Newcastle Win 3-2 – But Defense Shaky – Video Of All Goals

After Newcastle seemed to be cruising this game and were 3-0 up at half-time, Vitesse came back in the second half and scored after 53 minutes after Newcastle had continued to play some good football in the second half.

It was on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathan, the Brazilian who scored following a corner and then just 8 minutes later it was 3-2 when Vitesse captain Guram Kashia hit the ball home from inside the box following a free-kick.

Rafa Benitez who couldn’t have been too happy with the goals then made four changes to try to shore things up – on came Gamez, Shelvey, Aarons and Armstrong in place of Hanley, Colback, Ritchie and Perez.

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Players congratulate Dwight Gayle after second goal

The goals conceded both came from set-plays – a corner and a free-kick – and they were very sloppy goals to concede – Rafa will not be pleased with that.

It’s a weakness we have had for a number of years with the Newcastle defending – it’s been our Achilles heel – and it looks like Newcastle relaxed at the start of the second half and paid for that – over confidence perhaps?

Hope not.

After 74 minutes Sterry, Saivet, Gouffran and Mitrovic replaced Janmaat, Anita, Hayden and Gayle.

The game ended 3-2, but we’re sure Rafa will have something to say about conceding those two goals, when we looked to be in complete control of the game.

The defense still seems to be too porous at times and it will need to be tightened up considerably – and even when we are 3-0 up, we cannot take anything for granted.

But we won the game – and that’s good.

Newcastle had surged to a 3-0 interval lead with the first goal coming after 22 minutes with an own goal from Kelvin Leerdam, who deflected a shot from Dwight Gayle into his own net.

Newcastle were 2-0 up after 36 minutes and it was Dwight Gayle who scored after some good work from Ayoze Perez.

And then after 41 minutes Newcastle went 3-0 up and it was Jack Colback who headed the ball into the back of the net, from an excellent Ayoze Perez cross.

It looked to be plain sailing at half-time, but then two defensive lapses and it was 3-2 after 61 minutes and cause for concern.

It was interesting that Florian Thauvin, who Lazio want to sign, did not play in this game and was an unused substitute, along with Darlow and Tiote.


Newcastle: Sels; Janmaat (Sterry, 74), Hanley (Gamez, 62), Lascelles, Dummett; Hayden (Saivet, 74), Colback (Shelvey, 62); Anita (Mitrovic, 74), Perez (Armstrong, 62), Ritchie (Aarons, 62); Gayle (Gouffran, 74).
Subs not used: Darlow, Tiote, Thauvin.

SBV Vitesse: Room, Leerdam, Kashia, Kruiswijk, Ota, Nakamba, Baker, Vako, Rashica, Zhang, Nathan.
Subs not used: Van der Werff, van Wolfswinkel, Dauda, van Bergen, Osman, Oude Kotte, Tornes, Houwen, Koryan, Faye, Foor.

Goals: Leerdam (og) 22 Gayle 36, Colback 41, Nathan 53, Kashia 61

Referee: Sebastien Stockbridge

We won four of our five games in pre-season – scored 17 and conceded 4 – but it doesn’t really mean too much – the real games start on Friday at Fulham.

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

Here are all the goals.

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