Vurnon Anita Pleased With Goal – Rafa Benitez Happy Enough

After the 2-0 win against Southend United last night, Rafa Benitez was adamant that Newcastle still had to improve in nearly all areas of the game, but the manager was pleased with the win – our third in four friendly games.

It was a poor first half showing, but then after only three minutes into the second half Vurnon Anita hit a pile-driver into the top corner of the net giving Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley no chance at all.

Southend United v Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly

Vurnon Anita congratulated by Ayoze Perez after scoring

It was followed with 12 minutes to go by a nice left-footed finish on the turn from Yoan Gouffran – his first goal in what seems like an eternity – but isn’t.

We’re not sure if Yoan will stay at Newcastle for this season, but he can be a very decent player for us in the Championship and always works hard.

After the game Vurnon talked to the media:

“It’s good for the team to have won, although there are still things we have to improve.”

“It was nice to play in that position, and nice to score the goal. I saw the chance was available, and thankfully I took it.”

“I was a bit more advanced down the right-hand side than usual, but it was nice to be able to show that I can play in that role.”

And Rafa Benitez was pleased after the game too, but he knows Newcastle have to tighten up in a lot of different areas:

“I was really pleased because we spoke about pressing more and then he (Anita) scored the goal.”

“It was good, after that Yoan Gouffran scored as well so I was really pleased with them.”

“But I was pleased for the team because we picked up another clean sheet.” 

“We conceded just a few chances.” “In the Championship we have to concede even less.”

New signing Grant Hanley made his first appearance for Newcastle when he came on after 63 minutes for Chancel Mbemba.

The last friendly game is at home to Vitesse on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park = and then we go to Fulham the following Friday for our first game in the Championship.

We need a win in that game.

ClubLocationDate and KickoffResult
BohemianDalymount ParkSaturday, 16th July
Won 6-0
Doncaster RoversKeepmoat StadiumWednesday, 20th July
Drew 2-2
KSC LokerenDaknamstadionSaturday, 23rd July
Won 4-0
Southend UnitedRoots Hall
Tuesday, 26th July
Won 2-0
SBV Vitesse St. James ParkSaturday, 30th July
3:00 pm
Won 3-2

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