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BBC Sport's Alan Biggs
"This was a largely sobering experience"
 real 14k

Saturday, 21 July, 2001, 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK
Newcastle ease through
Craig Bellamy was fit to start for Newcastle
Bellamy got the only goal of the game
Intertoto Cup third round, second leg
Newcastle 1-0 Lokeren (agg 5-0)

Newcastle United eased their way into the Intertoto Cup semi-finals with a routine victory over Belgian outfit Sporting Lokeren.

A crowd of 29,021 - a new record for the competition by almost 3,000 - turned up at St James' Park hoping to witness a massacre.

Instead they got a methodical, if somewhat frustrating, display as their team dominated but could not push home their advantage.


It was important for Craig to get his first goal
  Newcastle boss, Bobby Robson

Craig Bellamy's close-range finish on 60 minutes won the game on the night, but poor finishing cost the home side a more comfortable winning margin.

Newcastle boss Bobby Robson will have been reasonably pleased with a performance in which young striker Shola Ameobi showed some mature touches.

Well-organised

But the former England manager will know his side will have to play much better in Germany on Wednesday night against 1860 Munich to have a chance of making it into the Uefa Cup.

Newcastle have had help from Leeds for their clash with Munich.

The Elland Road side, who clinched Champions League football last season with a qualifying round victory over the German side, have supplied the Magpies with tapes to aid their preparations.

"It's a Bundesliga team, they're strong and they're well-organised," said Robson, who also praised the large crowd who showed up for the game at St James' Park

"I think they were probably expecting not an avalanche of goals but when you win 4-0 away from home, they expect 5-0 at home. But it never works like that," he said.

"They (Lokeren) had nothing to lose. They came to enjoy it and they did. They made it difficult for us and they worked hard, but we had chances and didn't take them."


Newcastle: Given, Barton, Elliott, Dabizas, Hughes, Quinn, Solano, Bellamy, Ameobi, Bassedas, Speed. Subs: Griffin, Harper, Stephen Caldwell, McClen, Bernard, Lua-Lua, Gavilan.

Lokeren: Dabanovic, Van Dender, Kimoto, De Beule, El Bodmossi, Seyfo, Katana, Zoundi, Helgason, Vidarsson, Gretarsson. Subs: Zitka, Musinga, Bangoura, De Geest, Mrzlecki.

Referee: Edgar Steinborn (Sinzig).

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