Metalist Kharkiv vs Newcastle United match banter!

Posted on February 21st, 2013 | 91 Comments |

Metalist Kharkiv v Newcastle United.
A score draw or better and we’re though.
Venue: Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv.
Date: Thurs 21st February, 2013.
Kick off: 6.00pm UK time (8pm local time)
Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium).

Hello, good evening and welcome to our latest “match banter” feature for this evening’s Europa League game against Metalist Kharkiv.

With the first leg at St James’ Park ending in a 0-0 draw, this means that a score draw or better would take the Magpies through. If they can manage this, a last sixteen clash against either German Bundesliga side Hannover 96 or Guus Hiddink’s Russian side, Anzhi Makhachkala. So far it’s looking like it’s more likely to be the latter, as they currently leading the Germans 3-1 after their first leg in Russia and they are certainly not to be sniffed at with Hiddink at the helm, not to mention superstars old (Samuel Eto’o) and new (the Brazilian wide man, Willian). Still, we have to get through this one first, and as they showed in the first leg of the tie, they will be no pushovers, especially on their own (probably frozen) Ukrainian turf.

Hopefully, the officials for this game will be of a better standard than they were for the last game, especially the linesmen, one of whom denied Papiss Cisse a perfectly good goal in the last game, along with another which could have been described as “debatable.” As you can see above, this evening’s little Hitler will be a Belgian called Serge Gumienny.

One piece of team news is that our most utilised player of the season, Davide Santon with 31 appearences in all competitions so far, will be rested this evening, so we might well see a debut start for new boy, Massadio Haïdara. Another is that Hatem Ben Arfa has been in training, but he won’t be thrown into the fray quite yet. As usual, I will be posting the teamsheets for the game when they become available.

Speaking in the run up to the game, Alan Pardew, after remarking that he’d be happy with that abovementioned score draw said:

“I feel the game is very important for us, for the players, for the team and for the fans, so we are all focused on the game. We all want to go through and play at the next stage because the Europa League, for me, is a big competition. We can play against good teams and get some more experience for the future to take into the Premier League.”

Meanwhile his opposite number from Metalist, Myron Markevich, warned that Newcastle shouldn’t be underestimeated because of their current poor league position. On this he remarked:

“Newcastle are a very good team and they shouldn’t be in the position they are in. They should be in the top 10, minimum.”

So on that, it only leaves it for me to issue my usual reminders you that although the game will be broadcast in the UK on ESPN, I will also be posting some links where you can watch the game online, as well as posting highlights, post match interviews and a video of the whole match in the fullness of time so stay tuned!

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Metalist Kharkiv (4-2-3-1): Olexandr Goryainov (G), Cristian Villagra, Papa Gueye, Marco Torsiglieri, Fininho; Juan Manuel Torres, Edmar; Marlos, Cleiton Xavier, Jose Emesto Sosa (C), Jonathan Cristaldo

Subs: Vladimir Disljenkovic (G), Oleg Shelayev, Andriy Berezovchuk, Oleg Krasnopyorov, Sebastian Blanco, Willian, Jaja.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Massadio Haïdara, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Perch, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan.


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91 Responses

  1. OK. Pardew has picked the side that Chuck has been asking for except for Shola (Goufran cup-tied, and Ben Arfa injured).

    To be honest, I think this is our best available side except Jonas for Shola. And I have not seen enough of mbiwa to compare him to Taylor.

    No excuses. We have a good chance of at least a score draw.

  2. Starting team for us:

    Krul, Simpson, Mbiwa, Colo, Haidarra, Sissoko, Anita, Cabaye, Marv, Ameobi, Cisse.

    Looks a strong team.

  3. Thanks for the links Worky. It is on a channel I don’t get and if I went to the pub they would be showing Spurs.

  4. Fox Soccer PLUS, which I can’t get. Spurs and Liverpool hog Fox Soccer which is understandable as they have a much bigger fan base here.

  5. Can you believe that Bradford or Swansea will get a trophy before us?

    Tell me again, why do I support NUFC?

  6. Pardew keeps calling Metalist “Mentalist” and I’m not just hearing it wrong. What the f**k is wrong with the idiot? He isn’t funny like Bobby Robson was.

  7. GS says:
    February 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    “Can you believe that Bradford or Swansea will get a trophy before us?”

    I can imagine that Swansea will because they have a better manager GS.

  8. Phisix says:
    February 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    “These guys are well dirty and the ref is being lame.”

    He’s supposed to be a hanging ref too Phisix.

  9. like the look of haidara,little vurn is doing well that little trick and turn by colo on our by line was immense if he was south american everybody would be singing his praises!

  10. I would love to know what percentage of Simpson’s passes are long balls upfield. Seems to do it A LOT. Even when it’s not necessary.

  11. This ref is annoying me. Blows the whistle anytime one of the Metalist players get tackled or go down.

  12. cant get all the cisse is shit stuff every one of you who are saying it would have sucked his knob last may he is having a decent game but he hasnt buried one half chance get a f*cking life

  13. sorry gentlemen my last comment is awaiting moderation,I must have got a little over excited but i am becoming jolly miffed with all the negativity towards our chaps when we are trying jolly hard.

  14. cloggybob says:
    February 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    “i missed the 1st half..,is our set up attack minded??”

    Yes, but we haven’t been that dangerous when it comes to the crunch.

  15. cloggybob says:
    February 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    “you mean many missed chances?”

    Hmmm, not really Bob. We’ve been ok, we’ve been quite attacking, but it hasn;t really translated into a massive amount of chances really. Chrissy Waddle has been a bit over the top about how good we’ve been and how poor they’ve been.

  16. Sissoko is truly a revelation for us. Always willing to get it forward even if he is marked by two players.

  17. yes maybe so worky but credit where credit is due this is a tough place to go and we are doing well

  18. chris waddle says “newcastle fully deserve that, they have been by far the better team”
    I could not agree more.

  19. in all the excitement lets not forget simmo another good performance from a player who has done great for us over the last three seasons

  20. Hope we get a big name team in the next round. Milan or Athletico would be nice but we probably wont.

  21. Unable to watch the match but great result! I look forward to the highlights if/when you have them Worky! HWTL!!

  22. maze202 says:
    February 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    “Anzhi/Hannover in the next round Phisix.”

    Probably Anzhi as they’re 3-1 up against Hannover. The second leg kicks off in a few minutes.

  23. phisix says “who is worse to play”

    Both will be a big test I for one would prefer to go to hannover but really either one of those could be potential winners of this competition, its the last sixteen now and everyone in there has a chance

  24. Worky fair play and much respect for publishing my comment @ 29 after mediation and only changing the u I will be more careful in the future, the comment wasnt in line with your thinking at the time and you could have removed it all because of the language but you chose to adjust and print, good lad, the freedom of speech still exists here.
    I was going to start looking for another blog because there are so many negs here but you have restored my faith in .org

  25. sammy d says:
    February 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    “the comment wasnt in line with your thinking at the time”

    Eh Sammy? I don’t like it when players get slagged off, especially if it’s the same old ill informed cliches about Simpson and Williamson which just get repeated over and over. It’s Pardew, Llambias and Ashley I like to have a good moan about. ;-)

  26. yes worky but in pards case there is an old saying “you can only piss with the prick you have got” and injuries and a lack of depth have dictated the way we have had to play.
    A couple of weeks ago you said that if we got better after the new signings and had a good second half to the season it would be down to the quality of the players and nothing to do with pardew, does it not follow that our shit first half of the season was nothing to do with pardew but down to the players?
    I for one was becoming disillusioned with the style of play but last season earned him the right to a full season this season and having learned from this season he will be better next.
    sir alex didnt do too well at the start with the mancs just think back, and he rates pards.

  27. sammy d says:
    February 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    “A couple of weeks ago you said that if we got better after the new signings and had a good second half to the season it would be down to the quality of the players and nothing to do with pardew”

    I didn’t say that Sammy.

    “yes worky but in pards case there is an old saying “you can only piss with the prick you have got” and injuries and a lack of depth have dictated the way we have had to play.”

    Alas, the only prick we have now is Pardew. Injuries and lack of depth my arse. Sorry but trying that to a team like Norwich, Reading or even Swansea who are eighth and in a cup final in a few days, despite having squad which is nothing compared to what we have. One of their best players this season has been Wayne Routledge, who Pardew got rid of saying he wasn’t good enough for Nooocarssel. He’s been a revelation there now he has a far better coach. You can also tell that to some of Pardew’s predecessors at SJP who have seen far worse, but still weren’t 16th.

    I’ve been familiar with Pardew’s work for quite a few years, and when he was announced as manager, I also studied him very deeply. The truth is that he simply isn’t that good and I don’t really do self deception.

    Ferguson rates Pardew? Howay man!

  28. sammy d says:
    February 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    “anybody know how to persuade warren buffet to buy the toon?”

    Paul Allen (the co-founder of Microsoft) would be a better bet Sammy as he has had a taste for buying sports clubs in the past.

  29. You lot aren’t real fans,you just like to have a dig all the time. Stick to supporting the team ans stop all the Pardew hate,its pathetic.

  30. So Routledge is doing well at Swansea because he has a good coach now. Wonder why he was also such a failure at just about every other club he was at before he joined us.

    Looking at the Wiki, from joining Spurs in 2005 he only made 42 appearances in 3-4 seasons and failed to score a single goal. Guess all his coaches were just bad though.

    Maybe Routledge couldn’t hack playing for a more high profile club. Maybe he’s just having a good season and normal service will be resumed next season…. He wouldn’t be the 1st average player to have a good season.