Gateshead (a) Friendly
8 mins: Ranger shot 1-0
"At 3-0 the second half became a bit bitty because they made changes and we made changes.You can understand in international friendlies how it always makes a difference.
"We got off to a great start and I
thought Greg McDermott was outstanding all night. He made the first goal for
Nile, Haris scored the second goal and we know that they both have good
quality. Itís great for the club to have players like that. The clean
sheet is always a bonus and for young Jak, who did so well in the Youth Cup
last year, itís a massive bonus for him.
Tynesiders boss and former Magpie
midfielder Ian Bogie commented:
"We werenít good enough and the only positives I can take out of the game is that we didnít play for any points. Itís two weeks before the season starts and we need to bring in possibly three new additions.
"We looked better in the second half but did Newcastle take their foot off the gas? Probably so, but over the 90 minutes I was disappointed. At times they passed us off the park and their three goals were comical to say the least.
"We looked a lot better in the second half and kept the ball better and our possession improved. We had a couple of efforts at goal but overall it was a disappointing night. We had a good look at the trialists and I know what we need now to improve the squad and I will work ever so hard over the next ten days to bring new players in for the start of the season.
"He (Marwood) has been our
most consistent performer and he looks as if he will be the player to get
people off their seats and we just need a few more like him. However, one
or two are looking lacklustre and we wonít wait forever, If some players
are not doing the job someone else will. I know what we need in the team
for 14 August and we will work hard to get it."
The Magpies opened brightly and Kazenga LuaLua saw his shot blocked within ninety seconds of the first whistle, before Haris Vuckic blazed wide shortly afterwards.
The one way traffic continued and the opening goal duly arrived after eight minutes. Jůan SŪmun Edmundsson took possession in the Gateshead half and a well-worked move involving Vuckic, Brad Inman and Greg McDermott ended with Nile Ranger shooting home from close range.
His strike partner Haris Vuckic then came to life on the half hour trying his luck from distance and seeing his shot squirm through the legs of James McKeown to double Newcastle' advantage.
McKeown then did well to block another LuaLua shot before two became three on 42 minutes. A defensive mix-up led to Gateshead trialist Callum Morris nodding the ball beyond his stranded 'keeper under pressure from Ranger. The Republic of Ireland U21 central defender was released by The Magpies at the end of last season.
With three half time substitutions for Newcastle in front of the watching Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, the home side enjoyed their best period of the game in the early stages of the second half, former Magpie James Marwood testing Jak Alnwick in the Magpies goal.
However a central defensive combination of Jeff Henderson and Paul Dummett (who had played the first half in his more usual left back role) remained firm.
Operating on the counter and with Sammy Ameobi
looking to press forward down the right flank, United had the ball in the net on
69 minutes when Greg McDermott hooked home. However the referee blew for an
At the other end, former United reserve Andy Ferrell was left beating the ground in frustration after just failing to make contact with a right wing cross in front of the Newcastle goal.
There were reserve debuts for Welsh youth
international defender Alex Nicholson and locally-born strike duo Dennis Knight
and Dan Taylor. Unused goalkeeping substitute Ben Robinson completed a quartet
of Academy youngsters gaining experience at this level.
Absentees from the squad included Patrick
McLaughlin and Shane Ferguson (on international duty with Northern Ireland) and
Swedish duo Ole Soderberg and Samuel Adjei, who are both sidelined through