Newcastle United v Bordeaux – as it happened

• Ameobi, Henrique (og) and Cissé give Newcastle easy win against drab visitors

Full-time: It's all over, thank bog. The game started at a pleasing pace and Bordeaux looked set to give Newcastle a proper challenger, but as the hosts opened up a lead through a combination of slick finishing and good luck, both of which eluded Bordeaux, the visitors gave up. The last half hour was harrowing.

87 min: Perch booked. Deliverance just three minutes away.

84 min: This is doing nothing for the reputation of a competition that is usually unfairly maligned.

81 min: "Am I too late to remark that Newcastle's domination is Bordeauxing on the widiculous?" asks Mark Leadbitter. Certainly not. But you are too far too late to catch any football worth watching. That all stopped when Bordeaux surrendered after Newcastle's third.

77 min: In the absence of anything to report from this dwindling fare, I offer you this, via @greg_jenner.

74 min: And now Newcastle give us something to note: shoddy defending, which allows Bellion to race free down the right and shoot at goal. Harper diverts his low shot away with his foot.

72 min: Booking for Nguemo, possibly because the ref was feeling sorry for mbm scribes everywhere and wanted to give us a least something to note. This is drab. Oh yes.

71 min: Newcastle change: Tioté off, Gosling on.

68 min: Gouffran off, the one and only David Bellion on. "I've really liked the look of Bigirimana so far this season," reveals Arran Ridley. "Good to see him involved and I've been thinking about future chants for him and the best I've come up with so far is 'Bigi Bigi Bigi can't you see, sometimes your skills just hypnotise me' to the tune of Notorious B.I.G's 'Hypnotize'." It's a winner.

65 min: Cissé tries a silly shot from 40 yards. He had team-mates to his right and left but instead just offered the ball back to the keeper. Non-matches like this has become tend to induce such decadence.

63 min: Decent jinking by Gouffran, followed by a reasonable shot from 20 yards. But Bigirimana blocks.

60 min: Newcastle substitution: Cabaye off, Bigirimana on.

57 min: Right, as we await something to happen in this match of diminishing interest, anyone know any good jokes?

55 min: Elsewhere in this group, Club Brugge have just gone 1-0 up against Maritimo.

53 min: Bordeaux have sagged badly. Newcastle are coasting now.

GOAL! Newcastle 3-0 Bordeaux (Cissé 50') Newcastle have been clinical tonight, and Cissé underlines that point with an immaculate finish. Mind you, he was fractionally offside when Ferguson sent in a fine cross from the left.

49 min: Saivet meets a cross from the right with a brazen flick that almost catches Harper off-guard, but the keeper manages to push it out for a corner. Which is cleared.

48 min: I've just noticed that Newcastle mad a change at the break too: goalkeeper Elliot apparently suffered a groin injury towards the end of the first half and has been replaced by Harper. "I'm a Newcastle fan, but surely the reason the lad stretched and diverted the ball in his own goal was the Newcastle player just behind him in an offside position?" reckons John Davis. "He's got to be interfering with play. Plus, the keeper can't have called loud or early enough to tell him to leave it. Yes, I did score an own goal at six-a-side last week."

46 mins: Bordeaux substitutions: Diabaté and Nguemo on, Obraniak and Plasil off.

Half-time: Bordeaux's lack of a cutting edge has been compounded by a comedy mistake for Newcastle's second goal to give the hosts more substantial lead than they merit on the balance of play. Decentish game, though.

44 min: Anita comes close to making it three, but the keeper bats his 16-yard shot away well after ropey defending by the visitors.

GOAL! Newcastle 2-0 Bordeaux (Henrique 42') Sacré bleu! Newcastle are gifted a second goal, very much against the run of play. Ameobi did well to play in Simpson, who sent in a decent cross from the right but Henrique has no excuse for the way he diverted the ball into his own goal. Rank defending, is all.

39 min: Sané smashes a ferocious shot at goal from 35 yards, but Elliot pushes it to safety,

36 min: Cissé miscontrols as he attempts to latch on to a hopeful ball over the top. Like pickpockets at boxing bouts, Newcastle are feeding off scraps.

34 min: Obraniak curls in a sweet cross that Elliot pushes behind for another corner. That's Bordeaux fifth, to Newcastle's none. Williams defends this one well, heading powerfully clear.

33 min: Bordeaux knock the ball around at their pleasure before Saivet curls a cross in from the right and Gouffran's header from 12 yards bounces off Williamson and out for a corner.

30 min: Alan Pardew is livid on the sideline, what with his team being outplayed despite leading. I'd be getting very nervous if I were the assistant ref on the near side ...

27 min: Lovely interplay by Bordeaux, culminating in a nice turn and shot by Gouffran and a good block by Wiliamson.

24 min: Bad news for Newcastle as Tioté hobbles off to continue treatment on what looks like an ankle injury that he seemingly suffered while twisting for the ball.

23 min: Bit of a lull here ... but not in Marseille, where the home team have just gone a goal down against Limassol on Joey Barton's debut ...

20 min: Tioté gets his customary card, for a late tackle on Saivet.

18 min: Obraniak and Plasil combine nicely before feeding Saivet, who is again in plenty of space down the right. But his cross is plop.

GOAL! Newcastle 1-0 Bordeaux (Ameobi 16') Wonderful goal! Cabaye found Obertan with a splendid cross-field pass, and then the winger tricked his way past Mariano before firing the ball across the face of goal for Ameobi to tap in from close range.

13 min: Cabaye curls the freekick wide.

12 min: It's all Bordeaux. They're sharper and more clever than Newcastle. And just as I write that, Anita plays a fine through-ball for Ameobi and Henrique takes him down: yellow card for the defender, freekick in a promising position to Newcatsle.

9 min: Bordeaux have the upper hand here, showing what a fluent outfit they are. Saivet wayward shot from 25 yards is unbecoming of them.

7 min: Champagne stuff from Bordeaux! They smoothly played their way from back to front before presenting Obraniak with a great chance to open the scoring ... but he headed wide from eight yards!

4 min: The first four minutes of this match have been more entertaining than the 93 of the Pana-Spurs game. It's urgent, open and fun.

2 min: Tioté slips a pass through to Cabaye, who ignores the run of Cissé and lets fly himself from the corner of the box .... the whizzes just past the post!

8.02pm: Curious: Bordeaux's tracksuits appear to be the same as the kit worn by the match officials in the Panathinaikos-Tottenham match ..

Newcastle: Elliot, Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson, Anita, Cabaye, Tiote, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Obertan.
Subs: Harper,Santon, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Ba, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi.

Bordeaux: Carasso, Mariano, Henrique, Planus, Tremoulinas, Saivet, Sane, Plasil, Obraniak, Jussie, Gouffran.
Subs: Olimpa, N'Guemo, Bellion, Diabate, Chalme, Marange, Traore.
Referee: Antonio Lahoz (Spain)

Good evening all. Paul will be here soon enough but while you are waiting for him, here's Alan Pardew calling on Newcastle to 'up their levels' ahead of some tough tests. Enjoy.

Alan Pardew has instructed his Newcastle United players to raise their game as they prepare for two matches which seem poised to serve as a litmus test of the team's potential.

On Thursday night Bordeaux, unbeaten in France's Ligue 1, visit Tyneside on Europa League duty, and Sunday sees a reversion to the Premier League and the arrival of Manchester United.

"They're significant games in terms of upping our levels," said Pardew, whose side have made a decent start to the campaign without ever quite hitting last season's highs. "We go in with a strong chance of winning both matches, but we need people playing at their maximums. So far we've been getting results without being at our best."

According to Steve Harper, the reserve goalkeeper, Pardew "read the riot act" to his team following last Saturday's fortunate draw at Reading and has challenged Newcastle's players to remind him what they are truly capable of.

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