Atromitos vs Newcastle United Euro match banter!

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 | 82 Comments |

Atromitos v Newcastle United.
Toon's Greek Odyssey begins!
Venue: Peristeri Stadium, Athens.
Date: Thursday 23rd August 2012
Kick-off: 6.00 pm
UK TV: Premier Sports (Sky channel 428 or Subcription)

Hello and welcome to our regular “match banter” feature on this special evening, which sees Newcastle United embarking on their first European campaign for over five years, when Glenn Roeder slipped us in through the back door of the Intertoto Cup into what was the the UEFA Cup.

We made it to the last sixteen back then, eventually coming a cropper against Dutch side, AZ Alkmaar. Despite being 4-2 up after the first home leg, Alkmaar pulled back the two goal deficit, winning the leg at their place 2-0 and going through on away goals. Lets hope we can take it further this time!

Getting back to this evening though, for all the background stuff you’ll ever need in the run up to this game, check out AndyMac’s excellent and extensive Atromitos v Newcastle United match preview. For even more background, you can also catch Atromitos in action in last season’s Greek Cup final in my previous post.

As you can see above, this game will be televised in the UK by Premier Sports, which is available either on Sky channel 428 or by subsciption on other platforms, including online. As usual though, I shall endeavour to find some other online links for those overseas, as well as putting up the team sheets for the game when they become available. Finally, I will also try to get some highlights up on here when the game is over.

Howay the Lads!


Atromitos (4-1-4-1): Charles Itandje (G), Ioannis Skondras (C), Sokratis Fytanidis, Nikolaos Lazaridis, Konstantinos Giannoulis; Matias Iglesias; Nikola Beljic, Elini Dimoutsos, Eduardo Luiz Brito, Denis Epstein; Njazi Kuqi.

Subs: Velimir Radman, Eustathios Taylaridis, Sebastian Pitu Garcia, Evaggelos Nastos, Athanasios Karagounis, Marinaldo Chumbinho 60, Anastasios Karamanos, Anastasios Karamanos.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Steve Harper (G), James Tavernier, Mike Williamson (C), James Perch, Ryan Taylor; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux; Papiss Cisse

Subs: Tim Krul, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell.


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82 Responses

  1. Will it be Perch (I hope so) or Tavernier in the middle of defense? I think the midfield is a real risk.

    “Pardew said: ‘We are stretched. We have brought everyone who is fit, and striker wise it highlights we are running a little low.'”

    This before the second game of the season. Get it sorted, Dekka!1

  2. Official site says we are playing a 4-2-3-1 formation. Seems about right with 2 defensive midfielders and 3 attacking midfielders.

    Should be interesting to see how it works out.

  3. toonsg says:
    August 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    “anyone here with SOPCAST links?
    eager to test my new SOPCAST for MAC application.”

    Check the list of links at comment one toonsg. The first one on there is a Sopcast link and it’s very good indeed!

  4. AndyMac says:
    August 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    “Did you get 4-2-3-1 from .cock WT ?”

    If you mean the official site, aye Andy, but they’ve got them wrong in the past.

  5. toonsg says:

    “eager to test my new SOPCAST for MAC application”

    Is that for the ipad toonsg ?

  6. AndyMac says:
    August 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    “toonsg says:

    “eager to test my new SOPCAST for MAC application”

    Is that for the ipad toonsg ?”

    Am I stuck in the Stone Age with my olde worlde Compaq laptop then?

  7. I remember him at LFC-he was terrible the couple times I saw him. Hopefully that has continued…

  8. Phisix says:
    August 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    “What does Pards see in Obertan that we do not? He is a pathetic footballer.”

    I almost got lynched for suggesting this the other day but I would have rather had Routledge. He’s done far better than Obertan since he left.

  9. You were right about that worky. I’m guessing Routledge would cost you 3-5M right now whereas we’d have trouble loaning Obertan to a PL side.

  10. Phisix says:

    “What does Pards see in Obertan that we do not? He is a pathetic footballer”

    Maybe a long lost love child from his hols in France ?.

  11. tunyc says:

    “We sound static and lacking in creativity” About right !

    Cant you get a stream tunyc ?

  12. tunyc says:
    August 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    “You were right about that worky.”

    When I pointed out how many assists Routledge has provided, along with a fair amount of goals too, apparently, that’s because he can only play well with inferior teams. I don’t know how that one works though.

    That’s more like it!

  13. Raylor pulls our bits out the fire again.

    I’ve criticized him in the past but to be honest, he’s paid his way.

  14. Andy-I’m in the States, at work…and the supporters’ club moved to a different bar 30 blocks uptown-grrrr!

  15. In other news, Carroll is not even in the squad for LFC’s game v Hearts while Borini starts.

    So LFC want a big money offer for Carroll but Rodgers consistently prefers Borini, purchased for 11M? Hmmmm….

  16. We weren’t static, played it around well, just lacked end product. Not surprisingly really as they haven’t played together. Elliot 3rd keeper now!

  17. Agree with Phisux, Obertan is pathetic.

    I would take him off and move Marveaux out to the right and bring on Jonas on the left. Gosling has been too quiet. Perhaps Campbell can replace him mid way through the second half.

    Very impressed with Bigi. Very confident and calm on the ball. Rarely miss places a pass. At 19 years of age this lad is going to be immense. Linking up well with Anita who also looks very good.

    Feel a bit sorry for Tavernia. He has all the attributes to be a really good footballer. Just needs more exposure at the top level.

  18. GS says:
    August 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    “We weren’t static, played it around well, just lacked end product.”

    It comes to us all eventually GS.

  19. OK, thanks for the correction. Not static, but certainly uncreative considering the possession stats.

  20. tunyc says:

    “OK, thanks for the correction. Not static, but certainly uncreative considering the possession stats”

    I knew what you meant Tunyc. Lacking in creative spark !

  21. Obertan should come off but that would mean Pardwho admitting he’s shlte – so he has to stay on !

    I’d like to see Amalfitano on as well as Campbell who has pace to burn (whatever that means) :)

  22. Ah, crap. On for Gosling. Whatever.

    I’ve since read that Carroll-apparently-has a hamstring problem.

  23. Campbell on for Cisse.

    You can tell how exciting this match is by the amount of commentary it’s generating…

  24. Hope anyone who traveled for this enjoyed their time in sunny Hellas, as the match itself sounds absolutely dire.

  25. The away goal is a real nice souvenir but I wouldn’t risk a lineup like that next week.

  26. tunyc: it wasn’t that bad. We never looked in any trouble and their goal was down to a great pass and a bit of individual skill. We created enough chances to score a couple more.

    Text and radio commentary doesn’t always tell the full story.

    Probably only Cisse has a chance to start on Saturday and he probably wont as Ba will play up front alone (I think). So, job done by our second team.

    Avoided a Stevenage/Brighton style debacle.

  27. GS says:

    “Avoided a Stevenage/Brighton style debacle”

    Dont disagree with that GS but I keep asking myself what could be done if we werent carrying a non productive individual, who offers nothing whatsoever.

  28. Yes they all seemed pretty “pally” with one another, not much “needle” ! Maybe it was just too hot to get worked up about it ?

  29. workyticket says:

    “I’ve just put the early match highlights up”

    Took you long enough !!! :)

  30. I hear you, GS. It just sounds like a boring match due to rustiness, fear of losing or whatever.

    I’m pleased with the away goal-I can see us holding them scoreless at SJP. I’d rather see us field a strong team and put away the tie though. And despite the squad chosen today, I still wouldn’t bet on us to win at Chelsea.

  31. I think this was actually well managed by NUFC. A 10pm finish in the heat with a 5 hour flight back to London on Friday, stay there overnight, so probably no training on Friday.

    We will probably go down to Chelsea, but this at least gives us a shot. This is nightmare scheduling and we did the best we could.

  32. AndyMac says:
    August 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    “I’ve just put the early match highlights up”

    Took you long enough !!!”

    It’s the keeping on patrol for the good ones later on that’s the difficult bit Andy.

  33. AndyMac says:
    August 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    “Looking on the up side, we could have drawn Anzhi Makhachkala”

    That Guus Hiddink really is an old slapper. Considering his calibre, he’ll go with absolutely anybody.

  34. Looking on the upside part 2

    The RBD’s are making hard work of their Scottish counterparts !

  35. AndyMac: they continue to hit the post when it would be easier to score, and then complain about it and say they would have won if it wasn’t for the post. It didn’t take Borini long to master that trick.