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Mitrovic Gives Newcastle Early Lead – But Magpies Held to 1-1 Draw At Deepdale

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.

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)
Attendance: 7,380

Note – the game was not televised live.

13 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1


    With only three weeks to go before we kick off against spuds, we really need to get in that CF and playmaker in the week ahead to give them a game or two to fit in to the team.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Ancient- Mitro is not finished at 22 ofc not. But do you trally think it’s a good idea for us to risk playing him in hope he becomes a great goalscorer or sell him and use the money plus other funds to buy a natural goalscorer ready for the team now. I wish we could loan him out and see him develop and then bring him into the first team for us. Vut foing that will limit who and what quality we can bring in him now.

  • chicousa

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Hey, Siem played 62 more minutes without injury. That is a definite positive!!

  • toon kk

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    From what I’ve heard we still look very much a championship squad needing a total revamp.
    As for Mitro howway man, how much better do people actually think he’s going to get?

  • AncientC

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #5

    JP, yes, I see the logic in selling Mitrovic and using the funds for a starting player, if Mitrovic is going to waste on the bench. Personally, I would give him one more season. There is huge potential there, of course, it could all go the other way, but in comparison to other strikers that went on to be world class, a lot were having similar problems at Mitro’s age. Mitrovic’s international form shows there is a player there… it’s just a question of getting that out of him for NUFC.

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #6
  • AncientC

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #7

    If anybody from the blog was at the game or watched it online. Player ratings would be appreciated.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #8

    How did Jacob Murphy do? Anyone?

  • toon kk

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #9

    If we intend to keep Mitrovic long term send him out on loan to a championship club the lad needs game time but he’s not ready for our upcoming season in the premier league.

  • ToonTime

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #10

    So, Toon kk, where did you ‘hear’ that from? You haven’t even seen them play and you are judging our squad based on maybe 4 starting players in each 45 minutes playing their second pre season game of the season. You’re really wasted on here if you can judge a team based on that evidence. I’m pretty sure Mourinho is looking for an assistant at OT!

  • kc2012

    Jul 22, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve been on the game Today and to be fair on Mitro, he looked decent in parts. That being said I still dont think he’s prem quality just yet but at 22 he has plenty of Time to improve. That being said though at 22 he should atleast know where to run and he just doesnt look like he does and unfortunately he wont be playing against mid table championship sides like Preston in the prem. I’d like us to keep hold of him until January atleast and see how he does until then but I think Rafa will sell him this Summer. He would probably do well in France or somewhere so even sending him out on loan for half a season to get regular football might be worth while and might be good for his development. I havent been his biggest fan and i’m still not but I do forget sometimes that he is still basically a kid.

    Other than that i’m sure Mbemba tried turning into Thierry Henry towards the end of the game. All the lads looked decent Today but just couldnt find a winner.

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I think on a personal level Benitz likes Mitro – and with Rafa that goes a long way.
    If the funds aren’t crucial for transfers I’d like to see us persevere with Aleks.
    As Ancient says there’s a real number 9 lurking in there somewhere.

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #13

    @Ancient – I’m o glad to read someone else saying that. I’ve long said Mitrovic hasn’t had a decent run in the first team to progress- when you watch him for Serbia he seems to fit in with the team far more. He’s got a good record for a young player at full international level (9 goals in 28 appearances- many as sub) and I’d be irritated if we invest in another young European player and sell him before he’s had much of a chance to reach his potential.

    It’d be yet another version of the quite frankly criminally suspicious cases of Cabella and Thauvin- how you can make the EXACT same mistake with two players like that who then end up at the same club on loan and then permanently at a reduced fee compared to what we paid is incredibly suspicious. It’s either corruption or complete ineptitude.

    I don’t understand why everyone just let that pass?!


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