Newcastle drew 2-2 at Bramall Lane this afternoon after twice going ahead with goals from Gini Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong, but both times Sheffield came back – first with a goal from McNulty early in the second half after some poor defending by Newcastle.
And then late in the game with Newcastle 2-1 up, came a brilliant late equalizer from Kieron Freeman from all of 30 yards out.
Newcastle almost started with a goal after two minutes when Wijnaldum set up Papiss Cisse whose shot hit the post.
The Sheffield United came into the game and the Newcastle defense had some worrying moments and only a fantastic save from Tim Krul as he kept out a Che Adams effort kept the scores level,
But then almost immediately Newcastle were ahead and this time it was Wijnaldum who coolly put the ball home, after a Papiss Cisse effort had been saved.
It was a second goal in as many games for new signing Gini Wijnaldum who isn’t finding it difficult to put the ball in the net in pre-season.
Gini Wijnaldum after scoring this afternoon
The goal came after 40 minutes and it was 1-0 at the half.
But then shortly into the second half after just four minutes and it was McNulty who put Sheffield level as the Newcastle defense again seemed to be asleep.
The defense again looked too porous in this game, and we must sign two center-backs soon – and it’s looking like Chancel Mbemba will not be signed until Thursday at the earliest.
Steven Taylor then headed off the line before making way for new boy Jamaal Lascelles after 70 minutes.
But then it was Siem de Jong scoring from a Jack Colback corner from the left with 11 minutes to go – a goal from a corner – wow.
Siem de Jong – after scoring
Newcastle were 2-1 up as we looked to play the game out for a decent 2-1 win.
But then a fantastic late strike from Freeman leveled the scores and gave goalkeeper Tim Krul no chance – so it ended up 2-2.
Newcastle are looking very decent going forward but we continue to look shaky at the back.
WE have only Jamaal Lascelles in so far, and we really need to step it up to get another center-back signed -in addition to Mbemba – as soon as possible.
Newcastle will play York City on Wednesday night -7.45pm KO – before we welcome Borussia Monchengladbach next Saturday – 3:00pm KO.
Here is our pre-season so far.
|Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)||Gateshead||International Stadium||W 1-0|
|Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)||Club Atlas||Miller Park, Milwaukee||L 2-1|
|Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)||Sacramento Republic||Bonney Field, Sacramento||W 1-0|
|Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)||Portland Timbers||Providence Park, Portland||L 4-3|
|Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)||Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||D 2-2|
|Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)||York City||Bootham Crescent||L 2-1|
|Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)||Borussia Mönchengladbach||St. James' Park||L 1-0|
Sheffield United (4-4-2): George Long; Kieron Freeman, Neill Collins (Chris Morgan 87), Jay McEveley (c) (Kieran Wallace 85), Callum McFadzean; Martyn Woolford (Jamal Campbell-Ryce 46), Chris Basham (James Wallace 75), Jose Baxter Louis Reed 69), Jamie Murphy (Stefan Scougall 58); Marc McNulty (Matt Done 60), Che Adams (Conor Sammon 60)
Subs not used: George Willis, Diego di Girolamo, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat (c), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor (Jamaal Lascelles 69), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita (Gabriel Obertan 59), Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko (Mehdi Abeid 80), Georginio Wijnaldum (Siem de Jong 73), Ayoze Perez (Rolando Aarons 46); Papiss Cisse (Adam Armstrong 80)
Subs not used: Karl Darlow, Lubomir Satka, Yoan Gouffran
Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 12,002 (2,000 Newcastle)