FK ZTS Dubnica (a) Intertoto Cup Third Round 1st Leg
4 mins First attack, first goal as Chopra sprinted away onto Milner's through ball and drew the 'keeper before firing home to his delight. 1-0
6 mins Two attacks, two goals. N'Zogbia's twisting run into the box from the left channel and shot was deflected
into his own goal by Svestka, only to spin back out and be forced over the
line for a second time by Shearer.
42 mins An absence of marking allowed Tesak to steal into the box and plant a header past Harper, to the delight of the locals and passing train drivers. 2-1
Half time: Dubnica 1 Newcastle 2
70 mins Having looked a certain scorer minutes earlier only to strike the post when shooting in on an unguarded net, Milner ran on to Elliott's forward punt and lobbed the oncoming Dubnica 'keeper to wrap things up nicely. 3-1
Full time: Dubnica 1 Newcastle 3
Graeme Souness said:
"We have done very well with the players that were available. We were missing some very big players today and we had to use what we had. We have only been back training for two weeks and that is not enough to be playing competitive games.
"But we have won the game fairly comfortably, even though we looked like a very tired side out there for the last half an hour. It's been a good outing for us because we have won the game, avoided any injuries and it has done wonders for our fitness.
"We didn't want to take a risk with either of them at this stage of the season. It was just a precautionary thing, Kieron hasn't pulled anything, his hamstring just felt a little tight and Lee felt a small twinge at the top of his thigh.
"It's not serious and we hope to have them back next weekend. We have given the lads who were on international duty this summer a rest as well so we'll have some big players to come into the side if we want them to next weekend."
"It will be a very memorable night for Michael. It was his first goal for the club and that is always a special moment, especially when it is your home town club." There may also have been a first of the season for captain Alan Shearer, although it appears likely that the veteran forward will not claim it as he pursues Jackie Milburn's club record.
"I'm not sure who scored the second goal and I don't know whether Alan has claimed it or not.
"From where I was sitting it looked as though the linesman had already raised his flag to say the ball had crossed the line when Alan touched it. But if Alan wants to claim it I'm not going to take it away from him, it's up to him."
Michael Chopra added:
"It was a very special moment for me and obviously it is a relief to get off the mark. Hopefully there is more to come."
"Yes, I know Dubnica thought I was offside but that doesn't worry me. Even in training the manager always tells me to go ahead and put the ball into the net and worry about anything else after that, and that's exactly what I did.
"This was only my second start in the first team and hopefully I have given the manager something to think about and given him a headache so he will pick me for Saturday's second leg.
"The goal will have done my confidence the world of good. It's what I needed and I'm sure a lot more will come. We haven't a lot of strikers at the club at the moment so I have got to give it my best shot and keep working hard to try and force my way into the first team."
"I think my substitution was tactical. Their No 10 was causing us a few problems and the manager wanted to switch to 4-3-3 to stop him."
"This is my club and I want to stay at Newcastle United for as long as I can.
know the best chance I have of achieving that is by scoring goals."
Dubnica coach Ľubo Nosickż said:
"The chance to play Newcastle United is
a big bonus for everybody who worked hard at Dubnica for many years."
Reflections on another memorable European expedition:
What Graeme Souness hopes will be his first
full campaign in charge of the Magpies got off to a winning start in Slovakia on
It remains to be seen though how quickly many
of those appearing today drop from the first team squad and find themselves
playing in the Tyneside equivalent of Dubnica's Stadium - namely Kingston Park.