It was a late Moussa Sissoko goal after 87 minutes that gave Newcastle a win against Real Sociedad in this afternoon’s final pre-season goal at St. James’ Park.
Manu Riviere in action this afternoon
The two sides were evenly matched throughout this game, with Newcastle being the more adventurous going forward, and pressing Real in the second half – and Newcastle deserved their win today.
But Alan Pardew still made plenty of changes in the second half, and Newcastle kept their shape well and looked a fairly well-drilled side this afternoon.
No doubt the manager will take a lot of positives out of this game., with Janmaat fitting in well at right back and Cabella looking a very good player again.
The first half was fairly even with applause for a minute in memory of Liam and John on 17 minutes from both the players in main stand, and the fans around the ground.
These two fans will never be forgotten at Newcastle United.
And then after 28 minutes Agirretxe tried to lob the Newcastle goalkeeper, but Krul got the ball easily and then Cabella put in a decent shot at the other end and it was only just wide.
At the break there was no score and Gouffran was replaced by Aarons at the beginning of the second half.
Aarons was showing up well down the left wing, and he made a couple of good runs but each time his cross was blocked.
Colback and Haidara were replaced by Obertan and Dummett after 59 mins and a minute later Mike Williamson forced a very good save from goalkeeper Rulli who did well to tip the ball over the cross-bar.
Newcastle were pressing Sociedad and looking for a goal.
After 66 minutes Alan Pardew made another four changes, with Steven Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Perez coming on for Williamson, Coloccini, Riviere and Anita.
Facundo Ferreyra was introduced in place of Cabella after 75 mins
Armstrong came on for Janmaat after 83 minutes and Daryl had a solid game at right back for Newcastle today.
Moussa Sissoko after scoring the winner
And then with just three minutes to go it was Perez and Obertan who combined well to set up Moussa Sissoko, who fianlly broke the deadlock with a nice goal and at the right time, as he side footed the ball into the back of the net.
Newcastle saw out the game easily and it was a good 1-0 win.
In pre-season Newcastle won five of their eight friendly games with two defeats and one draw.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat (Armstrong, 84), Williamson (S Taylor, 67), Coloccini (Yanga-Mbiwa, 67), Haidara (Dummett, 59); Sissoko, Anita (Abeid, 67), Colback (Obertan, 59), Gouffran (Aarons, 46); Cabella (Ferreyra, 74); Riviere Perez. Sub not used: Alnwick.
Real Sociedad: Rulli; C Martinez, Gonzalez, I Martinez, Berchiche; Granero, Bergara, Canales; Agirretxe, Prieto, Castro.
Goal: Sissoko 87
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
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