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Newcastle Surprisingly Lose 2-1 To York

9:49 pm, Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

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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.

siem de jong and mitrovic after york score

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)

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

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Noel Worst // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    All together now: MELTDOWN!

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

    Defenders in!

  • 3 mickalfas // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Hopefully Austin signs this week ,get the strike force firing on all cylinders
    Hopefully we’ll be able to nick a 5-4 win against Southampton
    And by all accounts we’ve signed a younger version of Willo ,to take over when he’s gone for the next 8 years
    Things are looking up !!

  • 4 Sazzer // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:57 PM

  • 5 worthing magpiee // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Evening chaps
    Trying not no get to worried bout tonight’s lost, hoping for a comfortable win this Saturday at St James!, im happy to give mc time, seems like he is trying to get us playing good football but will take time, im still crying out for a new beast of a cb mind! Anyone else’s feel the same?

  • 6 Sazzer // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Game stats

  • 7 toon kk // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    In a way it can only be a good thing getting beat in pre season friendlies, proves to the board the NEED to strengthen.

  • 8 Sazzer // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Aarons had cramp.

  • 9 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    We don’t need Austin. Seems no one does, we need defenders, another CB and a full back before even contemplating buying an overrated over priced player like Austin

  • 10 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Very good point Keith on last article.

    You’d definitely rather be winning them pre season or not.

  • 11 bettyswallocks // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Coatesy?……… you play football in the hotel itself or do you have a training ground for the team building.

  • 12 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:03 PM

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

  • 13 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:05 PM


    At the time when we bought Riviere plenty in the french media said we over paid and he’s shite. With Mitrovic it’s somewhat different as he very well thought of

  • 14 bladeuser // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Everybody and my granny knows we need a top class cb we have for years why is it every a@@@ h#@# manager never corrects the problem
    S mac had better correct it now or this defence will get him the sack

  • 15 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Perhaps Willo is a very likeable guy, and no manager wants to upset him by selling.

  • 16 magpiesi // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:08 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.

    IMO I think smc know what’s needed by giving every cb a chance as it’s now only colo who hasn’t featured. Satka good and Lascelles will all be loaned out leaving the 3 and hopefully mbemba .

    If he can get one of the 3 cb out we will get another in.

  • 17 barkel // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Repost: 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

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Coatsey builds up confidence in his work place by letting the youngest and most unsuitable members of staff work in the bit of the hotel reseved for DHSS tenants only, where it doesn’t matter if they are verbally or physically assaulted.

  • 19 Sazzer // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    We have the best one this year if you ignore Wonga.

  • 20 JP...from The Rock // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Barkel- that strip looks a million times better and want to buy it now..are they for sale or just to make us suffer?

  • 21 toon kk // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Our toon
    it all boils down to real lack of quality in our whole squad, defenders are a must, but also our lack of cutting edge in front of goal was diabolical. We really lack pace apart from Aarons. It will take more than this transfer windows budget to sort the mess out.

  • 22 jane // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    a year ago today Derby won 1-0 at Burton in their penultimate friendly however Derby only had 2 shots on target and 6 corners although they edged possession. Derby won their last friendly on 2nd August 2-0 against Rangers. Derby began the season a week later with a 1-0 win against Rotherham but then only won 1 of their next 5 which was at home to Fulham who were probably bottom at the time. just interested to make a comparison.

  • 23 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Toon KK

    As you point out mate its not a 1 window job to fix the mismanagement of almost a decade. Unfortunately it’s going to require alot of patience or the removal of Ashley.

  • 24 jane // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    I’m guessing patience

  • 25 Belfast // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Ian Last article, tricks are good. I enjoyed that post to Ibiza from you this morning by the way very good.

    I preferred the popular one myself lol

  • 26 Ravostag // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Why oh why can we not get a couple of CB’s? Every time we sign a midfielder or a striker it appears that we have less chance of signing a defender. What is the point of signing Austin?? For every goal he might score we concede 2.

  • 27 Bar9 // Jul 29, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    We really badly need a new defense. Janmaat is the best one and really the only real defender we have left that is quality and can play 30+ games a season….

  • 28 loonie-toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Any one no how mitro debut went tonight??

  • 29 vipgreek // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    amazing how we are just over a week away and we still cant tie our shoelaces we need quality defenders , and need to move on deadwood but by the looks of it Ashley doesnt want to lose out on moving that dead wood.
    Ashley thinks by bringing in Mbenza its going to solve all our problems lol . why dont Ashley show some initiative and bring in players that we have been linked with like Matip , Nkolou , Abdennour but by the looks of he 30 million is too much spent on the squad already and here we have supporters thinking we the club hierarchy has changed its way , what people dont understand were only spending the money that we got for Cabaye and Debuchy , the 60 millioin Ashley still pockets .

  • 30 ZIPPIE57 // Jul 30, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Poor poor result against York (no disrespect) but we fielded a team containing present and past full internationals
    we should be winning these games hands down and entertaining the crowd
    Mbemba is not Clarke Kent, we need another dominant nut and boot English style center half asap.
    What we have at the moment are “has-beens ” and crocks

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