Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw by Preston this afternoon at Deepdale after Aleksandar Mitrovic put Newcastle ahead after only 8 minutes but then Barkhuizen equalized in the 34th minute and that’s how the score stayed throughout the rest of the game.
As expected new signings Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo made their Newcastle debuts with over 2,000 Newcastle fans making the trip to Lancashire for the game – that’s really impressive.
It’s just a pity we couldn’t have won again – but the main thing (we suppose) is to give the lads the run-out and that certainly happened with Rafa using all of his substitutes this afternoon including all three goalkeepers.
The lads had just completed a week-long training spell at Carton House in Dublin and the fitness levels of the players should have been that much better than eight days ago when we beat Hearts 2-1 at Tynecastle in the first preseason game.
Newcastle players celebrate after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored after only 8 minutes
Good for him!
Newcastle made a very good start to this game, much like last week in Scotland – and Siem de Jong had an early shot tipped over the bar by Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.
But after only eight minutes gone it was Paul Dummett who took a surprise shot at goal and Maxwell was able to parry the ball – but it was that man Mitrovic who put the ball into the back of the net and took the chance well.
Mitro seems to do very well against Preston – and that was his fifth goal in just four games against them.
But then Preston woke up and got a goal back after 33 minutes when Barkhuizen equalized with a goal that seemed too easy.
Newcastle players were said to look a little tired after what must have been a hard week’s training and there was little creativity coming from the team – something that hopefully will prompt Rafa to bring in one or even two playmakers before September rolls around.
After the equalizer, Preston were the better side through half time and then Rafa made eight changes at the beginning of the second half and more changes through the final 45 minutes so all the subs got a game.
Jacob Murphy came on for his debut at half time in place of Christian Atsu Manquillo came on for the last 13 minutes of the game in place of Florian Lejeune to make his first appearance for the Magpies.
From what we can tell from the reports of the game our lads seemed to be leggy and may have done too much training last week.
But that sounds too much like an excuse.
Chris Waugh of the Chronicle through it was a decent enough display.
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) July 22, 2017
The good news is this will further increase the fitness and stamina of our players and our first game in the Premier League is three weeks tomorrow at home to Tottenham.
We cannot be leggy for that game otherwise we’ll be taken apart by the Premier League runners-up of last season.
And of course, we won’t be – not with Rafa in charge!
It seems it was a decent performance from the Magpies this afternoon with both sides having chances to win tha game in the second half.
Preston: Maxwell, Vermijl, Huntington, Davies, Cunningham, Pearson, Browne, Barkhuizen, Johnson, Robinson, Hugill.
Subs: Hudson, Boyle, Grimshaw, Spurr, Earl, Meulensteen, Pringle, Horgan, Harrop, Doyle.
Newcastle: Elliot (Darlow, 46, Woodman, 70), Mbemba, Hanley (Yedlin, 46), Lejeune (Manquillo, 77), Dummett (Clark, 46), Atsu (Murphy, 46), Diame (Colback, 46), Shelvey (Hayden, 46), Aarons (Perez, 46), de Jong (Roberts, 62), Mitrovic (Gayle, 46).
Goals: Mitrovic 8, Barkhuizen 33
Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)
Note – the game was not televised live.