Maritimo 0 Newcastle 0
Full time: Maritimo 0 Newcastle 0
Alan Pardew said:
''It just got a little bit heated there (at full time), we were
all angry, their bench and ours. I don't think there's any bad feeling, we
shook hands after.
"Rob (Elliot) has waited a long time – since the Forest game,
really – to stake his claim. We know him very well, myself and the
goalkeeping coach (Andy Woodman) because of Charlton, and this is a
shot-stopper, this is a great goalkeeper.
"He was outstanding, as well as the back four on a really difficult
surface against difficult opponents.
"Maritimo are a team who are going to surprise teams here. They are
very, very good – their record suggests that. Therefore, taking all that
into consideration, I thought a draw was a great result.
"With the injuries that we had before the game, this will probably be
the weakest that we’ve been this season. We’ve had three or four
injuries that have been costly to us.
"Having said that, the performance of the team was outstanding I
thought, a lot of players playing their first European game on a pitch which
I have to say was of a poor standard for both teams.
"There was a great application and although we had a first ten minutes
where I thought we struggled a little, after that we were in control of the
game and I’m a little disappointed that we haven’t won it with the
chances that we had.
"I don’t know what Dan Gosling’s mileage was tonight but I’d
suggest it was over 13 kilometers because he was everywhere.
"Him and Bigi (Gael Bigirimana)
tonight were terrific in there. Sammy (Ameobi)
came on and looked like he was going to open the door so we had some
real bonuses in terms of those young players."
Pedro Martins commented:
"In the first 15 or 20 minutes we created two very good
opportunities. After that the game became balanced, although we had the
initiative for the opening half hour.
Ameobi has great quality which we knew but we worked well in attack and the
squad deserves credit for that. We could not get the win that we had targeted
because we couldn't take our chances.
"In our hearts we wanted to win, but I cannot criticise the players. I'm
frustrated now but Newcastle also created opportunities.
"However, I felt we were much better that the opposition in
the way we played."
United in Europe - all time
(not including penalty shootouts):
Played: 123 Won: 70 Drawn: 24 Lost: 29 Goals for: 210 Goals
Newcastle recorded a scoreless draw for the tenth time in European
1968/69 Rangers (a)
1969/70 Porto (a)
1969/70 Southampton (h)
1977/78 Bohemians (a)
1999/00 AS Roma (h)
2000/01 Troyes (a)
2003/04 Marseille (h)
2006/07 Ventspils (h)
2006/07 Eintracht Frankfurt (a)
2012/13 Maritimo (a)
The Magpies are yet to register a
victory in a competitive away game against a side from the Portuguese
League in five attempts:
1968/69 Sporting Lisbon drew
1968/69 Setubal lost 1-3 Davies
1969/70 Porto drew 0-0
2004/05 Sporting Lisbon lost 1-4 Dyer
2012/13 Maritimo drew 0-0
Making their European debuts for
Newcastle were Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Sammy Ameobi and Shane
Ferguson. In three Europa League ties so far this season, Alan
Pardew has fielded a total of 25 players, with only messrs
Tiote, Cabaye and Ben Arfa yet to dirty their boots.
Rob Elliot was playing only his second senior game for the club
and recorded a first clean sheet (his other outing came in a 4-3
League Cup win at Forest in Sep 2011).
Shola Ameobi completed a first
full competitive first team game since the 2-0 PL win at Blackburn
last February. Since then he's come off the bench in 13 games. He and
Sammy became the first brothers to appear in the same United team
during a top line European fixture - although the Appleby brothers (Richie
and Matty) played together during our 1992 Anglo-Italian Cup campaign.
the fourth side from the Portuguese league that we've faced
competitively, following on from Sporting Lisbon (1968, 2004 &
2005), Vitoria Setubal (1969) and Porto (1969).
We have visited there before - albeit in a friendly match - with Chris
Waddle's goal handing us a 1-0 win in August 1982. The scorer was
part of the ESPN commentary team for this game, but confessed to
remembering nothing about the occasion when asked on air.
Completing a trio of former Magpies on ESPN punditry duties in the
studio were Olivier Bernard and Dietmar Hamann, while
visiting pressmen encountered 76 year-old Albert Franks in
their hotel pre-match (75 appearances, 4 goals for the black and
whites between 1953 and 1960).
The other opening fixture in Group D saw Bordeaux put four goals past
Club Brugge without reply, watched by a crowd of 13,609 - well under
half the stadium capacity.
Hatem Ben Arfa was ineligible for this game due to completing a three
game suspension that dates back to his Marseille days and a 1-2
home loss to Benfica in the 2009/10 Europa League.
Maritimo fans may have sung happy birthday to themselves on the occasion of
their club's 102nd anniversary, but Alan Pardew's side missed out on a glaring
opportunity to be party poopers, by beginning their Group Stage campaign with a
victory on the island of Maritimo.
Both sides fired blanks, with United striking the goal frame on three
occasions while a goal line clearance and some excellent saves from Rob Elliot
kept the home side at bay.
There were seven changes to the side that
started at Everton three nights earlier, with only the back four that had
secured a point at Goodison retained. And while many of our big guns remained on
Tyneside, Vurnon Anita was allowed beat a hasty retreat from Funchal before the
game in order to attend the birth of his child in Amsterdam (a girl, apparently
- not expected to be called Anita....)
After both Steve Harper and Tim Krul had seen service in this competition
already, it was the turn of Rob Elliot to go between the posts and he made two
notable stops in the first half that will have done his confidence the power of
On a pitch that looked in good nick but seemed
to cause players from both sides problems in staying on their feet Shola Ameobi
headed against the post and Dan Gosling hit the foot of the same upright in an
otherwise lack-lustre first half.
Things livened up a little after the break though, when Shola strode into the
box but could only curl his shot off the bar with home custodian Romain Salin
Obertan and substitute Sammy Ameobi both found
time and space down the right to get in good positions but the quality of the
crosses was poor and the home defence was able to clear.
And Davide Santon who rescued United when
Roberge Valentin headed goalward only for the ball to hit the bar and be cleared
off the line by the Italian's head to keep the game at stalemate.
The bookies - and most
supporters - seemed to have taken the stance that this was a difficult place to
visit and avoiding defeat would constitute a reasonable return.
However this proved to be an even gentler experience than our recent Atromitos
experience, with the overall atmosphere less threatening than some of our
pre-season continental kickabouts.
The Ultras presence here was restricted to one banner and a single piece of
grafitti scrawled on the entrance to the away section. And at the risk of
sounding like middle-aged bores (which we of course are...) those making their
European spectating debut this season need to know that it does get
(considerably) livelier than this.
Nicknamed the Cauldron, Maritimo's ground proved to be more of a kettle on a
camping stove, while news that they had drawn there with Sporting Lisbon the
previous Sunday succeeded in raising questions about how rotten the men from the
Arvalade must be. Maritimo were nowt flash at all.
The manager may have talked up youngsters like Bigi and Sammy for their
contributions (with the former responsible for taking all set pieces), but some
of his other fringe players again failed to push their claims for inclusion in
the domestic XI - with Gosling and Obertan again unconvincing and a full debut
for Amalfitano seeing him worryingly fail to make any impression on the
But a point on the board isn't the end of the world in our first taste of this
type of competition and by the time we shiver our way out of Bordeaux in
December, this game will in all probability be long forgotten. Onwards and