Here is the full report of the game tonight when Newcastle drew with Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, and were a little unlucky not to come away with the win.
3 mins Newcastle made a good start to this game with two goals in the first eight minutes, as they caught the visitors flat at the start of tonightâ€™s game at St. Jamesâ€™ Park.
It was an excellent corner by Geremi and well put home by Taylor, who not surprisingly was delighted with the goal.
7 mins A great move by Newcastle involving Steven Taylor, Geremi, Milner and the Guthrie resulted in another goal.
Taylor broke well and fed Geremi who played in Milner, and James saw Danny Guthrie to his left and laid the ball off and with consummate ease Danny hit his second goal of pre-season coolly past former Manchester City goalkeeper Isaksson.
17min – Guthrie and Butt were playing well for Newcastle in the middle of the park, and young Guthrie is looking good after his goal seemed to have given him that extra spark of confidence.
21min â€“ The rain started to pour down at St. Jamesâ€™ Park but Newcastle were looking a lot better than they did only 3 days ago in Mallorca.
25min â€“ Jonas Gutierrez is looking good and he again got away down the left wing, and then sent in a great cross for Geremi, but Salcido beat the Cameroon International to the ball and managed to clear.
PSV then started to come back into the game and after 32 minutes they pulled one back, although it wasnâ€™t a particularly good goal for Newcastle to concede.
The ball was played down the left hand side and Beye probably should have cut it out, but the ball got across the goal and went to Ibrahim Affellay who fired through a crowd of players past Shay Given to get one back for the visitors.
Duff went near after 41 minutes when he was straight through on the right, but Damien missed the half chance.
43min – Amrabat’s cross then almost caught Given unawares and he was forced to move back quickly and touch the ball over the cross-bar for a corner. Then 17 year old Manco’s well-taken corner was headed wide by Lazovic.
On 45 minutes Gutierrez made a nice move just outside the box and hit a nice right foot shot just wide of the PSV post. A nice bit of play by the Argentine.
The whistle blew for half time to end quite an entertaining first half.
47min – Habib Beye turned on the after-burners to leave Amrabat flat-footed and was then brought down by the recovering midfielder. Geremi then delivered another cross and Maza was forced to head behind for a corner.
From the corner Habib Beye was moving away from the goal but he still managed to head the ball but it went wide.
52min â€“ James Milner hit a great drive from just outside of the penalty area and it needed a great save by Isaksson to turn the ball for a corner.
James Milner took the corner and Taylor tried to reach the ball but it’s cleared by the PSV defense.
57min – Milner raced past Maza and then held up play but then got away again from his marker and put in a beautiful ball across goal. Geremi side footed the ball and should have scored but somehow Isakkson saved the ball right on the line. That should have been Newcastle third goal. Great play by Milner.
58min â€“ Newcastle make a double substitution as 17 year-old Ryan Donaldson and 20 year-old David Edgar replace Geremi and Habib Beye. Itâ€™s the second appearance in 4 days for England Under-17 star and local lad Donaldson, and his first appearance at St. James Park for the first team.
65min – The ball fell to Afellay 20 yards out and the forward skied the ball high into the Leazes End.
71min – PSV got another goal back to get on even terms as a dangerous cross by Salcido was not dealt with effectively by the Newcastle defense, and the ball got to Ambrabat, and from 12 yards out he fired past a statuesque Shay Given into the net.
76min â€“ 22 year-old Frenchman Sebastien Bassong came on to make his home debut and replaced captain Nicky Butt, who had put in a good shift.
78min – Milner blasted Duff’s low center back across the goal, but nobodyâ€™s there and the Dutch defense eventually get the ball cleared.
79min – Donaldson is looking good and does well to turn Milner’s cross towards goal but his header just went over the bar.
85min – It looked like Taylor was going to get a second headed goal when he ghosted in nicely trying to get on the end of a Milner cross but Isaksson raced from his line and managed to fist the ball clear.
90min – Frank Wiafe Danquah replaced James Milner for his very first taste of first team football at Newcastle.
But the whistle blew and after Newcastle made an effective start with two goals in the first eight minutes the Dutch powerhouse came back well to get a good draw.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Danny Guthrie, Damien Duff, James Milner, Jonas Gutierrez, Geremi, Nicky Butt (c), Steven Taylor, Habib Beye
Subs: Tim Krul, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Ben Tozer, David Edgar, Ryan Donaldson, Sebastien Bassong
PSV: Andreas Isaksson, Carlos Salcido, Francisco ‘Maza’ Rodriguez, Timmy Simmons (c), Danko Lazovic, Nordien Amrabat, Jeremie Brechet, Jason Culina, Reimond Manco, Ibrahim Afellay, Stijn Wuytens
Subs: Cassio Ramos, Mike Zonneveld, Danny Koevermans, Eric Addo, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Tommie van der Leegte, Mika Vayrynen, Rens Van Eijden
Referee: Chris Foy