Yoan Gouffran’s goal after 41 minutes gave the Magpies their second clean sheet and a win in Wellington today, as they beat the Phoenix by the only goal of the game.
Fab Coloccini – replaced after 78 minutes with suspected injury
Alan Pardew will have a lot of positive things to take out of this game, not least of which was the form of Yoan Gouffran, who was voted Man of the Match after the game, and looked sharp for Newcastle.
But the Magpies suffered a number of (potential) injuries during the game, and the first one being to star man Siem de Jong, who was replaced after 33 minutes by Ayoze Perez, another new signing for Newcastle.
It’s not clear what Siem’s injury is, but he was nursing a foot injury this week, after the game on Tuesday night against Sydney FC.
Mehdi Abeid received treatment in the first half after a hard challenge, and he didn’t come out for the second half, and again we don’t know how bad that injury may be.
Fabricio Coloccini was replaced after 78 minutes and he looked a mite uncomfortable walking off, and then after 85 minutes 18 year-old Rolando Aarons came off injured.
Newcastle were forced to play out the remainder of the game with 10 men, with only goalkeepers Jak Alnwick and Freddie Woodman remaining on the bench.
We should hear from Alan Pardew soon what the injury situation is – and let’s hope they were just slight knocks our players took during the match tonight.
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