Match Report 2001-02 - Troyes (h)
Intertoto Cup Final Second Leg
Have a squint at all 8 courtesy of Troyes: http://a2v.free.fr/butsanglais.mpg
2 mins. Rob Lee won the ball midway in their half and played in Solano. Nobby steadied himself before firing in a powerful 25 yard shot that flew past the keeper. 1-0
25 mins. Leroy hit a 30 yard free-kick that swerved viciously, without deflection, but Shay lost the flight and could only push the ball into the net. 1-1
28 mins. Time and space afforded to Gousse after a poor defensive header - he made his way into the box before firing across Given into the far corner. 1-2
Half time: Newcastle 1 Troyes 2
47 mins. Barton
was caught horribly in possession by Rothen who laid it back for Gousse,
his shot cannoned off the post to Boutal who scuffed the ball into an
empty net. 1-3 but as our pic shows, the lad was actually
61 mins. Rothen crossed from the right after a poor clearance from Given was played out to the wing. The cross eluded Given and Boutal nodded firmly at the far post finding the net with Shay unable to block. 1-4
65 mins. Solano won the ball in the box and the ball broke loose to Ameobi who crashed it into the top corner. 2-4
70 mins. Ameobi broke into the box with a bit of trickery down the left Meniri stumbled and Shola took full advantage to tumble over the prone defender. Speed hit a poor penalty but the keeper dived over the ball. 3-4
90 mins. A LuaLua corner found Elliott's head and although Andy O'Brien was in front of the keeper he didn't get a touch. Heurtebis fumbled and the ball bounced in. Exactly where Hughes figured in it all is a mystery but the world and his wife credited him with the goal. 4-4
Full time: Newcastle 4 Troyes 4
Uncle Bobby said:
"I was down once 3-0 at Barcelona at home with 100,000 handkerchiefs out for me, and we won 5-4.At least we went out fighting. We got the crowd back on our side and we went out in a blaze of glory.
"We actually might have won it 6-4 to be honest - but at 4-1 down, we were well and truly out of it. What's cost us the match is some very poor defending at various times in the match. But we haven't lost to a poor side. They played quite well. They were very quick over the ground, they counter-attacked very well. There was a spell when they did play better than us.
"I wouldn't say they were worth 4-1 because some of the goals were poor goals. The third and fourth goals were down to dreadful defending which cost us the match. But there was a great appetite from the players to bring it back to 4-4. We had to salvage some pride because at 4-1, it can finish 6-1 if you don't buck yourselves up."
"We've had three decent gates at home, so we've made more money from our pre-season fixtures that we would have, and that's a plus.We've given some players European experience, and that's a plus and we've blooded one or two players, so that's a plus as well.
"European football is not for us
this year - a continuation of the club's progress is. It's nothing to be
worried about, it's not doom and gloom. We've sent people home both
happy and disappointed and it's something to build on."
"But I will say I was quite upset about it although there is not much I can do about it."
"The fans pay their money and they have a right to do what they want to do. We have got to be man enough to accept it and just get on with it."
"We let in sloppy goals at the back all through the night, Troyes are a good team and we don't want to make excuses particularly Shay Given and myself.
"At half time the manager told us to go out and win it 2-0 but their third goal was a kick in the teeth and to tell the truth I don't really know how the fourth one went in.
"Yet in all our pre-season games, including Sunday at Chelsea, we have looked solid at the back. Obviously the result was a massive, massive disappointment to us.
"We had a mad 10 to 15 minutes after half time when we threw the game away. But at the same time you have got to give the players credit for the way they came back.
"They showed a lot of character and we gave Troyes a run for their money and nearly dragged something out of the game, but the ball kept hitting knees and elbows inside their penalty area and the keeper made two fantastic saves.
Speechless with delight, the trophy
Our first 4-4 scoreline since October
29th, 1977 when bottom-placed United drew at Everton. Current reserve
coach Tommy Craig, Alan Gowling (2) and Tommy Cassidy scored for United.
Three days later United lost at home to Bastia 3-1 in the UEFA Cup.
As the rest of the continent prepares to
shed it's Deutschmarks, francs and lord knows what else, here in the
go-ahead North East we've already wholeheartedly embraced the concept of a
United Europe. Unfortunately against Troyes, our vision seemed more based
on the International version of "It's a Knockout" than
No mention of the crowd has been made up until now because it's hard to know what to say really. People pay their money and are entitled to do most things but I'll never ever understand why some alleged Newcastle fans turn up and then flounce off when things don't happen the way that they expect. More than one or two people chose to leave their seats with half an hour (plus added time) remaining, because we'd gone 4-1 down. Worse still, some of them had children with them, who obviously now think quitting is an acceptable practice.
No doubt the departees climbed into their cars and switched on the commentary, or stood in the pub goggling at the telly - obviously a first hand view wasn't good enough for them. There was even booing at half time - a fat lot of good that did.
Fair enough, the less demonstrative of us
might not want to stand up or shout and chant, but to stomp out in a
Keeganesque manner when things look a bit bleak is tantamount to treason
in my book. Never mind that certain players appeared to have meekly
surrendered, this isn't their club it's ours. Pride is always at stake.
Having praised the visitors, it must also
be said that we were singularly lacking in many key areas - the left hand
side was a talent-free zone until the introduction of Bernard, with Quinn
an utter waste of space. Elliott again struggled, and has now endured a
nervous three games (Troyes H & A, Chelsea) when he's stood off the
players coming at him with the ball, and been reduced to lumping
clearances out of defence too often.
Some sources have muttered darkly about
our exertions catching up with us later in the season, which may turn out
to be true, but doesn't explain why we were so crap in the second half of
the last campaign.