Newcastle defeated Hibernian 3-1 at Easter Road this afternoon in a pretty dominant display. This is the type of performance you would hope for in the penultimate pre-season fixture.
After taking a 2-1 lead into the half, Newcastle came out for the second half with an unchanged side and continued their lively play.
Joelinton was sent through early on but tried to pass it off to Hayden only for the keeper to collect it.
Ki Sung-yueng came on to replaced Sean Longstaff after 61 minutes. This was an excellent run out for the young midfielder who continues to impress as he returns from his knee injury.
Newcastle won a corner at 70 minutes and made a double substitute. Joelinton and Almiron came off after a very promising performance together. They were replaced by Yoshinori Muto and Jacob Murphy, who again has played been deployed as a second striker.
From the subsequent corner, it was Jamaal Lascelles who headed it home after being left unmarked to make it 3-1.
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Newcastle then brought in Ciaran Clark for Paul Dummett. Clark has been linked with moves to both Crystal Palace and Bristol City over the past few days but he did get on for a good 20 minutes.
Jamie Sterry, Matty Longstaff, and Federico Fernandes then came on for Javier Manquillo, Jonjo Shelvey, and Fabian Schar. We must say it sounded like Javier Manquillo was superb this evening.
This was a very good run out for the lads but they need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal. It seems that Joelinton linked up really well with Almiron and that might bloom into a very good partnership.
We are still concerned about Martin Dubravka who did not make the trip again but there will be some relief if he is in goal against St-Etienne on Saturday.
Overall a very nice display at Hibernian with some fine performances as the team get more and more used to playing under Steve Bruce.