Newcastle started a very strong side tonight against Gateshead at the International Stadium, and went ahead through a Papiss Cisse penalty after only six minutes – but that was the only score of the game and although Newcastle dominated the match, they couldn’t add to that one goal.
The penalty was given after Massadio Haidara – playing again after a lengthy lay-off – was brought down by Gateshead defender Simon Ramsden.
Papiss Cisse scoring from the spot
Newcastle dominated the game in the first half and had many chances but like last season we couldn’t put the ball away.
In the second half Steve McClaren started a completely different eleven – so the coach was able to give a run-out to 22 players tonight – that’s good thinking.
Newcastle domination continued into the second half, but we still couldn’t get another goal – but went close on several occasions.
So after a complete domination in both halves, it shows we need some real goalscorers this summer, and as well as hopefully signing Aleksandar Mitrovic tomorrow – we should go all out to bring in a certain Charlie Austin.
Haris Vuckic was the only player who didn’t get a game tonight, so the Slovenian may start the next game on Tuesday night at Milwaukee against Club Atlas at Miller Park in the US.
This was a good performance by the lads in Newcastle’s first pre-season game – and a win is a win.
Coaches and players will be getting used to the new way Newcastle will play under Steve McClaren and his new coaching team.
Gateshead (4-5-1): Sam Russell (Shaun MacDonald 46); Simon Ramsden (Craig Baxter 46), James Curtis (Dean Briggs 73), Ben Clark (Nathan Buddle 46), Matty Pattison; Josh Gillies (Mechack Kanda 66), Rob Ramshaw (River Allen 57), Jamie Chandler (Dillon Morse 73), Jimmy Phillips (Paddy McLaughlin 57), James Marwood (Joe Hailes 77); Jon Shaw (Rene Howe 46)
Subs not used: Josh Parry
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow (Freddie Woodman 46); Daryl Janmaat (Gael Bigirimana 46), Mike Williamson (Lubo Satka 46), Jamaal Lascelles (Curtis Good 46), Massadio Haidara (Shane Ferguson 46); Vurnon Anita (Cheick Tiote 46), Jack Colback (c) (Ayoze Perez 46); Moussa Sissoko (Gabriel Obertan 46), Siem de Jong (Adam Armstrong 46), Yoan Gouffran (Rolando Aarons 46); Papiss Cisse (Emmanuel Riviere 46)
Sub not used: Haris Vuckic
Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Sunderland)
On the transfer front, we are waiting to see if the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum will be announced tonight – since the news is that he did complete his medical this afternoon.
It looks like Aleksandar Mitrovic will be arriving tomorrow for his medical, as his agent Pini Zahavi arrived this afternoon in Newcastle to finalize the details.
Zahavi has already said Aleksandar will be signing the Newcastle deal, and assuming the deal goes through it will be a huge coup for the club, getting in one of the best young strikers in Europe.
All being well we may have both players signed up by tomorrow night and both on the plane to America on Sunday.
That will give Newcastle and their fans a huge boost – when it was really needed.
Here a link to the Newcastle web-site report for a full report of the game with more details.