FT: Newcastle 0 Real Mallorca 1: Still Not Good Enough

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 we’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). That’s an average age of about 21 for the back four – we’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 – 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 – it’s a nervous start by Newcastle.

15 mins – Fernando Valero cut in from the outside left position and hits a shot that goes skyward – 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 – A deflected cross comes into the box but Jose Enrique clears up the danger nicely.

27 mins – James Milner manages to get in a low center, which is well placed and whipped across, but 31 year old 6’1” central defender José 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 – but he seems OK to carry on. Good aggressive play by Alan Smith

38min – 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 Harper’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 there’s nobody there to put the ball in the net – Owen, Martins and Viduka – 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 – 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 – but Taylor is there and he clears nicely – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – this Bassong lad is no easy touch.

80 mins – Newcastle United take a corner and it’s Milner taking it again but the ball is easily headed away by the Mallorca defense.
If we don’t score soon we’ll finish up bottom of the league for the Summer Cup.

83 mins – Mallorca make another change as Diaz replaces Valero.
86min – Arango is replaced by Victor for another Mallorca change.

90 mins – The referee’s assistant indicates there will be 3 minutes of added on time

The whistle goes and it’s a third defeat on the tort for Kevin Keegan’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

136 comments so far

  • Craignufc

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #1

    lets hope we perform better in the next game.

  • JK Muzzi

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Donaldson is the best!

  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Cant remember 1 decent shot on goal, cant remember a string of decent passes, the only good thing to come from this game is how good Bassong was. Maybe Bassong and Colocinni would make a good pairing in defence.

  • ACD

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Bassong looked very good, and duff is getting there but the rest just looked tired !

    looking forward to the home games to see what we can do because this tournament was a bit of a joke, i think it was used mainly for fitness and not results.

    I wanna see if smith starts to run when he’s got 52,000 fans shouting at him because for him being a ”commited” player, he didnt look very instreseted to me tonight !

    We desperately need a creative midfielder !

  • figsdad

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #5

    well i though bassong did well..
    enrique looked fit

    guthrie looked good

    edgar looked composed..

    foster looked ok

    as for s***e smith and milner

    no comment

    why does geremi take every free kick and taylor was at fault for the goal..

  • Irish John

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #6


    im hoping this guy takes us over…I have a feeling Ashley wont want to sell though..He said already he wants partners and this guy does’nt seem to be interested in been a partner…I would be gutted if he took over leeds or shef wed

  • tino97

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I though we were generally lacklusture tonight. No creativity or spark. But won’t get too disapointed, its only pre-season and we are missing some decent players. At least Bassong looked good

  • Jongoodwyn

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Poor match, but you have to remember the only real fit striker we had was Smith – should be a different picture next week when we have Owen and Martins back, as well as the 2 new signings KK has said he should be getting, and Jonas, with Beye back as well, hopefully.
    Can hardly call it a first team match really – should be in much better shape with some half decent attacking players back, but as mentioned Duff and Bassong looked good.

  • Spyro

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Bassong looks a steal, if he carries on like this there will be three CB’s seriously battling for first team action. Faye, Bassong & Coloccini

  • Elliott

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Bassong looked very good. Calm, strong, pacy and good on the ball.

    Let’s just remember he’s 22 and will probably make some mistakes.

  • scotty

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m really struggling to find anything positive about smithy – he must have touched the ball no more than 10 times all game – and that was on his backside!!!

    Good point seems to be Bassong – i wasn’t too sure about signing a trialist, but he looks the real deal. He reminds me of when we had Distin, looks quick, strong and can read the game well.

    The Setanta commentators were all too quick to dismiss the season already with a few wise cracks. But they’re forgetting all the 1st choice strikers are out!!!

  • M.Stockley

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #12

    TINO 97- your right we are mssing key players but its bad that we dont have a 2nd string of players goodenough to go out and put on a performance….. we need strength in depth the likes of smith, geremi, cacapa worry me! whats gonna happen if we go on a decent run next season and lose key players again to injury?! the clowns out there tonight couldnt cut the mustard bar a few!

  • M.Stockley

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #13

    ps bassong did look solid! great capture there atleast

  • Jinal

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Indeed, the only positive from today’s game was Bassong.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #15

    The weekend almost over..no new signings that Keegan mentioned.
    another defeat…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Shola Ameobi

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Lads, we had capaca playing in midfield tonight, that just sums up how many players where missing. We really need to take this result with a pinch of salt. Truth be told i was hoping we would do bad in this tournament, just to show Ashely how badly we need some new blood. Lets just hope we can feild a stronger side, mabeys even with a few new faces in before Valencia roles around.

  • we my aswell have had harper upfront he probably would have done better than smith

  • Marguerite

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #18

    I know we have a lot of injuries to key 1st team players, but KK must be tearing his hair out; Bassong excepted I would not give 2p for the rest of them. That was a slovenly performance.

  • Elliott

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Smith is a complete joke, I honestly believe I would do a better job out there, he looks lost, never makes any runs, can’t control the ball, can’t stay on his feet. I don’t think he even contemplates shooting, I wonder is he knows that’s his job, playing up front?

    I like the look of Derdiyok, I hope we get him. He probably wouldn’t score a hatful but he’s strong and quick, very very busy, gets all over the pitch and the ball just sticks to him. I imagine him doing a job for us like Benjani or Kuyt and scoring the odd belter. Fingers crossed.

  • domtoon

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #20

    chatting in the chatbox was more fun than the game.

    DISAPPOINTING, but not wholly unexpected…

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Well before tonight the only good thing about Smith was his effort, even though he was like a headless chicken, but he seems to have given up on that now.

    Bassong is a steal for 1.5million need to hurry up and actually get him signed! Although i think he will be more beneficial as a left back as he has all the attributes a full back needs, quick strong a nice pass and very very good at one on ones, which will allow Faye in the middle as he will have more aerial presence.

    Hopefully with our “searching Europe for young talent”, we wont have missed Trejo tonight. He ran the show for Mallorca, reminds me alot of Olic crossed with Arshavin.

  • Gooderz

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Nobody seems to be mentioning Edgar. I thought he had a fairly solid game tonight at RB.

    If he builds on that performance (and continues to build himself up) then he could be a respectable backup to Beye, although he still won’t be a patch on Habib.

    Meanwhile I’m hoping Smith and co are sold/booted out. They’d be some of the biggest transfers of the summer if that happened. Maybe we should try and sell Smith to McLaren stating how good he was against Arsenal and how he really upset their defence (he stole their sweeties) and would be perfect for their Champions League qualifier. He’d be a perfect replacement for Engelaar.

  • Obafan

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Shola Ameobi – Do you really think Ahley watched this game or does care what the outcome was of this game? And do you think that he will change his mind after 2 1-0 defeats to splash the cash?

  • Spyro

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #24


    may prove to be our strongest defence

  • tino97

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #25

    we couldn’t string any passes together tonight. But even with those missing , I still don’t think we pass well enough. If Butt and Gutherie play CM we will never create many chances. Hopefully we will see some improvement this week. I’m sure we will.

  • Ashton

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Bassong was good i think he is better than taylor who was again responsible for the goal , Enrique was good too i was impressed with his passing abilities

    we should sell Milner to villa asap because he is shit he can’t do anything properly FFS ! plus we don’t need him any more

    and we desperately need a creative midfielder

  • M.Stockley

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Gooderz- i agree edgar did look solid tonight, he put in a coupleof good ballsand i defo think he is one for the future..but id be tempted to send him out on loan next season b4 we truley consider him a squad player…. he is good and full of potential though… but tbf at this rate we will need to keep him with the size of the squad!

  • Ashtoon

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Why so many negative comments?
    Its a pre-season friendly, yeah ok we shoulf of really done better, but look at our line up.
    You wait till Martins, Owen and Viduka are back, Jonas will be immense supplying Owen!!
    Owen is going to be extremely fit this season, he is very eager!!

    Colloccin coming in tomorrow hopefully, that will sort our defence out big time, he is brilliant, and very experienced, he suits any league in the world how he plays.
    Bassong looked great already, two games, two good displays, if he keeps playing like that i can see our two CB next season being Bassong and Coloccini.

    We’re missing the Zog, Faye, Beye, Barton and dont forget the world class AMEOBI (get rid).

    There are alot of positives, getting match fit, some play was looking good, Jonas especially friday night.

    Still more players yet to come, dont get too down yet lads, wait till the season starts, im sure we will see a great season for the TOON still

  • Obafan

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Is Bassong still not officially a NUFC player???

  • ToonKing

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #30

    this game was just horrible….i’m shocked at how bad we were………….we could have played on for a week and not score………shocked…

  • Elliott

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Aye Scotty he reminds me of Distin too. Distin seemed a fair bit more spaced out though when he was 22.

  • Mal

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Looking for positives we were without beye, faye (or coloccini), butt, zog, jonas, oba, owen and viduka – that’s 8 outfield players all of who will probably start if fit – unless new signings come along. Tonight was woeful.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Bassong looked very good in a very poor NUFC team, I know there where a lot of first choice players missing but I had hoped that some of the second choice would give KK something to think about.
    I think that Bassong is going to push all of our CB all the way for their places, looks like a steal at the moment. With Curlychinny getting signed (hopefully) we may, at last, have a defense?

  • t-g-w

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Someone else made this point earlier today and it eliminated the worries that I had about our club. Yes, we’ve been playing poorly in pre-season but it is a fact that a lot of our first choice players were missing. Obviously we still would have liked a better performance. If we say the teams around us are Everton, West Ham, Man City, portsmouth, Aston Villa, Blackburn and Spurs, the yids are the only team to have significantly strengthened. Even with the few signings we’ve made I would say at the moment we’ve leapfrogged all the rest. A back four of Beye, Coloccini/Taylor, Faye/Bassong, and Enrique looks very promising indeed. I really think that we only need 3 more players – a good LB to challenge Enrique, an attacking midfielder and a big striker. Taht may be a lot to ask before the Man U game but it is very possible before the end of the month. If we fill those positions I believe we could make it into Europe but duobt we will be challenging the top 4. Keep the Faith.

  • roy keane is looking for a top striker, and i think he will find one with smith, he will prove loads of goals lol

    keane please take him


    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #36

    I thought Edgar and Bassong looked good tonight. Smith is doing nothing to repay Keegan’s faith.

    On a positive note, all 3 signing so far look very good buys.


    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #37

    I dunno why but I was expecting us to preform good 2nyt but yet again we were terrible. I no it’s only a friendly but it’s embarrassing, I think the only player who really shined 2nyt for us was Bassong.

    Geremi is terrible! I have always thought this and now he’s really startin to P me of he can’t take a decent free kick his touch is awful he can’t cross for S##T.

    I really hope we improve in the league because I could really see us gettin relegated if we keep playing this bad 🙁

  • Elliott

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Ashton, I’d sell Milner for the £8m or whatever mentioned in a flash, he’s jsut not developing. I reckon we could pick up a better player for less too.

  • M.Stockley

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #39

    i agree bout geremi, i havent ever rated him since he signed, way way too slow!

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Obafan i don’t think so. I think its just the case of paper work. We should really hire a new secretary lol these things seem to take ages, like getting Gutierezz registration through.


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