd :)

  7. Andy-that article you posted 5 makes some decent points about Williamson’s crap headed clearances but then suggests that the keeper might have kept both their goals out (I’d be p!ssed if I missed either) and that it was an ill-tempered game that should have seen Anita sent off. Not sure that guy watched the same match.

  8. I have not seen Vuckic do much either. This isn’t the first this has happened. I know he can do better, though.

  9. True dat, Andy. He’s also right about the officiating, which was atrocious. I have no idea how the ref would explain why he stopped play when HBA was charging up the field but didn’t give Pienaar his marching orders. I also thought Fellaini may have been sent off for his challenge on Williamson.

  10. We have two players in the box and Obertan cant find either of them
    Maritimo have one player in the box and the ball goes straight to his left foot

  11. This game is here for the taking. Pardwho has to have the balls to bring on Campbell now before its too late and let him loose onto Shola’s flicks.

  12. True again, Bob. This side is a step down from the one on Monday, which actually lost 4-2 to Everton and wasn’t even at the races for long stretches of the game.

  13. What’s up with Bigi’s FKs? Reports from last match had them being pretty terrible but he’s taking them again.

  14. Phisix says:
    September 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    “Liverpool 5-3….and we cant even score one.”

    Bordeaux v Brugge is the one we should be looking at Phisix. It must be a first team against the wine makers. If we play this team we’ll be buggered like Brugge!

  15. Our attack is pathetic. Have we scored one goal this season that didn’t have a bit of individual brilliance to it?

  16. toontony says:
    September 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    “My apologies to Rob Elliot, he’s had a decent game this time.”

    Aye, he has to be fair toontony, but I wasn’t saying anything until the ref blows his whistle.

  17. tunyc says:

    “I considered burning a vacation day to watch this, Glad I didn’t”

    cloggybob says:

    “is the paint dry yet?”

    I think we’re all agreed then ? :)

  18. How Pardwho has the nerve to say “I’m playing for a win – we’re Newcastle United” and then watch that unambitious, sterile performance is just beyond me !

  19. Agreed. Looking at the stats, they outdid us in almost every category. That doesn’t tell the whole story but still. Our margin of error for our home matches in the group is virtually nothing at all. If we lose or draw a match @ SJP we’ll need to win at Bordeaux or Brugge. This was the easiest away match. We passed on trying to win it.

    I bet AP feels he’s gotten one over-HBA suspended during games for which he wouldn’t even have traveled!

  20. Andymac: I wasn’t for or against Obertan. He is starting to disappoint though with his lack of end product. I only brought him up last game to tee you up for an easy shot at him :)

    As I have said before, I think Harper is very inconsistent now and can occationally make a great reflex save but often just watches the ball go by him and doesn’t go for it, trying to make it look like he had no chance when in fact he did. Case in point was the second goal for Everton.

    On tonight’s display, I think Elliot should be given a chance. I know it was one game, but I don’t trust Harper.

    I know I will get stick, but that’s what I think.

  21. Is it the top 2 that go through? If so, we probably have a good chance.

    I have no idea what this Ba cr@p is about. They tell us the clause expired and now it hasn’t? They are now trying to question his attitude, but has that been because his Agents asked for more money and then he was dropped? There is more to this story I think?

  22. GS says:
    September 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    “Is it the top 2 that go through? If so, we probably have a good chance.”

    Aye, but we’ll get Internazionale or someone like that.

  23. We’re definitely riding our luck this season so far, but we did a bit last season too. We’ll need to ride it lots more this season though!

  24. Even if the top two go through, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. One loss and it’s a dead heat. We will receive that loss if we try to field b/c-teams against Bordeaux.

  25. Dont worry GS I know you know he’s a douche bag, just a shame Pardwho doesnt :)

    That game today was crying out for, dare I say it, Hoofball 4-4-2 with Campbell feeding off Shola and the lads pinging balls in left right and centre.

    Apart from Shola there was no real goal threat except Goslings shot so why not play a striker who has pace to burn ?

  26. GS says:
    September 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    “There is more to this story I think?”

    One or two deep throats have been murmuring about dressing room rumblings and it may not be the usual cobblers this time.

    This may be wild speculation on my part, but I suspect that Pardew may have made some promises to Ba before the transfer window which may come back to bite his arse.

  27. WT says:

    “This may be wild speculation on my part, but I suspect that Pardew may have made some promises to Ba before the transfer window which may come back to bite his arse”

    As I’ve said before Ba is the “form” striker atm. If Pardwho has a problem with playing an in form striker while leaving Cisse on the bench then he needs to get back to basics in the “How to be a Manager” handbook :(