Newcastle were just too good tonight for Hartlepool United and scored two goals, through Shola Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux, after only three minutes had passed, and a third after 12 minutes, through a penalty, which was well taken by Marveaux for his second goal of the night.
And it was 4-0 after 53 minutes with a well taken goal by Haris Vuckic before Hartlepool responded through Andy Sweeney, but then Gabby Obertan, who had come on as a substitute late in the game, rifled home a beauty with five minutes to go.
With Newcastle’s inability to score on Saturday at Den Haag, this was just what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wanted to see, and Romain Amalfitano had an excellent game tonight, and Gael Bigirimana and Sylvain Marveux also impressed.
Shola Ameobi also looked sharp before he went off injured just before the break.
But on his performances so far this summer, this lad Amalfitano will be pressing for a first team place soon in the Newcastle side – another great signing by Graham Carr.
In Carr We Trust – and bringing in great youngsters to Newcastle like Romain is one reason we trust Graham so much.
Here’s how we saw the game tonight, which Newcastle completely dominated.
Newcastle were 2-0 up after only four minutes in tonight’s game at Victoria Park.
The first goal was well worked by Newcastle as James Tavernier’s passed the ball to Dan Gosling, who sent the ball out on the right wing to Romain Alalfitano, and the French youngster sent in a low cross and it was Shola Ameobi, who hit the ball home from six yards out.
After going 90 minutes on Saturday at Den Haag and failing to score Newcastle broke their duck very quickly tonight.
And would you believe it, but one minute later Newcastle were two goals to the good, and straight from the kick-off Shola Ameobi latched onto a long through ball in the inside left position, and his cross come shot went to Sylvain Marveaux, who amazingly hit the bar first, but he put the rebound home.
Two goals in a minute by Newcastle and somehow we think Alan Pardew had told the lads to stick the ball in the back of the net tonight.
After 9 minutes Newcastle looked to be 3-0 up, when Amalfitano put through Dan Gosling, but Dan was just offside and it didn’t count.
But just three minutes later Newcastle were 3-0 up as Romain Amalfitano put the ball into the box, and Ameobi beat goalkeeper Flinders to the ball, but the big man was fouled and it was an obvious penalty.
Sylvain Marveaux made no mistake from the spot as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way for his second goal of the night.
Newcastle were well in control of this game, but just before half time Shola Ameobi seemed to pick up an injury in the center circle, and he limped towards the touch line and Alan Pardew played out the couple of minutes remaining with 10 men – but we hope Shola’s not badly injured.
It was Hatem Ben Arfa who came on after the break for his first taste of the pre-season, and Haris Vuckic was also brought into the game, with Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi the players replaced.
It’s obvious Alan Pardew is wrapping Steven Taylor in cotton wool as he anxious he lasts the full season this time around without any injuries.
And Ben Arfa played good one touch football with Amalfitano and Vuckic, and the Slovenian cut inside and hit a low shot which came off a Hartlepool defender to Ben Arfa, who took his time but Flinders denied him with a good block.
After 53 minutes Newcastle went 4-0 up, and it was Ben Arfa who went on one of those runs of his through the center, and he tried to play in Amalfitano,but the ball was blocked and it went to Vuckic, who took his chance really well and lofted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
A good goal form the Slovenian International, who seems to have a knack of being able to put the ball in the back of the net.
Amalfitano was looking very good out on the right wing, and a terrific pass of his found Marveaux, who did everything right, but again goalkeeper Flinders made a good block to thwart the Frenchman.
Mehdi Abeid came on after 60 minutes for Gael Bigirimana, who was again very active in the middle of the park for Newcastle, and a couple of minutes later Hartlepool got one back.
Abeid was just getting into the game and he fouled on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area, and Andy Sweeney put the ball home when he met the free-kick, although the Newcastle players appealed for offside, but the goal stood and it was 4-1.
And after 73 minutes our new Australian youngster Curtis Good was introduced into the game, in place of Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor replaced Perchinho. It was the very first taste of first team football for Curtis.
On 78 minutes Marveaux was replaced by Gabby Obertan, and Sylvain again looked good tonight, and a couple of minutes later Davide Santon came on for the very impressive Romain Amalfitano.
Amalfitano had a great game tonight – and this lad could turn out to be another top buy for Newcastle.
With 6 minutes remaining highly thought of young goalkeeper Jak Alnucj got his first taste of first team action, as he replaced Steve Harper (who is twice the age of Jak – sorry Steve), and Jak has already played for the England U20 side.
And in the next minute Newcastle got their 5th goal when Gabby Obertan, who seemed full of running since he came on as a sub, hit one home from 18 yards out – it was a nice goal from the former Manchester United man.
Newcastle were just too good for Hartlepool tonight and Alan Pardew will be pleased that some of his fringe players are looking very good with Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano and Sylvain Marveaux all catching the eye tonight.
The crowd was 4,802, with about half of them Newcastle fans who made the trip down to Hartlepool, and they would have enjoyed what they saw tonight.
Hartlepool United (4-4-2): Scott Flinders; Neil Austin (c), Peter Hartley, Jack Baldwin, Evan Horwood (Darren Holden 46); Jonathan Franks (Ben Wignall 87), Simon Walton (Paul Murray 67), Antony Sweeney, Andy Monkhouse (Nathan Luscombe 75); Luke James (James Poole 75), Steve Howard
Subs not used: Ryan Tuck
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Steve Harper (Jak Alnwick 84); Danny Simpson (Curtis Good 73), Steven Taylor (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Mike Williamson, James Tavernier; James Perch (Ryan Taylor 73), Gael Bigirimana (Mehdi Abeid 60); Romain Amalfitano (Davide Santon 80), Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux (Gabriel Obertan 78); Shola Ameobi (c) (Haris Vuckic 46)
Subs not used: None
Referee: David Webb