In the opening fixture of the tie in Moscow, Newcastle employed Gabriel Obertan on the left wing as they sought to use the flanks to their advantage. As so often, the Frenchman was poor.
Marveaux may have done well on the right on this occasion, but his invention and quality were not matched from the left. Indeed, the club lacks quality wide players in general.
The supposed plan was for full-backs Davide Santon and Haidara to provide the side's width. With Anzhi pressing high up the pitch, though, the full-backs found themselves pinned back.
The club will undoubtedly look for at least one wide player in the summer. Marveaux and Ben Arfa have both expressed a preference for playing centrally, while Jonas Gutiérrez is no longer effective as a winger—Obertan even less so.
The Magpies desperately lacked width in the first half as their strong central core lacked options when in possession. The result was that striker Cisse became isolated.
It is not a new problem for Newcastle, but one that was particularly evident on this occasion.