Newcastle United got their pre-season off to a good positive start tonight at Motherwell and won the game 4-2, after impressing in the first half as the lads went 3-1 up and were attacking the Scottish side, which was good to see.
Haris Vuckic, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko and Sylvain Marveaux all scored, and after struggling so much to score goals in the final games of last season, it seemed attack was on the minds of the Newcastle players tonight, and it was a good display from our lads.
Newcastle went ahead in this game after only 8 minutes when Moussa Sissoko got the ball in midfield, and then put a great through ball to Yoan Gouffran, and the Frenchman’s shot was well saved by goalkeeper Hollis but Haris Vuckic, back from his ACL injury put the ball into the empty net from the edge of the area and Newcastle were 1-0 up.
Haris certainly has an eye for goal, and it was a good opportunist effort from the Slovenian International.
And in the early stages it was all Newcastle, as 21 year-old Paul Dummett hit a decent shot over the bar, and it was 20 year-old Haris Vuckic again, who had the assist on the second goal after 15 minutes.
James Tavernier put through a beautiful ball to Vuckic, who went forward to the edge of the penalty area, and then when it looked like he was about to shoot, Vuckic cleverly put Gouffran through, and the Frenchman had the ball in the back of the net in a jiffy.
This man Yoan Gouffran is much better player than we may think – and he cans score some goals for the Magpies.
Haris Vuckic scores Newcastle’s second goal
So Newcastle were 2-0 up, but then conceded when Iain Vigurs scored after 26 minutes, when he put in an excellent shot from 23 yards out, that gave goalkeeper Rob Elliot no chance.
And then after 39 minutes Newcastle scored again, and this time Sissoko got the ball on the edge of the area, but he was well marked by several Motherwell defenders.
Then out of the blue, Sissoko hit a first time effort towards goal and while Hollis got a hand to the ball it slid underneath his body and Newcastle were 3-1 up, and the goalkeeper possibly could have done better.
At half time this attacking Newcastle were well worth their 3-1 lead.
Alan Pardew made two changes at the break, replacing Vuckic and center-back Mike Williamson with Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor.
But Motherwell brought it back to 3-2 after just 52 minutes with a penalty, when Sissoko tripped Stuart Carswell as the Frenchman tried to intercept the ball, and McFadden chipped his penalty straight down the middle of the goal, as Elliot dived out of the way.
Newcastle restored their two goal advantage after 64 minutes, and it was that man Marveuax who put the ball home after an excellent cross into the box from the left wing by Newcastle-born Paul Dummett.
Alan Pardew made sure everybody but sub goalkeeper Jak Alnwick got a run-out, and the game became disjointed, as often happens when too many subs are introduced.
This was a good display and a good win by Newcastle and it was good to Newcastle able to score four good goals tonight.
And while the results of friendlies don’t mean to much, after all the negativity we’ve had over the last several weeks, this was a good display and a good result from this Newcastle side, and we were short of a lot of our first teamers.
Motherwell (4-4-2): Lee Hollis (Gunnar Nielsen 46); Adam Cummins (Fraser Kerr 46), Simon Ramsden, Shaun Hutchinson, Stevie Hammell; Stuart Carswell, Paul Lawson (Zaine Francis-Angol 46), Keith Lasley (Craig Moore 74), Iain Vigurs (Euan Murray 74); Bob McHugh (James McFadden 46), Trialist (Lee Irwin 82)
Subs not used: n/a
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, Mike Williamson (Steven Taylor 46), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (c) (Remie Streete 82), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita (Michael Richardson 82), Moussa Sissoko (Mehdi Abeid 68); Gabriel Obertan (Shane Ferguson 74), Haris Vuckic (Sylvain Marveaux 46), Sammy Ameobi (Romain Amalfitano 82); Yoan Gouffran (Adam Campbell 58)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick