Newcastle 1-1 Fenerbahce – Match report and highlights

Mehdi, steady, go....

Mehdi, steady, go….
Newcastle were denied victory in their third match of pre-season as Champions League chasing Fenerbahce scored a late leveller against Alan Pardew’s men.

Substitute Mehdi Abeid had put United ahead with 14 minutes remaining but the Turkish giants equalised on the stroke of full time courtesy of a low shot by Cristian Baroni which Rob Elliot perhaps should have done better with.

Still a decent workout against a team who will be competing in Europe next season, perhaps at the same level as us depending on how they get on in their Champions League qualifier over the next couple of weeks. It was pretty level throughout although you could tell that both sides weren’t at their best and were still some weeks away from peak performance.

United could have taken the lead midway through the first half had Haris Vuckic managed to take advantage of a poor back pass by Miroslav Stoch. And Vuckic again could have put the Magpies in the lead just a few minutes later after being played in on the left of the box but his shot lacked conviction and was comfortably saved. Dan Gosling then saw his header loop over the bar after a fine cross from Cheik Tiote.

It was a half of few real chances and Newcastle had the best of them. Rob Elliot never really had much to do as Fenerbahce were restricted to shots from distance – none of which threatened the United goal.

However it was a different story early in the second half and first former Chelsea youngster Miroslav Stoch went close with a curling drive before Alex cut inside Ryan Taylor and shot just over the bar.

At the other end Newcastle posed arguably more of a threat with Sammy Ameobi replacing the lacklustre Haris Vuckic. Indeed it was thanks to good combination work by Sammy Ameobi and Demba Ba that our next chance arrived although Demba dithered which gave the Fenerbahce defence enough time to get the block in and clear the danger.

Ryan Taylor was next up to have an attempt at goal although his 25-yard free-kick curled just wide of the Fenerbahce goal with the Turkish goalkeeper either beaten all ends up or being supremely confident that the shot was going wide. I’m still undecided on that one to be honest…

However United did take the lead on 76 minutes courtesy of Mehdi Abeid, who showed terrific composure after being played in by Sammy Ameobi and cooly finished past Gunok in the Fenerbahce goal.

Newcastle could have extended the lead through either Sammy Ameobi or Papiss Cisse who saw their efforts saved, or Shola Ameobi who fired his volley into the ground only to see it clear the crossbar.

The Turks weren’t to be denied though and on the stroke of full time they got the equaliser from Cristian Baroni, who hit a low effort from the edge of the box which Rob Elliot, and most people actually, will probably be disappointed that he didn’t save.

Match highlights below. They start at about 25 seconds in, after what looks to be some form of TV advert for a Turkish dating website…

Newcastle will now return to Tyneside before heading out to Portugal later on in the week in preparation for the Algarve Tournament. The next match will be next Friday against Olympiakos and will kick-off at 7:45 (UK time) followed by another game against SC Braga on the Saturday, again with a 7:45pm (UK time) kick-off. Both matches will be live on ESPN.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Rob Elliot, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, James Tavernier, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Cheik Tiote, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Demba Ba

Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Fenerbahce: Mert Gunok, Orhan Sam, Bekir Irtegun, Alex, Serdar Kesinal, Hasan Ali Kaldarim, Dirk Kuyt, Mehmet Topal, Cristian Baroni, Miroslav Stoch, Moussa Sow

Subs: Serkan Kirintili, Gokhan Gonul, Selcuk Sahin, Henri Bienvenu, Salih Ucan, Recep Niyaz, Caner Erkin, Ozer Hurmaci, Semih Senturk, Sezer Ozturk, Volkan Demirel, Mehmet Topuz

42 thoughts on “Newcastle 1-1 Fenerbahce – Match report and highlights

  1. Yesterday was a really good work out for the toon, with several of our younger players making a mark for themselves, and showing good composure and skill against a european light-heavyweight.

    The young ‘uns, especially Sammy, Tavernier and Bigirimana aquited themselves really well albeit in a friendly game against strong opposition.

    Craig, whereas I agree with you that we most certainly do need more strength in depth in certain positions, I think we HAVE to be blooding our youngsters this coming season. After all, we will be competing in one additional european tournament next season, and the squad will be tested to the limit. I think this season could be the breakthrough season for a couple of the youngsters, and on yesterday’s showing they will actually perform on a par with some of our more seasoned professionals.


  2. I posted yesterday that by my reckoning in Krul, Carroll and Ferguson in recent years the toon academy has yielded 50 million quids worth of talent into the toon coffers. That is an immense performance, something to be proud of.

    The next cull are currently knocking quietly on the first team door, Sammy, Amalfitano, Tavernier, Bigirimana, Abeid. If two of thos players manage to make the breakthrough this season that would be brilliant too, and it looks like these players have the ability to do that.

    It took Timmy Krul 2 seasons to go from fledgling Academy player to one of the best goalies in the Premier League, and soon to be the cloggy Nr 1 goalie. With the right management the rest of our youngsters can make similar steps, we need to be patient and give them time and opportunity.


  3. “… which Rob Elliot perhaps should have done better with.” No perhaps about it!


  4. The big issue next season is that the majority of our big hitters stay clear of serious injury, it’s going to be a long season and they need to be rested accordingly…


  5. Blackley & Brownlie at the end of the day, the toon defence had more than enough chances to prevent the lad from shooting, but when he did Elliot didn’t cover himself in glory 🙁


  6. I enjoyed the game. As said we looked some way off being ready, but was promising. Some of the youngsters impressed eg Bigi, whilst others such as Vuckic & Elliott still seem some way off.

    Difficult to see who was doing what at time, but didn’t see much of Amaletc on the ball. Gosling did OK.

    Defence looked well organised which seems to be a Pardew strength.

    We’ll be fine


  7. anyone remember HOOPER a big fat goal keeper who was a total bag of shit…….

    welcome to the club elliot the new HOOPER in my eyes … harsh after a few games maybe but iv no football on the tele to shout at someones going to get it


  8. I know that Obertan isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but what are the trainers telling him ? Why doesn’t the bloke just knock the ball past the full back and use his speed to leave him dead ? More often than not there is a big gap behind the full back, but Obertan just doesn’t seem to exploit it.

    Obertan is a player to be used away from home, where he can use his speed on the counterattack. He also puts in a shift defensively too. It’s just his seemingly lethargic style, and the ease with which he loses the ball sometimes which irritates a lot of people (i.e. me… 😆 )


  9. Pup, you mean Mike “I want curly hair too” Hooper…. 😆

    I reckon he was better than Elliot mate… 🙁


  10. Good on Pardz for giving the young fella’s a go.. It seems that he is saying “here is your chance, show me what you can do” I can’t recall seeing so many young guys scratching for a first team spot.. good signs.. 🙂 🙂


  11. MM@12 Fergie sold him for a reason . Sad but I feel he’ll never really cut it for us ,all that pace but no end product such a waste. Maybe they can work on him a bit more as I hate to write anyone off ,but you would of thought we’d see an improvement by now. I also think he’s a confidence player which is why as fans we need to temper our criticism a bit , not always easy I know. I also don’t see Elliott cutting it either and hopefully Krul stays fit and Harps too as I would not want Elliott in goal at PL level .Again maybe some coaching work needed ,hopefully that’s all and it’s not because he really is a League one player 🙄 .


  12. kimtoon I reckon we should perservere with Obertan, the bloke has immense speed, can cross a ball, and can actually finish. It’s just that he doesn’t do it consistently, and until he does he doesn’t deserve a place in the starting line up, then the spiral starts, lack of opportunities, he doesn’t improve, blah, blah…

    Pup, watch out big man, according to Wikipedia Hoops is a bouncer at a club in Chester-Le-Street, he might clip your lug for ya 😆 😆


  13. Obertan only cost us 2 mill, and is still only 23, he can improve. I think he’s a really useful squad member, and his defensive work goes unnoticed. At the mo, because of the competition for places,and also his own performances, he doesn’t perhaps deserve a first team place, but for certain games he has a place in the toon line up for sure.


  14. AYE hes at the top bar rock cafe or something hes a right big fooker

    hes a good a door man as he was a keeper…..

    hope hes a nice guy as he’s got fook all else going for him LOL

    only joking hes prob a great guy


  15. Icepup…. 😆 😆 😆

    Kimtoon…I think we should perservere with Obertan. I think he’ll come good under Pardew’s tutelage and among the rest of our Benwell based Frenchies… 😉


  16. Well if we are all happy with the young ens coming through I guess it’s accurate that no one wants us to get any more senior players in. Fergie can go lb and santon can go rb if simo leaves and vukic is guthries replacement etc. Point being…… Do we need to bother getting any new instant premium quality buys in? Do we need debuchy when we have fergie there to free up santon to switch over, over perhaps switch jonas to lb and HBA or marv go wide left? Let’s not buy anyone?


  17. Bloody hell Craig, you are a doom merchant 🙂 🙂 🙂 nobody said we don’t need experienced players brought in this window.. just that we have some good youngun’s


  18. CC off course we need top quality players mate we can’t just throw a load of younguns on in the prem because they played well in a preseason friendly.
    As im sure you know it will be a lot harder in the prem and a few fuk ups will cost us and knock the stuffing outta the younguns and could knock their development back.
    On Oba I really don’t see what more he offers over the guy he replaced Routledge.


  19. I see Toon are said to have made a bid between 10 and 12 m euros for Loc Remy but it’s been flatly rejected as they are after 18m euros.


  20. Yeah, I am really trying to like Oba but he doesn’t make it easy.. Never been a fan of players that don’t look like they give a shit. He no doubt does but at least look a little pissed off when you lose the ball or miss a pass.. I don’t think he will make the grade .. just my opinion…


  21. If these reports are true we seem hell bent on getting a striker more so than a defender and I can’t help wondering if they know Ba is away as I would not think we’d lose him and Cisse to ACON. What with De Jong ,Carroll and now Remy it does make me wonder. There doesn’t seem to be any concrete evidence that we have made any bids for any defenders as yet other than Debuchy ages ago which was turned down. 😕


  22. Aussie ,But we know for sure we have bid on DeJong and a loan for Carroll also this bid for Remy 😕 or not as you say. But other than Debuchy ages ago there is nothing comfirmed on any defenders at all .It just seems weird that we are concentrating our efforts on a frontman when we are desperate for CB first and foremost.


  23. Kim, Pardz said they are working on 3 deals.. the papers have us working on 20+ 🙂 🙂 I reckon Debuchy will be a goer.. Lille will let him go when they have a replacement.. the other two, well it is any bodies guess 🙂


  24. Why are we fucking round with Rob Elliott?? Its the one Pardew signing i cant get my head round. We have an outstanding young keeper like Krul with a safe experienced back up like Harper that and some talented young keepers floating around the reserves and england youth levels who could make up the numbers if need be.

    Anyway i thought Cisse looked sharp when he came on for someone who had just got off his sick bed, Sammy looked really at it, Gosling looked pretty good breaking from midfield, Tavernier solid, Colo and Tiote class as ever, Good match to prepare for europe i thought kick in the teeth the late goal mind…


  25. Cc…… Got to agree, WTF is Elliot all about???? He is total shit and we had harper ? Anyway it seems we just will not offer the value of any player that we are in for at all and we constantly offer under every single player. Of course that’s normal in business going in with low offer but we never take it to step two. We just say ok, you want 7 million, we will give you 4 in cash up front, take it or leave it. We seem to have no intentions of trying to actually work a deal out…ever. Our conversion ratio is piss poor.


  26. Craig, how can you say that we have no intention of working a deal out, do you know someone close to the club ? 🙄

    Do you think we should pay 10 million for Victor Moses, who last year was a 1.5 million player… or 40 million for Modric ?….or 25 million for Loic Remy…?

    We know that Newcastle work behind the scenes and try and strengthen the club on the qt as cheaply and frugally as possible. I have no problem with that.


  27. Harper has got to be the number 2 goalie this season, surely… 🙁

    I think the deal with Elliot is that he is so freaking happy to be given the chance to play at the toon, that he’ll just get on with the job and keep a low profile. A younger goalie might not be willing to do that, resulting in a loan deal, or a transfer away….

    It’s always a problem keeping the 2nd goalkeeper happy. Harper was an understudy for years, we need a reliable understudy too for Krul. Not sure if Elliot is that bloke, would love him to prove me wrong though.. In the mean time, I think we have some good young bairns working there way through the academy…time will show…


  28. There must be something in Elliot tt our scouting team has seen. I hope he get himself sorted out because he looks really poor at the moment from all the matches I’ve seen him played this far


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