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10 Man Newcastle Win 1-0 In Sacramento

6:26 am, Sunday, July 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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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.

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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.

Tags: Friendlies · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JDdubai // Jul 19, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    Aarons showed exactly why he should be starting on the left vs Soton, with Haidara behind him. Need to keep them fit!

    Cisse poor, Obertan and Sissoko, v poor, Willo, vv poor.

    Janmaat different class, Lascelles looked ok, SDJ did well and will get better when fit.

    Pretty much told us what we already knew – need CBs, CF and Id take another wide player and get rid of Sissoko.

  • 2 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Well its nice to get a win in the states.

    Let’s hope we can get the important stuff sorted over the next 48 hrs

  • 3 WestOzMag // Jul 19, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    Yup id agree with the above. Couldn’t find anything different from last yr tbh. 1 new face equals trouble. Plenty of spots need to be filled with quality.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    Is Riviere injured? I thought he travelled to the US, but hasn’t even been named amongst the subs yet?

  • 5 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 19, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    McClaren possibly doesn’t realise Riviere is actually a player. He might think he’s a groundsman or something. Presumably he doesn’t look like a player out on the training field. He certainly doesn’t in a match.

  • 6 Bobbybee // Jul 19, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    WOZM. I saw a lot of difference. Last season we couldn’t put four passes together, whereas now it’s all about passing. Not our 1st eleven remember and only the second real friendly. There’s progress for sure. Give it time mate. Better players coming in who can’t play hoofball, so it’s getting there. Macca asks for patience, i say give him it. Good things come to those who wait. And before anyone whines about 8 yrs patience, this is a new era. Embrace it.

  • 7 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Love the commentary
    “BARERA takes an iladvised shot from distance that had spunky spin”

    By the way that was never a red card against Haidara….yellow no more

  • 8 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Ill-advised. ….

  • 9 Altamullan // Jul 19, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Aarons looked full of confidence/exciting to watch. Thought Haidara linked well (SO was harsh). Some neat high tempo play throughout. Wor Wij made a tidy debut: good touches, great positional sense. One or two centre backs, and another striker to add to Mitrovic (check his Facebook page, if you think I’m counting chickens…) and we’re in for a cracking season!

  • 10 Bobbybee // Jul 19, 2015 at 7:02 AM

    Bambams. Agree mate, nothing like one. He had his eyes on the ball, didn’t see him coming in his blind spot. Especially in a friendly. Yellow card, quick warning. Some refs think we pay to watch them. Changed the game really. Spoiled it for sure.

  • 11 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Just watched a bit more of the match….
    Agree Aarons looked very threatening.
    Have we tied him down to a decent contract yet ?

  • 12 James RS // Jul 19, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Can’t understand why Haris Vuckic isn’t there; proved himself best at Rangers and better than a lot there now and he still wants to play for us. I watched him year before last come on as sub for first team looked best player on pitch

  • 13 nufcursed // Jul 19, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    we still need to get rid of the following:

    sissoko (sell him now while most think he’s worth more than 10M while he’s not)
    williamson (not PL standard)
    gouffran (offers not enough)
    obertan (useless)
    cissé (mitrovic, austin and perez all better options so need to keep him at such high wages)
    anita (looks too lightweight to ever make it in the PL)
    riviere (cannot really judge him but won’t make it i guess)

    i would also get rid of coloccini, krul and marveaux

    we need to build team around:

    de jong

    that’s a strong core to start with

  • 14 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 19, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Pretty scathing match report on Can’t say I disagree. The last paragraph is pretty much exactly what I said on here earlier today. I think it’s going to take a major overhaul of the squad rather than a couple of signings (welcome as they may be) to really turn things around. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and McClaren deserves to be given time to build a team to his satisfaction. But the reality is that we are likely to be a bottom half team again this season.

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