67 year-old former Belgian International Georges Leekens is the manager of Lokeren and he admitted after the game yesterday that Newcastle were much the better team and that Rafa Benitez’ side had more class and better technique than Lokeren.
Georges has twice been the Belgium national manager in 1997-1999 and then again in 2010-2012 and he has managed around 20 clubs in a long management career that started way back in 1984 – so he has lots of experience.
Georges Leekens is on the left at the press conference yesterday
Newcastle played well yesterday and scored some very nice goals and we were 3-0 up at the break and 4-0 up after just 3 minutes into the second half.
That’s how it ended up with a brace from the impressive Ayoze Perez and a goal each from Daryl Janmaat and Jonjo Shelvey.
Leekens was full of praise for Newcastle’s performance after the game:
“I am not disappointed, they were much better.” “They had more class and technique.” “We tried our best but we gave away too many chances and every chance seemed to be coming towards our goal.”
“We tried some things out in defense but we could see to improve little things and some players were missing.”
“The judgement will come one week before the season when players are back.” “We played against a team and club that will be back very fast into the Premier League.”
“I think when you look at the quality of their side and their coach I know I can put my money on Newcastle this season.”
“It wasn’t exactly a League One or League Two club, this was a proper Championship team that should go up.”
“They were better than us.” “There is no disappointment but I know we have some work to do.”
“We have to work between now and our first league game.”
Rafa’s comment on the performance was that he was pleased with the win, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Next up for Newcastle is Southend United on Tuesday night on the south coast.
|Club||Location||Date and Kickoff||Result|
|Bohemian||Dalymount Park||Saturday, 16th July|
|Doncaster Rovers||Keepmoat Stadium||Wednesday, 20th July|
|KSC Lokeren||Daknamstadion||Saturday, 23rd July|
|Southend United||Roots Hall||Tuesday, 26th July|
|SBV Vitesse||St. James Park||Saturday, 30th July|