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Season 2007-08
 Juventus (h) Friendly

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Date: Sunday 29th July 2007, 3pm
Live on Setanta

 St.James' Park

cloudless skies

Admission £15 - £2 programme  




2 - 0



9 mins Milner tripped, Luque grabs ball and ignores pleas of colleagues to place it on the spot and drive home the penalty at the Leazes End 1-0

36 mins
Carroll's first senior goal arrived courtesy of a well-taken left-footed effort, taking a touch before finding the back of the net after Buffon had only been able to parry a Martins shot

Half time: Newcastle 2 Juventus 0

Full time: Newcastle 2 Juventus 0

We Said

Sam said:

ďIt was an excellent performance by our players because we were limited by our numbers and a lot of young players got the opportunity to gain a bit of experience.

"I thought they were excellent. After the first 10 or 15 minutes when we found their front line difficult to handle, we got the penalty and I thought we played some better football than we did against Celtic. I know Juventus are not at full pelt, but we have still beaten them comfortably.

"The most important thing for me was, for the first time under me as manager, we have won the game with a clean sheet and Iím delighted with that, as well as the fact some good young players are getting some valuable experience. But weíre very much still in the transfer market for experienced players. 

"Pre-season friendlies can give people false hope and just because we have beaten Juventus and Celtic, it doesnít mean we are going to start the season well.

ďI certainly wouldnít want to start the season with the players we had today because that would be a disaster. When the whistle blows on the first day of the Premiership it isnít pretty little football, itís the nitty gritty and when the pressure comes on, inexperienced players tend to fail because of that pressure. We need to get the injured players fit as quickly as we can and then get into the market to sign as many top-quality players as we can.

ďJames Milner looks top drawer, doesnít he? Iím glad the club did not sell him when they thought about it last summer. I think he is one of the best young wingers in the Premiership. 

(England boss) has been looking for a replacement down the left side where we appear to have been short and, if James continues to progress as he has done, he could be very useful.

ďI canít resolve Kieronís family problems and I think the only solution is that he moves closer to them.

ďBut nobody has come in with an acceptable offer and, until they do, he stays with us. I thought he played very well and if nobody makes an acceptable bid Iíll have to have a chat with him and see if we can resolve the situation so he can stay here.

"We used him for 45 minutes today because we were short of numbers.

"That was as bad as Harald Schumacher's challenge on Patrick Battiston in the 1982 World Cup

"It was more like common assault than anything you expect to see on a football field. Andy was lucky not to end up in hospital.

"He is a young lad who must have been thrilled at scoring against a team like Juventus, but it could all have turned very sour for him."

They Said

Claudio the Tinkerman commented:

"We had so many shots on goal, especially in the first half.

"We were missing something in front of the net, but that was above all down to our early pre-season training and goalkeeper Given, who was man of the match."

"The team moved well, passed the ball around quickly, especially with some great one or two-touch football

"Itís a shame we conceded those two goals, as we could have done better in those situations.

"Now we look ahead to the next friendly with Hamburg. I will completely rotate the squad so everyone can gain match fitness."  


The Barnett in our side was former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Barnett, who has been released by the Reds.

18 year-old Barnett was part of the successful FA Youth Cup side last season and scored a 30 yarder for Liverpool in the semi-final at SJP.

He'd been seen earlier in the week playing for our reserves in a friendly at Newcastle Benfield.

The last time we faced Juventus on Tyneside was in October 2002, when an Andy Griffin goal gave us a priceless 1-0 win in the Champions League.

Survivors from that night still at the club are Steve Harper and Nobby Solano, with Shola Ameobi coming off the bench that night and Shay Given an unused substitute.

We also entertained the Turin side in August 1998, running out 2-1 winners in front of 32,590 fans, thanks to goals from Didi Hamann and Stuart Pearce.


A very young Newcastle side scored two first half goals on Sunday to continue their unbeaten pre-season and overcome a more experienced Juventus side.

Albert Luque scored again, this time from the spot, before limping off to be replaced by our other goalscorer Andy Carroll who tucked in a rebound after Obafemi Martins shot had been saved.

Suffering from yet more injuries, Newcastle finished the game with only Shay Given, Charles N'Zogbia and Kieron Dyer as players who had cost the club a transfer fee.

Luque left the field after half an hour with a groin strain to add to Sam Allardyce's growing injury list. 

Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi had both failed fitness tests before the game and Mark Viduka wasn't considered after his Asia Cup exploits.

Luque converted from the spot at the Leazes End in the ninth minute, after James Milner had tumbled upon slight contact in the area from Jonathan Zebina.

Carroll made the most of his early introduction and had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes when he rifled the ball past Gianluigi Buffon who had parried Martins' shot for his first senior goal.

It was almost 3-0 when Carroll was put through on goal and after he touched the ball past Buffon the keeper flattened him on the edge of the box.

Incredibly referee Mark Clattenburg didn't even award a free-kick with the Juve keeper seemingly certain to be dismissed. Thankfully the young attacker was able to continue after treatment.

United made changes at the break with Kieron Dyer, Matty Pattison, David Edgar and James Troisi coming on for Geremi, Martins, David Rozehnal and James Milner.

But with four senior players departing United didn't look like surrendering their lead to the Serie A side who are just embarking on their pre-season and who failed to call old boy Boumsong from the subs bench.

Dyer should have increased our lead after linking up with Pattison but his shot was saved by Buffon and he also had an effort chalked off for offside.

However that failed to take the shine off what was another enjoyable day for a decent crowd including many youngsters.

Putting aside the result though, the lack of depth to our squad is alarming - a teenage trialist (Barnett) filling a shirt as our youth team were otherwise engaged down at Keele University, depriving Sam of LuaLua etc.

The manager's pleas for funding to strengthen his side are becoming more and more plaintive as kickoff approaches and Ashley's sum total contribution remains recycling the Parker fee.

Scorelines like this don't tell anything like the full story and most people won't be kidded by the stats of two wins in four days - Allardyce emphasising that point in post-match interviews when he appeared to be speaking as much to his new Chairman as the supporters...
In many ways we're replicating the events of this time last year, when mass grumbling was evident as we failed to acquire bodies to fill the all-too-obvious gaps.

The last-minute bargain basement additions of Bernard, Sibierski and Rossi didn't go down well, with the transfer budget having been splurged on Martins.

One year on and not much has changed - gaps are being plugged with willing but sub-standard replacements and we remain susceptible to injuries - if anything were to happen before Bolton to Rozehnal and Geremi we'd be in big bother. 

It's fair to say that if Freddy was still at the helm then the voices of discontent would be louder than in Ashley world - but questions are beginning to be asked as the novelty of having new owners begins to wear off.



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