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Newcastle Draw 2-2 At Bramall Lane – Siem And Gini Score

3:05 pm, Sunday, July 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

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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 socring sgeffield

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 scores agaisnt blades-2

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 StadiumW 1-0
Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)Club Atlas
Miller Park, MilwaukeeL 2-1
Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)Sacramento RepublicBonney Field, SacramentoW 1-0
Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)Portland Timbers
Providence Park, PortlandL 4-3
Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)
Sheffield United
Bramall LaneD 2-2
Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)
York City
Bootham CrescentL 2-1
Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)
Borussia Mönchengladbach
St. James' ParkL 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)

Comments welcome.

Tags: Friendlies · Match Reports · Newcastle News · Pre-season

44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Wijnaldum is a leader and will be an awesome captain, wouldn’t want Colback anywhere near the captaincy

  • 2 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:08 PM


    I study business management in Birmingham, currently on holidays back in Newcastle.

    Granted we are much more football orientated people, but what but what was your point about class and religiously affiliated clubs, and how fans randomly select teams to support?

    Most people I know support their local club or the club their father supports.

  • 3 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    If Pardew was in charge, we prob would have lost

  • 4 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Ian 2-2

  • 5 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:10 PM


    Wijnaldum will be a great captain, that’s for sure.

    But if we made him captain now, how would that look to the leaders from last year?

    Imagine some new kid in class walking in and claiming your crush on the first day. You wouldn’t exactly look up to him in a good light now would you?

  • 6 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Yep another small victory Shadow Shearer haha

  • 7 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    This blog is shjt!! Covered with wum’s. I just always ask myself, why troll on a Newcastle blog? Madness!

  • 8 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:11 PM


    I’d say for the sake of the team knowing him and playing with him for more than a year, Janmaat would be best captain.

    Give Wijy the vice armband

  • 9 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Wij isn’t a bad shout but how will the squad react to a new signing being made as skipper!! Don’t think it’ll have a good impact

    Doesn’t matter where you are from utter nonsense to give captaincy to someone who is a local lad based on the reasons that he’s local, let’s give saylor vice captaincy then, a captain is a leader, they drive the team forward. We don’t have many natural leaders on the pitch or off it but common sense would say it has to be SDJ. Wasn’t long ago young Colback was telling us all to shut up when scoring against us. Personal opinion is that I don’t think he’s good enough to start.

    SDJ has captained at all levels of football from youth, national and right through to senior level. A natural leader, I know alot like Janmaat but he showed as much leadership qualities as Colo when turning his back multiple times last season instead of putting his body on the line.

  • 10 TudorCrisps // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Tripe willo must wake up every morning think he’s hit the lotto same goes for s/taylor how there still here is beyond belief

  • 11 Bambams // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    I am a firm believer your best player should be captain. The rest look up to them .

    SDJ or Wini or Janmaat would all make very good captains. My choice would be Janmaat closely followed by SDJ if he can stay fit.

    SDJ is genuinely like a new signing ( can’t believe I said that ). Always rated him and I hope he can stay fit.

  • 12 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    The Dutch definitely seem to be a better market than the French, De Jong, Wijnaldum and Janmaat look a class above the rest!

  • 13 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM


    Janmaat isn’t vocal enough, Perhaps De Jong as captain with Gini as vice?

  • 14 c-dog // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Still leaking goals

  • 15 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:16 PM


    Let’s be honest, no-one in our team from last year was vocal. Not even our classy captain Colo.

    Will De Jong be fit every game next season to captain? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    Only vocal player I can think of is Saylor, but then again he isnt fit enough to captain every game.

  • 16 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:16 PM


    De Jong will be a useless captain from the recovery bed! May aswell just give it Wijnaldum!!

  • 17 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    To be captain you need to be vocal, you need to have the respect of players, you need to show leadership qualities on the pitch through communication etc. Janmaat doesn’t have any of these attributes unfortunately. Best players don’t always make best captains

  • 18 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Our toon

    Who would you make captain?

  • 19 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Doesn’t matter if SDJ is not on the pitch through injury, that’s why you have a vice captain

  • 20 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Would like to be a fly on the wall in the NUFC dressing room to see who the alphas are.

  • 21 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM


    Wouldn’t surprise me if Gouffran was one, knowing this club anything is possible!!

  • 22 TudorCrisps // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    SDJ for captain

  • 23 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Young Magpie

    The only person for captaincy is the person who’s done the role throughout his career. SDJ has captained from youth through to senior level, from schoolboy to international level. It’s just as important what a captain does behind the scenes as well as on the pitch. Of he’s not fit to play then the vice takes over. Colo has been fit for most years but is utterly useless as he doesn’t communicate

  • 24 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Where are you going with that one? I would say core support for every team is from the club’s locality. Even Man Utd’s.

  • 25 toon22 // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    You would hope they are exposing the defense to show to Mr Tubbs hes going to need to spend.

  • 26 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Our Toon

    Can Colo even speak english?

  • 27 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    That was a joke btw, he knows english just never seems to use it lol

  • 28 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Our Toon

    Siem De Jong isn’t a bad shout! It’s logical for one to think that he would be viable! However, how do you think the players would react knowing that someone injured almost all the time is the captain? He played like 5 games last season and about 10 in general for Newcastle, how can a player who has hardly played become captain? You gave that excuse for Wijnaldum not to become captain so the same should be applied captain! There is a reason he was given vice last year and not captain. I don’t think a player being vice gives them that feeling of leadership just because the captain is injured, they would thrive more off being the captain! Such a dilemma the club finds itself in, it does seem like we are trying to sign natural leaders though.

  • 29 will die for the toon army // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    This is a new era and the next captain is too vital to our development into a top side. It has to be some one who is ready to fight for the cause. Happy to be in toon. So I will trust Mcclaren to make e right choice.

  • 30 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Majority of captains I see, who are not central defenders are not very vocal. Take Wijnaldum for example. Or shearer, even Thierry Henry.

  • 31 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    ‘You gave that excuse for Wijnaldum not to become captain so the same should be applied captain! ‘

    Second captain should read ‘to Siem de Jong’

  • 32 Ian Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Armchair/ Blackley – on class football is no longer a working class sport with corporate hospitality and the actual expense of a ST at Arsenal, Chelsea etc. I live and work in London where fathers don’t automatically influence their kids team selection in quite the same way as in Newcastle. I see far more global team player selection on shirts in London. One of my brothers lives in London and his family come home at Xmas and in the summer. His young son supports Che?sea as a result of school and peer pressure. Unlike my childhood where i followed the family tradition of following the toon.
    On ManU – they have a massive fan support south of Watford hence the standing jokes about thei

  • 33 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM


    We’re in a bit of a pickle though, even if we are signing leaders this window, how can we put them straight into captaincy?

    We must find a captain for this season, but one that plays often.

    In the end I see SDJ being named and we’re hoping he stays fit for the season while we bed in the new captains before shipping SDJ out to Tottenham when they sell Eriksen.

  • 34 will die for the toon army // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Any one tell me is Mitrovic and Mbemba alowed to train with us?

  • 35 Ian Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Their fan base.

  • 36 lochinvar // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    “After some poor defending by Newcastle”
    Any clues there then Watson ?
    The defence ?
    No sh$t Sherlock

  • 37 Ian Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Not sure that you have to be vocal but rather lead by example. The defence ideally would have a vocal type who watches for movement and orchestration at the back. Tony Adams combined the two.

  • 38 Bambams // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Hopefully with Mitrovic, SDJ and Wini we are looking at upwards of an extra 40+ goals next season.

    Again though we are going to need someone at the back to stop the many goals we concede. Unless something is already in advance and someone has already agreed to come in once Mbemba signs – I would like to see a bit more effort in bringing in a Van Dijk or Matip Or Douglas type player.
    With the alleged announcement that Colo to be sold we can assume two CB’S have been targeted. I hope so

  • 39 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Young magpie

    Remember SDJ has been around the players for a year, the whole team has got to know him. Where as wijnaldum has just walked in to the team

  • 40 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    On top of been around the players for a year, SDJ is more vocal & more of a natural leader than wijnaldum, Janmaat & colback

  • 41 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Young Magpie

    SDJ has been at the club for 12 months, he has the respect of the players both on and off the pitch. He’s not a new signing, he probably knows each amd every player from senior through to the youth set up. All of this is a massive difference to someone who probably only just learned where the toilets are!!

    Agreed he spent a lot of time out injured but injuries will happen to every player it’s something they can all relate to, being new to a club and having zero relationship with 98% of the players though isn’t like being injured.

  • 42 kakaobi // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    If Pardew or carver had of only managed a 2-2 draw they’d have been slaughtered

  • 43 bladeuser // Jul 26, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Please somebody get will to read this blog only then will he realise he is not a footballer
    this muppet is the luckiest person in sport getting payed for being totally useless

  • 44 Zangwill_Ho // Jul 26, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Disappointed result again
    Weak defence

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