Newcastle again played very well tonight against Fenerbehce in Austria, and Alan Pardew played a number of the Newcastle youngsters, and after going ahead after 76 minutes through 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid with a good opportunist goal, the Turkish Champions equalized in the very last minute to snatch a 1-1 draw.
But that was the only disappointment in this game as Newcastle again looked like a good well organized side.
Romain Amalfitano pulled up in the warm up injured, and he was replaced by Gabby Obertan, and it was an even game in the first half with Newcastle looking more of an attacking threat towards half time, with Demba Ba looking good and Newcastle playing some decent football.
Alan Pardew introduced Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, David Santon, Mehdi Abeid, Jonas Gutierrez, Gael Bigirimana and Shola Ameobi in the second half, so `18 players got a run-out tonight.
Newcastle went ahead through Mehdi Abeid after 76 minutes, who scored for Newcastle with his first goal for the club.
Mehdi had just come on for Dan Gosling, and the young and impressive Gael Bigirimana put in a cross into the box, and the Frenchman brought down the ball and held off a defender well, before he dispatched the ball into the back of the net from just six yards out, to put Newcastle ahead.
But then when it looked like Newcastle would get their second 1-0 win in a row, on 90 minutes Christian Baroni, the Fenerbahce Brazilian defensive midfielder, hit a low shot from the edge of the penalty area that easily beat goalkeeper Rob Elliott. It was almost the last kick of the game.
It was disappointing that Newcastle couldn’t have held onto their 1-0 lead, but another very good performance from Newcastle, and no doubt Alan Pardew will say there were good displays all over the field again for Newcastle for the second pre-seaosn game running.
Certainly the youngsters who again played tonight fitted right into the side, and a number of them looked impressive, and these may be Newcastle’s secret weapon this coming season.
A good display from all our boys, and we don’t want to carried away too much, but there were definite signs all over the field tonight that Newcastle may be a very strong side next season.
We hope so – and in particular James Tavernier again looked the part, and Dan Gosling had a very decent game before being replaced after around 73 minutes by goalscorer Mehdi Abeid.
We’ll bring out a full report of the game, as we saw it, in about 10 minutes.
Newcastle have now won, lost and drawn in their first three games of pre-season, while giving an awful lot of players a run-out.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson (Davide Santon 68), James Tavernier, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 59), Dan Gosling (Mehdi Abeid 73); Gabriel Obertan (Shola Ameobi 75), Haris Vuckic (Sammy Ameobi 46), Sylvain Marveaux (Jonas Gutierrez 59); Demba Ba (Papiss Cisse 68)
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson
Fenerbahce (4-2-3-1): Mert Gunok; Orhan Sam, Bekir Irtegun, Serdar Kesimal, Hasan Ali Kaldirim; Mehmet Topal (Henri Bienvenu 85), Cristian Baroni; Dirk Kuyt (Semih Senturk 68), Alex De Souza (c) (Selcuk Sahin 68), Miroslav Stoch; Moussa Sow (Mehmet Topuz 46)
Subs not used: Serkan Kirintili, Gokhan Gonul, Salih Ucan, Recep Niyaz, Caner Erkin, Ozer Hurmaci, Sezer Ozturk, Volkan Demirel
Referee: Paul Petho