Season 2012-13 Result
Newcastle United 1-0 Atromitos
 Vuckic 21.
 Coloccini.
 Chumbinho,
 Beljic.
Date: 30/08/2012  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Europa League
Crowd: 29,242
Match Report Submitted on 11/09/2012 by Greavsie
No Greek Tragedy

Only just realised I had been put on duty to write this report.........

I didn't go to the game myself. I'd only just got back from holiday the day before, and to be honest I just couldn't be bothered. After watching it on the box, I think I made the right decision, although there was a fairly healthy turn out of just under 30000, so well done to those that turned up.

I don't think there's that much to comment on in terms of the game itself. I'm sure we all expected this to be a largely second string team, and we all probably expected us to get through. Both proved true, and although we didn't exactly blow the opposition away, we always looked the stronger team on the night. Atromitos were neat and tidy, but not too much of a threat to be honest.

It was good to see Obertan actually trying to beat a fullback for a change, but there's still not much of an end product from him....more positive than last season though. Marveaux seemed quite busy, and if we can get these two playing well, it will bode well for the future as we seem a little short of creative options in the squad.

I like the look of Bigirimana - I've seen him in a few pre-season matches and he looks quite composed on the ball, especially for his age, but Gosling ....I cannot see one positive thing about him. Surely he must be a better player than what he is showing at the minute...I can't understand how he is getting picked ahead of Abeid, unless he is injured.

It was good to see Vuckic get his first goal (although it was deflected). I think he needs matches to sharpen up. Although he seems to find some good positions, nad has a howitzer of a shot on him, he looks a little slow, and to make it to a Premiership starter, he will have to improve his reactions and sharpness.

The main downside of the night was the injury to Ryan Taylor .....it looked nasty on TV....his knee bending in a unnatural direction and it seemed obvious it was going to be an ACL injury and several months on the sidelines. Good luck to the lad...he's not a world beater, but he tries his best and is always a threat with free-kicks......just ask your local SMB.

Anyway - job done and onto the group stages. The draw gives us some nice potential away days, but definately more sterner tests ahead.