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Match Report : 21/08/2001 v Troyes
Newcastle United   4 1

Scorer(s):     N Solano (2),  F Ameobi (65),  G Speed (69 [Pen]),  A.W Hughes (90)

Troyes   4 2
Scorer(s):     Medhi Leroy (25),  Gousse (28),  Boutal (47, 61)
Competition: Intertoto Cup, Final, Second Leg
Season: 2001-02
Venue: St James's Park
Attendance: 36,577
Referee: F. Treossi (Italy)
Newcastle United
Manager: Sir Bobby Robson CBE
 Seamus Given
 Warren Barton(On As A Substitute Andrew O'Brien, 66)
 Robert Elliott
 Nikos Dabizas
 Aaron Hughes
 Gary Speed
 Nolberto Solano(On As A Substitute Lomano LuaLua, 67)
 Robert Lee
 Foluwashola Ameobi
 Craig Bellamy
 Wayne Quinn(On As A Substitute Olivier Bernard, 67)
Unused Subs: Stephen Harper, Clarence Acuna, Diego Gavilan, Christian Bassedas
Manager: Alain Perrin
 Tony Heurtebis
  Samuel Boutal
  Medhi Meniri
  Mohamed Bradja
  David Hamed
  Olivier Thomas
  Nicolas Gousse(On As A Substitute Farid Ghazi, 60)
  Medhi Leroy
  Jerome Rothen
  Luciano Zavagno
  Rafik Saifi(On As A Substitute Carl Tourenne, 78)
Unused Subs: Herve Sekli, Nordin Jbari, Edouard Thomas, Yannick Zambernardi
First Half
2 mins
1-0Nolberto Solano. With early pressure Troyes were forced into a series of errors, from one the ball fell to Solano 25 yards out. From there he produced a fabulous hard and accurate shot that fizzed past the keeper.
25 mins
1-1Medhi Leroy. A free-kick was awarded 35 yards from the Newcastle goal. Spotting Given off his line Leroy hit a powerful shot that swerved around Given leaving him quite embarrassed.
28 mins
1-2Gousse. Boutal headed a flick-on to Gousse whose turn of pace allowed him to outstrip Barton and leave him free to put a cool finish beyond Given.
Second Half
47 mins
1-3Boutal. Barton, somewhat dallying in the corner, was easily dispossessed by Rothen who then fed the ball to Gousse. He hit a cracking shot that cannoned back off the post but Boutal was there to push in the rebound.
60 mins
Farid Ghazi on for Nicolas Gousse
61 mins
1-4Boutal. Out on the left Rothen put in an inch-perfect cross for Boutal to head home his second and Troyes fourth of the game.
65 mins
2-4Foluwashola Ameobi. Solano had possession and took the ball into the Troyes penalty area where there was a little bit of a scramble between him and two defenders which resulted in the ball breaking loose for Ameobi who smashed it into the top corner.
66 mins
67 mins
67 mins
69 mins
Goal [Pen]
3-4Gary Speed. Meniri stumbled in his attempt to dispossess Ameobi who went tumbling over him. A rather harsh decision but a penalty was awarded. Speed took the spot kick and though it was a poorly struck penalty it managed to squirm under the dive of the keeper.
78 mins
Carl Tourenne on for Rafik Saifi
90 mins
4-4Aaron Hughes. A corner from LuaLua was headed on by Elliott and with O'Brien in front of the keeper he fumbled it and the ball bounced in.

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Matchday Programme : 21/08/2001

Matchday Programme : 21/08/2001

Fighting Draw But Still Out!

Losing at one stage 1-4 Newcastle fought back to draw level at 4-4 but unfortunately lose on the "away goals" rule and it is Troyes who progress to the EUFA Cup.


With regards to Newcastle's fourth goal I'd like to to quote the excellent lads at, Nial and Biffa, "Exactly where Hughes figured in it all is a mystery but the world and his wife credited him with the goal."