|Season 2012-13 Result|
| S.Ameobi 16,
Henrique 40 (og),
|Date: 04/10/2012 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: Europa League|
|Match Report||Submitted on 10/10/2012 by Sean|
So with tickets only £15 for adults and a fiver for the bairns, off to St James' Park we go once again.
Bordeaux had been billed as the strongest team in group D probably due to their ongoing European campaigns but their squad list in the programme offered no surprises other than SMB no hoper David Bellion, never the less they have a strong European history and came to SJP on the back of a 17 match unbeaten run!
Pre-match entertainment was provided by the mascots getting their photo's taken with grown men who were pushing in front of kids who were queuing and teenagers making their way half way around the stadium to repeatedly get photo ops. The arrival of a 50 yr old bloke with a 'still saw' embedded in his head and his missus, who must have been proud of his Halloween attempts to get featured on the telly, brought mirth to Isaac and Connor who couldn't stop looking at him.
|Discussions about how poor Bordeaux's shooting was in the warm up gave us some hope that we could be looking at a win and three points to put us on top of the table, regardless the 300 or so travelling fans were making a right racket and the toon 'ultras' were slow to respond creating an unusual atmosphere prior to kick off. Once the game started it became quite apparent that this was going to be a typical 'European' game with slow burning build up and possession the order of the day, Bordeaux began the most comfortable on the ball with a couple of good moves down the Toon right causing some slight concern before Yohan Cabaye got up to speed and started to dominate proceedings from the middle of the park with Chieck Tiote governing the amount of space afforded to the visitors.|
|In the 16th minute Cabaye drove a sweet fifty yard pass right to left on to the toes of (the usually disappointing) Obertan for him to quickly control and for once breeze past his man on the outside, he than drilled a cross to the far post to the predatory Makemslayer, who coolly tapped in. Bordeaux mounted about 20 minutes of resistance after the opener with some slick passing and generous amounts of possession creating a number of good chances to which Rob Elliott responded brilliantly in the Toon goal. As the half drew to a close we started to get a grip on possession again and were rewarded in the 39th minute when a series of slick passing reached Simpson wide on the right who delivered a strikers dream of a cross only for the Bordeaux centre half ' Henrique' to meet on the stretch and turn into his own goal, the perfect time to score just before half time! So a 'prohibition' half time was followed by absolute dominance and another 'perfect time to score' goal swept cooly in, after Shane Fergusson did brilliantly down the left, by Papiss Demba Cisse! 3-0 to the Toon and the contest was over but for one Geordie the excitement was too much as he joined the celebrations sporting only a white t-shirt with the Makemslayer's number on the back and his bits n pieces swinging freely under the SJP floodlights although he did outstay his welcome and ultimately got booed off by the faithful for 'holding things up too long' no pun intended and not reflective of his attributes!|
|Mr Doolan was probably the only unhappy Geordie in the stadium, declaring that Cisse's goal had killed the game and we had took our foot off the accelerator, using the last 40 minutes to improve our passing and possession game, and routinely embarrassing a Bordeaux side who were obviously not used to having so little of the ball.
All in all another classy and professional performance in Europe, yes that's right, the Europa League, a standard of competition that eludes many and a level that has afforded one Shola Ameobi, more goals personally than some 'big' clubs have scored collectively in all European competitions, yet another Makemslayer landmark. Congratulations!
Man ure will provide a much sterner test. HTL.