Archive for category: James Tavernier.

Orlando City 1 – 0 Newcastle United: A dismal performance.

July 24th, 2011 | 19 Comments |

The Citrus Bowl: Where Newcastle United were schooled.
Newcastle United failed to produce
Heat problems, turf issues and a collection of cartoon characters stood in the way of today’s game. Undeterred, Newcastle United went to watch a game of football – and that’s about all they did.

Immediately after kick off, the lads were forced to defend as Orlando City threw everything they had at us. Misplaced pass after misplaced pass plagued our team who were unable to escape their half of the pitch for the opening 5 minutes. Short of some smart runs and passing play (including a 1-6 between Alan Smith and Cheik Tioté), Orlando controlled the game.

In that time Ryan Taylor, who was playing at left back, managed to pick up a knock and was substituted on the 25th minute for Jose Enrique. Here’s hoping that knock is minor and he was taken off as a precaution.

Just so you have an idea of Orlando’s dominance, we had conceded around 4 or 5 corners at this stage – compared to the 0 Orlando had conceded.

Once the 35 minute mark had hit, Newcastle sprung to life and charged out of their end of the pitch, thanks to Enrique, and tried to keep the play beyond the centre circle. Dinks from Jonas (playing on the right!) was blocked, and as the ball was kicked out wide to Dan Gosling, he promptly ran into an Orlando defender. Canny. (more…)


Tavern(ier) Return(ier)

March 25th, 2011 | 96 Comments |

Tavernier: Back from the mighty 'Heed.
Tavernier: Back from the mighty 'Heed.
James Tavernier has been recalled back to his parent club a couple of weeks early from his loan to Gateshead F.C.

He only had ’til April 9th to go anyway, but owing to Newcastle’s dearth of defensive cover, it was thought to be best for the club to recall the lad.

Which seems fair enough.

He was, apparently, on a 24 hour call-back deal, so it’s come to pass. He could be much needed cover in our remaining games, starting at home to Wolves after the ‘early spring’ break(?).

The lad turned out 18 times for the ‘Heed and has returned with a glowing report from Gateshead manager Ian Bogie. He said of the player:

“Tavernier made a fantastic contribution during his time at Gateshead,”

“I have enjoyed watching him play and he will be a miss, but he only had a couple of weeks left of his loan deal. (more…)