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Season 2007-08
 Sampdoria (h) Friendly

 in association with 

Date: Sunday 5th August 2007, 3pm
Live on Setanta

 St.James' Park


Admission 15 - 2 programme  




1 - 0



Half time: Newcastle 0 Sampdoria 0

56 mins
Alan Smith header 1-0

Full time: Newcastle 1 Sampdoria 0

We Said

Sam said:

"For me it's been an excellent week. We've signed three players on - the last one will be finished off tomorrow.

"Jose Enrique I think will join us by tomorrow morning or afternoon by putting pen to paper. And with Claudio and Alan before him, we have added a lot of quality and potential.

The Newcastle boss also spoke about Michael Owen and seemed to indicate that the England striker wouldn't be seen in senior action for the club until at least our third game - against the Smoggies:   

"...but not fit enough to play first-team football without a couple of games behind closed doors, or Reserves.

"Forty-five minutes at Hartlepool is all he has had. Now it's a question of playing as many 90-minute football matches as he possible can, and to start with that won't be in the first team.

"Perhaps if he gets involved for us, and gets an extra game with England under his belt, it might be what we need."

They Said

Walter Mazzarri commented:

"Newcastle is a very, very strong side. But I'm very happy with the way my team played against them today.

"Not all of my players are fit, and I had new players, so I am quite hapy with what they did against a strong side like Newcastle."


To follow...


New boy Alan Smith marked the start of his third United career with a debut goal as Sam Allardyce's side ended their pre-season on a high note.

However on a day when Newcastle welcomed back Ameobi, Taylor and Butt from their pre- season injury problems, there was more bother in the fitness department.

With Tim Krul having departed for Falkirk 48 hours previously, Shay Given was forced to leave the field in the first half with a recurrence of his groin problem.

A scan will dictate the extent of his injury but Steve Harper looks like being between the posts when we open up our Premiership campaign at the Reebok next Saturday - and with Krul apparently not-recallable, the untried Fraser Forster could find himself on the bench.

After a bright opening from the Italians which saw Given pull off a noteworthy save in the opening stages, debut duo Viduka and Smith both came close to breaking the deadlock.

For the visitors meanwhile, former Fulham striker Montella rattled the top of Harper's crossbar.

The second period saw Smith remain on the field while his former Leeds colleagues Milner and Viduka were replaced.

A dubious linesman's flag halted celebrations in the 51st minute after Smith netted from close range at the Gallowgate end - but there was no disputing his firm header eight minutes later from Geremi's corner.

Genuine goal chances were lacking after that point, but Harper tipped over a late effort while Martins was spared the embarrassment of a point-blank miss by another linesman's flag.

Aside from the players used against Samp, new boy Cacapa was spotted warming up on the  field at the interval, while impending signing Jose Enrique watched the game from the Directors Box. 

PS - injured duo Emre and Duff were also seen at SJP on Sunday - the former having returned to England after treatment on his ankle injury in Germany. 


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