Thursday, 23 August 2012

Atromitos 1 Newcastle 1: Taylor saves Pardew's men with trademark free-kick

Not on my watch: Ryan Taylor blasts in the equaliser and is congratulated by boss Alan Pardew (below)

Newcastle United Line up
  • 37 Harper
  • 06 Williamson
  • 14 Perch
  • 16 R Taylor
  • 34 Tavernier
  • 08 Anita
  • 15 Gosling (Amalfitano - 64' )
  • 20 Bigirimana
  • 22 Marveaux (Gutierrez - 70' )
  • 25 Obertan
  • 09 Cisse (Campbell - 77' )


  • 01 Krul
  • 03 Santon
  • 27 S Taylor
  • 04 Cabaye
  • 17 Amalfitano
  • 18 Gutierrez
  • 49 Campbell

Ryan Taylor spared Newcastle's blushes with a fine free-kick to give them a slight advantage in their Europa League play-off clash with Atromitos.

A year and three days after he fired the Magpies to derby victory at Sunderland, he produced a set-piece of similar quality in first-half injury time to cancel out Denis Epstein's 24th-minute opener and ensure that his side returned to Tyneside knowing a victory of any description, or even a 0-0 draw, will send them through to the group stage.
That may have been less than manager Alan Pardew's ambitions before kick-off, but having made nine changes to the side which beat Tottenham 2-1 at the weekend, he saw his side put in a distinctly ordinary opening 45 minutes after which a draw was not the worst result.

With having many changes from Saturday's game i feel this was a good result for such a young squad. 

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