HT: Newcastle 0 Real Mallorca 1


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Newcastle are trailing at half time by a single goal, which was scored after just 6 minutes.

Newcastle have a back four of youngsters on display, with an average age of just 21 with Edgar Taylor Bassong and Enrique making up the back-line.

Newcastle will need to increase the tempo of their game if they are get near to winning this, which they need to have any chance of winning this thing – the Summer Cup that is.

Here’s a detailed report of the first half.

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.



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118 comments so far

  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #1

    i hope smith never plays again

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  • craig

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #2

    we need some players now

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  • Miloflembo

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #3

    We suck 😛 Need some attacking players please!

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  • Jinal

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #4

    You can watch it directly here.

    http://es.justin.tv/mwb67

    And Smith wasted another chance.

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #5

    smith is the worst thing since aids

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #6

    bassong is quick and v.strong

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  • Jinal

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #7

    “smith is the worst thing since aids”

    lmao. i really feel bad for the lad – he tries so hard

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Bassong recovered well n1

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #9

    geremi can stay in mallorca with smith also

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  • Vaughany

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #10

    He really is tht bad

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #11

    how is he syill a pro, im better than him and i play bloody western league

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Omg Smith is useless….. USE LESS

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  • Kevin

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Bassong really does look good.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Bassong, only positive so far tonight.

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #15

    yes kevin i really like the look of bassong

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Damn IT!

    Flamengo lost 2-1 for Cruzeiro at home. Now, the NUFC are loosing another match.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #17

    When are we gonna have a shot at friggin goal AT LEAST.

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  • Jinal

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Watch Geremi waste this freekick

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  • Obafan

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Bassong indeeds looks a good player; strong and good in his tackles. Duff also is quite okay, but the rest oh dear…

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  • Vaughany

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #20

    GOD why does geremi take freekicks

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #21

    OOHHH dear me.

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  • Jinal

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Haway Foster!!!!

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  • Kevin

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #23

    They just can’t be bothered. It’s just sad watching these “professional footballers.” I know it’s preseason, but I’ve a sinking feeling it’ll continue through next May…

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  • Obafan

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Well taken Geremi; it is another sport tho’ that would have delivered a point not in football. We just can’t get a shot at goal.

    What a misery…

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  • Jinal

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #25

    KK bring on some of the young lads into midfield. And Carroll for Smudge

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  • GraemeR

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Any one think KK may walk due to the lack of transfer ambition by the club. I seem to remember that on his return he was promised funds to buy players. It is obvious that we are short up front, have no match winner midfielder and are already down to thte bare bones of the squad b4 a ball is kicked in anger

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Problem with Milner is that he beats his man then stops and tries to beat him again but for me Smith is extremely poor and should not be playing but for a weak bench compared to the depth of Mallorca with 12 subs. We struggle to put a bloody team out.

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #28

    bad challenge on duff there, i want to see godsmark and tozer on

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  • Irish-Toon

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d like to see some of the youngsters come on, Smith & Geremi have been bloody awful, give soemone else a chance it’s only a friendly.

    The only positive so far has been Bassong

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  • Obafan

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #30

    If KK is still positive after this performance then he really has lost his football brain.

    They all need a good hard labour training, that they know what they are playing for, cause they just don’t care to wear the NUFC shirt. Sad sad sad.

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #31

    graeme r, the way things r going it will not suprise me

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  • Dave Hill

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #32

    G ood link Jinal

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #33

    we as fans do ont deserve a team this bad full with over paid merceneries

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  • toonarmy08

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #34

    taxi for smithy ,get kk on !!

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #35

    even these commentaters are talking about bloody spurs

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Toothless up front

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  • Jinal

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #37

    KK looks so distraught by the type of play he’s seeing.

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  • Obafan

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #38

    I hope they all wake up after this game and that the board sees they nreally need to spend to get the success they want (if they want it???).

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #39

    i like donaldson also, im glad we have bought him on

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #40

    donnaldson is v good

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