Newcastle beat Southend United tonight with two second half goals and they came from two unlikely lads.
It was 0-0 at the half after a rather poor first half and then than man Vurnon Anita scored a great goal when he hit the ball across the goalkeeper into the back of the net after 48 minutes.
Rafa Benitez smiling even before the game
Does this photo go in the Southend United Boardroom?
And the after 78 minutes it was a great acrobatic goal from that forgotten man Yoan Gouffran, when the Frenchman finished of a great team move by Newcastle when he hit the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Vurnon Anita after scoring terrific goal
Vurnon Anita being congratulated after great goal
Vurnon Anita – still celebrating
Yoan Gouffran scoring Newcastle’s second goal
Yoan Gouffran – Yes!
Newcastle defending in first half from Barrett
Rafa introduced eight substitutes in the second half and one of them was new signing Grant Hanley, who replaced Chancel Mbemba at the back.
This is now Newcastle’s third win in four friendly games and out 3rd clean sheet and Newcastle have goalkeeper Karl Darlow to thank for the clean sheet when in the 89th minutes he made a fantastic save from David Mooney from close range.
Southend United: Oxley, White (Demetriou 75), Sokolik (Thompson 46), Barrett (Edjenguele 46), Coker (Kyprianou 78), Bridge (McLaughlin 68), Atkinson (Batlokwa 78), Leonard (Bedford 84), McGlashan (O’Neill 75), Williams (Mooney 62), Murray (Cox 62)
Subs not used: T Smith, Wabo
Newcastle: Darlow; Janmaat (Sterry, 63), Mbemba (Hanley, 63), Lascelles, Dummett; Hayden (Colback, 63), Shelvey (Saivet, 73); Anita (Thauvin, 78), Perez (Mitrovic, 73), Aarons (Gouffran, 63); Gayle (Armstrong, 63).
Sub not used: Sels.
Goals: Anita 47, Gouffran 78
But you cannot really tell much from pre-season friendlies – or so they say.
Next up are SBV Vitesse at St. James’ Park on Saturday at an unusual kickoff time – 3:00 pm.
Wonder if that game will be shown live somewhere?
|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|