NUFC 2011/12 - Season Summary
|FA Cup||4th||Coach||J Carver, S Stone|
|League Cup||4th||Captain||F Coloccini|
|Attendance||49,936||Top Scorer||D Ba (16)|
Newcastle qualified for the Europa League after finishing 5th. Pardew had earned the grudging respect of the Tyneside crowd and also his peers. There was a genuine feeling of optimism once more.
The summer signings of Yohan Cabaye, David’s Santon and Demba Ba and the January arrival of Papisse Cisse completely transformed the side and they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Champions League.
United lost both Ba and Cisse to the African Nations tournament and their January absence played a part in United’s FA Cup exit at home to Championship Brighton in the Fourth Round.
All three of United’s League Cup games required extra-time with United eventually losing to Blackburn who were bottom of the Premiership at the time.
Newcastle started very impressively and were unbeaten in their first eleven games and they were in third place on Bonfire Night.
Defensive injuries disrupted their flow and up to Christmas they hit a bad run of 5 defeats in 9 games.
The first game of the New Year saw the Magpies record an emphatic 3-0 victory over Manchester United, but over the next couple of months they conceded 5 at Fulham and Tottenham.
Papiss Cisse arrived in January and scored 13 goals in 14 games which helped United to record six wins in a row from mid-March in which only one goal was conceded.
With 4 games left qualification for the Champions League was a realistic target but despite a win over Chelsea they lost the 3 other games.
R3 - An injury time goal from Gutierrez saw United come from behind against the Premiership strugglers.
R4 - Ba and Cisse were still away and United wasted a number of chances against Championship side Brighton before a shot from Buckley struck Williamson and looped over Krul.
|25/08||R2||A||Scunthorpe (L1:19th)||W||2-1 aet|
|20/09||R3||A||Nottingham Forest (Ch:22nd)||W||4-3 aet|
|26/10||R4||A||Blackburn (Pr:19th)||L||3-4 aet|
R2 - Ryan Taylor scored ten minutes before time to save United and Sammy Ameobi scored an excellent winner during extra-time.
R3 - In a thrilling tie at the City Ground United are taken to extra-time again; Coloccini wins the game with a last minute header.
R4 - Another exciting tussle with second-bottom Blackburn in which United score twice in injury time to salvage a draw before losing out in extra-time.
|Hatem Ben Arfa||20||10||6|
LB: R. Taylor > Santon
CB: S Taylor
Md: Obertan > Ben Arfa
|Sylvain Marveaux||06/11||Stade Rennes||Free|
|Gabriel Obertan||08/11||Manchester United||£3m|
|Davide Santon||08/11||Inter Milan||£5m|
|Rob Elliot||08/11||Charlton Athletic||£100,000|
|Papiss Demba Cissé||01/12||Freiburg||£10.56m|
|Romain Amalfitano||05/12||Stade De Reims|
A very successful year in terms of recruits with Cabaye, Ba, Cisse and Santon considerably adding to the quality of the first-team and Marveax and Obertan also adding strength in depth.
Cabaye captained Lille to the League and Cup double last year as well as winning his first cap.
Senegal international Ba scored 7 times in 12 games for West Ham after joining them from Hoffenheim in January. He was pn a pay-as-you play deal (due to knee issues) and was therefore a free-agent after rurning down the relegated Londoners' contract offer.
Fellow Senegalese international Cisse joined from German side Freiburg where he scored 37 goals in 65 games.
Although only Twenty-years-old full-back Santon - who was brought in to replace Enrique - had already played 7 times for his country.
|Kevin Nolan||06/11||West Ham||£4m|
|Ben Tozer||06/11||Northampton Town||Free|
|Wayne Routledge||08/11||Swansea City||£1.8m|
United captain Kevin Nolan joined his former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce at West Ham after failing to agree the length of a new contract.
Fellow midfielder Joey Barton also left after clashing with the clubs heirarchy over the sale of Nolan and the direction the club was taking.
Enrique followed Barton's example by criticising the sale of both players which resulted in him being disciplined and finding an escape route to Liverpool.
|Curtis Good||04/12||05/12||Melbourne Heart (trial)|
|Michael Richardson||08/11||09/11||Leyton Orient|
|James Tavernier||08/11||11/11||Carlisle United|
|Xisco||08/11||06/12||Deportivo la Coruna|
|Ryan Donaldson||09/11||10/11||Tranmere Rovers|
|James Tavernier||11/11||01/12||Sheffield Wednesday|
|Alan Smith||01/12||05/12||MK Dons|
|James Tavernier||01/12||05/12||MK Dons|
|Haris Vuckic||02/12||03/12||Cardiff City|
|Nile Ranger||03/12||05/12||Sheffield Wednesday|
|Curtis Good||04/12||Melbourne Heart|
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