The need for a top striker and a top central defender was clear with Newcastle’s display last night at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers – Miller Park.
We conceded two poor goals in the first 16 minutes, and the Magpies could have even won the game when we created a lot of chances in that second half – but again we just couldn’t score.
Yoan Gouffran in action last night
Steve McClaren was pleased enough with the commitment and effort of the players after those early goals and he seemed pleased enough by the display of the Newcastle team, who are still getting used to the way McClaren wants the side to play.
Possession type of football and some quick passing between the players.
This is some of what he said after the game last night:
“I thought the field was very good.” “It was unusual, different but once you get on a football field it’s always the same.”
“The crowd were tremendous and a good advert for both Mexican football and the Premier League.” “I don’t know how we never scored a second.
“The one on the line and two good chances and a cross or two as well.¨ “That will come.” “Pre-season is difficult to gauge and you just have to go on performance.”
“As the game went on we adjusted and the performance was good.”
There’s a good case to make that Newcastle deserved at least a draw last night, but of course the pre-season results are hardly ever a good indication of how we will fare in the league this season.
But its always good to win and it gives the lads confidence too.
Next up is the Sacramento Republic FC, founded three years ago and they play in the United Soccer League, which was created in 2011.
The KO is 8:00pm Pacific Time.
|Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)||Gateshead||International Stadium||W 1-0|
|Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)||Club Atlas||Miller Park, Milwaukee||L 2-1|
|Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)||Sacramento Republic||Bonney Field, Sacramento||W 1-0|
|Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)||Portland Timbers||Providence Park, Portland||L 4-3|
|Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)||Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||D 2-2|
|Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)||York City||Bootham Crescent||L 2-1|
|Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)||Borussia Mönchengladbach||St. James' Park||L 1-0|