Newcastle did not look very good on Friday evening, against third tier Orlando City side.
Alan Pardew – didn’t risk a number of player on Friday
And Orlando were simply the better side in that second half and deserved their 1-0 win, and it could have been more if Fraser Forster hadn’t made a couple of excellent saves in that second half.
6’7″ Fraser looked good, and he’s improved (and grown) dramatically over the last two seasons, while on loan at Norwich City and Glasgow Celtic.
Some other good points in the game for Newcastle were that young James Tavernier looked more than useful, and of course captain Coloccini was man-mountain again at the back for the Magpies, and he seems to read the game so well.
And before we all start to criticize Newcastle for not winning the game, we have to remember these are pre-season games, and although it’s always good to win, the purpose is to get the players some games and sharpen them up for the real business that starts two weeks this Saturday against Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
And Jose Enrique’s outburst last night didn’t help anybody, and he should really refrain from what looks to be immature behavior.
It’s fine that he doesn’t think much of the owner, Mike Ashley, but he should keep that to himself, or speak with Alan Pardew or Mike Ashley himself about it, but going public with it is simply not helpful to anybody.
We used to call people in IBM who were difficult to manage – high maintenance employees – and of course it’s always better to be a solution rather than a problem.
Alan Pardew talked about Jose this morning:
“The pitch certainly didn’t suit Jose, the ball got stuck under his feet many times, and that’s what he’s all about, dribbling and taking the ball.”
“I think it was his first involvement, and it quashed a few rumors that I wasn’t going to play him, so I suppose that’s a positive to come out of it.”
“He’ll play at Columbus, and I think he’ll be a little bit more up to speed.” “I didn’t really want to start Demba Ba, with his knee, and Shola Ameobi doesn’t feature well on that pitch, either.”
“I had to protect one or two, and unfortunately with the one or two players we’ve got missing, some of them did a bit more work than I’d have liked.”
“We’re in pre-season, and it wouldn’t have done them any harm. It looks like Ryan Taylor has just tweaked his groin.”
“It’s not major, but we had to take him off.” “It cooled down, which helped us, but the overloading of the players showed.”
That’s good news on Ryan, and hopefully he was taken off as a precaution, which is good, and presumably he should be okay in a couple of weeks.
Orlando were certainly up for this game, and that didn’t seem the case for a number of Newcastle players, and of course when you are playing lower opposition, it’s a bit harder to get psyched up for the game – remember Stevenage?
“The opposition had more energy than us, and in the end it told, although Haris Vuckic still scored a perfectly good goal, and Dan Gosling should have had a penalty in the first half, and maybe two.”
“We had tough refereeing decisions on us, but we can’t make excuses. We were rusty with our movement and passing, and the fact we never got to praxes on the pitch was a feature.” “I think it’s important we win there.”
“We haven’t scored, although we had a perfectly good goal written off. “When you’re overloading players in pre-season, strikers are always the last to get their sharpness, and that was evident.”
“It was a tough game on a really hard surface, and we’re going to have a problem in Columbus if we overload the next couple of days, so we’ll have to back off a little bit and make sure we have more energy for that game.”
We’re not sure at all why the Haris Vuckic goal was disallowed in the second half – it looked like a perfectly good goal and Haris seems to have an eye for goal, and we really hope the 18 year-old can come through for the Magpies next season.
So let’s not get too down on the lads, as there are always shocks in pre-season, as the players gte their sharpness back.
And after all we haven’t got top players Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson even on the American tour.