|THE TOON (IN WOR YELLOW HIGH VIZ STRIPS)|
PREPARE TO KICK OFF TOWARDS THE LEAZES END
A fantastic Gabriel Obertan strike in the thord minute of 2nd half @ 'The Gallowgate End' sealed the win for 'The Toon' to cement wor position at the top of Group D and we are now 3 points clear of Bordeaux in 2nd place.
Sammy Ameobi had ran doon the right and supplied Obertan who ran into the box and fired a right foot corker past the Brugge keeper into the far corner, for the one and anly goal of the game.
But this waz another below par performance from us and defencive frailties nearly let in the visitors on several occassions, but 'lady luck' waz on wor side once again and we held oot in freezin' conditions.
We had quite a few chances to extend wor lead, notably by Cisse who's confidence looked low and he missed at least two easy chances in the game!
'The Geordie Times' forecast of a crowd of aroond aboot 30,000 to 33,000 waz once again 'spot on' az 33,124 passed through the tornstiles, includin' aboot 2,500 noisy Belgians who had 'level 7' aall to themsels high up in 'The Leazes End'
The prediction that both the Ameobi brothers would start the game didn't happen, with Sammy in the startin' line up and Shola on the bench, so their place in NUFC history will have to wait.
(The anly other times that brothers have started a NUFC match is way back in 1952 when the Robledo brothers played together in domestic competitions and in 1992 when the Appleby brothers featured in The Anglo-Italian Cup)
Toon team: Harper, Perch, Santon, Steven Taylor, Ferguson (Cabaye 81), Obertan, Tiote, Bigiramana, Anita (Shola Ameobi 46), Sammy Ameobi (Coloccini 73), Cisse
(2,500 Brugge fans (estimated)
P W D L F A GD Pts
THE TOON 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
Bordeaux 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
Brugge 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Maritimo 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 2