Newcastle Again Play Well To Win 1-0 – Report

Newcastle United ended their New Zealand tour in front of over 30,000 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight, with a good 1-0 win against a good-looking Wellington Phoenix side.

Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle United - Football United New Zealand Tour 2014

Yoan Gouffran – after scoring the winner after 41 minutes

But this was a more difficult game than the 4-0 win against Sydney FC on Tuesday night, and the Phoenix had already beaten West Ham 2-1 on Tuesday night.

It was another entertaining game for the fans, and both sides had chances that they missed, and in the first half Wellington attacked Newcastle from the side and looked a good side.

Newcastle again paid tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney – with the players wearing T-shirts in memory of the two supporters who were killed last week when a Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine by rebels.

Both sides attacked each other from the start, and after 27 minutes Wellington’s Jeremy Brockie hit the woodwork with a header, but he was ruled offside.

The breakthrough came for Newcastle just before half time on 41 minutes, when the in-form Jack Colback sent the ball over to the back post and Yoan Gouffran’s looping header beat Phoenix goalkeeper Moss.

And Colback had a chance just before the break to score his first goal in Newcastle colors, after Perez had set him up, but Jack’s shot was blocked by Phoenix defender Andrew Durante.

In the second half it again was an attacking game from both sides, and Phoenix had a number of decent chances to equalise, but found  Newcastle’s Irish International goalkeeper Rob Elliott again looking very good in goal.

Rob made two excellent save sin the second half, the first after 56 minute when he pushed the ball around the post, and then 7 minutes later he made a terrific save from the same player – Brockie.

And then substitute Perez, who had been brought on as a sub in a precautionary move to replace Siem de Jong after 33 minutes, had a very good chance to put the Magpies 2-0 up, but the Spaniard blasted the ball over the bar, when he should have done better.

The Newcastle supporters again remembered Newcastle fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder in the 29th and 64th minutes and broke into applause in tribute to our two fallen brothers.

Both teams made substitutions in the second half which affected the game but the Magpies held out for a good 1-0 win and another clean sheet.

Alan Pardew will take a lot of positives out of this match, with Yoan Gouffran looking the best player on the field and named Man of the March, and some of our youngsters – Lubo Satka, Roland Aasrons and Adam Armstrong – all looking good in the second half.

Newcastle will now make the long trek home, and will take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough next Wednesday night as the next game in the pre-season friendlies, before playing in Germany the following weekend.


Wellington Phoenix (4-3-3): Glen Moss; Manny Muscat (Josh Brindell-South 86), Ben Sigmund, Andrew Durante (c), Thomas Doyle; Tyler Boyd (Jason Hicks 72), Albert Riera, Alex Gorrin (Michael Boxall 76); Louis Fenton (Matthew Ridenton 62), Jeremy Brockie (Alex Rufer 84), Nathan Burns (Kenny Cunningham 72)
Subs not used: Lewis Italiano, Roy Krishna, Andrew Blake

Newcastle  (3-5-2): Rob Elliot; Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Haris Vuckic 78), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Lubo Satka 65); Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran (Adam Campbell 85), Mehdi Abeid (Rolando Aarons 46), Jack Colback, Massadio Haidara (Paul Dummett 76); Siem de Jong (Ayoze Perez 33), Emmanuel Riviere (Adam Armstrong 65)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman

Referee: Matthew Conger
Bookings: Wellington – none; Newcastle – Yanga-Mbiwa (50)

Attendance: 30,968

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10 comments so far

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #1

    How did we look going forward and at the back? Strategy and execution?

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    our best line up should be
    we need CB,striker…CB which is starter Van Dijk,Richards…and powerfull striker Benteke,Lukaku type and if we can then bring Grenier as well…then we can have really good team as this looks better to me
    Sissoko……………De Jong……………….Cabella
    bench mbiwa,saylor,santon,anita,abeid,goofy,aarons,riviére,cissé,pérez
    get rid of HBA and bring Grenier, should be on same wages and Grenier can cover if SDJ is injured as AMC

  • Klatoon

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    excited about rolando, academy lad, left foot, pace to burn…

  • croftus5678

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #4

    @1 sgt

    lots of great set pieces from colback and our wingers played well with lots a very good crosses.
    when we went forward we did so in numbers and got people in the box which we never did last season which is a big +
    hairdryer/colback/perez/rolando/goofy were prob the main threats.

    defence wise colo looked solid and great but mbiwa was garbage and saylor avg but something tells e saylor will struggle with pace in prem and mbiwa is not the solution i hoped he would be ! even satka is very lightwieght atm so needs a good few years yet.

    micah or dier for me to play alongside colo.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Ia rolando’s & De Jong injuries are serious ????

  • Scottiedog

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Sissoko can cover the ldj role and goufy can go on the wing, easy!
    I Can see colback being our player of the season

  • Scottiedog

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Is it too late to get Richards?

  • thai-mag

    Jul 26, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #8

    4 players off injured, the squad looks threadbare already, at least the players at the world cup avoided this ridiculous tour, nearly 25000 miles to play 2 games against a bunch of cloggers

  • newcs

    Jul 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    First 35 playing 5 3 2 we looked awful defensively. Parsnip had about 4 players playing out of position again, so expect the same as last year. Taylor awful, mbiwa not much better but played every but the position he was signed to play, looked far better as soon as we changed formation. De jong looked a class above everyone until went off injured. Just read someone said colbacks set pieces were good, nearly everyone was deep and floaty, never mixed up or delivered with any pace. Thought he played well though but overall not a great performance but it is pre season and by the end of the game we had not one starting 11 player on the pitch and only ten men.
    Positives – de jong, perez, aarons, arma.
    Negs – pardews tactics, saylor,elliot,anita

  • newcs

    Jul 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Toonfan8 agree with starting 11 except drop sissoko alongside tiote which is his natural posi and push cabella to the right which is his and gouf on left.
    Can’t understand why ppl and mostly parsnip persist on putting square pegs in round holes


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