Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Geordies Can Take Nothing for Granted

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Geordies Can Take Nothing for Granted

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NEWCASTLE United may well be in the driving seat when it comes to the second leg of their Europa League play-off game, but the Toon Army will be taking nothing for granted.

And here are five reasons why: Newcastle 4 Troyes 4, Intertoto Cup final 21/8/01 NEWCASTLE thought they'd done the hard work by earning a 0-0 draw away to French outfit Troyes.

And when Nobby Solano slotted home after two minutes it looked like United were on their way to the UEFA Cup knockout stages.

But the Magpies were shellshocked when Mehdi Leroy Nicolas Gousse netted twice in the space of three first half minutes to put Troyes 2-1 up.

St James' Park was reduced to near silence when Samuel Bouta's double blast before the hour mark made it 4-1. Shola Ameobi and Gary Speed clawed it back to just a single-goal deficit.

Then Aaron Hughes's stoppage-time equaliser proved too little too late and United crashed out on away goals.

UNITED: Given, Barton (O'Brien 66), Dabizas, Hughes, Elliott , Quinn (LuaLua 67), Speed, Lee, Solano (Bernard 67), Ameobi, Bellamy.

Athletic Bilbao 1 Newcastle 0 (agg 3-3) 18/10/94 NEWCASTLE'S free-flowing approach under Kevin Keegan had put them 3-0 up at one stage in the first leg, with progress to the third round of the UEFA Cup looking a certainty.

But after goals from Peter Beardsley, Andy Cole and Ruel Fox the Spanish side fought back.

And strikes from Suances and Jose Ziganda reduced arrears to set up a nervy second leg.

Bilbao needed only one goal, and that's what they got to KO the Toon (left).

UNITED: Srnicek, Hottiger, Peacock, Howey, Albert, Beresford, Lee, Beardsley, Watson, Fox, Sellars.

Newcastle 3 Anderlecht 3 (agg 3-3) 18/3/70 UNITED'S defence of the Fairs Cup ended in cruel circumstances.

A crowd of 59,309 roared the Toon, 2-0 down from the first leg, back into the game. …

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