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Inexperienced Newcastle Lose 4-3 To Portland Timbers

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In their final and third game of the American tour, Newcastle have gone down 4-3 against Portland Timbers second eleven at Providence Park tonight, after going ahead after only six minutes of the game through new signing Georginio Wijnaldum, who converted a Rolando Aarons’ cross.

But then the home side scored four goals unanswered to make it 4-1 after 70 minutes until Newcastle awoke from their slumbers, with Rolando Aarons scoring a fantastic goal with just 15 minutes to go, and then the winger scored again within a minute,  but Newcastle couldn’t get that fourth goal to prevent our second defeat on the US tour.

So it was two goals and one assist from the in-form 19 year-old Aarons who is shining in pre-season, much like he did last season at this time, even though he started this game at left back!

McClaren started with an odd-looking defense, and because of the artificial surface he had left both Fab Coloccini and the recently returned Steven Taylor out of the side, so we had a very inexperienced defense at the start of the game.

With Curtis Good injured, our other two central defenders Mike Williamson and Jamaal Lascelles were also rested.

And the inexperience at the back really cost Newcastle in that first half, with Shane Ferguson and Lubo Satka starting in central defense, and Gael Bigirimana and Rolando Aarons starting as the full backs.

Now there’s a really strange-looking back four for you.

An error from Satka after 14 minutes allowed Kharlton Belmar through, and while his shot was saved by Karl Darlow, Fatawu Safiu  hit home the rebound.

Ten minutes later Anthony Manny was completely unmarked (where was the defense?) as he headed home a Nanchoff free-kick, and then Taylor Peay scored from a set-piece after just 30 minutes.

It was 3-1 at half time,and Steve McClaren made four changes and in came the experienced Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat and 18 year-old Freddie Woodman also came into goal to replace Karl Darlow.

We were lucky not to go 5-1 down after 55 minutes when Nanchoff hit the crossbar with a free-kick.

But Portland Timbers scored again with 20 minutes to go, when Jeanderson beat Bigirimana down the right and Besler headed home the right-wing cross past Woodman.

Then in the last fifteen minutes Newcastle came to life – or should we say Rolando Aarons came to life with one great goals and another one  minute later.

Aarons magnificently flicked a cross from Bigirimana into the air and the ball finished in the back of the net after the winger hit the ball with a  great overhead kick to make it 4-2.

Aarons scored again within a minute when he hit a shot past the goalkeeper but Newcastle couldn’t get the equalizer and went down 4-3.

This was not a good way to end the US tour as we were out-played in that first half against an MLS reserve side.

Newcastle: Darlow (Woodman, 46); Bigirimana, Satka, Ferguson, Aarons; Abeid (Anita, 65), Wijnaldum (Janmaat, 46); Gouffran (de Jong, 77), Sissoko (Obertan, 46); Perez, Cisse (Armstrong, 46).

8 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #2

    The score doesn’t worry me at all, Bigiriama keep playing as RB is.

  • tweaked

    Jul 22, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #3

    We need two quality CB’s before the end of the week in so they can prepare for what looks another goal leaking season

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #4

    I think he must have plans to play Anita as part of his regular midfield and is looking for a RB cover. Go and buy one ffs.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Jaanmatt will more than likely will miss a few games in a season. Having Bigi as his cover will do nothing for our CL push.

  • Big Steve

    Jul 22, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Just proves the weakness and frailties of our defence. No real cover for anyone. Not even Willo. Get the 2 CBs in ASAP it’s a real concern for me.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 22, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #7

    We’re never going to put eight years of under investment right in one window, it’s just not possible. Macca now knows where he needs to strengthen and that’ll be where he’ll concentrate spending on over the next week or two. The next two windows will be equally important and he’s said already money will be spent then. Pardew should’ve tied down Aarons and Kemen, but we can’t do much other than making Aarons an offer he can’t refuse. He’s worth it. If we can see the deficiencies, why do people think Macca can’t, after a life in football at the top level? He needs the next two windows to really put his stamp on the team and we’re just going to have to be even more patient. This is a work in progress and we’re signing better players already.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 22, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Why even sign up to play on an astro pitch? Seems a very stupid thing to do half the playing staff can’t play on them but we agree to it anyway I guess that would be LC then?


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