Chemnitzer FC start their season next week, and were a lot more match fit than Newcastle last night, and it’s hardly surprising that it showed during the game.
Sammy Ameobi - in England U21 colors – about 7′ tall these days
But these games are for a purpose, and while it’s always good to win that build up that winning mentality, the youngsters got a good chance to impress the Newcastle manager last night, and some of them took the opportunity.
Sammy Ameobi, who looks like he’s about 7′ tall these days, scoring a good goal, but it was disallowed by a dubious off-side decision.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say to The Journal last night after the firs game of pre-season:
“The opposition start their season next week – and that showed.” “I know they are a couple of levels below us. But they looked sharper.”
“I was still happy with some of the performances. Sammy did well up top and scored a perfectly good goal.” “We showed some neat touches and our technical stuff was fine.”
“Offensively we’re a little bit at sea. As you would expect the pitch was slow.” “We could not get the ball out of our feet and get it to our pace men. But it was a good work-out.”
Newcastle’s mercurial striker Papiss Cisse was at the game last night, but the 26 year-old sat in the stands, and his Senegal team mate Demba Ba did see some action in the second half, as Alan brought on some of the Newcastle first team, to try to get the equalizer.
James Tavernier looked very decent last night, and Sammy Ameobi could really come through for Newcastle in the coming season - and we have to wonder how much taller this lad is going to grow.
A win would have been nice, but the game served its purpose, and next up is AS Monaco on Monday night – in the small German town of Landsberg am Lech – which is about 30 miles east of Munich – and it’s a 7:00 pm kick off.
Monaco are now in the French second division but will be hoping to get back to France’s top league next season.