After winning three games on the trot without conceding a goal, Newcastle were beaten by a good-looking Malaga side in Germany this afternoon, and the Spanish side were 3-0 up at half time, after the Newcastle defense did not look good in that first half, and the team failed to close down the Malaga players.
A great goal from Darder after 25 minutes and a brace from Castillejo was the difference between the two sides in the first half, with our back four looking a bit shaky, but things improved a lot in the second half as Newcastle tried to get back into the game – and Pardew got a reaction from his players in the second half after a poor first half display.
And Newcastle got one back after 60 minutes with a great goal from Gabby Obertan, who got the ball from a corner, and beat his man on the edge of the box and hit the ball brilliantly into the back of the net.
And Gabby may leave us this summer.
SA poor first half display from Newcastle this afternoon but much improved in the second half is the bottom line of this game.
Heres the way we saw it this afternoon.
Newcastle started this game slowly with Malaga having more of the ball and Darder missed a good chance after 23 minutes when he headed the ball over the bar from just six yards out and should have done better.
But then a couple of minutes later, the same player had the ball played back to him and he sent a fantastic shot from 25 yards screaming in off Elliot’s left hand post, to put a good Malaga side 1-0 up.
And then after 32 minutes Malaga doubled their advantage when Jesus Gamez made a good run down the right wing and got to the bye line on the right, looked up and chipped the ball over to Castillejo, who was completely unmarked (where was Mapou?) and he hit the ball first time with his left foot past Elliot and into the back of the net.
It was 2-0 to a who looked the sharper side in the first half.
And then after 43 minutes Castillejo scored his second when he hit the ball with his left foot – but the ball looped across Elliot into the goal when it was deflected off Yanga-Mbiwa and Newcastle were 3-0 down at the break against a good-looking Malaga side, who looked much more threatening than the Magpies.
Alan Pardew made four changes at half time with Yoan Gouffran, Manu Riviere, Gabby Obertan and Rolando Aarons coming on and Adam Armstrong, Sissoko, Perez and Cabella all off.
Both sides went close after 54 minutes with Ignacio Camacho heading wide from a corner when he found himself completely unmarked and then a minute later Mbiwa-Yanga headed over from six yards out when he should have scored, and after 60 minutes a good shot from Gouffran was deflected wide.
And then from the corner the ball was played to Obertan who beat his man brilliantly and hit a great shot into the back of the net – Obertan is showing he’s a good player when he’s in the mood.
Paul Dummett and Vurnon Anita came into the game for Jack Colback and Haidara and ten minutes later Mike Williamson made his first appearance in pre-season replacing Fab Coloccini and Haris Vuckic came on for Mehdi Abeid – as Pardew gave his subs some playing time.
The game was much more even in the second half as Newcastle tried to get back into the game, but Newcastle couldn’t get another goal, which would have made it interesting.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Lubo Satka 84), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mike Williamson 74), Massadio Haidara (Paul Dummett 67); Mehdi Abeid (Haris Vuckic 74), Jack Colback (Vurnon Anita 67); Moussa Sissoko (Gabriel Obertan 46), Adam Armstrong (Yoan Gouffran 46), Remy Cabella (Rolando Aarons 46); Ayoze Perez (Emmanuel Riviere 46)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Jak Alnwick, Daryl Janmaat, Remie Streete, Cheick Tiote, Adam Campbell
Malaga (4-2-3-1): Idris Kameni; Jesus Gamez, Wellington, Sergio Sanchez (Alberto Angeleri 73), Antunes; Sergi Darder (Juanami 73), Ignacio Camacho; Ricardo Horta (Pablo Perez 86), Duda (c) (Samuel Sanchez 86), Samu Castillejo (Juanpi 54); Roque Santa Cruz (Luis Alberto 73)
Subs not used: Guillermo Ochoa, Agustin Cousillas, Arthur Boka, Jose Rosales, Recio, Ezequiel Rescaldani
Referee: Christian Bandurski