NUFC 2011/12 - Season Summary


Key Stats
Premiership5th ManagerA Pardew
FA Cup4th CoachJ Carver, S Stone
League Cup4th CaptainF Coloccini
Attendance49,936 Top ScorerD Ba (16)
ChairmanD Llambias

Summary
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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.


Competitions



Premiership
13/08 H Arsenal D 0-0 10
20/08 A Sunderand W 1-0 4
28/08 H Fulham W 2-1 6
12/09 A QPR D 0-0 4
17/09 A Aston Villa D 1-1 4
24/09 H Blackburn W 3-1 4
01/10 A Wolves W 2-1 3
16/10 H Spurs D 2-2 4
22/10 H Wigan W 1-0 4
31/10 A Stoke W 3-1 3
05/11 H Everton W 2-1 3
19/11 A Man City L 1-3 3
26/11 A Man United D 1-1 4
03/12 H Chelsea L 0-3 6
10/12 A Norwich City L 2-4 7
17/12 H Swansea D 0-0 6
21/12 H West Brom L 2-3 7
26/12 A Bolton W 2-0 7
30/12 A Liverpool L 1-3 7
04/01 H Man United W 3-0 7
15/01 H QPR W 1-0 6
21/01 A Fulham L 2-5 6
01/02 A Blackburn W 2-0 5
05/02 H Aston Villa W 2-1 5
11/02 A Tottenham L 0-5 6
25/02 H Wolves D 2-2 6
04/03 H Sunderland D 1-1 6
12/03 A Arsenal L 1-2 6
18/03 H Norwich City W 1-0 6
25/03 A West Brom W 3-1 6
01/04 H Liverpool W 2-0 6
06/04 A Swansea City W 2-0 5
09/04 H Bolton W 2-0 5
21/04 H Stoke City W 3-0 4
28/04 A Wigan L 0-4 4
02/04 A Chelsea W 2-0 5
06/04 H Man City L 0-2 5
13/04 A Everton L 1-3 5
Man. City0-21-3
Man United3-01-1
Arsenal0-01-2
Tottenham2-20-5
Newcastle
Chelsea0-32-0
Everton2-11-3
Liverpool2-01-3
Fulham2-12-5
West Brom2-33-1
Swansea0-02-0
Norwich 1-02-4
Sunderland1-11-0
Stoke3-03-1
Wigan1-00-4
Aston Villa2-11-1
QPR1-00-0
Bolton2-02-0
Blackburn3-12-0
Wolves2-22-1



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.


FA Cup
07/01 R3 H Blackburn (Pr:19th) W 2-1
28/01R4 A Brighton (Ch:10th) L 0-1

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.


League Cup
25/08 R2 A Scunthorpe (L1:19th) W 2-1 aet
20/09 R3 A Nottingham Forest (Ch:22nd) W 4-3 aet
26/10R4 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.



Players



Squad
Player A S G
Mehdi Abeid 2
Sammy Ameobi 1 12 1
Shola Ameobi 9 21 2
Demba Ba 34 2 16
Joey Barton 2
Hatem Ben Arfa 20 10 6
Leon Best 19 2 4
Yohan Cabaye 38 5
Papiss Cissé 13 1 13
Fabricio Coloccini 39 1
Rob Elliot 1
Shane Ferguson 1 8
Dan Gosling 3 13 1
Danny Guthrie 16 3 2
Jonás Gutiérrez 40 3
Tim Krul 42
Peter Løvenkrands 4 8 3
Sylvain Marveaux 4 6
Gabriel Obertan 19 7 1
James Perch 16 12
Davide Santon 22 5
Danny Simpson 40 1
Alan Smith 0 2
Ryan Taylor 24 10 3
Steven Taylor 14 1
Cheick Tioté 24
Haris Vučkić 2 3
Mike Williamson 24 1
Team

GK: Krul

RB: Simpson

LB: R. Taylor > Santon

CB: S Taylor

CB: Coloccini

Md: Tiote

Md: Cabaye

Md: Obertan > Ben Arfa

Md: Gutierrez

Ak: Ameobi/Best

Ak: Ba


Players


Toon In
Yohan Cabaye 06/11 Lille £4.3m
Demba Ba 06/11 Unattached Free
Sylvain Marveaux 06/11 Stade Rennes Free
Mehdi Abeid 07/11 Unattached 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.


Toon Oot
NameDateToFee
Kevin Nolan 06/11 West Ham £4m
Ben Tozer 06/11 Northampton Town Free
Wayne Routledge 08/11 Swansea City £1.8m
Jose Enrique 08/11 Liverpool £7m
Joey Barton 08/11 QPR Free
Kazenga LuaLua 11/11 Brighton Free

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.


Drop In
NameDateToFrom
Curtis Good 04/12 05/12 Melbourne Heart (trial)

Drop Oot
NameDateToLoaned To
Kazenga LuaLua 07/11 01/12 Brighton
Michael Richardson 08/11 09/11 Leyton Orient
James Tavernier 08/11 11/11 Carlisle United
Phil Airey 08/11 02/12 Hibernian
Xisco 08/11 06/12 Deportivo la Coruna
Fraser Forster 08/11 05/12 Celtic
Jak Alnwick 09/11 12/11 Gateshead
Ryan Donaldson 09/11 10/11 Tranmere Rovers
Steve Harper 10/11 11/11 Brighton
James Tavernier 11/11 01/12 Sheffield Wednesday
Nile Ranger 11/11 12/11 Barnsley
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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