Newcastle United suffered a third consecutive defeat tonight against Real Mallorca in the final game of the Summer Cup by 1-0.
The only thing different about this game from the previous two was that the goal came at the start, after only 6 minutes, and was scored by Mario Suarez.
The team Kevin had out looked a patched-up team at best, with the average of the back four being just 21.
Newcastle now finish at the bottom of the league for the Summer Cup, and they didn’t even manage to get one point, with two defeats and no goals scored.
Not really what the Newcastle fans were looking for.
But our next game is just 3 days away and hopefully weâ€™ll see a lot more of the regular first teamers in that game at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night, against Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven.
The lads will have to start tightening up and playing some better football soon, with the Manchester United game just 14 days away.
Tonight Guthrie looked good but our best player was probably young 21 year-old French defender Sebastien Bassong, who really stood out.
Yes, we’ve only signed 3 players this season so far, but they all look good!
Hopefully our spirtis will be raised a bit tomorrow when hopefully Fabricio Coloccini will sign for us, and we think he could be a massive buy for the team.
Here is detailed report of the full game.
It looks like Newcastle are playing Cacapa in a midfield defensive role with a back four of Edgar (20), Taylor (22), Bassong (21) and Enrique (22). Thatâ€™s an average age of about 21 for the back four â€“ weâ€™ll see how they do, with the old man Cacapa (32) in front of them.
6 mins – Would you believe it. After just 6minutes Real Mallorca have gone ahead as the unmarked Mario Suarez puts home a free kick out on the left that gave goalkeeper Harper no chance.
Not a good start for the young defense.
11 mins â€“ Young French central defender Bassong has under-hit a pass back to Harper and the goalkeeper has to come running out, and kicks the ball way into the stands â€“ itâ€™s a nervous start by Newcastle.
15 mins – Fernando Valero cut in from the outside left position and hits a shot that goes skyward â€“ not hit quite right by the 28 year-old Spaniard from 20 yeards out.
20 mins – Miner’s persistence wins a corner on the right which James takes himself, but it fails to beat the first man and Mallorca easily clear the ball. Newcastle are finding it hard to get going.
24 mins â€“ A deflected cross comes into the box but Jose Enrique clears up the danger nicely.
27 mins â€“ James Milner manages to get in a low center, which is well placed and whipped across, but 31 year old 6â€™1â€ central defender JosÃ© Carlos Nunes blasts the ball clear.
32 mins Milner gets in a wicked cross at the near post and Smith bravely goes in to get on the end of it, but is just beaten to the ball by Ramis, but the Mallorca defender receives treatment after a clash of heads with Smith â€“ but he seems OK to carry on. Good aggressive play by Alan Smith
38min â€“ Real Mallorca captain Juan Arango moves the ball forward and looks to pass it, but with the defense opening up in front of him he decides to shoot, but goes wide of Steve Harperâ€™s goal.
39 mins – Oscar Trejo then tries a shot, but it lacks any real speed or direction and Harper saves the shot with consummate ease.
41min – Milner’s trickery wins a corner off the shins of Arango on the left. The winger crosses and the unmarked Bassong should open his Toon account but sees his downward header bounce wide of the target.
43min – Valera tries a shot from distance and it deflects off Seb Bassong and is rolling slowly for a corner before David Edgar comes across to kick the ball downfield.
The half-time whistle goes and Newcastle are still trying to get into this game.
48 mins – Damien Duff gets in a good across but again thereâ€™s nobody there to put the ball in the net â€“ Owen, Martins and Viduka â€“ please get fit soon.
50 mins – Valero gets into the penalty areas and gets in a good shot but Harper saves nicely low to his left.
53 mins â€“ Mallorca make the first substitutions with Valero and Otchiko making way for Webo and Castro
55 mins – Guthrie loses the ball to Trejo and striker makes his way towards the Newcastle penalty area and gets past Claudio Cacapa â€“ but Taylor is there and he clears nicely â€“ good reading of the game by young Taylor, whose place will be under pressure when (and if) Coloccini finally arrives.
58 mins – Duff is fouled and Newcastle have a fee-kick some 265 yeards out, but Geremi shoots high wide and handsome â€“ and nowhere near.
59 mins – Fraser Forster will come on for the last 30 minutes as pre-arranged., and he replaces the very safe and competent Steve Harper.
61 mins â€“ The Hexham born giant keeper gets into the action quickly – and makes an easy save from Webo as he shoots from a tight angle.
67min – Mallorca break away quickly, and Trejo gets in a good effort around 17 yards, but young Forster saves nicely as he dives to his right to make a good stop.
68min – Mallorca make another change as Jurado comes on for Trejo, who has looked sharp in the last 15 minutes or so.
69 mins â€“ Newcastle hand a first team debut to England Under-17 star (and local boy) Ryan Donaldson with the striker replacing Danny Guthrie.
73min – Mallorca are awarded a free lick just outside the penalty area and Mallorca captain Arango hits the ball with his left foot â€“ and it just shaves the top of the crossbar, with Forster beaten, but it lands on top the net.
78 mins – Bassong out-muscles Webo to get the ball off the striker as he tries to make his way into the penalty area â€“ this Bassong lad is no easy touch.
80 mins â€“ Newcastle United take a corner and itâ€™s Milner taking it again but the ball is easily headed away by the Mallorca defense.
If we donâ€™t score soon weâ€™ll finish up bottom of the league for the Summer Cup.
83 mins â€“ Mallorca make another change as Diaz replaces Valero.
86min – Arango is replaced by Victor for another Mallorca change.
90 mins â€“ The refereeâ€™s assistant indicates there will be 3 minutes of added on time
The whistle goes and itâ€™s a third defeat on the tort for Kevin Keeganâ€™s side, although the team was a weakened one because of the injuries to our players.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Sebastien Bassong, David Edgar, Geremi (c), Danny Guthrie, Damien Duff, James Milner, Alan Smith
Subs: Fraser Forster, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Ben Tozer, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Jonny Godsmark
Real Mallorca: Miquel Angel Moya, Ivan Ramis, Josemi, Fernando Varela, Borja Valero, Kta Otchiko, Jose de Araujo Nunes, Mario Suarez, Juan Arango (c), Oscar Trejo, Enrique Corrales
Subs: Herman Lux, Jose Manuel Jurado, Marti Crespi, Pep Luis Marti, Ayoze Diaz, Pierre Webo, Gonzalo Castro, Javier Castellanos, Daniel Castellanos, Victor Casadesus, Oscar Diaz, Alberto Lopez