Half time: Magpies 0 Cockerels 0
54 mins A
deep centre from Danny Simpson towards the back post was
met by Kyle Walker, whose attempted clearing header dropped behind him and
nicely for the lurking Demba Ba. He took a steadying touch before
sweeping home a superb right-footed effort beyond Friedel the dropped into the
far side of net and celebrating in his trademark style on the final day of
76 mins Lennon
menaced on the left hand edge of the Newcastle box before swinging over a right
footed cross to the back post as Ben Arfa arrived to reinforce the idling
Simpson. Jermaine Defoe
reached it ahead of Santon and headed it down and goalwards from six yards via
Tim Krul made an instinctive stop with his shins but was unable to claim
possession as the ball rebounded off him and the post to Defoe, who scrambled
the ball home via the same upright 1-1
80 mins Both Lennon and Van der Vaart made contact with Ben Arfa as he
skipped into the Gallowgate area from the United left and down he went, with
Martin Atkinson pointing to the spot amid no more than hopeful
Ben Arfa and Ba tussled for the ball, with
coach John Carver furiously indicating from the bench that the task should go to
the latter. Having grabbed the ball after tumbling over though, Ben Arfa
clung onto it and slotted his spot-kick home, with Friedel diving the wrong way.
Magpies 2 Cockerels 1
Alan Pardew commented:
"I was stupid and I've been in to
see the linesman to apologise. There's me telling my players to behave
themselves and follow the Olympic spirit and be humble, and they did it
except for me.
"It was a stupid moment - the linesman just happened to be standing
right in front of me when I thought the ball was out, and I gave him a
little shove. I have apologised and I can't turn the clock back, so I will
have to take my punishment.
"For me, Hatem was the stand-out player today. He was taking people
on in all areas of the pitch and even got two of the Spurs players booked
early on. Hatem won and scored the penalty and you need players like this
if you are going to do well.
"It was a little white lie by me (to say HBA was unfit). I donít
tell too many, but that was one. He looked sharp in training and the only
thing we were worried about was that he hadnít had a lot of game
time. The more I looked at him, the more I thought he was ready - he
really was terrific today.
ďI thought we were really disciplined. We werenít at our best,
particularly in the first-half, and tactically it was a really tight game.
We kept our two strikers on, which was important, because one of them,
Demba Ba, has come up with a truly great goal.
ďI donít think you can under-estimate the importance of this win for
us. It was a really tight game and sometimes your character and spirit can
see you home, and I think we showed that. That can win through. We had to
match what Spurs were doing, we changed things at half-time and I thought
we just about edged it.
"The other players have been impressed by him (Anita) in
training. His first couple of touches were a little bit indifferent in the
game. He was at Ajax for so many years and to come into this
atmosphere was really difficult for him. But he grew into the match and
did one great bit of skill down the wing.
"It wasnít mixed emotions. It was a fantastic victory. What I did
was absolutely ridiculous and I apologise to my team and to the linesman.
Getting sent to the stand is something I donít want to do as Newcastle
ďI thought it was out - he was right in
front of me and I donít think I pushed him that hard, but he took a stumble
and unfortunately that was that. I went in to see him and gave him a little
cuddle. I apologised to the linesman and thatís all I can do.
ďIn terms of the team it was a great
result. It was tactically a tight game. We kept our strikers on the pitch and
luckily we did as that gave us the edge. I thought we just edged it.
ďThe crowd were brilliant and they helped
us - it was such a great atmosphere.
"I worry about losing all my
players because unfortunately weíre not Manchester United or City, weíre
always vulnerable. If you ask me if I sleep well at night. Iíd have to say not
always. Iím looking forward to September 1 because by then weíll all know
where we are.
ďIím going to put a team out I think can
win (in Greece on Thursday) and that might not be all our big hitters all
of the time."
"After games, Iíve spent a lot of time watching them over again, just to
analyse things, trying to see what I had to do to change the bad stuff.
"A lot of things were going on last season, I was playing out wide for much
of the time and while I wasnít frustrated at not scoring, I didnít get
enough of the ball - I was coming too deep and wasnít there to take the
"Hatem just picked the ball up after he
was fouled I didnít know he was going to take the penalty and, to be honest, I
thought Iíd be taking it, but this time he was faster than me to it. Iíll
take the next one we get, but Iíll have to make sure Iím a little faster on
my feet in getting to the ball!
"Fasting (during Ramadan, which
ended today) can make it difficult in terms of your energy levels, but only
if you do it without a reason. When you have a strong belief like I do, then itís
easy. I have faith and that helps me."
Following his first competitive game as Spurs boss, Andre villas Boas said:
"It's a bitter-sweet situation: we must improve but it was a good
performance. We had the most chances and were the superior team.
ďYou just have to get the balance right in terms of what you are trying to
achieve for the team. There were only one or two changes from last season and
they did extremely well before. Iím just trying to get the team organised to
get three points in every game.
ďWe just have to strive to make sure we do
that and give our fans something to cheer about.Ē
taking a detour to view the Sir Bobby Robson statue (who gave him his first job
in football as a teenager back in Portugal), AvB confirmed that: "I like
Whether SBR would have approved of his raggy beard and slightly crumped
training kit though is open to question.
Vurnon Anita became the 172nd player to appear for
Newcastle in the Premier League and the third full Dutch international
after Patrick Kluivert and Tim Krul.
In terms of his fellow countrymen,
winger Frans Koenan appeared during our 1980/81 Second Division
campaign, 'keeper Jon Karelse made a trio of league appearances
between 1999 and 2003 and full back Patrick van Aanholt filled in at
full back while on loan in 2009/10.
Demba Ba netted his 17th
goal for the club (all in the Premier League) and ended a personal
scoring drought that extended across 14 full games and 1,301
minutes since he fired past Aston Villa's Shay Given at the Leazes
End back in February
United recorded their first opening
day league victory since 2007/08, when Sam Allardyce began life
as our manager with a 3-1 success at Bolton. Since then we've drawn
1-1 at Manchester United, drawn 1-1 at West Brom, lost 0-3 at
Manchester United and drawn 0-0 at home to Arsenal.
Spurs in Toon: Premier League Era:
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1
Full record against Spurs:
Although appearing on the official match teamsheet, Shola Ameobi
wasn't able to take his place as a substitute after tweaking his thigh
in the warm-up. Romain Amalfitano replaced him on the bench, with the
following post at 17.25 on the Eurosport/Yahoo live match blog
triggering internet claims regarding Sylvain Marveaux:
"Shola Ameobi picked up an
injury in the warm-up. Sylvain Marveaux was set to be named on the
bench in his place, but Newcastle are apparently struggling to track
him down! Roman Amalfitano has been named as a substitute