Newcastle went down 2-1 to York City tonight in what was a surprising result, after Newcastle started the game as though they were going to win the match in a canter.
But with two goals in four minutes after 16 minutes from the home side – those goals changed the game – and Newcastle after 20 minutes were stunned to find themselves 2-0 down to the League Two side, after having it all their way in the first 16 minutes.
The Newcastle defense was again porous and Newcastle have to strengthen central defense soon and bring in another top center-back in addition to Mbemba.
Perez pulled one back for the visitors after 75 minutes, but Newcastle couldn’t get that second goal to at least save face, and that was York”s first win in pre-season.
Newcastle started off well and were dominating the game from the first whistle, and new boy Mitrovic headed just over the bar from a fee kick from Shane Ferguson.
Then an Abeid corner was headed straight at the goalkeeper by Mitrovic.
But then right out of the blue York scored two goals in just four minutes and maybe that again was a timely signal to Steve McClaren that our defense is too weak – even though this was the second string in action.
Captain Siem de Jong and Mitrovic shocked after York score
After 16 minutes of Newcastle domination, York surprisingly went ahead when a cross from Marvin McCoy’s wasn’t cleared by the Newcastle defense and Straker free lofted the ball over Karl Darlow and into the back of the net to put York 1-0 up.
A lucky goal.
Four minutes later and a York trialist Reece Thompson put York 2-0 up, but this time this was an excellent goal and Thompson put a terrific left-foot shot past Darlow into the top corner of the net – and it was 2-0 to York.
Newcastle looked completely shocked by conceding two goals in just four minutes, and the lads tried to come back into the game, and they were creating chances but Perez missed a chance and then Gouffran hit a shot way over the bar from a long way out.
Then Siem de Jong set up Rolando Aarons and his overhead bicycle kick almost gave him another sensational pre-season goal but this time it was was brilliantly saved by York goalkeeper Flinders.
An Aarons header then crashed against the cross-bar just a minute before half time when it was still 2-0 to the home side.
At the start of the second half it was Rob Elliot who came on in goals for Karl Darlow.
Gouffran quickly brough Flinders into action and then Mitrovic had header saved by the goalkeeper and then shot just wide of the post.
Olivier Kemen then replaced Aarons after 58 minutes but Newcastle still couldn’t find the back of the net and then after 70 minutes that was it for Mitrovic who was replaced by Lewis Suddick.
Then with 15 minutes to go Ayoze Perez pulled one back for Newcastle and it was 2-1.
Mehdi Abeid’s corner was headed down to Perez by Lascelles and Perez quickly controlled the ball before shooting the ball into the net from a narrow angle.
Newcastle tried to level the scored in those last 15 minutes but it was a surprising defeat to the League Two side.
It’s only a friendly and the results don’t matter (unless we win), but this had to be a disappointing result for Steve McClaren, even though it was our second string.
The good thing was that Newcastle created the chances but we couldn’t find the back of the net although we went close – especially Rolando Aarons who hit the cross-bar and had a spectacular effort well saved by the goalkeeper.
But winning is the habit Newcastle have to get into, if we are to have a good season and pre-season is as good a time as any to start the habit.
Hopefully we have more players coming through the door before the season opens a week on Sunday at home to Southampton.
But after this disappointment next up are Borussia Monchengladbach, and we should have some idea of what Steve McClaren is thinking of the starting team against Southampton – when he names his side on Saturday afternoon an hour before kick-off.
That should be a good game.
York City (5-3-2): Scott Flinders; Marvin McCoy (Femi Ilesanmi 67) , Keith Lowe (Eddie Nolan 67), David Winfield (Josh Carson 67), John McCombe (George Swan 67), Anthony Straker (Trialist B 67); James Berrett (Lindon Meikle 67), Luke Summerfield (Callum Rzonca 67), Russell Penn (c) (Tom Platt 55); Vadaine Oliver (Ben Godfrey 67), Trialist A
Sub not used: Michael Ingham
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow (Rob Elliot 46); Gael Bigirimana, Lubomir Satka, Jamaal Lascelles, Shane Ferguson; Mehdi Abeid, Yoan Gouffran; Rolando Aarons (Olivier Kemen 58), Siem de Jong (c), Ayoze Perez; Aleksandar Mitrovic (Lewis Suddick 70)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Louis Johnson
Referee: Scott Duncan
Attendance: 5,406 (2,048 Newcastle)