Newcastle put up a good performance tonight at Love Street, to win this game against St. Mirren rather easily 2-0, with two goals in the first 26 minutes.
Mathieu Debuchy scores Newcastle’s second goal
Newcastle were much the better side, and created many chances but could only put two of them into the back of the net – and it was a second clean sheet for the Magpies, following the 1-0 win on Sunday at Blackpool.
Papiss Cisse was making his first appearance of pre-seaso, and he almost scored after just 3 minutes, but then he was on target after 19 minutes.
So it didn’t take him long to break his duck, and it was a nice goal from Newcastle.
Cisse was looking lively and he fed Sammy Ameobi on the left-wing, and Sammy gave Cisse with an almost perfect return pass, and the number 0 controlled the ball nicely and then hit the ball into the top corner of the net past a helpless David Cornell – pure class from Papiss.
And then after 26 minutes Newcastle got their second goal and it was French International Mathieu Debuchy who scored. Debuchy was put through nicely by Vurnon Anita and he beat the offside trap, and finished very nicely with a shot that was low and hard into the back of the net.
There he is wearing Wonga – Cisse looked really sharp
Newcastle created even more chances in the second half, and as we expected Alan Pardew brought on local lad Conor Newton for his first appearance of pre-season after 75 minutes, when he was brought on for Cheick Tiote, and he got a great reception from the St. Mirren fans. A nice gesture from manager Pardew.
Newcastle saw out this game fairly easily, although in the last few minutes St. Mirren had a good chance, and probably should have scored.
Papiss Cisse looked sharp tonight, and both Dan Gosling and Sammy Ameobi had good games for the Magpies, and maybe Gosling deserves a few more chances in this pre-season.
It was another very good performance from Newcastle, with a number of our players having good games and looking good.
But it’s only pre-season and we probably shouldn’t make too much of it – but it was our third win in five pre-season games.
Next up are Rangers in Glasgow next Tuesday night, and then SC Braga at St. James’ Park the following Saturday, in the final two warm-up games before we meet Manchester City on August 19th in the Premier League.
We’ll bring out a full match report later.
St. Mirren (4-4-2): David Cornell; David van Zanten (Jason Naismith 86), Marc McAusland, Jim Goodwin (Darren McGregor 81), Danny Grainger; Gary Teale, John McGinn (Kealan Dillon 86), Paul McGowan, Gary Harkins (Anton Brady 81); Steven Thompson (Sean Kelly 81), Thomas Reilly
Subs not used: Christophe Dilo, Lee Mair, Mo Yaqub, Barry Cuddihy, Jon Scullion, Jordan Stewart
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (Jak Alnwick 66); Mathieu Debuchy (Davide Santon 46), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Remie Streete 82), Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mike Williamson 86), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Conor Newton 75); Hatem Ben Arfa (Yoan Gouffran 66), Dan Gosling (Haris Vuckic 66), Sammy Ameobi; Papiss Cisse (Adam Campbell 66)
Sub not used: Michael Richardson
Referee: John Beaton
Attendance: 4,216 (709 Newcastle)