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Season 2012-13
Girondins Bordeaux (h) Europa League Group Stage Game 2

In association 

Thursday 4th October 2012, 8.05pm
Live on ESPN

 St.James' Park


Admission: £15


Newcastle United


3 - 0




16 mins Some slick work from Obertan saw him take a crossfield ball from compatriot Cabaye in his side and charge down the United left, evading two opponents before getting to the byline and delivering a low centre across the 6 yard box, 

Lurking at the far post was Shola Ameobi, who clipped the ball with his left foot into an empty net from four yards.

mins Danny Simpson put in a cross from the right that visting 'keeper Cedric Carrasso was all set to collect until defender Henrique turned the ball into his own net. 2-0

Half time: Newcastle 2 Bordeaux 0

Shane Ferguson claimed a third assist in as many games as he took an infield pass from Tiote, looked up and instantly pumped the ball forward to Papiss Cisse

There was a hint of offside as he got goal side of his Senegal colleague Ludovic Sane, but nothing wrong with an expertly-executed half-volley that bounced in off the Gallowgate goalpost. 

Full time: Newcastle 3 Bordeaux 0

We Said

Alan Pardew said:

"What pleased me most was that we played with verve and energy again and we looked more like ourselves from last year. 

"The performance level was fantastic and that's a good side, trust me. We had to play very, very well to make it as comfortable as it was.

"I can't say the result flattered us because in the end I thought we deserved to win by a distance. We knocked the spirit out of them in terms of the goals, the clinical nature of them.

"Our passing in the second half made it very difficult for them to get back in the game and that's something we've been working on, controlling games.

"That's a team that haven't been beaten in 17 games or something. I'm telling you that's a great result for us.

"What we have to be careful of is that we have got a return match in Bordeaux and they showed in that first 30 minutes that they are a very good side.

"The second leg will worry me, I have to say, because what I saw was a very good side. It just all fell for us. The goals were at good times and it worked for us.

"People's expectations of him
(Obertan) are too high because they want to see him race past the full-back every time, and it's impossible. 

"If he did, the full-back would know what he was going to do, so he has to mix his game up. He has to get the balance right - I thought he did. He was excellent."

They Said

Francis Gillot commented:

"We came across a better team than us. They were more realistic and effective. They didn't dominate the game but their attacking intentions were more effective. 

"I decided to put five men in defence at half-time to counter their two strikers and there was a lack of presence at the back. We lacked aggression and weren't as discplined as at Lyon."



United extended their unbeaten record in European competition on Tyneside to 20 games, having won 17 and drawn the other three played at SJP since losing 0-1 to Partizan Belgrade in 2003.

The beating of Bordeaux was also our seventh straight home victory in European competition, since a 0-0 draw with Latvian side Ventspils back in 2006.

There were European debuts for two more players -Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote  - which took the number of players to have appeared in our four matches this season up to 27.

In six competitive games against French League opposition at SJP, we've now won twice:

2012/13 Bordeaux won 3-0 Sh.Ameobi, OG, Cisse
2003/04 Marseille drew 0-0
2001/02 Troyes drew 4-4 Solano, Sh.Ameobi, Speed, Elliott
1996/97 Monaco lost 0-1
1996/97 Metz won 2-0 Asprilla 2
1977/78 Bastia lost 1-3 Gowling

A third outing for the lime third kit once again saw United keep a clean sheet, as they had at home to Atromitos (won 1-0) and away to Maritimo (drew 0-0). They wore the maroon kit for the 1-1 draw away to Atromitos.

Shola Ameobi scored his 13th goal in Europe for United - over six years after the 12th, which came in an Intertoto Cup tie away to Lillestrom in July 2006. Our number 23's last European home goal was way back in March 2004 against fellow Norwegians, Valerenga. 

He remains second in our all-time European scorers list, edging further ahead of Craig Bellamy (11) but still a sizeable distance behind Alan Shearer (30).

Goal number 73 for Shola was his first of the season, Henrique's was the seventh OG to have been registered in our favour in European competition and Papiss Cisse became the 58th Newcastle player to score for the club in UEFA matches.

Europa League Group D - 2012/2013:

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Newcastle 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4
2 Bordeaux 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
3 Brugge 2 1 0 1 2 4 -2 3
4 Maritimo 2 0 1 1 0 2 -2 1


While we were disposing of Bordeaux, Club Brugge were beating Maritimo 2-0 in front of a crowd of 20,000 at the Jan Breyde Stadium, which was only two thirds filled.



Having recently signed the longest contract of his professional life, Alan Pardew watched as his side registered the most resounding victory of his (admittedly short) European managerial career.

Their opponents arrived on Tyneside to defend a seventeen game unbeaten run in all competitons that stretched back to April. Not that you'd know it from their display here though, belying their reputation with a meek showing that gave the home side a perfect warm-up for Sunday's rather sterner test against Manchester United. 

With Danny Simpson and Yohan Cabaye available again, both were in from the start as the United boss selected his strongest available squad but left a trio of his big hitters on the bench in the shape of Ben Arfa, Ba and Santon. Jonas Gutierrez meanwhile had the night off completely.

And while Girondins old boy Gabriel Obertan put in a full shift against the side that gave him his first opportunity in senior football and was rightly praised, it was Cabaye's energy and willingness to get involved that was even more heartening - and of greater significance to our league prospects. 

After his recent cameo appearances from the bench, Shane Ferguson graduated to a first club start in over a year and although nominally playing at full back was able to get upfield as the visitors seldom looked to punch their way down that flank until mackem old boy David Bellion appeared.

Vurnon Anita meanwhile got another 90 minutes under his belt in midfield as he gets up to speed, looking more at home against less physical opponents than he has encountered domestically. It's worth recalling though that he's played in no less than fifteen Champions League and Europa League games for Ajax in the previous two seasons - hardly a rookie compared to the likes of Bigirimana.  

Cabaye sent one early effort narrowly wide, while the visitors went close with a header over the bar but had only taken pot shots at Rob Elliot from distance before Cabaye and Obertan lined up team captain Shola to nudge us ahead.

Doubling our lead in fortunate circumstances, Anita latched on a Cisse pass and was denied a first club goal by Carrasso's block as the French side looked in some disarray and grateful to reach the halfway point only two goals behind - although we'd hardly peppered their goal with shots. 

Any lingering hopes they had of getting anything from the game were soon ended though, when Henri Saivet tried to catch out newly-arrived Steve Harper (replacing groin injury victim Elliot at half time). However his improvised flick was blocked at the base of the post and within 60 seconds the ball was nestling in the back of the net at the other end of the ground. Game over.

The luxury of a three goal lead then allowed Pardew to withdraw Cabaye after an hour and then also protect Tiote, who had reined himself in after picking up an early booking (his third in as many games) for a challenge that was no more than forceful, but provided him with a reminder of UEFA refereeing styles in what was his first European outing since 2008.

And that really was that, on a night when most things went in our favour and a decisive result was achieved that should go a long way to extending our interest in this competition into next year.

After seeing his main trio of strikers all find the net in just over a week, a marginal improvement in available defensive resources and some overdue creativity from the midfield, Alan Pardew was entitled to be in good post-match form and equally positive at his press conference the next day.

Whether history can repeat itself against Fergie's side remains open to question, especially when our makeshift central defence has to handle some top operators. There again though, exactly the same could be said by them about our lot and their own defensive woes.

And looking slightly further ahead, the mackem slayer seems to be warming up nicely ahead of his next chance to claim immortality. Still going in the right direction. 


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