Haidara was sent off in this game in the 65th minute for a bad challenge on Danny Barrera, and that was 18 minutes after a cross from the French left back had been turned into his own net by Sacramento’s James Kiffe early in the second half to put Newcastle ahead – against the run of play.
The game was an exciting affair especially in the second half, in front of a sold-out Bonney Field in Sacramento, and we still haven’t seen captain Coloccini on this tour, as he continues to struggle with an Achilles problem.
Sacramento started the game (very) well and put Newcastle under pressure from the start.
Gabby Obertan made a decent run down the left wing after 15 minutes, and he crossed to captain for the night Jack Colback, but he had his shot blocked.
After 17 minutes of this game there was on minute applause from the fans in memory of Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who perished in the MH17 cash on July 17th last year.
After 30 minutes the impressive Daryl Janmaat put a cross in from the right to striker Papiss Cisse, who just couldn’t reach it, and Sacramento cleared.
Rodrigo Lopes forced goalkeeper Tim Krul into a good save on 33 minutes, as our lads struggled from what was good attacking play from the hosts in the first 45 minutes.
But Newcastle found the going tough in the the first 45 minutes, and were lucky to be on level terms at the half with the score-sheet still blank.
They had to thank Tim Krul for one two good saves from Sacramento’s Thomas Stewart to keep the clean sheet and 0-0 at the half.
Steven Taylor came on at the start of the second half from his long lay-off and 18 year-old goalkeeper Freddy Woodman replaced Tim Krul, and two minutes later Newcastle went ahead through the own goal.
Shortly after Newcastle had gone ahead against the run of play, Sacramento seemed to have scored but it was ruled offside.
Massadio Haidara in action last night
But 20 minutes into the second half Haidara was sent off, just to make it a bit more difficult for Newcastle, and for the last 25 minutes Newcastle had to play some decent passing football to retain their lead.
It was unfortunate for Haidara to see red, because he was one of the few Newcastle players to play well in this game..
Five minutes after the dismissal, Georginio Wijnaldum was brought on with youngsters Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez after 70 minutes, for the Dutchman’s first game for Newcastle.
Young Freddy Woodman made some good saves in the second half to keep the clean sheet, and gave a good account of himself, with one particularly good save coming from a Barerra effort.
Newcastle had some luck in this game but showed good goalkeeping from both Tim and Freddie, but the players also fought hard.
Steve McClaren will have been pleased by what was a gutsy performance from the lads, especially in the later stages of the game.
Newcastle: Krul (Woodman, 46), Janmaat, Williamson, Lascelles (Taylor, 46), Haidara, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Obertan (Aarons, 70), de Jong (Perez, 70), Cisse (Wijnaldum, 70). Subs not used: Darlow, Ferguson, Satka, Abeid, Bigirimana, Gouffran.