Steve McClaren was not pleased that Massadio Haidara was sent off after 65 minutes – when the tackle wasn’t that bad – and after all it’s a pre-season friendly.
That’s two 1-0 wins in our first three pre-season games, but the results don’t mean much – except when you win.
We did have luck on our side and Sacramento Republic looked a good side who played some good football right from the first whistle.
Georginio Wijnaldum in action last night – played for 20 minutes
This is what McClaren told the Chronicle after the game:
“It’s a pre-season friendly.” “There was no malice in the challenge, he wasn’t looking at the man he was looking at the ball.”
“It looked bad because he clashed with the opponent.” “It was a rash challenge and a rash red card.”
“It was disappointing but it made our boys work harder in the last 20 minutes.” “I thought Sacramento were very good.”
“We watched the game against Sunderland and thought: ‘This won’t be an easy game’.”
“They had good ability, they played good football and the coach has done a great job to play how they do.”
“We had difficulties in the first half. We were too deep and had no tempo.” “We were decent on the ball in the second half and pressed a little better and got the goal.”
“We had ten men after an unbelievable decision. But we kept the ball well.”
That’s a good summary from Steve, and we thought the lads did well when they went down to 10 men, and played some possession football.
You cannot accuse our lads of not fighting for the ball, and there’s good evidence the team spirit is getting back to where it should be after least season’s disaster.
Rolando Aarons again looked sprightly when he came on for those last 20 minutes and Wijnaldum tasted his first action for Newcastle.
Newcastle ares till trying to get some rhythm in their game – which is not unusual for pre-season.
In case you didn’t know – just by chance – Sunderland were beaten 1-0 at Bonney Field earlier this week and played in front of a half empty stadium.
You can watch the whole game with American commentary.