Last night’s game at Valley Parade was a friendly game to further the growing relationship between the two clubs as we lend out some of our top youngsters to Bradford City and Rafa has even said he will visit the Valley Parade club to see how they coach the lads.
Newcastle fielded our best side last night so we should not get carried away with the 4-0 result and on the other hand, Bradford fans shouldn’t get downhearted by the loss.
We are likely to keep this fixture on the map at Newcastle for a few pre-seasons as hopefully the good relationship between the two clubs gets even better for the mutual benefit of both clubs
53-year-old Bradford Coty manager Stuart McCall in his office
Stuart McCall has been talking to the local Telegraph & Argus paper and the Leeds-born 53-year-old is down to earth and truthful about what happened last night – especially in the second half:
“It’s a difficult watch for the punters because they want to see us attacking and going forward. The realisation is when you know what you’re up against and the quality.”
“They had strength and pace all over the park and you saw Jonjo Shelvey’s passing ability.”
“We were absolutely delighted with the work ethic of the boys in the first half but we were always going to tire.”
“They brought a lot of fresh legs on and we’ve got a few injuries at the minute.” “We knew it was a massive step up, even from Saturday against Sunderland.”
“It’s not enjoyable when you’re on the other end of it. I’ve played in games when you’ve not had a kick of the ball and it’s really tough.”
“But we’re not down about the game. It’s gone and we’ll be positive for the next ten days before we play Blackpool.”
“We played in a way we’ll never, ever play in again, certainly at home.”
“But we knew with their quality, we had to put out a shape which we hoped could subdue them.”
“We did that until they scored two early goals in the second half.”
“It was hard work but I’m pleased we’ve got it out of the way. We knew it was going to be a night like that.”
Rafa will be happy that we now had more pace in the side, which was a requirement this summer to help us in our fast breaks in the Premier League.
The first game in the league is a 1:30 kick-off at home to Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park on Sunday, 13th August.
In the very last game we played in the Premier League in May of last year we hammered Spurs 5-1 at home. and they dropped from second place to third place in the PL and north London rivals Arsenal overtook them – what could be worse than that?
They dropped from second place to third place in the PL because of that defeat and north London rivals Arsenal overtook them – what could be worse than that?
Last season they finished second in the league to Chelsea and they will no doubt be a real test for us on August 13th – unlucky for some.