Newcastle manager Alan Pardew named another strong side for the game against Wellington Phoenix tonight, which is the final game of the Football United Tour of New Zealand, and Mehdi Abeid gets a starting position in midfield.
Mehdi Abeid – at Panathinaikos on loan last season
Mehdi had a very good season on loan last season at Greek side Panathinaikos, and he was impressive in 38 games with 10 goals, and he’s making an attempt to be in Newcastle’s plans for the future in this pre-season.
New signings Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere were again given starts tonight.
Newcastle will play in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Riviere up front and de Jong playing in the withdrawn striker role, and both scored against Sydney FC on Tuesday night, with Jack Colback and Mehdi Abeid in the middle.
In the first half Wellington showed up well and were getting on top when on 41 minutes Yoan Gouffran put Newcastle ahead.
Vurnon Anita put the ball into the penalty area from a short corner, and Gouffran was there to place a header just inside the post to put Newcastle 1-0 up at half time.
As expected, it’s a tougher game than against Sydney FC on Tuesday night.
Wellington Phoenix (4-3-3): Glen Moss; Manny Muscat, Ben Sigmund, Andrew Durante (c), Thomas Doyle; Tyler Boyd, Albert Riera, Alex Gorrin; Louis Fenton, Jeremy Brockie, Nathan Burns
Subs not used: Lewis Italiano, Michael Boxall, Josh Brindell-South, Kenny Cunningham, Alex Rufer, Jason Hicks, Roy Krishna, Matthew Ridenton, Andrew Blake
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback, Yoan Gouffran; Siem de Jong; Emmanuel Riviere
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman, Paul Dummett, Lubo Satka, Haris Vuckic, Rolando Aarons, Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong, Ayoze Perez
Referee: Matthew Conger
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