Bruges 2 Newcastle 2: Ameobi rescue mission keeps Toon on course in Europe
00:40 GMT, 9 November 2012
One more win and Newcastle United will have completed their first European mission under Alan Pardew.
Pardew’s fully stretched squad now
know a home victory over Group D strugglers Maritimo in a fortnight will
guarantee them passage to the knock-out stage after they came back from
two goals down to deny FC Bruges victory in Belgium.
Cracker: Vurnon Anita scores his first goal for Newcastle
Bruges: Jorgacevic, Hogli, Hoefkens, Almeback, Jordi,Donk, Odjija Ofoe (Lagrou 81), Lestienne, Jorgensen, Trickovski (Tchite 46), Bacca. Subs Not Used: Kujovic, Vleminckx, Buysse, Engels, Verstraete.
Booked: Almeback, Hoefkens.
Goals: Trickovski 14,Jorgensen 19.
Newcastle: Krul, Anita, Williamson (Steven Taylor 58),Coloccini, Tavernier, Tiote, Sammy Ameobi (Amalfitano 83), Marveaux, Bigirimana (Cabaye 72), Obertan, Shola Ameobi. Subs Not Used: Elliot, Santon, Cisse, Ferguson.
Goals: Anita 41, Shola Ameobi 43.
Ref: Luca Banti (Italy).
It was the Ameobi brothers, Shola and Sammy, who conjured the equaliser to keep Bruges at arm’s length in the group and deliver a killer blow just before half-time.
Pardew said: ‘We had Ameobi to Ameobi, which sounds like a song, for the second goal, which was nice.
‘I thought they were both good. Sammy has this way of getting out of corners I have not seen in many players and he wriggles out of situations.
‘He still needs to tighten up on the tactical and intelligence side of the game but he will learn.’
The visitors had done their best to gift Bruges a goal in the opening 10 minutes but somehow managed to come away from errors by Tim Krul, Gael Bigirimana and Fabricio Coloccini unscathed.
Bruges’s 14th-minute opener was almost an exact replica of the Luis Suarez equaliser from the weekend which had denied Newcastle their first win at Liverpool in 18 years.
The long ball came from Bruges midfielder Ryan Donk and captain Coloccini was deceived by the pace of striker Trickovski. He moved cleverly inside the Argentina centre back and beat Krul with a low shot from the edge of the area.
Six minutes later, Newcastle were two down and in total disarray as their 2,300 fans inside the Jan Breydel Stadium fell silent.
Dutch of class: Vurnon Anita celebrates his strike
Nifty footwork: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
The goal was created by livewire winger
Maxime Lestienne, who curled in a cross which James Tavernier nodded out
to the edge of the area. Jesper Jorgensen gathered the ball and beat
Krul with another low shot, which the Dutch keeper seemed to see late.
Pardew claimed Newcastle had started well, but it took the two-goal
deficit to wake them up. Recalled Sylvain Marveaux squandered a great
chance in front of goal with an air shot and Bojan Jorgacevic got the
vital touch to a Shola Ameobi header.
The first Newcastle goal was worth the wait, however.
Former Ajax player Vurnon Anita has taken his time to warm to English
football but the first-time volley which flew over Jorgacevic was a real
sign of his intent and ability. ‘It was a great strike,’ said Pardew.
‘He showed he is a class act and that was his best game for us.’
He's tricky: Ivan Trickovski, left, scores the opening goal
Ivan Trickovski (L) scores the first goal for Bruges
The Ameobis then combined, as they had in the first game for Gabriel
Obertan’s winner. Sammy turned quickly midway inside the Bruges half,
spotted his older brother Shola and played a perfect pass which was
prodded past Jorgacevic.
Newcastle’s best chance then fell to Shola Ameobi, who headed narrowly
over before drawing a smart save from Jorgacevic. Yohan Cabaye’s first
touch as substitute was a powerful shot against the bar.
Bruges top scorer Carlos Bacca will be mystified by his inability to add
to his 14 goals this season. He missed two clear-cut chances and was
denied by Krul twice, as the Dutch keeper more than made amends for the
second goal from the home side.
If looks could Krul: Trickovski, left, celebrates
Trickle treat: Jesper Jorgensen doubled their lead
He also saved superbly at his near post to deny Everton target Vadis Odjidja.
Bacca’s dramatic fall when Steven Taylor grabbed his shirt two minutes
from time probably made Italian referee Luca Banti’s mind up that it
was not a foul.
‘I thought it was a terrific game,’ said Pardew. ‘It was a good night of football and I hope you enjoyed it.
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Heady stuff: Goalscorer Vurnon Anita (right) celebrates with Fabricio Coloccini and James Tavernier
Cool finish: Shola Ameobi, left, scores Newcastle's second goal
Surrounded: Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi