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Aleksandar Mitrovic Starts At York City

6:48 pm, Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 271 Comments

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It’s been a hectic pre-season for Newcastle (too many games) and after playing at Sheffield United on Sunday, Newcastle will play York City tonight at Bootham Crescent on what will be a rain-sodden pitch.

Steve McClaren has just announced his team and there will be chances given to a number of fringe players – Bigirimana, Ferguson, Satka and Abeid all start – and new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic gets his first start and first appearance for the Magpies tonight.

The senior players are being held back for the final game of pre-season against Borussia Monchengladbach at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon – 3:00pm kick-off – and then there will be 8 days before we host Southampton in our Premier league kick-off.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Gael Bigirimana, Lubomir Satka, Jamaal Lascelles, Shane Ferguson; Mehdi Abeid, Yoan Gouffran; Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong (c), Ayoze Perez; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Olivier Kemen, Lewis Suddick, Louis Johnson

It’s a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation with the three up front being Aarons, de Jong and Perez with Siem in the number 10 role behind Mitrovic up front.

Olivier Kemen is on the bench and the 18 year-old appears to be unhappy with his lot at Newcastle, and may be leaving the club soon, having had talks with AC Milan – we hope he stays.

Siem de Jong is also in the starting line-up and will captain the side, with our two lads from Nottingham Forest – goalkeeper Karl Darlow and center-back Jamaal Lascelles also in the starting line-up.

With young goalkeeper Freddy Woodman going on loan to Crawley Town until early January,  Darlow will fight it out with Rob Elliot for the back-up goalkeeper position with Tim Krul looking like he’s back to his old self in pre-season.

It’s a chance for some of the fringe players to catch Steve McClaren’s eye tonight.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Friendlies · Match Preview · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League




271 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    repost:

    So, according to the eloquent wordsmith jib, jeff, or whatever miniskirt you’re wearing today, its ok to call someone a pompous dick, but you cannot be called out on it?

    you, sweetie, are a blathering contra-DICK-tion in the worst way… begone, you have grown tiresome…

  • 2 TudorCrisps // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    interesting

  • 3 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    interesting team
    De Jong as Captain

  • 4 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    LewSpi
    That’s the market. After my first visit to Newcastle it made me wonder why so many Geordies come every Thursday to Leeds to visit the Market and other shops when the markets and shops in Newcastle are so much better

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    I think overall Carr has done a decent job. Considering his mandate is to provide young, relatively cheap talent from overseas there are bound to be quite a few mistakes. Nobody can say with certainty how a young player will do coming to the Prem. Really Carr has an almost impossible task with the conditions imposed on him by Ashley. What other head scout is only able to recruit young players from abroad? Early on we had a few English players with some steel like Nolan but that has largely disappeared from the squad with the exception of Colback who was on a free.

  • 6 OneAlanShearer // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Interesting to see if De jong can pull the strings with Perez and Aarons pace supplying mitrovic. A goal would be a good start to settle him.

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Aarons with De Jong and Mit might be able to do some damage but I would worry about the back 4. That 4 won’t play together again except in the reserves.

  • 8 SUTTY1978 // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    So who is playing centre midfield then, Perez, Gouffy or De Jong?

  • 9 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Bigi at RB again, is Goouffran playing in central midfeild

  • 10 Jib // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Anyone any idea what Bigirimana is like as a full back ?
    Or is he going to play 3 across the back with wingbacks ?

    Intriguing

  • 11 TudorCrisps // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMJDjAqAnSY

    Wonder if this will work lads

  • 12 OneAlanShearer // Jul 29, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Geordie2 agreed. We never see the players who he may have recommended that Ashley wouldn’t sanction either. I am hoping that the good start in signings we have made is continued and gaps closed in this window. We need the positive wave to continue. Mbemba, a n other cb, quality right winger, quality striker..Possibly a holding midfielder to replace tiote and let’s see where it takes us. The issue hasn’t been quality for me it’s that Ashley always stopped short of buying enough of it. Which stretched the better players until they snapped or got sold.

  • 13 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    thanks for link Tudor, I will be surprised if it works but it has a countdown like the American links did

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Offkey,
    Bigi at RB is nothing short of a joke and proves without doubt the defeciency in the squad.

  • 15 SUTTY1978 // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Think I remember Perez playing midfield against Gatesheed, wired either way, why not ditch Gouffy and play Kemen in the middle with Abeid?

  • 16 Terry // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Was hoping I would never see gouffrans name on our team sheet again.What does anyone see in him.Useless

  • 17 GeordieTwo // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Nice to see so many of the young players get a run out though. The BMG game should give us an idea of what Steve has in mind for the season obviously so this is just a good chance to look at some youngsters.

  • 18 TudorCrisps // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Ne botha TFL a just hope it works m8, gets me away from the dragon for 90 minutes 😉

  • 19 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    TFL

    Can get a cracking pizza in that market, sell it by the slice, New York style.

  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    LewSpi
    Will have to try that when I’m fit enough to come up again 🙂

  • 21 Jib // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Is this not the fixture where Mackems and Geordies will be on the same train ?

  • 22 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    TudorCrisps
    Like your thinking 🙂

  • 23 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    JFA – He seems nailed on as the cover for Janmaat at the moment, considering no one but those two have played there pre-season……I really dont think he is up to it, looked uncomfortable in USA……if anything happens to Janmaat, I see Mbemba going out there (if e get him) and our defence being worse than last year (at least at the moment)

  • 24 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Well Mackems are playing Donny Rovers so quite possibly

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Spot on OneAlanShearer @12. Very difficult circumstances for any head scout. I’m amazed he’s lasted this long putting up with Mike. He must be disappointed how little we’ve accomplished in 8 years. Really a waste of everyone’s time who has been associated with the club that has had to work under Mike.

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Tonights game is yet another part of the ill conceived pre season activities. Obviously arranged by a clot.
    It is not until the weekend before we’ll see anything like what our starting team for the Soton game may look like.
    A dogs dinner of a pre-season.

  • 27 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Offkey if Janmaat gets injured Anita will probably be right back

  • 28 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    TFL – Brilliant 😉

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Haven’t heard of Louis Johnson on the bench? Anyone know about him?

  • 30 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    G2
    no nor Lewis Suddick

  • 31 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Hope that link does work, thanks a lot Tudorcrisps.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Have to agree with Mr. Tuff. The pre-season has been largely a waste of time against questionable opposition. Much better teams should have been played to properly allow Steve to assess the squad. What does playing York tell him? Or the Portland B side? Or Sacramento? All a complete waste of time. Just a shambles really.

  • 33 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Louis Johnson
    Name: Louis Johnson
    Nationality: English
    Born: 16th December 1997, Middlesbrough
    Height:
    Weight:
    Under-18s debut: 8th February 2014 v Bolton Wanderers (h), Barclays Under-18 Premier League
    Position: Forward

    A bustling striker who can finish, Louis made his under-18s debut while still at school, having joined United in the 2009/10 season.

    Hailing from Middlesbrough, he played for Marton FC and attended Ormesby School.

    Louis supports Liverpool and loves Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi. He likes to play tennis.

  • 34 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    People saying this is a young or 2nd string side, I’d almost argue against.

    Perez, Aarons, SDJ and Mitro all starting. Throw Wij and Anita in and I’d argue you’ve almost got the first team attack/midfield.

    Defence is a different story, obvs.

  • 35 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Name: Lewis Suddick
    Nationality: English
    Born: 28th October 1997
    Height: 5ft 8ins
    Weight: 56kg
    Under-18s debut: Awaited
    Position: Defender

    The grandson of former Newcastle and Blackpool favourite Alan Suddick, Lewis is a right-back who loves to get forward and joined United as an eight-year-old.

    He lives in Whitley Bay and attended Whitley Bay High School while playing for Cramlington Juniors and is a lifelong Newcastle supporter.

    Lewis looks up to Phillip Lahm, Dani Alves and Luke Shaw and enjoys relaxing with his friends when he’s not playing football.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    TFL,
    What happens if Anita has been playing really well in a regular starting midfield, have you got to disrupt that for the want of cover. And why don’t we seem to have a proper RB in the U21’s

  • 37 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Very true JFA, we do need cover there

  • 38 geordielad880 // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    we have sterry in the under 21’s, but think he is injured, he is a decent prospect at right back, and has good pace, positioning needs improvement though

  • 39 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    BTW only 4 subs?

  • 40 JamesToon // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Andy Woodman not at the game today

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Answered my question, there’s the answer, an eight and a half stone eighteen year old without a debut of any recognition. Marvellous, he might come good in three years so lets hang fire on RB cover.

  • 42 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Where is Riviere?? Is he injured as he hasn’t featured at all in all pre-season.

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Thanks TFL. Good to learn about them both. It’s ridiculous not to have proper cover at RB. Penny pinching again. I’m not sure Dummett will ever make it at LB either so it’s all on Haidara who has been injury prone. The whole back 4 is still shaky if any injuries at all occur. Eight years to fix this. Eight years Ashley.

  • 44 geordielad880 // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    jail for ashley agreed totally, we are in need of cover at right back, mbemba can play there, i also think we need a LB as i see dummett more of a CB, I think we need a right winger, LB, CB, and RB

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    I think Riviere is injured JP mate.

  • 46 Mister Tuff // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    I think the only thing of much relevance tonight is to see how well Mitrovic does. Think he should do well.
    The other thing for me is de Jong – is he up to speed, will Wally substitute him in the second half. I do have a worry about him remaining fit.

  • 47 Tayls // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Any links?

  • 48 TudorCrisps // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Yip nufc official site states there is only 4 subs “gulp”

  • 49 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Ahh thanks GeordieTwo. I thought he had to be. Hopefully he comes good this season. Will like McClaren to see what he’s about and maybe bring the best out of him. He still kight come good. Needs to fix his composure infront of goal bigtime tho.

  • 50 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    I don’t think we’ll bring a full back in, to do so would be admitting we got it horribly wrong by getting rid of Santon. Both full back positions we are horribly weak in yet we don’t seem keen on recruiting for back ups.

    Yedlin would be my choice, can play rb or rw, spurs have just bought in Trippier. He’d be cheap and wouldn’t want alot in wages

  • 51 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    His selections are starting to worry me to be honest, I mean what hell is it with two midfielders at full back? What the hell does he hope to learn?

  • 52 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    I still think it would be more likely to push Mbemba out wide and slot in either Saylor or Collo than push Anita back.

  • 53 TudorCrisps // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    QPR are lining up a move for James Perch, tbh I think we should hijack the deal!

  • 54 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    JB

    Who else is he going to play in them positions? The bigger test will be the game at the weekend and no doubt he’ll want his starting XI out on the pitch on that day

  • 55 Tayls // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Is this on TV? Can I watch anywhere?

  • 56 TudorCrisps // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Tayls not sure mate try this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMJDjAqAnSY

    no guarantees mate but worth a try

  • 57 Marty-Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Rivière left the squad in the USA as he’d been injured

  • 58 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Tayls – none of us know – there are a few streams going about but half the time there fake – if one is real it will be up here soon enough

  • 59 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Tayls we aren’t sure TudorCrisps did post rhis link though:
    https://youtu.be/nMJDjAqAnSY

  • 60 Tayls // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Cheers pal. I’m going through withdrawal. Ik it’s horrible to watch when we’re on but that doesn’t stop the cravings.

  • 61 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Riviere and Cabella did us all a favour by picking up injuries of pre season

  • 62 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Norwich have signed Brady for £7
    I think he could have done a job for us

  • 63 ShirebrookToon // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMJDjAqAnSY

  • 64 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Our toon

    It’s worrying that there are obviously no young full backs at the club who could be tried. He’s playing a holding midfielder and a winger at full back for the second time and it failed the first time he tried it.

    You’d think he would want start getting his team together for them to gel and perform the way and with the style of football he wants.

    I just don’t see what he hopes to learn, may as well play Cisse back there or Tiote for all it matters in terms of moving us forward.

    At least the likes of Anita and Saylor can cover right back to a fashion

  • 65 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    lol im on that youtube link hope it fkn works as i see only 4 ppl watchn it more likely fake

  • 66 martoon // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    I am feeling old – Lewis Suddick is the grandson of Alan Suddick who I can remember playing for Newcastle in the 60’s. It’s bad enough when you remember the father playing never mind grandfather 🙂

  • 67 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Jamsha – that must be wrong – I am on there aswell and there are more than 4 people talking on the right hand side

  • 68 TudorCrisps // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    A hope so anorl, my lass has got my head battered with these soaps week in week out a need live footy, a pie and a pint

  • 69 martoon // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Jamsha @65 – I’m one of them!

  • 70 Brian Pinas // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Don’t shoot the messenger but there is no radio or tv coverage of the York City game.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/york-city-vs-newcastle-united-9736859

    The youtube link is a fake – sorry lads!

  • 71 TudorCrisps // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Brian thats just Ryder talking BS so that we go on the chronicle and get his updates every 20 minutes or so, I live in hope

  • 72 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Jesus the back four looks great haha

  • 73 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Andy Woodman away down south with his boy then?

    Would not surprise me if Palace try to swoop in for his dad to try get the son who potentially could be a star !

  • 74 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Belfast,

    its a better back line than jane/jeff/jib/iantoon lol

  • 75 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    LCBP Exclusive
    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/exclusive-crystal-palace-want-andy-woodman-but-unwilling-to-pay-compensation-for-newcastle-coach-1-7383889

  • 76 switch365 // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    https://twitter.com/nufc?lang=en

  • 77 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    martoon

    that link has been removed lol , the guy said giv him 10 min

  • 78 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    7 million for brady!? bloody hell just shows how musch price tags have been inflated, he really is nothing special.

  • 79 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    I was thinking the same broons. Basically a better Shane Ferguson gets it crosses it, gets it crosses it, gets it crosses it.

    Half decent player but not worth 7 million.

  • 80 GEORDIE69 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    the broons – How Mings going for 8 million – Chester for 8 million and Brady for 7 million! More than double of what they were worth!

  • 81 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    York 1 – 0 NUFC

  • 82 colwell // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Well fcuk me york take the lead

  • 83 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    GOAL – @yorkcityfc take the lead against the run of play after 16 minutes. #NUFC

  • 84 switch365 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    York 1-0 up oh bloody hell

  • 85 welshgeordie9 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    1-0 down ffs.

  • 86 magpiesi // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    The highlights/ goals will be on ssn later Keith downie confirmed it on twitter.

  • 87 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Thank Dyke for the over inflated prices….This HG quota nonsense will only make it worse!!

  • 88 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    2 nil

  • 89 colwell // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    ffs wtf are we doing 2 nil down

  • 90 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    2-0

  • 91 Noel Worst // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    😆

    2-0 down

  • 92 switch365 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    2-0

  • 93 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    At the match, albeit sat with the Minstermen, but WOW. This back row looks terrible. York have had the ball in our 18yard box twice, 2 goals. 2nd was a great goal TBF, but shoddy defending

  • 94 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Well I did point out the back four looked great haha if you expected a clean sheet from that lot you’re drunk.

  • 95 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    lol trialist scores,,hahah an we ver so exicted of the season

  • 96 voodoo85 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    **cough-cough** its only a friendly **cough-cough**

  • 97 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    This is embarrassing again!! WTF is it with this pathetic defending in every game! I don’t care if it’s a friendly this is ridiculous!

  • 98 colwell // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Too much too ask that we try and win a friendly well without the help of an own goal, we are still shite our team should smash these. Hopefully this scars the shite out of Stevie and we sign some more players.

  • 99 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Now tell me the point of that back four?

    We are wasting a chance to gel by crazy selections that have cost us a game we should be looking to improve

  • 100 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    You need some covonia for that cough Voodoo

  • 101 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Scott- how r u seeing the match??

  • 102 switch365 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Maybe it’s to up the valuation of Willo 😀

  • 103 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    in nxt 4 days we need 2 quality cb

  • 104 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    We’re being “ole’d” by York 🙁

  • 105 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Belfast, Glad you agree with me mate, I actually agree hes like a slight upgrade on ferguson but 7 millions worth? nah.

    Geordie69, spot on with chester aswell, 8 million for a lad who struggled big time in the prem. Makes you wonder is 15mil for Austin really that much when you compare it to them.

    And finally on the game, “Newcastle concede first against run of play” ahh great so even when we are the better team we are gonna get outdone by our god awful defence. And I know its not quite first team but it still isn’t good enough.

  • 106 colwell // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Satka looks an absolute w@nk defender any way and maybe McClaren will stop with the fcuking idea Bigi and Fergie can play LB and RB.

  • 107 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Am I right I saying that Captain Fantastic Colo hasn’t kicked a ball in pre season?

  • 108 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    ffs

  • 109 OneAlanShearer // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Yep we don’t need any defenders, no need for a defensive midfielder or a better backup keeper. We are good to go….ahem.

  • 110 voodoo85 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    JP From the Rock

    think Scott is actually at the match

  • 111 Thump // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Good to see Raylor wasn’t retained so Gael Bigirimana, the midfielder, can play in his spot.

  • 112 phoonck // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    I understand it’s a friendly.. but YORK CITY?!

  • 113 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    scratch that its 2 apparently, Mcclaren you seriously need to persuade Ashley to invest in that defence, if we are conceding this many goals against lower opposition what happens when we come up against players Like Sanchez, Aguero and Hazard every other week?

  • 114 welshgeordie9 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    2-0 down

    If thats what it takes to get more players like Austin then so be it.

    Crap defending yet again, i make that 12 conceded.

  • 115 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    We have totally dominated the first 20mins, Mitrovic should have scored with his noggin. Also Aarons great chance first minute. Good passing but oh my, the defence. Colo and McC are in the stands 5seats away though. Tempted to have a word

  • 116 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    off to play fifa

  • 117 welshgeordie9 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Might be 11 actually.

  • 118 switch365 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    And yet they still insist on slapping in bids for Thauvin, because everything will be rosy when Mbemba gets his clearance …

  • 119 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Colwell,

    yep Satka isn’t near good enough, plus he looks like he is on one of those 1000 calories a day diets

  • 120 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    I am sixk of getting embarrassed like this. As much as I want us to get in an attacking player like Thauvin and the like we should put all that on hold and go all out and buy quality defenders to sort this sh1te backling out!

    FKING JOKE THIS CLUB AT TIMES!

  • 121 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    We will win

  • 122 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Anyone else think Steve Mac found Pardews book of tactics and selection in the desk drawn at the training ground?

    As if this shamble was under Pardew the blog would have imploded by now

  • 123 Thump // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    On the other hand, good to see this blog is back to it’s optimistic best.

  • 124 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Scott

    So you at the game mate? Yeah bash his lugs all game shouting “wheres the defenders Mcclaren” even though he should know himself about our need, him and Carr

  • 125 santoon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    dont think need to rush, still got a month or so for to get transfers in, at least we know they looking to get defenders in, mbemba and one other defender and i think will be good window

  • 126 voodoo85 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    i know this is a make shift back 4 but it shows what is available as backup if first team get injury/suspension

    if Haidara is out, who plays at LB, likewise with somebody to play RB is Janmaat is out

    And as for CB, our choices are Colo, Mbemba, Taylor, Williamson, Lascelles – Colo past his best, Mbemba unproven along with Lascelles. Taylor always in need of a stretcher and Williamson not good enough

    We concede too many goals every season and Mbemba alone will not fix that

  • 127 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    So am actually interested to hear people’s opinions on Lascelles, is he our savior or is he another bog standard defender who should have stayed in the championship.

  • 128 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Some really embarrassing and over the top reactions. He’s picked a team to mainly give SDJ and Mitrovic a run out, with Colo injured and Mbemba waiting on a work permit it’s common sense to not risk Willo and Saylor especially considering they’ll both be required at the weekend against BM. Same applies to Janmaat and Haidara, the result isn’t important.

  • 129 coatesy17 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Christ guys Chill its a friendly with a chance to put the youth abit of fitness, Saturday is the game you guys can moan at. Its all for the sharpness of Mitrovic so just chill out talking about being embarassed and how the club is a joke. be f*kin ashamed of yourselves with a reaction like that. Its SM way of saying to Mashley look we have no strength in depth in defence.

  • 130 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Scott – don’t hold it it burst out and say “McClaren you had better buy us defenders or else we will be a laughing stock all over again!!”

  • 131 santoon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    none of the defense would be starting in the proper team so no need to be worried, satka looked awful in the last friendly, should send him out on loan

  • 132 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    not to worry Doncaster are beating Scumderland too

  • 133 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Yeah Satka , Bigi , Lasacalles and Ferguson is a heavy make shift back 4 but could be in the premiership a couple of times if Janmaat , Taylor or Colo get injured

    We seem to be creating loads of chances but its the same old Newcastle on top and then give away cheap goals

  • 134 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Jack – you now seriously comparing McLaren to pardew. Oh my god, people have lost the plot preseason with a less than reserve back four and two poor centre midfielders.

    Get a grip boys…

  • 135 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Their first goal was due to abysmal defending, as was the second, but the second I have to say was a cracker.

  • 136 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Vodoo,

    I know! and yet some people on here the other day were actually qouted as saying ” maybe mbemba alongside colocini wont be as bad” yeah it wont be as bad as williamson and collocini but we still need a lad who we know is a proper centre half, something we have lacked since woodgate left.

  • 137 GEORDIE69 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    welshgeordie9 If thats what it takes to get more players like Austin then so be it.

    Is he going to play centre half like?

  • 138 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Yeah at the match. I live in Leeds so was on my doorstep. Perez looks lost on the left wing and similarly Aarons on the right, although he seems to be getting more central now. De Jong looks to be the key tonight

  • 139 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    coatesy17

    Games like this need to be used to get as close to a settled side as possible, the league starts in TEN days time!!!!!!!!!

    What the hell will he learn by playing two midfielders at full back?

  • 140 Ron Knee // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    How’s Mitrovic doing?

  • 141 JamesToon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Jesus Christ some fickle fans on here it’s a friendly ffs, a makeshift back four

  • 142 lochinvar // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    If Kemen ‘s the talent we are led to believe he should be playing and not sold.
    So what’s happening ?

  • 143 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Seems like Goufran us CM then

  • 144 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    JP – giving him till 2nd half before the abuse starts

  • 145 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    us = is

  • 146 colwell // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Feel sorry for Mitrovic he’s used to service sorry mate you’ll need to do it yourself here

  • 147 JamesToon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Jack butler

    Maybe Haidara/Janmaat/Dummett etc are all still suffering from jet lag????

  • 148 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Check

    His selection is plain stupid as most people would agree, and what I said is that if Pardew selected a side like this people would lose their minds at him.

  • 149 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    over the top reactions!? if you hadn’t realised we play Southampton in less than a fortnight and we are currently trailing by 2 goals to York City?

    Am not shouting we need the whole backroom staff out like how 90% on this blog were shouting last year. Am saying we need a whole new foundation to the centre of our defence. Is that over the top? or just stating a very clear and utter point?

  • 150 coatesy17 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    JackButler No today is about giving extra time to Mitrovic, and Siem aswell as Aarons, with not being to competetive so they injure themselves, its a run out with no importance on result at all.

  • 151 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    coatesy17 – I guess you’re right but I can’t help but feel disgusted. Also knowing this will make news everywhere. It’s just a shambles that we have to put out such a shoddy defense even for a friendly. We need defenders ASAP!

  • 152 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    James

    Even if they are still jet lagged, there are other, better option than a holding midfielder and a winger

  • 153 89Norcal // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Whoa…cool it everyone. You’ll have plenty of chances to complain when we start losing the games that matter.

  • 154 magpiesi // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Chill lads smc hasn’t picked a team it’s just players put on the field to get match fit.

    I expect a good strong team for Saturday.

  • 155 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Motrovic not getting much through to him. 1 decent ball from the left he got his head to, narrowly missed. Not much else for him first half

  • 156 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Whether its deemed a run out or not, its tough to build a winning mentality if you dont win

  • 157 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Coatsey

    Are you familiar with building confidence?

    A selection like tonight for the first game of pre season is fine, but with ten days to go it’s a bad move

  • 158 welshgeordie9 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    137GEORDIE69

    He probably do a better job than the clowns we have got.

  • 159 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    right when we concede 2+ every week I am going to remember the lads on here who are currently saying ” over the top reactions” and “some fickle fans” and say I told you so unless of course we address those issues.

  • 160 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    I think we might need to sign some defenders…….

  • 161 geordie157 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Don’t mind fringe players playing but surely sterry should be in at right back? Or is he injured

    Kemen should have started instead of gouffy or Perez.

  • 162 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce now6 seconds ago
    Unconfirmed: Newcastle in talks with Stuttgart over the signing of Antonio Rüdiger

  • 163 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Don’t think people are getting it, we may have a very strong team saturday but our very weak defence will let us down as they4 have so many times before. Were gonna have to score 3 or 4 if we want any result against muchengladbach.

  • 164 will die for the toon army // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    That’s the front line every one wishes for and it has failed to score York

  • 165 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Jack – stupid would have been playing first eam defenders in a meaningless friendly and then relying on this bunch against Southampton, however if Perez is down the left and Aarons down the Right it does concern.

    McLaren can be the master of square pegs in round holes.

  • 166 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Half time 2-0 down.

  • 167 coatesy17 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    AS manager of my own business JackButler, i would assume i know more about confidence than yourself. A run out for fitness where result doesnt matter, (although a win would be nicer obviously) in preparation for a big home friendly that will matter, is more beneficial than wasting a full strength team 3 days before a proper pre-season friendly. Relax my friend.

  • 168 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    firebug

    Please be true ahh god please be true. Would sacrifice Austin quite happily for him.

  • 169 spaghetti bandit // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    I feel for abeid think th lad could be quality jus like his mom performance against Liverpool last yr,, think pardew would of gave him a run n everyone would see how much he could give but carver came in n used him as a scapegoat and publicly criticised him for giving th ball away too often (non moreso thn anyone else) and now he will be getting judged with deadweight gouffran beside him tonight n will probably be even further away from a first team slot..

  • 170 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Positively, our corners seemed to be hitting our men

  • 171 GEORDIE69 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    welshgeordie9 and a better defender also mate! Maybe we are onto something.

  • 172 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Broons

    Yes completely over the top reactions like your comment regarding Southampton in just under 2 weeks time. How many of today’s team will be starting against Southampton 2 players?

    Under Dalglish we won a pre season competition, Jon Dahl Tomasson was banging them in for fun….that season was a complete disaster and he was piss poor

    The season we finished 5th we lost 5-1 or
    6-1 to Orient or Bristol…..that’s how important pre season results are. Chelsea lost to New York Red Bulls 2nd team the other night does this mean they are gonna have a bad season?

    Come back to reality, if he wanted to win the game he’d field the strongest team he has but the result isn’t what he’s looking for. As I said it’s about protecting the defenders we have left for Southampton and the game at the weekend whilst giving a much needed run out to Mitrovic and SDJ

  • 173 chasing_rabbits // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Just posted by Soccer_Sauce, hopefully there’s some truth in this

    “Unconfirmed: Newcastle in talks with Stuttgart over the signing of Antonio Rüdiger
    #NUFC”

  • 174 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Coatesy

    No offence, but what has you managing your own business got to do with you knowing about confidence?

    Like to randomly blow your own trumpet ey? 😉

  • 175 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    seems like toon have been easy the best team and seems like york may have actually only had 2 shots however thats all it takes. We even have Scott as proof that it was horrendous defending each time that led to both goals.

  • 176 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    You need to have a sense of realism, will these lads ever play as a back 4 other than in friendlies? Is this the back 4 that’ll start against Southampton?

    If he played saylor and willo both get injured the this would he the back 4 that ends up playing Southampton!! IT’S A FRIENDLY NOT A CUP FINAL!!

  • 177 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    our toon,

    Protecting our defenders? Mate I don’t think you understand my point. Am not taking a strop cos we aren’t winning the game, am taking a strop because our central defenders are championship at best.

    And like I says I will remember to say I told you so when you are slagging off our centre backs week in week out. I haven’t seen the promoted sides properly yet but I would say not including them that we have the joint the worst defence in the premier league, funnily enough alongside the mackems.

  • 178 Noel Worst // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    The Broons

    Lascelles is neither part of your false dichotomy.

  • 179 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Coarser

    So what does tonights little run out mean to someone like l Lascelles? don’t think his confidence is going to be built up any, whether the result matters or not a player wants to perform for his new employers.

    Pre season games like this are about fitness I agree, but it’s also a time for the manager to learn about his squad, and playing the likes of Biggi and Fergie in alien positions, he isn’t gonna lean anything imp, well other than they are not good enough to play in those positions.

    The team/squad for games like to day and the weekend should be a blend of youth and experience

  • 180 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Noel Worst,

    What do you mean?

  • 181 ShirebrookToon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    It’s unconfirmed so can’t see anything coming of it tbh

  • 182 lochinvar // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Celtic drawing first leg 0-0 with Quarabag so if that continues Van Dijk will be looking for a move …

  • 183 potski // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    the broons

    We don’t need Scott, they were on TV.

    We also don’t need Scott to tell us that Krul, Janmaat and Haidara are not playing.

  • 184 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Coaster

    By the way, what does owning a business have to do with “knowing more about confidence than you” as you put it?

    Firstly you don’t know me nor do you know what I do for a living.

    Secondly, you could be a plumber and work for yourself?

    Baffled

  • 185 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Well said Jack Butler,

    Because guess what we would complain if williamson or taylor got injured in this game? Erm could the same not be said for our new guy Mitrovic?

    Its a friendly and therefore a nit of a run out for each player would probs do us good.

  • 186 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    First half, knocking it abou well. You can see that’s Steve’s philosophy, lots of possession as you would expect. Can see lots of comments complaining about those having a dig at the defence, nobody expects these lads to feature much, but still, it was horrendously woeful for both goals, first especially.
    Some decent play going forward. Hope for some goals 2nd half!! Come on lads!!

  • 187 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Broons

    By all means mate you can call me out if this back 4 ever play together during this season. If they don’t though can I call you out?

    As for the defence I slag it off weekly as I think it’s poor anyway, would you prefer Satka and Laschelles to start against Southampton or Willo and Saylor?

    Remember Colo isn’t going to be match fit as he’s carrying an injury Mbemba hasn’t got a work permit and hasn’t had a preseason so won’t be fit for Southampton. That leaves willo and Saylor, I’d rather they played and weren’t risked for this nothing game played today and I’d prefer they played the German side VM which will be a much tougher work out…hence why I’m not twisting!! Does this make sense to you?

  • 188 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Krul, Janmaat and Haidara aren’t playing…just in case you needed telling 😉

  • 189 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Rob Elliot on for the second half in place of Darlow

  • 190 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Lee Ryder

    Rob Elliot on for the second half un place of Darlow

  • 191 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Is Jack Butler still selling sprays of aftershave in nightclub toilets?

  • 192 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Belfast

    Now, now, you know not to interrupt when the grown up are talking, back to your Lego, there’s a good boy 🙂

  • 193 potski // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Our Toon

    No, it makes no sense. Mbemba should get the backing for his visa tomorrow, and the paper work might be completed by Saturday. He has not missed pre-season, like if he was injured, he’s been training and should be fit. There is no reason why he shouldn’t start against Soton.

  • 194 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Look if we get pounded on Saturday then we can properly freak out in saying that it is worrying how potentially our first choice front 4 cant seem to score against York!!

    Gouffran seems to be having a lot of shots

  • 195 Scott // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Mitrovic inches wide firing across goal from the left. Decent effort

  • 196 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    what a miss from Mitrovic lol

  • 197 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Scott

    His first touch was very good, shame he put it wide

  • 198 Jib // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    I think the Antonio Rudiger story must come from this stock market investors site
    His price is €18 million and the interested are Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid
    However he has a torn meniscus at the moment.

    http://www.stock-world.de/analysen/nc6619381-Allianz_und_VfB_Stuttgart_Achterbahnfahrt_vs_Konstanz.html

  • 199 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 29, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    @Jib

    Oh hes injured and might be available at a discount ? Sounds like our type of player !!!

  • 200 mickalfas // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Never mind conceding against York ,with the defence we’ve got on the pitch
    I’m more concerned about not scoring with more or less our main attacking players on the pitch

  • 201 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    We need Williamson on or we will get hammered.

  • 202 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/07/york-city-go-2-up-against-newcastle-video/

  • 203 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Aarons comes off #nufc Kemen on

  • 204 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    On a brighter note the makems are also 2-0 down at Doncaster.

  • 205 Tunami // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    at least the Mackems are getting beat by Doncaster…..

  • 206 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Potski

    Mbemba might be fit from training but there’s a massive difference to being fit and being match fit. If players all players needed to get fitness to optimum level was train then we’d never see the need for friendlies. Match fitness is key!!

  • 207 switch365 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Rolando Aarons limps off. It’s not going very well. 🙁

  • 208 coatesy17 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    I own a hotel with 60 staff, So I understand team building and Confidence, I dont blow my own trumpet, I just hate that our fans get so disheartened being beaten in a nonsense friendly match designed for nothing but fitness, However i agree in some aspects about Ferguson and ecspecially Bigi, Its a chance to assess some of the fringe players some more so at least play them in a correct position.

  • 209 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Are we winning.

  • 210 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    The main concerns I have is that we don’t have a deadball specialist in the team, 11 corners today and we haven’t looked like threatening!! Plenty of shots on goal no goals as of yet, these are things I’d like at and say it’s a concern!!

  • 211 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Jack Butler,
    How’s your multi national employer of thousands of people CEO job going, don’t know how you get time to post !

  • 212 Noel Worst // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Mitrovic turning in a performanceRiviere would be ashamed of.

    I’ll put it down to being too keen with first match nerves and take comfort in the old adage that at least he’s getting in goalscoring positions.

  • 213 Sir Eric // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Just saw Barnetta signed for MLS side Philaelphia Union.

    Someone needs to look into the locks on the doors at that Gosforth hotel we had him penned up in for the last few years.

  • 214 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    score/

  • 215 coatesy17 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Armchair, the attacking of people on here for a difference of opinion, and not joining in the horrific negativity is one of the reasons i prefer lurking to posting. I shall not bother posting anymore as people prefer to have ago at each other now-a-days rather than chat about our common love interest. (NUFC incase any of you were thinking Anna Kendrick) 😉

  • 216 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    As the millionaire owner of calor gas I believe I am most qualified to talk about pressure

  • 217 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Jail

    I simply dictate my post to one of the minions I have working for me.

    They know that if they mess it up they go without their daily bowl of rice

  • 218 colwell // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    So De jong and Mitrovic as yet haven’t been able to score past a team that only just stayed in the football league. This season should be interesting.

  • 219 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Jack Butler owns the Dorchester !

  • 220 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    67′- York have just made no less than EIGHT substitutions. Meanwhile #NUFC are about to bring on Lewis Suddick.

  • 221 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    jamal looks slow dan shola wtf

  • 222 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    ourtoon,

    I still think you haven’t grasped what I was getting at, but I am atleast pleased you admitted our first team defenders are also poor and therefore appreciate the fact that we need new additions toour defensive line.

  • 223 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Mitrovic comes off #nufc for Suddick

  • 224 potski // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Our Toon

    You said he wouldn’t play, not that he might be a bit rusty. Get your story right. If Mbemba gets his visa he will play against Soton.

    None of that back four ad GK will play. In fact, I predict at least two of them won’t even be in the 25 man squad and get loaned out before the window closes.

  • 225 colwell // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Oh well York have done a job on the Serb wonder kid, don’t worry Saints are a lot worse at the back you’ll have a filed day.

  • 226 Thump // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    @Sir Eric: What kernt let him out? I bet it was Schteve.

  • 227 Sazzer // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Relegation for them lol
    OFFICIAL: Southampton have signed QPR defender Steven Caulker on a season-long loan.

  • 228 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    If Pardew was in charge it would have been four by now, look on the bright side…

    Bring back Carver……..

  • 229 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Everyone is getting hyped up about a friendly. Yes it is a shame to see us losing, but York City have probably been dreaming about this game since the end of last season, and so playing their heart out.

    McC has told them its just about match fitness and testing new players out in their positions as well as giving the new lad a runaround.

    CHEEL OUT BROZ

  • 230 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Jail

    Don’t tell anyone, but I’m the CEO of multiple sweat shops old Mikey uses to make the replica shirts everyone loves to buy, business is booming since we’ve been ironing on those Wonga logos and I’ve just overseen the lowering of the average age of our work force to eight years of age

  • 231 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Broons

    I’ve been consistent with my displeasure at the same CB’s at the club. These lads are the very same tools who helped get us relegated amd then promoted, but we have no depth in that position which is why I believe it makes no sense risking the other 2 rubbish ones for what are quite clearly horrific 4th and 5th choices.

    I’d have preferred seeing Good play but I assume he’s injured as well, if Jews is true about Aarons limping off then it only backs the case for protecting our 2 shite CB’s

  • 232 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Goal…..2-1

  • 233 Sazzer // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    PEREZ!!!!

  • 234 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Perez gets one back

  • 235 switch365 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Wonder if Lascalles will be allowed to use one of those new Lexus hover boards when he plays … looks like he needs one!

  • 236 Sazzer // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Save your Birthday mate!

  • 237 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    No matter how you try and butter this selection up the fact of the matter is that we don’t have enough dedenders to risk in a friendly !

  • 238 beattie25 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    We have been here before.

    We sign a few players and positivity returns.

    Then when the realism of the situation we ae in hits us those overly positive people have a go at those that are rightly angered by our complete failure once again to strengthen the team at the right time.

    Anyone who blindly thinks that we will still sign people after Mbemba is deluded. Time and time again we have seen how this club operates.

    I for one think actions speak louder than words. We have known for years our team is poor but blessed with good individuals.

    Just because we have changed manager and our owner spoke publically doesn’t change anything for me.

    As I said it is the actions that speak and so far this summer we have barely whispered. Yes the signings have been good but are redundant if we do not strengthen all areas of the team.

    To me it seems we have just done enough to survive once more. But instead of being bottom 4 those at the club think these 3 signings will be enough to get us top 12.

    I hope I am proven wrong and any naysayers will think that I am upset solely at this game tonight, but it has been this way for 5 years in the PL now.

  • 239 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Tonight’s attendance is 5,406, with 2,048 #NUFC fans. Superb support once again from the Toon Army for a midweek pre-season game.

  • 240 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    David moyes had a good preseason with man united, & also won a trophy, the charity shield. Ofcourse none of that mattered. What mattered is when the season started

  • 241 potski // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Jail

    We knew that when he refused to risk any of the CBs on the artificial pitch.

  • 242 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Great reaction goal from Perez.

  • 243 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Jail

    Thanks mate that’s what I’ve been trying to say but you’ve summed it up perfectly. Still we have some calling for Austin, I say go out buy another CB and and FB before even looking at 3:16

  • 244 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Unfortunately we have signed a dud with Lascelles, that’s based on watching him on the USA tour, made my mind up, too slow in everything he does. Bad defender I reckon, can pass though.

    Reminds me of a stiff slow Ashley Williams. No Good, dare I say it, worse than Willow…

  • 245 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Our toon

    The back should have been the first thing we sorted, let’s just hope it is sorted before the window slams shut

  • 246 barkel // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    off topic –

    not sure if anyone posted this earlier but here’s this seasons jerseys with classic sponsors

    our home shirt looks about a billion times better without the sh!tty wong@ logo

    http://www.footyheadlines.com/2015/07/2015-16-premier-league-kits-with-classic-sponsors.html

  • 247 hibbit // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    firebug its york 1 of the best nights out in the country might have something to do with it

  • 248 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Ourtoon

    Fair enough, smart move from Mcclaren but ridiculous moves from the rest of the management team.

  • 249 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    It’s quite possible we could line up against Southampton with the same mediocre defence as last season.

  • 250 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    hibbit

    It will be a good night for Perez then 22 today, and a goal.

    Oh and we scored from another corner!

  • 251 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    All over now, beat 2-1

  • 252 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    How did Mitrovic look? Any promising signs? Does he look like the real deal or too early yet, what are the first impressions? Anyone?

  • 253 Tsunki // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    There’s no need to worry there’s plenty of days until Southampton and we’ve already got to the stage where we’ve not only scored, but held York of all teams to only two goals! Plenty to build on. With this progress the next decent opposition will possibly not bore us out a new one. 😉

  • 254 hibbit // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    jail / our toon……… ive been banging on about the back 4 for weeks its only now a lot no here are seeing the problem yet to a few of us we knew all along we need a cb….. cover for the fb’s. now or we will be in the same shit again ……..how come we can see this and the club can’t

  • 255 firebug666 // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    JP…from The Rock

    From what I was reading, he got into some good position, and had a few shots and headers at goal. Unlucky not to be on the score sheet.

    He trained with the team for the first time yesterday, so in a week or so he should be better.

    Apparently he never stopped calling for the ball, and was always on the move, he also set up a couple of chances.

    My info is from twitter reporting on the match.

  • 256 Sir Eric // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    @JP..from the Rock

    Judging solely off what the twitter feed gave us, it seems like he was able to get himself on the end of a lot of chances and hold up the ball well.

    Pretty decent for only his second day with the squad.

  • 257 the broons // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    belfast

    god forbid

  • 258 Tsunki // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Hibbit sorry to steal your mojo rojo mate but you and a couple of thousand others kinda guessed the back line situation is unchanged from our exciting 9 game run last season. it’s not rocket surgery, unless of course you are a nufc employee.

  • 259 Marty-Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Almost afraid to watch the home game now against the Germans :-0
    We will at least get to know how far off we are and we just might have to get even busier in the transfer market

  • 260 magpiesi // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Just seen the stats York had just the two shots and 3 corners the defending was awful for the first.

    A slow curled pass over heads to the left side 6 yard line then the player loops it up over darlow with his knee.

    2nd Jl moving away from player towards edge of area lets him get his head up to curl in to the far corner.

  • 261 toon kk // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Getting beat by York is only a small taste of things to come, we’re really lack quality in certain areas, I don’t think people including the board realise how poor some players are.

  • 262 Tsunki // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    We can only hope secret deals for defenders are under way and SM is simply publicising the current crapness to Mike

  • 263 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    The man who’s known for getting deals done according to Ed is going to look pretty foolish again if the awful defence march out against Southampton.

  • 264 doofa the loofa // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    We’ll be fine.. least we dont have to play york every week eh!!

  • 265 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Would be a bit shite if this Mbemba bloke didn’t get a work permit eh?

    Wouldn’t rule it out lol

  • 266 doofa the loofa // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Secret deals in..

  • 267 Online Guy // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Said this a few weeks back ..

    If it’s Mitrick up front he needs supply and Xherdan Shaqiri is just what we need ..that one player could help win us that Cup we are chasing.

    Would love him and Abdennour and Danny Rose .

    Back four

    Janmatt Mbemba Abdennour Rose

    Even writing that down it feels solid

    how does that compare to

    Janmatt Williamson Taylor Hairdrier . pftttt

    Shaqiri please Steve ..and a top centre back is a massive priority.

  • 268 magpiesi // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    I noticed willo and collo sitting next to smc in the stands I just hope this pre season highlights things that need sorted before Southampton roll in to toon.

  • 269 Keith in France // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    I know this was just a friendly and we shouldn’t read too much into the result but isn’t it about developing a winning mentality ?

  • 270 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Thanks lads thats reassuring. Hopefully he’ll come out of this coming season much better than Riviere did the last.

  • 271 Ian Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Tsunki- I welcomed your comments earlier this afternoon. It seems to me that we both would be far better off being concerned about things that matter and less bothered with all that daft silly nonsense. You reminded me in reading your post that mutual respect is the key to better behaviour. I am all for debate, disagreement and the occasional dispute but with good intentions.
    ” You can’t give offence. You can only take it.
    I have to make an early start tomorrow so catch you later.
    Belfast
    Good evening. Hope tricks are good.




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