In what turned out to be a dull game against GC Augsburg Newcastle went down 1-0 conceding a second-half goal (61 mins).
And if there was any further justification that Newcastle need a striker or two brought in it was today with Newcastle lacking players who can convert chances and put the ball into the back of the net.
We have signed Muto, and it looks like Salomon Rondon will soon arrive, but we wonder if that will be enough.
If we had some decent strikers today, we could have easily been 2-0 up at halftime after we managed to miss two or three reasonably easy chances.
Rafa Benitez – at the game this afternoon
Mo Diame picked up a knock, and he was replaced by Ki Sung-yueng after about 30 minutes, and the South Korean fitted right in and looked like he had played for Newcastle for years.
Ki has settled in very quickly and his first two touches today were beautiful long balls out to the right wing – so this lad can definitely play a bit.
Newcastle had a lot more urgency than the opposition in the first half with Augsburg moving the ball about very slowly.
Both Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu could (should) have scored but Augsburg goalkeeper Andreas Luthe made some good saves to keep a clean sheet.
The season starts a week later in Germany than the Premier League and maybe that’s why the German side looked a little complacent in the first half.
It was 0-0 at the break with Newcastle having the better of the exchanges and well on top.
But then Newcastle were caught short at the back in the second half, and a beautiful left-wing cross saw Michael Gregoritsch head past Darlow and into the net on the hour mark.
Karl Darlow then made a great save for what looked like a second goal for the visitors, and the goalkeeper somehow managed to kick the ball clear.
And although Newcastle continued to have a lot of possession but we couldn’t score, although Kenedy made a difference when he finally came on.
We think Rafa Benitez will be reasonably pleased with the performance, especially after the second half performance on Wednesday night.
The team was solid for most of the time, but we need strikers – no doubt about that.
We should have won this game given the number of chances we had – but how many times have you heard that about this current Newcastle side?
Let’s hope we can get four new players in before Thursday night and then we could have a decent enough squad.