Newcastle lost their second pre-season game in Milwaukee last night, as the lads went down 2-1 to Mexican side Club Atlas, and we got off to a very poor start when young Jamaal Lascelles brought down Gonzalo Bergessio in the penalty box and he then sent Tim Krul the wrong way to put Newcastle 1-0 behind.
And we were 2-0 down after 16 minutes.
Moussa Sissoko scores just before half time
Club Atlas started the game very quickly and Newcastle were slow out of the blocks, and the Magpies went 2-0 down just six minutes after conceding the penalty.
It seemed that Mike Williamson should have done better as it was that man Bergessio again who hit the ball over Krul and into the back of the ne.
Newcastle were looking very second best at 2-0 down.
It could have been even worse after 22 minute,s when Bergessio almost got his hat-trick as he beat goalkeeper Krul, but the ball came back off the woodwork.
But Newcastle then got a grip of the game and started to pass the ball around well and started creating some chances.
And just before half time Newcastle got the goal they deserved, when good work from Papiss Cisse put Moussa Sissoko through, and the French international put the ball past goalkeeper Pinto.
It was 2-1 at the half.
Steve McClaren brought on goalkeeper Karl Darlow at half time, and that was the only change made by Newcastle.
It looked like Newcastle had equalized very early in the second half as the goalkeeper saved Papiss Cisse’s shot, but the ball looked over the line and it should have been 2-2.
It was very like last season when Cisse had so many goals disallowed.
And then it was Dutch International Siem de Jong who shot wide of the post when he should have done better and then Yoan Gouffran had a shot from range, but it was way over the bar.
After 73 minutes of the game it was all chance at Newcastle as Steve McClaren brought on six substitutes to give them all a game.
On came Bigirimana, Ferguson, Aarons, Obertan, Perez and Armstrong.
Rolando Aarons immediately made the difference for Newcastle, and once again the 19 year-old looked very goo.
Aarons put in a dangerous looking center that goalkeeper Pinto only just cleared from Adam Armstrong.
Then just before the end it was Ayoze Perez who came close with a very nice shot, but the goalkeeper saved.
Newcastle pressed and were much better in that second half, but we paid the price for a poor lackadaisical start, and we just couldn’t score.
We went down 2-1 to our first pre-season loss.
It was what caused us problems in the second half of last season, starting off poorly and conceding goals with some poor defending, and we couldn’t get back into the game
The good news is that Newcsle looked good in that second half and Rolando Aarons is back.
Club Atlas (4-4-2): Miguel Angel Pinto; Eisner Ivan Loboa (Felipe Abdiel Baloy 83), Walter Kannemann (Carlos Alberto Arreola 72), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Luis Fernando Telles 83), Juan Carlos Ivan Pineda; Juan Carlos Medina, Aldo Leao Ramirez (c) (Rodolfo Salinas 78), Franco Faustino Arizala, Christian Alejandro Tabó (Martin Barragan 80); Jorge Alejandro Zárate (Rodrigo Godinez 83), Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio (Luis Nery Caballero 72)
Subs not used: Miguel Angel Fraga, Alan Alfredo Lopez, Pablo Jesus Mascarenas, Juan Pablo Vigon, Juan de Dios Hernandez
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (Karl Darlow 46); Daryl Janmaat (Gael Bigirimana 73), Mike Williamson, Jamaal Lascelles, Massadio Haidara (Shane Ferguson 73); Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback (c); Moussa Sissoko (Gabriel Obertan 73), Siem de Jong (Ayoze Perez 73), Yoan Gouffran (Rolando Aarons 73); Papiss Cisse (Adam Armstrong 73)
Sub not used: Freddie Woodman,
Referee: Kevin Terry Jr.