After getting their noses in front this afternoon, Newcastle conceded a late penalty and equalizer, with just 5 minutes remaining at Tannadice.
Newcastle United were denied victory in their final pre-season friendly of the summer this afternoon, when Dundee United netted a late equalizer from the spot.
Dundee had already missed one spot kick when goalkeeper Steve Harper kept out Danny Swanson’s penalty on 65 minutes with the score at 1-0.
Steve Harper made the save as he dived to his left to palm clear Danny Swanson’s well-struck penalty, with Gomis hitting the rebound over the crossbar – and subsequently Harper was mobbed by his team-mates.
But with just 5 minutes to go David Goodwillie put the ball home giving Harper no chance, after right back Ryan Taylor had tugged on the shirt of Craig Conway inside the penalty area for a clear penalty.
Young 20 year-old Geordie striker Andy Carroll had put the Newcastle side in front after 60 minutes when he took advantage of a terrible mix up between the Dundee back-line and the goalkeeper, Stevie Banks.
Newcastle wore their 3rd strip this afternoon
Worn here by an unhappy looking Kevin Nolan – cheer up Kevin!
And several Newcastle players were seen pointing to the skies, after Carroll’s goal, in dedication to former manager Sir Bobby Robson, who lost his fifth and final fight with cancer on Friday.
The first half was dull to say the least, but there were signs of some good solid play from the Newcastle side in the second half, and the lads have to consider themselves a little unlucky not to have come away with the win.
This was better than last Wednesday night, when we could only get a draw against Leeds United, and much much better than the catastrophic 6-1 loss to Leyton Orient 8 days ago in London.
Dundee United: Stevie Banks, Sean Dillon, Andy Webster. Darren Dods (c), Scott Robertson, Danny Cadamarteri, Danny Swanson, Prince Buaben, Morgaro Gomis, Mihael Kovacevic, David Goodwillie
Subs: Conor Grant, Craig Conway, Jennison Myrie-Williams, David Robertson, Garry Kenneth, Paul Dixon, Greg Cameron, Ryan McCord, Johnny Russell, Ross Smith
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Tamas Kadar, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Damien Duff, Joey Barton, Alan Smith (c), Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll
Subs: Geremi, Kazenga LuaLua, Tim Krul, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic
Referee: Chris Boyle