The hosts advanced down the left and
supplied a diagonal pass into the box that reached Levin Oztunali as he
outpaced Paul Dummett. The German U21 international slipped a low shot past
10 yards. 0-1
FSV 1 NUFC 0
65 mins Recently-arrived
substitute Christian Atsu burst down the United right before sending over
his cross. That was met by Karim Onisiwo whose wayward header dropped on the
edge of the box before Ayoze Perez got a vital first touch to divert the
ball into the path of Jesus
The United defender was a yard inside the area in a central position
when he tried a right footed shot that
and in over the wrong-footed
'keeper in front of the away section.
The effort was not unlike Mo
Diame's equaliser at Brighton in February, with goalkeeper Robin Zentner
emulating Robbie Stockdale by ending up disconsolately tangled round his
attacked down their right flank and when the ball was threaded infield to
Clement on the edge of the United area he was able to neatly evade the
recovering Isaac Hayden before teeing up ex-smoggie striker Viktor Fischer
a low shot home from the left side of the box.
Full time: FSV 2 NUFC 1
Rafa Benitez said:
a pre-season game, when you play these type of games all you want is to improve
the fitness of the team. You want to be sure everybody understands what we want to do.
"I think we started well in terms of organisation and pressing but then we
didnít regain properly, gave them a chance to counter attack and then score.
"Itís something we can improve. At the same time we had some good play and
sometimes did well, sometimes not so well.
"That is pre-season for you. We had to adjust things and in the second half we
had more pace and more intensity.
"Overall itís a pre-season game that you have to consider was positive in a lot
of things. Even the bad things give us something to work with.
"You can see that and we can improve and prepare the team a little bit better
for the Premier League.
"It is important to have new players and using all of the players in friendly
games. The players need to understand each other a little better but that is
"You need to work hard and keep improving in all the areas, which is what we are
Mainz coach Sandro Schwarz:
"The two goals were
beautiful. When we played with tempo and played quickly behind the lines, we
were always able to create danger.
"We have not yet managed to implement
our principles over 90 minutes, which is normal at this time of preparation, but
now we have conquered an opponent from the Premier League and showed a lot of
"To recover from going back to 1-1
and score again speaks well for the team and was pleasing".
made his home debut after taking over months ago.
The 38 year-old played for his hometown club as a junior before graduating to
the first team. Beginning his coaching career elsewhere, he returning to manage
the U19s in 2013, overseeing the reserve side from 2015).
fifth close season signing Mikel Merino debuted from the bench,
wearing number 33. His arrival meant that the Magpies ended the
game with a quartet of Spanish-born players on the field: Merino
(Pamplona), Jesus Gamez (Fuengirola), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife) & Javier
Pre-season pitch time:
De Jong 75+62+29+60=226
Gamez 45+0+29+45=119 (1 goal)
Murphy 0+45+45+60=150 (2 goals)
This was the first senior meeting at competitive or friendly level between
Newcastle and Mainz and we've failed to unearth any player or coach with both
The game was preceded by what it termed a stadium
festival, including the usual bouncy castle, live music, keepie-uppie
show-off and copious amounts of food and drink.
Mainz players stood at the tills in the Fan Shop to sign autographs and
pose for photos, while former first team coach Martin Schmidt was honoured for his
seven years of service to the club.
Schmidt then reappeared for an
on-field presentation before the game, also having the dubious distinction
of a male voice choir serenade him with "You'll Never Walk
in der Waffle, or more accurately this time round, a whine on the Rhine.
Newcastle suffered their first pre-season defeat at the fourth time of
asking on Saturday, losing to their Bundesliga hosts in sweltering
conditions that saw a pre-arranged drinks interval for the players after 25
minutes of the first half.
By then the black and whites were trailing to an early goal,
Siem de Jong and Aleksandar Mitrovic having both missed opportunities to
equalise. The Dutchman at least brought a save from the Mainz 'keeper after
finding himself free in the box, but the Serbian's header over the bar from
Dummett's centre was as lazy as it was predictable.
DeAndre Yedlin was replaced before the half hour mark with a hamstring issue,
while half time saw Rolando Aarons, Chancel Mbemba and Jesus Gamez all
take to the field.
However it took until the 60th minute for the introduction of messrs Atsu,
Perez and Gayle for the Magpies to look anything like a football team - an
injection of pace and movement belatedly giving the Mainz defence something
to rouse them from their slumbers.
Level within five minutes - albeit in fortunate circumstances - United could
have won it when Perez couldn't get his header on target from another Atsu
cross. At the other end meanwhile, Freddie Woodman made an excellent
stop to deny Danish striker Viktor Fischer a goal on his home debut.
New signing Mikel Merino joined the action in the 79th minute, replacing
Florian Lejeune in central defence as both sides looked to have settled
for a draw.
However the hosts won it with six minutes remaining when former smoggy Fischer ended
Woodman's pre-season shut out record with a
firmly-struck effort as our defence buckled.
Seemingly upset with one or more decisions by the match officials, Jonjo
Shelvey (the third bearer of
the captain's armband after Dummett and Jack Colback) sarcastically
applauded the referee at full time before having words
with a home player as he exited the field - and being hastily bundled down
the tunnel by coaching staff.
The reporter from Allgemeine Zeitung called
Newcastle's performance "unconvincing" and while the
sizzling temperatures and mixed team selections were undoubtedly factors, to
be so reliant on a number nine who will inevitably miss games due to fitness
if not form and suspension is a concern.
It's by no means the Jermain Defoe roadshow that cost the mackems dear last
season, but we remain striker light - even without selling Mitrovic. That
surely has to be more of a priority than altering the goalkeeper selection.