Newcastle Completely Dominate Verona – Win 2-0 – Good Performances All Around


Newcastle completed their 6th pre-season friendly game this afternoon at St. James’ Park against Italian club Hellas Verona.

Newcastle scored two good goals in the first 12 minutes of the game and then cantered through the remain 78 minutes with the home side being superior to the visitors in almost every aspect of play and came out winners by 2-0.

This was good preparation for the Premier League starting for Newcastle next Sunday at home to Tottenham, and the team looked compact and very well organized.

The squad was missing top goalscorer Dwight Gayle, who apparently has been nursing a knock and local lad Jack Colback was also left out of the squad.

Newcastle wore their black strips which looked just terrific!

Newcastle players celebrate after early goal

Verona is managed by former Newcastle assistant coach Fabio Pecchia who left us last year for pastures new in his home country of Italy and like Rafa got the relegated side immediately promoted back to the top division.

It was really no contest this afternoon, and the scoreline of 2-0 did not represent Newcastle’s complete dominance, and Rafa had the lads playing well and fighting for every ball – and yet it’s still only preseason.

The fight and passion shown by our players really augers well for the coming season – we will not be an easy side to beat because of our organization and every player is willing to put everything in for the team.

The crowd of 23,906, was a little disappointing but the game was over in the first 12 minutes with Newcastle finding holes in the Verona defense almost at will.

After four minutes Javier Manquillo got down the right wing well and put over a good cross, and it was Spanish forward Ayoze Perez who put the ball into the back of the net past goalkeeper Nicholson at the near post.

And then just 8 minutes later and it was another goal from Christian Atsu in pre-season as he confidently put the ball home from a narrow-angle.

And maybe we are going to see more goals from the Ghanaian winger who has had an outstanding preseason for the Magpie since signing permanently for us in June after being on loan last term.

But still for the number of chances we created we only scored twice, and maybe this will persuade those at the top of the club to bring in one or maybe even two strikers to the club during this transfer window so we can convert more of the chances we are creating.

It was a problem we had last season in the Championship, and we should be fixing that this pre-season.

In the second half, Rafa made a bevy of changes bringing on nine players giving a home debut to impressive holding midfielder Mikel Merino – who could well be a star of the future at Newcastle.

But we still couldn’t score even though Matt Ritchie hit the post with one of those free-kicks of his and young winger Rolando Aarons was really close with a header.

In short – Newcastle were utterly dominant in this game, and yet it was still only 2-0.

That tells us we are still too weak in the striker position.

That’s four wins in the six preseason games with a draw and one defeat.

Now to beat Spurs next Sunday afternoon!

Newcastle: Elliot (Darlow, 64), Manquillo (Murphy, 64), Lejeune (Lascelles, 64), Clark (Mbemba, 64), Dummett (Gamez, 64), Ritchie, Shelvey (Merino, 64), Hayden, Atsu (Aarons, 64), Perez (de Jong, 72), 64), Mitrovic (Diame, 64)..

Hellas Verona: Nicholas, Bearzotti, Fares, Buchel, Kumbulla, Souprayen, Zucilini, Bessa, Verde, Cerci, Pazzini.

Goals: Perez 4, Atsu 12

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston)

Attendance: 23,906



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209 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Our toon you don’t have to be quick as look at David Silva and Ozil who are 2 of the best in the league. The problem I see with de Jong he doesn’t really have the quick feet in tight spaces which is required when the game is a 100 miles an hour. You need that something to be able to operate in that tight space and that could be dribbling, speed or strength. I don’t see him with any of that so can’t see him being hugely effective. The best we have at the moment but I would like him replaced.

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  • Bambams

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Powers that be will see we won 2-0 and due to their lack of football knowledge will decide we don’t need any more players….They know best !

    We definitely must have a striker in, I can just about handle waiting for a #10 (SDJ might surprise a few of you) and LB needs addressing along with a shelvey2 …..

    But got to get a good goalscoring machine !

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #3

    On sissokho I remember getting major stick for saying he was useless and just a highlight reel player on this blog. In the World Cup he was again a bag of highlights with no end product and got laughed at when I pointed who poor he is out.

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  • tommotoon

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed,
    23,096 crowd a little disappointing ? for a friendly …really?

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Bambams is Merino not a shelvey2?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    People complaining about Mitro’s all round game? Gayle has far less of an all round game than Mitro, so if that is the benchmark….. Atsu doesn’t look as good when Gayle plays because Gayle can’t provide that platform.

    Mitro is far more involved in all round play than Gayle when he plays, and brings far more to the team as a group than Gayle, that’s why Mitro got 3 times the assists as Gayle in just over half the playing time. Only Shelvey, Perez and Ritchie got more assists than Mitro last year, and Mitro was comfortably the most prolific for assists per minute played.

    The big question really is whether the added opportunities created when Mitro plays and the chances converted by those playing off him outweigh the additional goals that Gayle’s record would suggest he might score.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #7

    How* at comment 3

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Gayle has the key attributes for a striker which is being in the position to score and that is instinctive. Add that with good finishing ability and you have a good striker. He also makes the runs in behind which is ideal for shelvey. You can’t question gayles game as he has the attributes required for a striker.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Bottom line is Murphy was much better last season than Mitro he showed better ability to link the play up and hold the ball while also having decent finishing ability. He has gone and nobody would be bothered yet people are sticking up for mitro who was worse. ok age is a factor I get it but 22 is not so young that your game is 100% going to change significantly l. People like costa are very few and far between.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope dummetts ok looked like he was still feeling it when he came off after that shocker of a challenge on him it was above knee hight!!
    Looked good with atsu too especially with a few good passes down the wing the fact he has never had a decent winger ahead of him seems to pass people by

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  • Bambams

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Nufc-83

    Merino might be mate. I have not seen enough of him but thought he was more of a challenge to Hayden.

    By all accounts and I know it’s early but the signs look promising for the lad. Fingers crossed.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #12

    NUFC 83,
    You can if the benefits brought by a player of a different style for the rest of the team outweigh Gayle’s positive qualities as a striker. This is why Gayle never managed to get a regular starting place ahead of Cameron Jerome, Marouane Chamakh, Frazier Campbell, and Conor Wickham. He is an impact player that can stretch games at the Premier League level. He will get goals, but he will also lead to the breakdown in a lot of play.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Manpixie I don’t think that’s the case. The fact he kept pumping the ball forward to nobody and looked scared out of his mind every time he received the ball is probably the reason he gets so much stick. Add a decent winger in front of him it will help hugely but still doesn’t cover up the fact a player who is good defensively but is comfortable going forward would improve the side big time.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Nufc83

    Gayle goals per minute in the premier league is worse than Mitro’s and Gayle has had a lot more season in the PL than Mitro. In fact I don’t even think Gayle has managed 9 goals in a single PL season. I’m not belittling him as a player but he was bought in for the championship.

    On pace and tight areas, good players get around that by knowing what they are going to do with the ball before they get it, they already have a pass in mind which counter acts the need for pace or quick feet or even the ability to beat a man

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  • manxpie

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Nufc83 costa’s game changed dramatically ffs
    Mitro has a hell of a lot of potential and his link up play is very good actually, the big issue is we haven’t set up to play for him
    If we had a decent no10 it would change it imo

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Lilo just like mitro then who can’t make the ball stick or when he does find a team mate? That’s the problem people think as he’s is big (6,2 not huge) so automatically has great hold up play. When I watch 90 mins all I see is him losing the ball and people still say he is good at hold up play.

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  • Bambams

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I like Dummet as a defender but I do think his passing is wayward. He does look nervous when he gets the ball but hopefully with Rafa and, as has been suggested he has a regular winger in front, he will improve further.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #18

    OurToon I agree but let’s see if de Jong can have that level of ability to pick the pass so early.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Nufc83

    As for Murphy he applied himself well in a league which he knows all to well, he’s more than a decade older than Mitro and has the experience of playing at that level which meant he didn’t need to adapt to anything.

    As you’ve said no changing your mind earlier on, but I’d have to question your judgement if you think Murphy is better than Mitro!!

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t judge players on facts. What I see when I watch the game is Gayle is very instinctive with nice finishing and good runs. He will score goals if given the chances. I see mitro losing the all and missing easy chance after chance. I don’t see him moving in the box to create space. I don’t see him attacking the ball like carrol used to. This is the reason why I don’t believe he will be successful.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Nufc83

    If you’ve seen De Jong prior to joining us then you will know the answer, he has more of a footballing brain than arguably any player we have in our squad, his short comings are injuries and what impact all that has had on him

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Verona fans never shut up, quite funny hearing God save the queen, when the saints and drink drink wherever you may be sung in Italian

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  • magspuggy

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #23

    By god its good to be back at the church on the hill.
    Half full but nearly the same as the unwashed had for the first game of the season and wors was a friendly.

    I think we are ready for spurs and will shock a load of clubs this season..

    We all know where we need extras but that team today bossed the game and our passing range is no longer dependent on jonjo.

    Hwtl

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Our toon he simply was it was obvious to see and you almost admitted it in that post you just wrote by justifying his better performances by not having to adjust.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Funny old game like santon was deemed the bees knees couldn’t defend and couldn’t cross but looked good while doing nothing really
    Dummett still gets dogs abuse for being a very good defender (his job) and actually can put a decent cross in.
    Today he showed if there’s a winger who’s gonna run into space he’ll find him I’m looking forward to atsu dummett partnership tbh

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Murphy’s final ball was off mind, really hoping he becomes a star as well.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Our toon I really hope you are correct on De Jong I would love him to be a success. Fingers crossed.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #28

    mags,
    We certainly won’t be whipping boys.

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  • lesh

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Bambams @2

    I’m afraid you may be right about Barnes/ Ashley arguing that as we won, we must be ok and don’t need more players in.

    The only thing that’ll persuade those at the top of the club to bring in one or maybe even two strikers to is the threat of relegation (with the attendant hike in prices) or clamping something they might value in a vice and starting a chain saw! Ah, but if it means parting with money………..

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Nufc83

    I agree Gayle will score if given chances but they won’t be as easy as they were in championship, he won’t be given any gifts either like green did when we played Leeds.

    Going into this season there will be games which are right for Gayle and games which are right for Mitro if no one else comes in. If Mitro’s hold up play was as bad as you make it sound (which it isn’t) then he wouldn’t have contributed to as many goals last season.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Manpixie Santon used to bomb forward too much and jog back that was his issue. If someone had worked on his timing of getting forward he would of been a decent player. Bottom line is you need a player who can do both in this modern age. Dummet will do for now but we do need to upgrade when given the chance.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #32

    OurToon It really is to be honest. If I could be bothered I would go back over a few of the games on nufc tv and note down when mitro touches the ball. You would be surprised how many times I would say failed to find a teammate or the cv took possession from him.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Mags / Jail

    Agreed we won’t be whipping boys but I still think it’s going to be tough a season unless we add some more quality

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Sdj needs a good run of games…for fitness,sharpness and to get used to players, movement….. Beardsley was class at seeing a pass….so good at times u thought he just kicked the ball anywhere then a player would appear from nowhere and be on the attack….not saying sdj will be as good,but we will see what he has to offer at his best for a good few years…like i say if he gets a run of games and stays fit.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #35

    With current team I think we will finish a few places above the relegation zone. If Shelvey or Gayle get injured for a length of time then we could fall into relegation zone.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Nufc83

    When someone dislikes a player they notice the mistakes they make a lot more, ie dummett on here, if he does somethobg really well it’ll hardly be mentioned but if he makes a mistake he’ll get blasted. Btw I think we need a better LB

    As for Mitro you see all the bad a very rarely acknowledge the good but you simply don’t like him, hopefully you don’t change your feelings on Gayle this season because he will find it a lot tougher

    Anyway I’m off for the night so catch you all soon, good result today but most important thing is we got no injuries other than Gayle which needs to be assessed

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #37

    OurToon that’s not true I used to be a big mitro fan but his failing ability wore me down to the point I am at now. I would like nothing more than him to rip it up and start banging them in as he loves the club that’s clear.

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  • Bambams

    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Manx

    I am a supporter of Dummet but I do think he can improve, as can most footballers. I am certainly not having a go at the lad.

    Lesh

    The only predictable thing about Ashley is his unpredictability !!!
    We tend to take two steps forward then one and a half backwards with him as owner.

    I still think there is still something rumbling in the background, a takeover or investment or whatever. Barnes wasn’t brought in to fill an empty seat.

    In my opinion

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Mitrovic is young and could potentially get better, not sure writing him off at his age is particularly helpful like.
    Dummett is committed and yep limited, let’s just get behind the lads and Rafa, would make a nice change. Folk must remember opinions can be proved wrong you know, unfortunately one or two on here would never change an opinion of a player. I have with Dummett he saves us as many goals as he doesn’t create, that’s for sure. Rafa trusts him, in Rafa we trust.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Chieck helpful to who? Doesn’t change the fact that on game day if mitro or dummet play well I will certainly be calling it out and be made up. I am not proud enough to want them to play bad which is sometimes the impression you get on here from people. I hope mitro becomes the player people think he is or can be.

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