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Unlucky Newcastle Go Down 1-0 To Monchengladbach – Report

4:55 pm, Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Newcastle played well this afternoon against a good Borussia Monchengladbach side, and were unlucky to lose after hitting the woodwork twice and giving away a very poor goal after 65 minutes, which basically showed where the weakness of Newcastle lies – in  defense.

Right out of the blue and against the run of play after  Steven Taylor had the ball but lost possession in the penalty box,  and the ball was played quickly to Thorgan Hazard, the brother of Eden Hazard –  who had the ball in the back of the net quickly, giving Tim Krul no chance.

That was the difference between the two sides.

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Goalkeeper Sommer saves in the first half of today

But this Newcastle team showed some good creativity and good passing today, and Steve McClaren will be (very) happy with what he saw today.

Both Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic came on after 61 minutes and Aleksandar hit the woodwork with just four minutes to go.

Mitrovic replaced Cisse up front but Mbemba came on at right back in place of Daryl Janmaat to get a taste of football at St. James’ Park.

From what we saw from Mbemba and Mitrovic in the second half this afternoon they look like very good signings for the club.

Gabby Obertan played well before being replaced by Rolando Aarons half way through the second half and Rolando was again lively and a a handful for the Monchengladbach defense.

McClaren has said in pre-season he wanted to see good performances from the side, and the results were secondary –  and he got a good performance today.

This is how we saw the game today:

Both sides started the game slowly trying to keep possession on a bright sunny afternoon in Newcastle with the home side in their new clean-looking white and light blue strips.

Borussia had a decent attack in the first few minutes but Dahoud’s shot was just wide of the post.

Newcastle were playing good passing football, and Gabby Obertan was showing up well down the left wing and after 16 minutes the Frenchman made a good run but the ball was blocked for a corner.

Jack Colback was taking all the corners with his left foot, and from this one Mike Williamson got upn well and headed just over the cross-bar – a good effort by Newcastle.

After 17 minutes there was a minute’s applause for Liam Sweeney and John Alder who were killed in the MH17 disaster last year – and that was very nice – and it looks like the fans will keep this up for this season – very good.

After 22 minutes Rafael had an excellent shot which was only just wide of Tim Krul’s right hand post with the goalkeeper scrambling across his line.

Both sides were playing some nice football if a little slow at times, but it was good to watch.

Towards the end of the first half Newcastle started to show well and were attacking the German side, and after 38 minutes we really should have scored.

Sissoko made a good run down the right wing and pulled it back to Cisse, who hit it but didn’t connect with the ball properly and it went to Wijnaldum who also couldn’t get a good foot on the ball.

And the ball ended up rolling straight to goalkeeper Sommer – but we should have definitely scored there with two separate chances in succession.

Newcastle were starting to attack Monchengladbach and Colback played a short left wing corner to Haidara, and the Frenchman’s shot was only just saved by the goalkeeper diving to his left – a well worked corner and good play from Newcastle.

Then just before half time Cisse headed the ball only just wide from a good Haidara cross, and the whistle blew for half-time.

Steve McClaren would have been pleased with the first 45 minutes with Newcastle looking fairly solid at the back and starting to make some good creatives moves forward.

An encouraging first half from the lads in bright sunshine.

There were no changes by either team at half-time and almost immediately a Sissoko shot cannoned back off the cross-bar, and Cisse’s follow-up shot was wide.

A quick breakaway by Monchengladbach had Tim Krul diving low to his left to block the ball – a good save from Tim who seems to be back to his best.

After 62 minutes McClaren made three changes – with Rolando Aarons replacing Obertan, Mitrovic replacing Cisse and Mbemba replacing Janmaat at right back.

But then Thorgan Hazard, the brother of Eden put Borussia Monchengladbach ahead after 65 minutes and the goal was right out of the blue, and against the run of play.

It was poor play from Steven Taylor at center-back who couldn’t clear, and he was dispossessed inside the box and the ball was played straight to Hazard – and he scored easily after only being on the pitch for four minutes – a bad mistake at this level.

It was a gift of a goal from Newcastle and showed our weakness in defense.

If you want to see what needs fixing in this Newcatsle team just look at the way that goal was conceded.

On 74 minutes a good Mike Williamson ball into box was headed well by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

And then Siem de Jong came on for Vurnon Anita after 75 minutes.

Rolando Aarons was showing  up well on the left wing.

After 82  minutes a beautiful move by Monchengladbach ended up with a shot being only just wide of Tim Krul’s right hand post, with the Dutchman again scrambling across his line.

Ayoze Perez then came on for Sissoko and there was warm applause for both players from the appreciative Newcastle crowd.

Newcastle were forcing the game now and trying to get an equalizer and the lads created a number of corners.

And then amazingly a great move by Newcastle after 86 minutes ended up with Siem de Jong playing it back to Aleksandar Mitrovic who hit the post from 8 yards out with a crisp right foot shot – and that was unlucky and it happened so quickly.

The game played was played out and we lost, but Steve McClaren will have been pleased with what he saw today from his Newcastle players.

There was good organization of the team and even some creativity from set plays but we must sign at least one more top defender – that’s the message coming out of how we lost this game.

And it was a good crowd of just over 21,000 at St. James’ Park this afternoon, and a sell-out is expected for Southampton a week tomorrow to start our season off.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (c); Daryl Janmaat (Chancel Mbemba 62), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita (Siem de Jong 75), Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko (Ayoze Perez 81), Georginio Wijnaldum, Gabriel Obertan (Rolando Aarons 62); Papiss Cisse (Aleksandar Mitrovic 62)
Subs not used: Karl Darlow, Shane Ferguson, Jamaal Lascelles, Gael Bigirimana, Olivier Kemen, Mehdi Abeid, Yoan Gouffran

Borussia Monchengladbach (4-4-2): Yann Sommer; Tony Jantschke (c) (Roel Brouwers 76), Andreas Christensen, Marvin Schulz (Havard Nordtveit 76), Oscar Wendt (Alvaro Dominguez 61); Ibrahima Traore (Marlon Ritter 84), Granit Xhaka (Julian Korb 76), Mahmoud Dahoud (Fabian Johnson 61), Patrick Herrmann (Josip Drmic 61); Lars Stindl, Raffael (Thorgan Hazard 61)
Subs not used: Tobias Sippel, Branimir Hrgota

Referee: Jon Moss

Attendance: 21,088

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

60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Aug 1, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Center half in !

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Centre half IN !

  • 3 geordiemark // Aug 1, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    unlucky …………… they were rubbish …………… seen 11 kids play better on a field

  • 4 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 1, 2015 at 4:58 PM


  • 5 Belfast // Aug 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Think Ed watched this one from utopia 🙂

  • 6 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Average performance tbh, kept the ball well at times and pressed well enough but created next to nothing and of course there was the expected blunder at the back where panic sets in and common sense goes walk about.

    Unless we address the constant issue of a poor back line we have another long season ahead of us

  • 7 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Didn’t think it was all that bad. It just yet again highlighted our woeful CB pairing and struggles to put the ball in the net.

    … That sounds bad but the movement and retention was better than it has been.

  • 8 Reyantoon // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Well i have to say good effort from the lads.We were unlucky.We miss 2 sitters.Mbemba looked calm and strong,just what we need.So as Mitrovic,he is huge lad,which is good,esp in the penalty box.All in all,we played well,created chances,if we avoid couple of silly mistakes,we can beat Southampton comfortabley!!

  • 9 lukes26 // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    I don’t understand some of you people.

    Borussia are a CL team, and Newcastle pretty much dominated most of the game

    Id be more worried if I were a BM supporter

  • 10 Ron Knee // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Let’s hope Aarons stays fit.

  • 11 Graeme // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Same old, Same old – undone by a shite defence, yet again. Saylor is NOT and never will be a “Ball-Playing” CB.

  • 12 Belfast // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    We actually weren’t that bad but we weren’t that good either.

    It was a shite match truth be told.

  • 13 geordiemark // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    we need 2 top quality defenders now, we need an attacking winger also a good battling central midfielder with the nack of putting the ball on a sixpence in the peter Beardsley mould and another striker

  • 14 corkypants // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    oh my days those who think we were bad really need a reality check we kept the ball really well limited them to one chance created more than them hit the woodwork twice for god sake ladz if we would of won one nill everyone would of been jumping for joy put a sock in it you bunch of lemons!!!!

  • 15 Noel Worst // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    It’s plain as day CB is our major flaw and has been throughout pre-season. Must be the priority.

  • 16 terencelim // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    @lukes26 Go ahead and ask BM supporters if they want the team to win or “dominate” a game?

  • 17 Thump // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Watched the second half and all I could see were two teams playing a friendly. Our off the ball movement was a LOT better, and it’ll take a little while to get everybody into McClaren’s style of play… I just hope it doesn’t take too long.

  • 18 John Tudor // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    absolutely running on 1 cylinder of an v8
    2 centre backs in or more of the same to come only of lesser teams than this

  • 19 geordiemark // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:04 PM


    what sky through the years program were you watching, I only watched the last 25 minutes and I saw enough

  • 20 Bri // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM


    Spot on……..more players are needed desperately or we will struggle bid time.

  • 21 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Gonna be very interesting to see who we start with and what formation we play next weekend.

    Just hope we get a few more in before then

  • 22 colwell // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Wini looked much better in the middle when De Jong came on.

    So judging from pre season we are still pretty shite. Complete new management and coaching team and well its not exactly served up much better has it?

    Same isolated Cisse with poor service.

    Same awful cb pairing.

    Same slow tempo and poor pressing.

    When Pards first arrived he said he wanted fast,attacking football similar to what McClaren has said. Attacking football must be something completely different to what I thought it was.

  • 23 corkypants // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    geordie mark your having a dig and making comments when you didnt even see all the game lmfao first half we were by miles the better team, we do however need a new centre half

  • 24 geordiemark // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    this is the question id put to mike Ashley, buy the top quality players the club needs or loose 100 million at the end of the season its that simple

  • 25 lochinvar // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    I’m in Scotland next week – should I bring Van Dijk back with me. ?
    A Dutch speaking CB increasingly seems like a good idea. Alongside Mwemdba would be a strong pairing.

  • 26 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 27 Belfast // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    The starting 11 against Southampton will probably be pretty similar to today.

  • 28 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM


    We were not the better side by miles at all, it was an equal affair and typical pre season friendly.

    Throughout the whole match we created next to nothing and Cisse was a spectator most of the time and if that 11 starts next week, it could be a very long 90 minutes

  • 29 geordiemark // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM


    am not having a dig at all, I am just pointing things out really, I used to be a season ticket holder from 1979 up till 2 years ago, I am an arm chair fan now because of ill health but take nothing away I didn’t watch the first half but by looking at that defence and seeing taylor and Williamson then someone somewhere hasn’t done there job right by getting rid of both and brining in top quality players

    its a simple logical statement its either Ashley spends the big money not chicken feed or loose 100 million its as simple as that

  • 30 Macas // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Williamson got tons of stick but I thought he played ok today. Think we need a top winger in though to give us a bit more urgency in the final third.

  • 31 corkypants // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Belfast i think there mite be a few changes to that team think steve is clever enough not to southampton any ideas about his starting 11

  • 32 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Wtf is this some say it was a good display by us some say it was nothing special we play the same Bullshit type like we used to play under pardew and carver

  • 33 Terry // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    That game was played nowhere near premier league pace and Williamson and Taylor will be found wanting once again if they play first game.Surely an ex England manager can see that.

  • 34 Noel Worst // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Today only confirmed what we already knew about our defence. Schteve I’m sure is fully aware. I’m oot, some of the hysterics on here are unbearable.

  • 35 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Only thing I am thankful for is that there is still time to bring in some more defenders before Southampton although I don’t see it unfortunately .

    Haidara still has potential but I would still like to see a new LB and another CB IS A MUST . We should go for Jetro Willems and Abdennour :




    —————-Gini———————De Jong————–


    Can’t believe we are going into the 15/16 season with the same CB’s we had in 2009 FFS .

  • 36 Ron Knee // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Big improvement in our play when the three new boys were on.
    Terrible passing from Sissoko and Haidara.

  • 37 corkypants // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    i agree geordiemark just think the performance today was a breath of fresh air compared to the dross we got fed at the end of last season

  • 38 lukes26 // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    I think there are three main questions going into the game at Southampton:

    1. Do we start Mbemba, or are we forced into taylor/wilo pairing?
    2. Cisse or Mitro?
    3 Where does Sissoko play..or does he start on the bench?

    i feel mbemba will likely be on the bench along with Mitro and Sissoko will be a some sort of hybrid winger

  • 39 Big Steve // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Getting a bit sick of this “unlucky” tag. We created very little in the first half. I don’t think Cisse touched the ball. Second was a bit better but once again we are let down by inept defending. With only one week to go to the big kick off I expected a bit more urgency and belief in our play.

  • 40 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM


    We kept the ball better and pressed more than we used to under Pardew, but other than that it was an average performance with little being created and nothing to write home about but we have the same worries coming from the centre halfs as we’ve always had

  • 41 colwell // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    I have a £10 bet with a mate who’s a Saints fan. I have us for the win he has them obviously and he offered me the draw as well. Seemed a win win but i’ll just get the tenner ready for him now I think. He did say it would be the easiest £10 he’d ever make.

  • 42 Jamseyd24 // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    I myself didnt see the whole game as my internet connection out here is pish!

    That being siad from what I did see we seemed to play pretty decent stuff, I thought Ginger was a bit of the pace at time, Gabby looked reasonable, but I do echo what most are saying. We defo need a quality CB and we need better delivery into the box.

    Now if all us half wits can see that, surely to god SM and co can see that?????

  • 43 Unplugged toon // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    I think the staring line up for the first game of the season will be a shock for everyone and hopefully we will play positive and aggressive

  • 44 bladeuser // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    So that was playing well was it
    what a crock of shit all u ticket holders good luck hundreds spent and u will b served up willo saylor and colo with a little bit of obertan as a sweetner new manager same old rubbish what a waste of money

  • 45 Unplugged toon // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    It’s Thorgan hazard unless they have a 3rd brother called morgan

  • 46 magpiesi // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    I watched van dijk play on tv today for Celtic god he’s better than I thought.

    Great control and vision he kept running with the ball and playing through balls in the channels got a pen for one you would think he was a cm yes the other team is nothing like pl standard but he’s good got to be worth 10m and played most of the game at lcb so would slot in the place of colo.

  • 47 croftus5678 // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    mbemba/mitrovic and wijnaldum are great signings and have improved our quality for sure.

    can wait for mbemba to play cb ad he strong/fast/calm and is a great header of the ball.

    everyone apart from saylor and cisse had very good games ! yes hairdryer fluffed a few crosses which he needs to improve on but i was impressed with even williamson/anita and obertan.

    in fact if it was not for saylor’s very stupid choices for their goal and for the pullback when he was the last man that he should have been sent off for imo then we would have done ourselves proud.

    i’m coming around to anita now tbh after his 4th good game in his carreer i think he’s played great for us i can finally see what others are seeing in him now and maybe he should be played in the tiote/colback dm position instead of them.

  • 48 Goofy // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    I thought there was more plusses than minuses, (apart from the Williamson and Saylor problem) Winjaldum looks great, Mitrovic will score as long as he gets the service, Anita and Janmaat were good again, Haidara and Aarons look great together, we have DeJong and Perez to start or as good back up and Mbemba looked cool calm and composed. The CB’s need sorted now, Mclaren said he has seen players who disappointed, surely Williamson was one of them.

  • 49 bladeuser // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    maybe u can vote for willo as your player of the season then
    u have,nt got a clue have u

  • 50 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    I think some people need to take a chill pill, the only thing we have got to do is sort our defence out, happy with midfield and up front, today is the only day we didn’t score, we created chances against a very good side, i be more worried if we didn’t create any chances today or in the other matches, the fact that we have i feel optimistic this season, it’s going to take time anyway, mcclaren hasn’t been here long or his staff or the new players, more positives than negatives.

  • 51 jimnufc // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    same old boring
    no-one scoring

  • 52 corkypants // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    we kept the ball a lot better than last season
    our positioning as a team was a lot better than last season
    dont get me wrong im not saying we were amazing by any stretch but there are improvements.

    we lacked a cutting edge and that killer pass, we lacked leadership at the back and sissoko was awfull

  • 53 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Does any anybody else feel we are seriously lacking goals aswel. The only games we won in preseason was due to a penalty & an own goal

  • 54 PeacePipe // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Game plan too predictable… keep playing the winger. Should try changing to middle.

  • 55 Wandering Geordie // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Team passed the ball around alot and comfortable with it and think it starting to pay off ..However CB is desperately required as Taylor is not a ball playing CB and it was a schoolboy error. Lot of plusses out there with Wiijnaldum and Anita very comfotable on the ball as well as a positive 20+ minutes from Mitrovic….Just that centre back needed and quickly…….Nice to hear the doom and gloom merchants once again…Opposition is CL quality team and at times we not only matched their passing ability but could of won it

  • 56 Macas // Aug 1, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    bladeuser – So what exactly did Williamson do wrong today? The game wasn’t exactly played at a high tempo so he wasn’t unduly tested but you can only judge players on how they did and he looked comfortable enough. And I very much doubt I’ll be voting him player of the season but thought I’d comment on his performance given how much stick he was getting. Too many on here slag a player off and judge them even before a ball has been kicked. There are players I’m not too fond of but I’ll judge them on how well they play not my overall impression of them.

  • 57 Totallytea // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Took the little lad for his first ever game today and he loved it, I sat and bit my fingers through the whole thing. Williamson looked like he was concentrating on ever pass, nothing seemed natural to him. Sissoko should be a sprinter not a football player. The first half was a canter at best and I saw more clinical passing from the opposition. They only woke up really when they were behind. Gini looked good, and mitrovic looked hungry, very hungry but I am worried about being found out quite quickly when the real games kick off. Apologies to some poor lad sitting in the east stand in front of my wife, she shrieked and yelled throughout the whole game, a lot more pleased than I was.

  • 58 Brutooon // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Saylor is overrated (and injury prone)

    Williamson is Sh*T

    The best partnership would be Chancel and Janmaat (Collocini is slow and ageing)

    We need one CB and maybe 2 wingers. Mitrovic need good crosses

  • 59 nufc 11 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Guts and glory leader needed at cb step up Michael Dawson.

  • 60 Ravostag // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    What’s the point of Tiote? he never plays (only for the Ivory Coast.
    Why do we continue to play Williamson and seem oblivious to the fact that we need at least 2 more centre backs to replace Saylor, Collo and Willo.

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