Missed chances cost NUFC dearly! Newcastle 0-0 Swansea

Demba hits the woodwork
Newcastle United entertained Swansea City on Saturday afternoon with it being the first encounter between the two sides in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew made significant changes to the side that had played in side’s defeat to Norwich last week. Fabricio Coloccini returned to the side and partnered James Perch in the centre of defence while Ivory Coast dynamo, Cheik Tiote returned to the side after a long absence and his presence added an extra dimension to the midfield.

Newcastle United paid tribute to the late Gary Speed with the Welsh hymn ‘Bread of Heaven’ followed by a minute’s applause to remember the former number 11. His father and wife were in attendance at the ground and it was fitting for the club to pay their respects to the Welshman at the club he spent six years representing.

In the 22nd minute, a nicely worked ball found Leon Best who chested the ball to Demba Ba only for his shot to be denied by the frame of the goal. Gabriel Obertan then worked the ball to Demba Ba who found his resulting shot blocked by the Swansea defence.

Davide Santon kept his place in the side after his full debut against the Canaries last week. Santon again looked very comfortable and ventured forward a number of times. Particularly in the 37th minute when the ball was crossed to the Italian U21 international who made his way to the outside of the box. Sending a low cross in that evaded both Demba Ba and Leon Best.

In the 41st minute, Obertan’s cross from the right flank floated to Gutierrez who headed to Demba Ba. Ba used his body strength to keep the central defence away from him and turned on the volley. His powerful shot was saved by Swansea’s goalkeeper Vorm.

Newcastle were knocking on the door throughout the final five minutes of the half and another opportunity came for the Magpies when Jonas Gutierrez drifted from the left-hand side firing a right-footed shot that went agonisingly wide.

The home side in played some nice stuff in the first half. The defence were a lot more settled with Captain Colo at the heart while James Perch acquitted himself very well and looked comfortable when he had possession of the ball. Alan Pardew had set up his side to play fast flowing passing football. There was some exquisite passes played between the team and the link play between all those in the team. Leon Best linked very well with Demba Ba holding the ball up numerous times in order to play in his strike partner. Swansea had showed strong resilience throughout the first half but Newcastle ended the half in the ascendancy.

Newcastle came out of the blocks in the second half when the Danny Simpson’s cross found Demba Ba at the far post only for his left footed strike go wide. Pardew had briefed his team to close down each player and this was evident in the team’s play. Swansea found themselves in Newcastle’s box and Newcastle dealt with their threat well. The ball was headed out by Coloccini and then he continued to show his leadership skills by advancing further up the pitch and urge Newcastle forward.

Gabriel Obertan has divided many throughout his time at Newcastle but he found himself being the main source for the Magpies attacks. He did play in a few good crosses for the team to attack and was excellent in his defensive abilities to help out Danny Simpson.

Tim Krul had a fairly quiet match up until he was called upon to deal with a Swansea corner. He confidently came off his line to take charge of the situation and claim the ball.

Davide Santon and Jonas Gutierrez were linking very well with each other and although they have hardly played a game with each other they seemed to work well down the left-hand side. Santon also had the confidence to take a number of players in the 66th minute playing a sublime right-footed cross for Demba Ba to head goalwards. It was a superb effort but the Dutch goalkeeper Vorm read the situation well to pull off the save.

Newcastle’s first substitution of the match came on 70 minutes when Leon Best was replaced by Shola Ameobi. Leon Best had worked tremendously throughout his time on the pitch and you could tell that he had given a lot for the Newcastle side.

Santon continued his impressive play when threading a ball through to Shola Ameobi who shot goalwards only for his effort to be stopped by Michel Vorm.

Swansea’s best chance came when Scott Sinclair was fed the ball only for him to drag his shot wide. They seemed to be mustering more chances in this particular period and Newcastle had allowed the Welsh team to gain some momentum in the match.

Alan Pardew made his final two changes of the match, bringing on Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi for Obertan and Tiote respectively. Pardew was clearly going for all out attack for the remaining minutes of the match.

The final five minutes of the game were very frantic for Newcastle. The team were creating opportunities but Swansea’s determination seemed to stop the Magpies from gaining the lead. There were to be four added minutes and the Newcastle crowd were cheering their team on to win the game. Whatever Newcastle seemed to try Swansea’s orange shirts were always in the way.

One final attack was made by Santon’s long throw and Demba Ba headed the ball down and struck it on the half-volley. It was a half-chance but that was to be the end of the game and the match ended goalless.

Today’s result was disappointing for the Magpies to say the least. They created a number of opportunities that we failed to capitalise on and whatever the team threw at the Welsh team they seemed to block it in some shape or form. No doubt Pardew will be pleased that the team didn’t concede any goals after the four that were shipped last week. However this was a game where the team should have taken their chances but a draw after a run of hard games is perhaps what the Magpies need after the tough fixtures they have faced.

There were both positives and negatives from the game. Both Santon and Perch put in impressive displays to solidify their position in the team. James Perch in particular looked very comfortable alongside Coloccini and the whole defence seemed to be working very well together. Santon looks like a very valuable asset for the sides attack and was linking very well with those around him. Demba Ba again showed his class today with his touch and skill and he has certainly been a revelation for us so far this season.

For the duration of the whole match Yohan Cabaye’s set-pieces and corners were ones that were not up to the standard we have seen this season. This is an area that Pardew will work on for our upcoming fixture; however it was really nice to see the team playing flowing football again and that is a style that Pardew will continue to employ.

It was a disappointing result for Pardew’s side after being on the front foot for most of the game and it certainly should’ve been a match were the Magpies took full advantage in front of a home crowd. Pardew has a side that now looks very strong in many areas and he will be pleased with the chances that his team made.

It was just unfortunate that one of them didn’t find the back of the net!

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba.

Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi

Swansea: Vorm, Richards, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Routledge, Gower, Britton, Sinclair, Allen, Graham

Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Dyer, Augustien, Lita, Dobbie, Moore

Attendance: 51,767

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97 thoughts on “Missed chances cost NUFC dearly! Newcastle 0-0 Swansea

    Maybe Good matches is too much but I think that with the circumstances he was far than poor against them he was able to create some opportunities, but the only thing for which i can blame him was the constancy but he need some pace and this passes by being in the starting 11! You cannot say that he will be worst than obertan or leon best!


  2. @troy Stavers
    I think you need to see a doctor for your Memory. In our 2 hardest games so far this season against Man city and Man united, almost all our goal chances came from HBA. The only player who can bring something different. In his precedent clubs or in the french team, he plays in the wings or as a number 10. And i think in games against teams like Swansea, our wingers needs to attack more than to defend. So he can easily play in the wing but the team needs to play higher in the pitch and try to retrieve the ball higher in the pitch. Because if you watch good the match yesterday at minutes 80 you see Dema Ba or even Shola come in our 40 meters defending and trying to retrieve the ball, that is really not normal if you wanna win this kind of games.


  3. @HBA

    Don’t need to see any Doctor about my memory. I have an IQ of 220.
    My great uncle was Lesley Welsh the memory man and I possess his genes.

    You judgement is tainted by your memories pre – injury . 😯


  4. @troy stavers

    Ok so if you have enough memory, maybe you need to learn now little bit more about football. In the 2 games against United and City, it was quite, it is completely normal if you don’t have the ball and all your partners just clears the ball, you can do nothing. Tell me in this 2 games wich offensive player was not quite…?
    and you say something completely wrong against city..”Trying to do too much instead of releasing the ball”. I think in this game he plays all the time the right pass. Just to refresh your perfect memory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44dMqpKO3oA. And you need to understand that the style of this guy is to take risks, it will never play the easy pass, he tries always the killer pass even if he knows that he can loose the ball, thats make him unpredictable. Just look yesterday, all the action of newcastle came from long ball in the box, that’s stoke game, I don’t think it is very entertaining for the fans.


  5. Hahahahha! I love the passion for HBA. The absolute idolisation for absolutely no reason!

    He will break your hearts boys 🙁 He ain’t what you think he is…

    He isn’t The Messiah…He’s a very naughty boy!


  6. Keith @81
    Would you argue that we haven’t made progress since last year? Would you argue that the players this season are less skilled individually than last? Would you argue that the style of play now is less easy on the eye and slower than this time last year? Would you argue that financially the club is in a worse position than last year? Would you argue that the club is less attractive to a possible signing now than it was a year ago? Would you argue that the media treat NUFC with less respect now? Would you argue that our league position is lower than last December? If so then Cloud cuckoo land is all yours mate.


  7. @HBA

    My knowledge of football is perfectly fine. My great uncle was Jimmy Hiil and I possess all his football knowledge genes and big chin. 😛

    Please stop talking about what he is capable of and telling me he has been doing it since he returned from injury.

    The facts are, he has played a few delightful balls, made the odd mazy run but in general he has gone missing for large sections of the game, looked very short of pace and held onto the ball too long and found in possession too often.

    Let’s hope I see the magnificent player I’ve heard so much about in the not too long distance future but don’t try and convince me that I’ve seen it so far but just don’t realise it. 😯


  8. Sometimes standing right back and looking it the bigger picture would do some fans good and I don;t mean that in a disrespectful way to fans who don;t quite see the positive side.

    In all fairness, Alan Pardew is slowly assembling a squad of players that have given us more hope than we have had for ages.
    He has the qualities to continue to add to that but ultimately odd mistakes will be made as in the odd bad buy..all managers do it, even Alex Ferguson and Wenger, albeit they tend to get 99% right but it hasn’t always been the case.

    We have Pardew and he is here, if allowed the time, he is here for the long haul and in that time we can really motor on, I kid you not.

    Taking the positive route isn’t a bad thing you know and even if you are an Ashley hater, it doesn’t have to continually cloud your judgement of anyone he brings in to put this club back on the up.

    This club was in dire need of a manager who didn’t come with a big cheese reputation wanting to call the shots before he signed the dotted line…we needed a manager who had the balls and the know how to create a team/squad working from a manageable budget whilst in the position we were.
    Alan Pardew is perfect because he can work with what he has when other managers would collapse or demand ransoms or be off.

    I think Pardew realises he is in a very fortunate position because if he catapults this club into the dizzy heights in this league, he is or will be a God and will be known as a top top manager and will be envied by all those who chickened out of managing us.

    He has created a team that can pass the ball, defend the ball and shock horror ,can attack with pace and all desperate to play.

    All desperate to play…..do you see what I’m saying here?

    All desperate to play….wow, how often have we seen that?

    We see 11 players on that pitch giving their all for the cause and playing the football that Pardew has instilled into them, meaning they play as a well drilled unit because having that mindset drummed into you on the training pitch, ultimately gains you the upper hand as time goes on and can integrate new players into the fold because they are under no illusions about what’s been asked of them.

    Make no mistake, we are looking good and will look even better but you have to have faith and be positive about it all and let those positive vibes channel onto the players because booing them off destroys confidence in any player who’s heart is in the club.

    I know I’m babbling on here but I’ve just looked at the footymad site and there’s some right miseries on there that are crucifying players and Pardew and they haven;t a clue why only that peer pressure has made them follow a path of despair when we should be as proud as punch of what we have a chieved in just a few short years since relegation.


  9. Wolfie you should apply for a PR job for Jabba and Owlheed mate 😆 I think you would make a good job of it 😉 why don’t you drop @wendytaylor13 a line 😉


  10. Here we go again Mike has been here 3 years in that time he has wrongly dissmissed keegan appointed wise and kinnear ! Sold lots of talented players got us relagated turned a profit in every transfer widow etc lied etc etc so I really struggle with all this holy than now shite , we have had less than half a seson of good football if it continues and if we keep hold of tiote colo krul ba etc then Mike is the messiah the saviour of us all and all that pap but right now he’s not .
    Reality is a shitter sometimes but its real .


  11. In all fairness, Alan Pardew is slowly assembling a squad of players that have given us more hope than we have had for ages.

    until Ashely sells them 😯


  12. Mark , ashley sell our players ! The great man himself the beakon of light from the sports direct arena NEVER I won’t believe it , not our mike .


  13. I could possibly believe Wolfie but the problem is see is when the likes of Krul, Cabaye and Ba get their heads turned by bigger wages where would that leave us 😕


  14. @89 – dunno like. Pardew has been getting a bit bashed by quite a few on here since FT on sat for daring to not bring on the messiah. Some very dodgy opinions being put out there


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