Newcastle Go Down 2-1 In Milwaukee – Aarons Shines

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.

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 14: Moussa Sissko #7 of the Newcastle United scores a goal during the first half against Club Atlas at Miller Park on July 14, 2015, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Moussa Sissko

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.

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Jul 15, 2015 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Wasnt thw worst display ever, will take time to get the players into McClarens way of playing.

    At least games like this highlight the urgency that we find 1/2 CBs, if we didnt concede a goal pre-season then maybe they would think we have enough already.

    Lascelles should play the most minutes pre-season for me, give him as much game time as possible to see what level he is at come mid August.

    We lacked a real cutting edge but with fitness and players coming back hopefully it will come together.

  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2015 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley(pronounced ASH-LEE)Oot (OOT)!


  • jimbo

    Jul 15, 2015 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #3

    I never take the scoreline seriously in pre season games. What I did notice is that we finally have some idea of what positional awareness is. There are a lot of positive differences that I noticed.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 15, 2015 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #4

    I told u guys that Bigi is being drafted as a RB and Fergie as LB. So Durmett is going for CB. Colo and Willo going to get sold.
    RB: Janmatt, Bigi
    CB: Matip, Durmett, Taylor, Lasaceles,Good.
    LB: Haidara, Fergie.
    But the problem with all those defenders they are all injury prone we can have them all sick at once even Matip missed most of 2013/2014 season

  • nufc 11

    Jul 15, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Is it me or what but happened to the urgency of getting aarons signed up to a long term deal?1 year remaining and hasn’t been offered a thing a new sterling and we’ll let him Walk for nowt typical.

  • tweaked

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #6

    we need two quality starting CB’s as priority, if we hemorrhaging goals like the past 3 seasons it wont matter how many goals we score

  • JDdubai

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #7


    how do you know he hasnt been offered a deal? Maybe he has made it clear he will go elsewhere?

    Considering how clear it is that he has huge potential, the club will know this, so if he isnt signing then there must be a reason that we dont know about.

    Even if you hate Mashley etc, he wont want to lose out on millions by not getting Aarons signed up so Id say there were issues from Aarons side rather than the club..

  • AmeriToon

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #8

    I was at this game! My first toon game ever.
    The team was poor in the first half until Sissoko’s goal. They came out in the second half and immeadiately took over. the ball was barely on our side of the field in the second half.
    I don’t think I had truly realized how bad Williamson is until i saw him play in person. Damn the opposition knew cuz they closed him down everytime he got the ball. Lascelles actually played very well other than the penalty. Everyone else was decent, nothing great. Aarons did look very good when he came on and Armstrong managed to create a chance

  • AmeriToon

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Got my Sissoko jersey signed by Krul, Sissoko, and Haidara and also took pictures with each of them

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Gøød mörning Jesper
    Jöb done!

  • check the toastie

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Getting Aarons on a decent contract would be the best business this summer, what the foock is Charnley getting paid for, total amateur. One signing this summer, no new CBs and Goofy and Willow still starting, incredible. 3 weeks from the start of season!!!

    Want to see Perez and Aarons start a game shortly… if the squad stays the same we are in trouble, big time.

  • mickalfas

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Didn’t see the game,but off yhe

  • mickalfas

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Fcuking phone,the off the comments ,how many more times do we need to see that Willo is shite ,get rid now

  • HoboToon

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Honestly i think it is good sign willo and gouff had the start, that means mclaren knows these guys are the weak links so he needed for them to prove their worth. Another positive was that pressing. My oh my that was just amazing. If we keep that up and with a decent squad and defence, we will do well. BE POSITIVE HWTL

  • bobby mango

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Hopefully the defending will reiterate the need for better cbs.
    Getting more concerned that Wijnaldum will be our only serious signing.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Glad we lost. That should send a clear signal that a major upgrade in defence is needed ASAP.

  • JDdubai

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #17

    I dont see us selling anyone until we get players in – right way to do it – just taking a while to get things done.

    Mitrovic verdict should be today at some point, at least then we can make progress whichever way it goes.

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #18

    I didn’t see the game last night, but reading through it seem in the first half we were last seasons Newcastle until the second half.

    This is the same squad of players that got use to losing last season, Atlas are just ending their season I think so would be a lot fitter than us.

    Our team are just learning a new football philosophy and will no doubt be jaded from the trip out there.

    Right that’s enough excuses, it sounds like not a lot has changed and the same players are letting the side down.

    Move along, move along, nothing to see here!

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Oh and on a brighter note, the makems also lost last night, 1-0.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #20

    A crumb of comfort at least!

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #21
  • Tsunki

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Ashley Out!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Not bothered about results at this stage in pre season, it is all about fitness and development. Didn’t see the match, but good to see a number of players get extended run outs following the Gateshead game. Difficult to read much into it at this stage, but good to hear that both Aarons and Arma looked sharp.

    Bigi and Ferg coming on at full backs highlights a big weakness in depth there. Willo, nothing needs to be said really, thanks for giving it your all, but sadly that still falls short of the required level. Goofy left, Sissoko right, again highlighting issues.

    Rivi went on the tour didn’t he? Why wasn’t he even on the bench? We named 2 keepers on an 8 man bench. Colo, Saylor Rivi and…. who else missed out on the bench?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Just checked, Curtis Good was the other to miss out on the bench. Not a single out and out defender on the bench last night?

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #25

    I am watching match now, I will give my opinion after that…I am in 10th minute, but I can see, that Willo is horrible, slow, not comfortable with ball…

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Watching it where?

  • Bambams

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Williamson should of done better. ….
    How many times have we heard this. He can’t do better because the lad is not good enough. Sorry, he had a great first season but now cannot be in the starting 11

    We are close according to Steve, well let’s hope so.

    Today could be interesting

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #28



  • hibbit

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #29

    toon fan where are you watching ???

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #31

    Thanks, Lilongwe!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #32

    HA, I can’t watch that. All over the place Full highlights of the game last 3hours? It isn’t the Super Bowl ffs.

  • martoon

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #33

    I didn’t see the match but reading reports and comments it sounds like same old problems – we can’t defend and we can’t score goals – hopefully we will get a new striker and a defender to address these problems!
    On a different subject – I was buying a ticket for my son for the Southampton game – looking around the spare seats the Leazes End and sides were reasonably well populated but at the Gallowgate end there are massive areas of free seats!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #34

    Morning Rob…so it worked I see 🙂

    …did you watch the game?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #35

    We can buy whoever we want from midfield upwards.

    But if we don’t strengthen our central defence we are going to struggle badly. A poor defence will have ripples effect throughout our play and players.

    Then don’t blame wijwijnaldum if he turns out looking pants.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #36

    Sissoko goal at 1h48.

    It worked.
    I’m watching some of it now.

  • hibbit

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #37

    mits family were looking at houses on monday afternoon darras / tranwell ……..i think he must be coming or why look at houses

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Mr Tuff- Re your post yesterday – please don’t involve me in your rants. I see you as the biggest elephant in the room/ blog.

    My father says a wise man knows himself a fool. A fool thinks himself wise. Give it a rest – just stay shtoom.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #39

    Cheers Ron, I started watching but just couldn’t cope with it. That and I am meant to be working!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 15, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #40

    I’m confident the deal will be done. Just a case of the 2 clubs finalising the deal and the medical from what I can tell. Now that Anderlecht chap is back from holiday then it should be sorted soon.


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