|Season 2006-07 Result|
|Newcastle United||2-1||Celta Vigo|
| A.Sibierski 37,
| Canobbio 9.
|Date: 23/11/2006 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: UEFA Cup|
|Match Report||Submitted on 31/12/2006 by ?|
|25,079 is not quite the lowest of the season - 51 more than Pompey in the Carling Cup. After 5 European home games this season, our average attendance is 28,737.
While Glenn Roeder publicly dismisses any talk of a curse on this club, our relentless battle with injuries must surely make him wonder just what is going on here as news broke ahead of this tie that Damien Duff was the latest in a string of players requiring surgical attention.
On 9mins Uruguayan striker Ernesto Fabián Canobbio Bentaberry curled his shot beyond Shay Given in the Gallowgate goal after Taylor-induced confusion in our area and a weak Emre challenge had allowed the Celta forward too much room to pick his spot. 0-1. Then on 37mins, as had been the case in Palermo another fantastic James Milner cross got us back on track and provided a platform for us to go and claim the three points. In Sicily it had been a left wing centre that provided Luque with an opportunity even he couldn't miss - here it was from the opposite flank and on to the head of Sibierski, who gratefully accepted his chance to nod home from six yards out. 1-1.
86mins saw us take the lead when Luque's excellent flag kick from the Strawberry corner was missed by Martins and his marker leaving Taylor to power in a header from the penalty spot. The defender celebrated his debut Toon goal in solo fashion, haring off along the Milburn Stand touchline, touching hands with Roeder before ending up punching the air somewhere down towards the away fans corner. A top effort indeed.
Upon returning to the dressing room he was roundly abused by his delighted colleagues, who christened him "Forrest Gump" for his Run, Forrest, Run-type antics....2-1