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United's search for striking cover was concluded on Sunday, when Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy
became the club's tenth signing of this window.
The 33 year-old Irish international has agreed a two year contract at
Gallowgate for an undisclosed figure and becomes the club's most senior
signing since Sol Campbell in 2010.
Murphy had started all of Town's opening four league games
this season, but wasn't in their squad for a 1-0 home win against Preston North
End on Saturday - having earlier submitting a transfer request.
Confirming the move on Saturday night, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy commented:
"It's a really good move for him in his career, at his age, and it's
good for us. I told the lads 'come on, let's get the elephant out of the room
- Murphy's going to Newcastle, let's get on with it'.
"He asked for the transfer and we've
agreed it. I think it's one of those deals that if we didn't let him go I
don't know how much we'd get out of him for a few weeks, and I get that.
"I've got no animosity towards him. I
understand why he wants to move because it's Newcastle, and I said to him if
somebody asked me I'd be sorely tempted and all."
ten goals helped the mackems gain promotion back in 2006/07 and
following spells at Ipswich, Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday he's netted 50
times in 119 Championship starts since returning to Portman Road permanently
ahead of the 2013/14 season.
The most recent of his 23 senior caps was against France at Euro 2016 in June,
having played in the same team as current Magpie Ciaran Clark against Belarus
a month earlier. He's never scored for Ireland.
It's reported that Ipswich will seek to replace Murphy with former Magpie Leon
Best who is a free agent and trained with Town this week. They had also been
credited with an interest in loaning Adam Armstrong, although that would be
unrelated to a Murphy deal.
Given the age range of our squad, a relatively cheap move for someone of
Murphy's experience seems like a no-brainer and bears comparison to the
signing of Marlon Harewood in our last Championship campaign.
Meanwhile confirmation of an eleventh arrival at SJP is imminent, with
Moroccan international left back Achraf Lazaar present at Saturday's game
prior to completing his move from Italian side Palermo.
Outbound (15): Sylvain Marveaux,
Steven Taylor, Remy Cabella,
Andros Townsend, Fabricio
Siem De Jong,
Kevin Mbabu, Henri Saivet, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Gael Bigirimana.
Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle,
Jesus Gamez, Isaac Hayden,
Mohamed Diame, DeAndre Yedlin, Daryl Murphy.
Newcastle 2 Brighton 0
footage is online here
Set-piece strikes from Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey gave
Rafa Benitez his fourth win in a row in all competitions with a confident
2-0 victory at St. James' Park in the Saturday teatime game.
Brighton had Sam Baldock sent off for his second yellow card in the 55th
minute and when Shelvey curled in a perfect free-kick eight minutes later
the points were secured.
Returning manager Chris Hughton's his side started the day behind leaders
Huddersfield and had lost just once in their last 23 games, but never really got going.
United started brightly and Matt Ritchie delivered a free-kick in the 15th
minute that Jamaal Lascelles guided past David Stockdale to take the lead.
The 'keeper got a hand to Lascelles' header but couldn't keep it out of the
Gallowgate goal to the delight of the Magpies skipper who pointed to his new
top-knot during the celebrations.
Yoan Gouffran, playing his 100th game for the club, almost marked it in
style when he nutmegged an Albion player before unleashing a 30-yard
screamer that cannoned off the crossbar.
He came close again just after the half hour when he volleyed a Vurnon Anita
cross just over the bar after United had worked a short corner to good
Matz Sels reached a shot at the other end as the visitors started to threaten
as half-time approached but the early season bad habit of conceding just
before the break seems to have been kicked.
Another Gouffran volley flew over the Leazes bar six minutes into the second
period and then Anthony Knockaert clipped the crossbar when he should have
levelled the scores.
But Brighton were reduced to ten men when Baldock, who had been booked for a
trip on Ayoze Perez, caught Sels as he cleared the ball and referee Keith
Stroud showed him a second yellow.
Shelvey's stunning strike a few minutes - his first for the club - later
wrapped up the points and he had a run and shot that Stockdale tipped onto
the post as United looked for a third that would take them up to third in
Ex-Mag Kazenga LuaLua was warmly applauded when introduced as a substitute
and soon went close for Albion with a shot that skimmed wide.
Jesus Games and DeAndre Yedlin came on near the end to make their league
debuts for the United, Yedlin sporting the no.22 shirt.
Sels made a fantastic one-handed save from Beram Kayal in added time to
preserve his clean sheet and although the two-goal margin kept us behind
Barnsley, we now sit fourth in the table after those two opening defeats.
Winning is starting to become
a nice habit!
Full match report to follow.
Team: Sels, Anita (Gamez
72), Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett,
Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Gouffran (Yedlin 88), Diame (Colback 81), Perez.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Clark,
Booked: Shelvey, Perez, Ritchie, Lascelles.
Goals: Lascelles 15, Shelvey 63.
BHAFC: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Knockaert, Skalak (LuaLua
Sidwell (Norwood 68), Kayal, Murray(Hemed 67), Baldock.
Subs n/u: Maenpaa, Stephens, Murphy, Hunt.
Sent off: Baldock 55 (second yellow).
Booked: Baldock, Knockaert.
Crowd: 49,196 including 1,800 travelling fans.
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire) officiating in the Championship
since back in January 2005, when he debuted by overseeing Brighton beat Watford.
His only previous competitive game involving us was a 0-2 loss at
Peterborough United in the 2009/10 League Cup including a red card for Danny
However, we did encounter Stroud last month, when he took charge of our
friendly victory at Southend.
Channel 5's Championship highlights show has a
repeat at 10.30am on Sunday.
"It was important to win against a team
going well with players and a manager who has experience in this division.
"We got a lot of the things we were
looking for today but there is still room for improvement.
"The team has been working very hard.
But when you want change and improvement, it takes time.
"It is good to have another win
before the international break, and it would be good to carry it on, but we
have a rest now.
"It’s good for everybody to relax but at the same time after winning
four games in a row it’s a pity.
"That’s what we have though, we
have to enjoy.
"It was important to get this win and
to do it by playing well for the majority of the game.
"That’s good - but to do it against
a team like Brighton, who were playing well, gives more credit to our players.”
On his goalkeeping selection dilemma:
"It wasn’t easy. Karl Darlow did really well the other day and I had to
make a decision. I did it to give more confidence.
"It is always difficult to make those
decisions - I was really pleased with Karl anyway, but Matz (Sels) made
good saves and had a good game.
Although we've twice visited the Amex Stadium for FA Cup ties in recent
seasons, this was the first time Albion had played at SJP since their 1-0
win in March 1992 dented our hopes of avoiding demotion to the
third tier of English football.
Yoan Gouffran completed a century of competitive appearances for United
(80 starts) and came mighty close to increasing his goal tally of twelve.
Vurnon Anita's substitution ended our last outfield ever present record
in the Championship this season.
DeAndre Yedlin and Jesus Gamez both made their league bows for
the club, the former debuting as a Magpie and the latter following up a first
outing against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Chris Hughton made a third managerial return to SJP since leaving the
club in 2010 and was beaten for the third time, following 0-1 defeats for his
Norwich City side in both 2011/12 and 2012/13.
Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:
2016/17 won 2-0 Lascelles, Shelvey
1991/92 lost 0-1
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)
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This weekend's Championship results:
Burton Albion 1-0 Derby County
Barnsley 4-0 Rotherham United
Birmingham City 3-0 Norwich City
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Fulham
Brentford 1-1 Sheff Wednesday
Bristol City 3-1 Aston Villa
Cardiff City 0-1 Reading
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Wolves
Ipswich Town 1-0 Preston North End
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Leeds United
Wigan Athletic 0-1 QPR
Newcastle 2-0 Brighton
Newcastle U18s 2 Blackburn U18s 0
youngsters maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday,
deservedly defeating a Rovers side who had won each of their previous three
visits to Little Benton without conceding a single goal.
The Magpies fashioned the first chance of the game after just five minutes,
Callum Smith taking Mackenzie Heaney's pass and pinging a shot off the
Heaney then gave his side a 22nd minute lead after winning a
free-kick on the edge of the box and firing it low into the bottom corner,
via a slight deflection.
The England youth international then saw a close range effort blocked by
Matthew Campbell soon after, before the Rovers 'keeper palmed Owen Gallacher's
fierce shot round the post on 32 minutes.
After a quiet start to the seond period, the move of the match saw United
double their advantage just before the hour mark, Heaney's run and shot rounding off a rapid counter attack.
Blackburn rarely threatened to make a contest of it, but home defender Owen
Bailey was well placed to head off his own line to deny Stefan Mols on 68
A second shutout in three games has already exceeded the single clean sheet in
the whole of last season, while two wins and a draw represents United's best
start to a league season at this level since 2008.
Spooner, Kitchen, Longstaff, Bailey, Adu-Peprah, Smith (Watts 84), Lowther,
McNall, Heaney (Allan 84), Gallacher (Wilson 76).
Subs n/u: Marrs, Robson.
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from Italy on Friday claimed that agreement had been reached by Newcastle for
the transfer of Palermo left back Achraf Lazaar.
A fee of around £3m has been speculated upon for the 24 year-old Moroccan
international, who is now into the final year of his current contract.
Lazaar was on Tyneside this weekend (see above) to finalise
a five year deal.
Omitted from Palermo's squad for last Sunday's Serie A season opener against
Sassuolo, he's in the Morocco squad for internationals against Albania (Wed
Aug 31st) and São Tomé e Príncipe (Sun Sep 4th).
Coming to Newcastle's Live Theatre for two nights next month is The 56
- an award-winning play that reflects on the 1985 Valley Parade fire
Based on testimonies from those involved that day, the play (titled in homage
to the number of people who lost their lives that day) will be staged on
Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of September.
Profits from staging The 56 will be
donated to the University of Bradford Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit.
Their work did much to rebuild the lives of the 250 survivors with
life-changing injuries and continues today with research into new treatments.
Tickets are £14 via www.live.org.uk or
0191 232 1232 and we have two tickets for Tuesday's performance to give away.
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reserves play their third successive away game in Premier League 2 on Bank
Holiday Monday, facing Aston Villa in a 3pm kick-off at Villa
Peter Beardsley's side kicked off with a 3-0 win at Norwich before losing
1-3 to West Ham. Villa meanwhile are winless in their two outings to date,
beaten 0-1 by Wolves and drawing 1-1 with Brighton.
The home side confirm that the Trinity Road Stand will be open, with admission
by ticket only (£2 adults, £1 juniors) - which need to be purchased from a
kiosk outside that stand, near the McGregor statue.
Wed 31.08.2016 Oman (h) Dublin FR
Mon 05.09.2016 Serbia (a) Belgrade WCQ
(Whether Aleksandar Mitrovic is available for the Serbs after his recent
concussion isn't yet
Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo)
Thu 01.09.2016 C.A.R. (h) location tbc ACNQ
Matz Sels (Belgium)
Thu 01.09.2016 Spain (h) Brussels FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Cyprus (a) Nicosia WCQ
Thu 01.09.2016 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Belarus (a) Borisov WCQ
Matt Ritchie, Grant
Sun 04.09.2016 Malta (a) Valletta WCQ
Freddie Woodman (Eng U20)
Sun 04.09.2016 Brazil (h) Kidderminster FR
(There's also a prior BCD game between the two sides at St. Georges Park on a
Paul Dummett (Wales)
Mon 05.09.2016 Moldova (h) Cardiff City WCQ
Isaac Hayden (England U21)
Tue 06.09.2016 Norway (h) Colchester ECQ
pulled out a fourth consecutive home tie in Wednesday's EFL Cup Third Round
draw, being paired with fellow Championship side Wolves.
Ties take place during the week commencing Monday September 19th, meaning that
the men from Molineux must visit Tyneside twice in rapid succession - facing
us at SJP in a league game on Saturday 17th.
Although we've drawn Wolves six time previously in cup competitions (meeting a
total of nine times), all of those meetings came in the FA Cup.
EFL Cup Third Round:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Derby County v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich City
Leicester City v Chelsea Sky
Northampton Town v Manchester United Sky
QPR v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Hull City
AFC Bournemouth v Preston North
Fulham v Bristol City
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle United v Wolves
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Swansea City v Manchester City
Spurs v Gillingham
West Ham v Accrington Stanley
Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
A 2-0 home win over Lorient in Ligue 1 on Friday evening saw Flo complete 84
minutes. Old boy Remy Cabella set OM on their way with a first half free kick
and then supplied an assist for the second.
Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
Ivan played the full game as Shrewsbury lost 2-3 at home to
Gillingham in League One on Saturday.
Macaulay played the full game as Carlisle won 1-0 at
Barnet in League Two on Saturday.
Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Cheltenham Town, League Two, Saturday
Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Grasshopper (a) Super League, Sunday
Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
FC Groningen (h) Eredivisie, Sunday
Tim Krul (Ajax)
Go Ahead Eagles (a) Eredivisie, Sunday
Henri Saivet (St. Etienne)
Toulouse (h) Ligue 1, Sunday
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Coventry claim Bigi
reached agreement on the remaining 10 months of his contract at SJP,
midfielder Gael Bigirimana has now left Newcastle on a free transfer.
Burundi-born Bigi has signed a one year deal with Coventry City and started
their League One home fixture against Northampton Town on the bench, coming
on in the 72nd minute and was booked within minutes!
That will be a third spell at the Ricoh Arena for the 22 year-old, who began
his career there before moving to United in 2012 and returned on loan last
His last competitive senior outing for United came at Morecambe in a League
Cup tie three years ago.
Dutch exodus continues
Thursday saw United confirm Tim Krul's
departure to Ajax on a season-long loan
deal - after extending his St. James' Park contract by 12 months until Summer 2018.
Krul moves to the Amsterdam ArenA following Jasper Cillessen's sale to
Barcelona, although he's still to make a playing return from the knee injury
that has sidelined him since October 2015.
Joining United in 2005 from Dutch side Den Haag, a senior debut came in a UEFA
Cup tie at Palermo the following November before a loan move to Falkirk.
Close to signing for Feyenoord in 2008, Krul remained on Tyneside but was
loaned to Carlisle United before a domestic bow for Newcastle came from the
bench during the opening game of the 2009/10 season.
Taking over as the club's first-choice custodian, his 185th and most recent
appearance in our colours was a 1-6 defeat at Manchester ten months ago.
With Matz Sels, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot all at SJP and Freddie Woodman now
on a long-term deal, it remains to be seen whether Krul has played his last
game for Newcastle.
If nothing else though, signing the contract extension means that the 28
year-old retains some value and won't be a free agent at the end of his loan.
It will be interesting to see though whether he can feature regularly in the
Eredivisie this season, with recent seasons at United blighted by injuries
that sadly appear to have left their mark on the player.
Krul becomes the third Dutch international to leave Gallowgate this week
following on from Siem De Jong and Daryl Janmaat, leaving just Vurnon Anita
Speaking to the Ajax website, Krul commented:
”Things are going well. I am currently recovering from a knee injury and
I will not be able to play this coming Sunday away at Go Ahead Eagles. I
anticipate that I will be ready after the international break and even then I
will have to play a few games in the reserves because game time is completely
different to training.
”There are not many clubs that can
compare with Newcastle United but Ajax is definitely in that category they
always have a lot of talented players in their squad and I look forward to
helping the young players with my experience that I have built up the last 10
Local lads extended
confirmed on Thursday
evening that Adam Armstrong had agreed a new four year contract to
remain a Magpie until 2020.
The England U20 international striker follows Freddie Woodman and Rolando
Aarons in signing extensions at the club this month.
19 year-old Armstrong has been with United for a decade and played the first
of his 21 senior games (four starts) in March 2014, days before putting pen to
paper on his maiden professional deal.
Friday then saw the announcement of new four year
deal for right back Jamie Sterry, who had made his first senior start against Cheltenham Town in the EFL
Cup on Tuesday evening.
The 20 year-old Tynesider is a product of United's Academy and signed a first
professional contract in March 2015 before making his senior debut from the
bench against Spurs at Gallowgate back in May.
'Nam victory secured
Cheltenham Town 0
footage is online here
Ex-Magpie Gabriel Obertan has
found himself a new club, signing a two year deal with Russian Premier League
side Anji Makhachkala.
The 27 year-old Frenchman ended his five year stint with United in the summer
when his contract expired and has now signed for the side he faced during our
2012/13 Europa League campaign.
Derby County (a)
Following the international break, Newcastle return to Championship action on
Saturday September 10th, heading to the iPro Arena for a 5.30pm kick-off.
The Magpies have sold their 3,200 allocation.
Stadium DE24 8XL (33,597)
Nearest railway station: Derby (0.7 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 335 miles
coach and caretaker boss Nigel Pearson is in charge of the home side.
TV: Live on Sky Sports
Overseas TV: tbc
UK Radio: None
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio
Stats: To follow
Newcastle's second away game in four days takes them to West London on Tuesday
September 13th for a 7.45pm kick-off at Loftus Road.
The Magpies have been allocated 1,800 places.
Loftus Road W12 7PJ (18,360)
Nearest railway station: Shepherds Bush (1 mile)
Nearest tube station: White City (0.4 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 566 miles
Team: To follow
QPR: Managing the
R's is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while Les Ferdinand has the Director of
Football role and James Perch remains on the playing staff.
Overseas TV: tbc
UK Radio: None
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio
Stats: To follow