August Round up
We had 4 games this month so I decided to just have an August round up separately , all games will have a little match report about them. These are the results from August.
Our first game of the season saw us up against Norwich and I went for the 4-2-2-2 formation that I had set up. We came out of the blocks well and after a high cross into the box and a knock down by Cabaye, Pappiss Cisse tapped home into an open net. Norwich then replied straight away and the game was then level again. One minute after half time Demba Ba restored our lead and 2 more goals from Pappiss Cisse sealed the game for us and also saw him claim a hat-trick.
Next up was the 1st leg of our Euro Cup Play Off against Polish side Slask. Just 5 minutes into his first ever start for Newcastle United Nathan Redmond scored his first goal for the club. Our other summer signing Florent Malouda then scored a header from a corner.
The next game we had was away to Stoke and I went into this cautiously as I knew Stoke were a good team at home and they could be difficult to beat. I was proved right as just 1 minute into the game Jonathan Walters put his side into the lead and after 23 minutes he had another. At half time I changed the side and went to 3 at the back and went more attacking. Unfortunately a Ryan Shawcross own goal was only a consolation for us.
Our final game of August was the return leg of the Euro Cup Play Off in which we carried a 1st leg lead of 2-0. Tomasz Gorecki put the Polish side in front but straight from kick off we broke up the field and Haris Vuckic grabbed an equalizer. Mike Williamson then put us ahead with a powerful header but this was cancelled out by Dariusz Araszkiewicz. Vurnon Anita then scored his first for the club to make the game 3-2 and 5-2 on aggregate which put us through to the group stages.
The Euro Cup Group Stage Draw saw us be drawn against Napoli , Bordeaux and Feyenoord. I think this group will be topped by Napoli and it will be a close contest for who comes 2nd. The Capital One Cup drew us against Wigan and this is a good chance of progressing to the next round.
Also we had one new player sign for us when Vaclav Kadlec signed for 2 million from Sparta Prague on deadline day. We currently sit in 8th place in the league.
Thanks for reading!:)