FT: Doncaster 1 Newcastle 0 – Rovers Get Late Goal


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This was a well balanced game and Newcastle certainly had their chances to win it, but a late error by 22 year-old Spaniard Jose Enrique let in Stuart Elliott, who made no mistake and shot past a helpless Tim Krul to give Doncaster the win.

But Newcastle should probably have had the game wrapped up by then and only poor finishing from Shola Ameobi cost Newcastle a couple of goals.

Danny Guthrie again looked good in central midfield for Newcastle and Sebastien Bassong looked sound at the back in his first appearance for the team.

Seb is on trial with Newcastle from French side Metz, who were relegated last season from the French First Division.

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Stuart Elliott – scored Doncaster’s winner on 87 minutes

Newcastle had goalkeeper Steve Harper to thank for keeping the scores level at half time, after he made a magnificent finger-tipped save from Gareth Taylor’s header, which appeared though it was a goal, before the goalkeeper amazingly clawed the ball away after 35 minutes.

Charles N’Zogbia looked menacing at times, and made some of his surges from midfield but was a little wild in his final show otherwise he could have scores a couple for the Magpies.

Tim Krul,  David Edgar and Ben Tozer all made substitute appearances in the second half for Steve Harper,  Claudio Cacapa and Geremi.

An even game overall and Keegan will have learned more about his players from this game, which is really what these pre-season games are all about.

New signing Danny Guthrie continues to look the part for Newcastle, and 22 year old Seb Bassong looked more than adequate in the center of the Magpies defense.

But Newcastle were nowhere near as good as they were last week, and this has to be a rather disappointing performance for both the fans and the manager.

Teams:

Doncaster Rovers: Neil Sullivan; Robbie Hall, Trialist, Trialist, Gareth Roberts; James Coppinger, Richie Wellens, James Hayter, Martin Woods; Gareth Taylor, Lewis Guy,
Subs: James O’Connor, Adam Lockwood, Mark Wilson, Stuart Elliott, Paul Heffernan, Craig Nelthorpe,John Spicer;

Newcastle United:
Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Sebastien Bassong, Jose Enrique, Damien Duff, Danny Guthrie, Geremi (c), Charles N’Zogbia, Shola Ameobi, Alan Smith
Subs: David Edgar, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Ben Tozer, Callum Morris, Tim Krul, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Jonny Godsmark



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54 comments so far

  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    No big deal as it is a friendly, but it still hurts.

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  • Oba

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Enrique crap.

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  • Kenneth

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Wow, we need players asap.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #4

    IT’S A JOKE!!! ASHLEY’S A JOKE!! OUR SQUAD ARE A JOKE!! KEEGANS MOVED FROM ONE CIRCUS TO ANOTHER!!!

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  • euanpolo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Its only a friendly but its still annoying, Bassong was a plus though. I hope Ashley realises we’re going to need more players!

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  • 51times

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Ameobi and Smith, worst strike partnership ever.

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  • The Second Coming

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh dear. No goals against a newly-promoted Championship outfit with 3 trialists in their back 4.

    This is surely the message needed in the Toons boardroom that our squad need another dependable striker. We could cover some of the costs by selling Ameobi and Smith.

    I don’t think this result will lift the confidence of anyone associated with Newcastle United, pre-season friendly or not. The media will lap this up!

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  • Robert

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #8

    get bassong in,if he looked good than he’ll be at least good backup player,or even make it in the first 11,and he is cheap,as for the game,little dissapointed but because of attackers good ability to shot wide of the goal,and i’m sorry for enrique,you had to clear it

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  • Lacedaemonian

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    I was going to go to this match with my woman’s uncle (he is a Doncaster fan) but decided not to as I realised we would have most of our team out.

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  • G

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #10

    This might be a good thing, might make the tight wad owner realise we need serious investment to get anywhere near the current top 10 clubs.

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #11

    if is not the wake up call to billy bunter that we are in desperate need for players then i dont know what is….. spent the money ye fat c**t………

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  • bell jan

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #12

    51times i was about to say the same thing i mean what is the point of those 2 they couldnt score if their life depended on it total garbage!!
    it is going to be another long hard season all cos of that greedy ba$tard mike ashley

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  • Donegal toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #13

    wow, a little epic maybe

    Liverpool & Man City have both lost pre seaosn freindlies to minnow teams, and they fielded teams better than ours today

    Not big deal at all, at least Bassong’s looking the part

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  • G

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Bassong can’t be that good if his team got relegated and Wenger hasn’t been sniffing like he usually does.

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  • Terry

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Ameobi and Smith, those’ll be the two to push us into the top 4, you heard it here first!

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  • Robert

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #16

    i saw on youtube,when bassong missed penalty for metz,but that’s not important,it’s not bassong’s fault because of his team’s relegation,one player doesn’t make a team

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  • Donegal toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #17

    at G

    Out of curiosity, did you want Aimar to come here, because his team were relegated, yet hes a good player…one man doesnt get a team relegated,

    and as much as Wenger’s a true master he doesnt know every player in the French League

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  • michael

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Ameobi and Smith really did themselves a favour showing their clinical finishing. That Shola doesn’t want to leave the EPL when he can’t score against Donny is a joke.
    The list of absentees is rather extensive today.
    Given, Beye, Faye, Barton, Butt, Owen, Martins, Viduka, Gutierrez, Carroll, Kadar and Zambrela. I won’t read much into how are 7th and 8th choice strikers repectively performed, but glad to see that Bassong is actually on trial.

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  • Ross

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #19

    the sad thing is, i expected a draw today, because with smith and strolla up front, i was actually incredibly confident we wouldnt find the net.

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  • G

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #20

    At Donegay toon,

    I didn’t want Aimar as he is past his best, if we are going to go for a attacking cm then we want proper quality not a has been.

    Yeah Wenger only knows of the decent players….

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  • 浪子

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Its not a big deal.
    But here’s an interesting fact:
    Alan smith’s wage is more than the sum of wages of 11 players that just beated us!
    U can say duff if u wan

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  • D.C.

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Top 10? Have you not seen the last two season? We need more players just to ensure we stay up.

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  • dougnufc

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #23

    We better get some good signings for Hertha Berlin and Mallorca because we will not stand a chance because Smith + Shola = Game Over

    We really need a striker, creative midfielder and a top class defender by next week

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  • ToonEskimo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Not much to add really, just watching Chelski highlights on Sky sports….scary….

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  • 9 Shearer

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Enrique has failed to improve it hurts. if Bassong can play LB that wld b good

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  • Petey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #26

    @Donegal toon

    man city lost to hamburg…..not doncaster rovers….

    but yer, liverpool did suck the other day..

    its ok, our keepers played well, and defense wasnt THAT bad apart from typcially falling asleep at one stage….

    its just our attack 5today tht was the worst…smith and ameobi need out….fact

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  • VeryNorthernMag

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #27

    I really cant wait to go to Old Trafford for our first humiliation of the season.

    Make no mistake, it will be embarrassing if this squad is not added to.

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  • Ginkoh

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    i wonder why we never have full team for pre-season training, Because this is time to gel every players but check our squad 🙁

    Ok just only friendly but Shola and Smith toothless to score lower devision team.

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  • Fandi

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #29

    mikey made a profit on net transfers last season and it looks like he’s going to do so again this season. if you are not going to make any serious investment in this club, by that i mean 20-50m for players, i’d rather you sell the club to anyone

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  • 51times

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #31

    9 Shearer – Enrique is fine, one mistake in a meaningless pre-season friendly means nothing.

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  • toonjon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Losing to Doncaster can only be a good thing.

    At least now Mike Ashley may realise we NEED MORE PLAYERS ASAP and NOT SECOND RATE ONES.

    Hopefully this will open ashleys eyes and wallet.

    Bassong sounds good tho.

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  • shearer4pm

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #33

    HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES – steady on mate, it’s only a friendly not like its a cup final, doncastor do have a half decent squad, not saying that we should of lost but thats a bit over the top, i mean at best it would of been 0-0 cus them 2 up front would take till we win a trophy to score lol, but you mate are a lil hyped up i think, and we did have a cb at right back and a left winger on the right, but we do need more players

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #34

    What happened with the new super Duff?

    With so many players to come back I’m not panicking yet. Might be soon though!

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  • toonarmy08

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #35

    hey guys ,i went to the game ,and we played some nice stuff at times ,guthrie big future imo,bassong played well ,zog and duff were ok ,but yeh we definately need more numbers with QUALITY .We had a number of players missing though like -beye faye butt milner jonas(barton)oba owen viduka ,krul came on 2nd half and pulled 2superb saves off ,looks a great talent !!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #36

    IT IS A BIG DEAL!! BECAUSE MOST OF THE SQUAD THAT WERE OUT WERE YOUTH / RESERVES! THESE ARE OUR FUTURE!! ASHLEY GET REAL AND SPEND SOME MONEY!!

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  • beye the great

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #37

    why is every one over ereacting when we won at hartlepool i admit i got a little carried away but come on it is a pre season friendly against doncaster no matter what happened whether we thrashed them or got thrashed other than for fitness the game is absolutely irrelevant to the rest of the season last year didnt we beat juve and then lose to some minnows then the comments about enrique are quite harsh yes he made a mistake but an uncharactaristic1 and for ameobi and smith leave them alone coz at the very least they show a good attitude and determination which we could have done with a lot more off last season so remember its a friendly chill out

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  • 9 Shearer

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #38

    I thought we didnt need another striker hopin that Smith will get his form. Does anyone know wat Duff did today? We now need a striker, CB, Am and Bassong.

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Guys, I’ve just got home from the Keepmoat Stadium (as I live in sheffield) and I’m a TOON fan! Just like to say, for a friendly our fans were great as always, kept the noise up all game, couldnt hear a peep out of the home support!
    Ok, here’s my marks( /10) and comments on the team…
    Steve Harper – 7, hardly had anything to do!
    Steven Taylor – 7, played comfortably at RB 1st half, and cb in 2nd half.
    Claudio Cacapa – 6, looking better than last season.
    Sebastien Bassong – 8, fast, strong & composed. Looked like he was keeping Cacapa in line GET HIM SIGNED…
    Jose Enrique – 6, was playing ok up until being brushed aside for the goal 🙁
    Damien Duff – 6, no end product, but plenty of good darting runs off the ball.
    Danny Guthrie – 7, he can pass, not scared to dribble at opponents, hope he keeps improving.
    Geremi (c) – 6, steady game, putting some good deliveries into the box.
    Charles N’Zogbia – 7, Scared Rovers to death when running with the ball, but he cant shoot to save himself, and looks to run with head down so he misses the opportunities to play a through ball.
    Shola Ameobi – 5, missed 2-3 chances which I think Oba/MO/Vid would have put away with ease.
    Alan Smith – 5, waste of space. hardly any movement from him IMO.
    Subs:
    Tim Krul – 7, made 2 good stops and cant be held at fault for the goal (it was a decent finish)
    Ben Tozer 7, Looked strong from right back, would def like to see KK play a youngsters team in one of the cups like Gunners do, we have some promising reserves 🙂
    David Edgar – 6, not sure where he played, but didnt do anything wrong. Played nice simple balls.

    Yes the scores seem a bit high maybe! But its pre-season and I’d rather encourage than dishearten!!! 🙂

    Overall even though it is a friendly, I was disappointed with the performance. Duff didnt look a patch on how people described him last weekend. I was happy with the back 4 today (but need to remember it was lower league opposition!) need more creativity in mid, and PLEASE at least 1 new striker!

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  • ToonEskimo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #40

    OOOhhh, Kev’s on Sky sports…..

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