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Newcastle hold their nerve

Published: Thursday 17 February 2005, 23.30CET
SC Heerenveen 1-2 Newcastle United FC Alan Shearer and Lee Bowyer help the English side come back to win.

Match statistics

HeerenveenNewcastle

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 17 February 2005, 23.30CET

Newcastle hold their nerve

SC Heerenveen 1-2 Newcastle United FC Alan Shearer and Lee Bowyer help the English side come back to win.

Second-half goals by Alan Shearer and Lee Bowyer gave ten-man Newcastle United FC a UEFA Cup Round of 32 first-leg win at a spirited SC Heerenveen.

Tactical switch
The impressive Klaas Jan Huntelaar had given the hosts a deserved lead at the break, but Newcastle were revived by a second-half tactical switch and held on to win despite Bowyer's late dismissal.

Duo ill
Both sides were without players through illness, Arek Radomski for the hosts and Kieron Dyer for Newcastle, although Jermaine Jenas did shrug off similar flu symptoms to start for the English team. Newcastle settled the quicker but Heerenveen got to grips with the visitors' front three of Shearer, Patrick Kluivert and Shola Ameobi and began to attack themselves.

First chance
Ugur Yildirim, Mika Väyrynen and Daniel Berg Hestad provided dangerous crosses towards Arnold Bruggink and Huntelaar. Despite both sides showing plenty of attacking spirit, however, it was 20 minutes before the first chance, Yildirim's shot charged down by Jenas after Hestad's cross.

Huntelaar strikes
Newcastle responded through Céléstine Babayaro’s determined left-flank run, but on 24 minutes they went behind. Titus Bramble failed to deal with an upfield pass and Bruggink pulled it back for Huntelaar. The striker, a constant threat during the early stages, twisted and fired hard and high past Shay Given.

Relentless attacks
Huntelaar had the chance to double his tally just two minutes later, but headed straight at Given from another Yildirim cross. Newcastle continued to look stretched as they tried to contend with Heerenveen's relentless attacks, while at the other end their early promise had all but dried up.

Hosts tire
After the break it was still Huntelaar who looked most lively, with Bramble twice having to tend to the young striker as he bore down on goal. But gradually the hosts' threat diminished, and Newcastle glimpsed their chance.

Decisive change
Newcastle's fortunes seemed to swing on the 62nd-minute introduction of Laurent Robert, just as the increasingly frustrated away fans had been demanding from the stands. With the departure of Ameobi, Newcastle reverted to 4-4-2 with Kluivert up front alongside Shearer. And on 67 minutes Kluivert played his partner in on goal, only to see Said Bakkati make an amazing block.

Newcastle turnaround
But two minutes later the same pair combined and from an identical position Shearer made no mistake, driving past Brian Vanderbussche from 15 metres. Heerenveen responded by refreshing their attack, bringing on Georgios Samaras and Victor Sikora for the tired Bruggink and Huntelaar. But they had barely had chance to warm up when they went behind on 82 minutes, the busy Bowyer deftly flicking in Stephen Carr's cross.

Bowyer off
Bowyer's joy was short-lived, however, as he was shown a second yellow card for deliberate handball deep in midfield. It was the second sending-off of the season for Bowyer, for whom tonight marked a return from another European suspension. But Newcastle played out a win which puts them in the driving seat ahead of next week's second leg.

Last updated: 18/02/05 11.13CET

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Lineups

heerenveen

Heerenveen

newcastle

Newcastle

25
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
2
BakkatiSaid Bakkati
2
CarrStephen Carr
3
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson
Yellow Card10
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
4
BreuerMichel Breuer
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
Yellow Card90+3
7
D. HestadDaniel Hestad
9
ShearerAlan Shearer
Goal68
Substitution89
8
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
11
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
14
RząsaTomasz Rząsa
15
FayeAmdy Faye
15
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal24
Substitution78
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
17
YıldırımUğur Yıldırım
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Yellow Card61
Substitution62
21
BrugginkArnold Bruggink
Substitution79
29
BowyerLee Bowyer
Goal82
Red/Yellow Card86
23
PragerThomas Prager
Substitution89
33
BabayaroCéléstine Babayaro
Substitution51

Substitutes

24
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
24
CaigTony Caig (GK)
12
RoseYuri Rose
Substitution89
14
N'ZogbiaCharles N'Zogbia
19
SikoraVictor Sikora
Substitution79
16
MilnerJames Milner
20
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Substitution78
17
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
22
HaaralaHannu Haarala
18
HughesAaron Hughes
Substitution51
28
WolfgangJerrel Wolfgang
27
TaylorSteven Taylor
Substitution89
29
DrostJeroen Drost
32
RobertLaurent Robert
Substitution62

Coach

Gertjan Verbeek (NED) Graeme Souness (ENG)

Referee

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

Assistant referees

Robert Kispal (HUN), Peter Hegyi (HUN)

Fourth official

Janos Megyebiro (HUN)

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