Hull City (a) Friendly
Shelvey's fine through ball released Joselu and without further ado
he clipped the ball past David
Marshall before saluting the away fans in the North East
62 mins Newcastle's defence was caught out by a long punt forward by Jordy De Wijs that dropped on the edge of the area. Although Dicko was crowded out, Isaac Hayden's clearing tackle delivered the ball to Evandro and he volleyed powerfully home from 15 yards. 1-2
Full time: Tigers 2 Magpies 2
the current squad good enough for what we need? I donít think so. It needs
additions, that is clear. It is clear what we have to do.
"All the Premier League teams are
spending big money, and they know how important it is.
"If you go down, the next year is even more difficult because the difference in money is massive.
"Hopefully, we can do well in the next weeks and we can improve the squad enough to at least be competitive next year.Ē
Asked whether there was money available following Chancel Mbemba's move
Questioned about Aleksandar Mitrovic:
Questioned about Aleksandar Mitrovic:
Nigel Adkins said:
far-from-full strength Newcastle side claimed a draw against their
Championship hosts of the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night, Ayoze Perez
grabbing a late leveller following a corner from debutant Ki Sung-yueng.
Giving Jamaal Lascelles and Jacob Murphy their first pitch time of pre-season, reserve duo Sean Longstaff and Josef Yarney retained their starting places in a mixed XI in which Callum Roberts featured once again as a makeshift full back.
The visitors took a 15th minute lead through an unexpectedly expert effort from Joselu, who took Jonjo Shelvey's fine through ball and finished with something of a flourish.
Shelvey then had a free-kick saved and when United were quickly awarded another, Matt Ritchie fired in an effort that Marshall parried to Jacob Murphy but his header was hooked off the line.
The Tigers levelled four minutes before the interval through Todd Kane, who close range effort ricocheted past Karl Darlow via the heel of DeAndre Yedlin.
Half a dozen Newcastle substitutes joined the action after the break and unsurprisingly that affected our pattern of play, City going ahead just after the hour through Evandro.
With Rolando Aarons unable to make any headway down the left, it was left to fellow substitute Victor Fernandez to supply an attacking threat on the opposite flank; his fine centre almost setting up an instant equaliser, only for Aarons to miscue his first-time attempt on goal.
Hull should have made it 3-1 in the 81st minute after Freddie Woodman's over-ambition on the edge of his area gifted the ball to Will Keane but after rounding the 'keeper, the former Manchester United man could only hit the side netting.
Ki replaced Shelvey for the final quarter of the game and it was the South Korean's corner that fell to Perez via Ciaran Clark's flick on, the Spaniard lashing the ball into the roof of the net at the far post to save our blushes.
The post-match comments of Benitez underlined his evident frustration with his ongoing austerity budget, while his team selection was seemingly motivated both by a desire to display the thinness of his squad and protect those assets he retains (Ritchie's 90 minute shift slightly undermined the latter theory, but by the end he was the nearest thing we had to a striker).
Quite what shape we'll be in two weeks from now as the window closure looms remains to be seen, but for a club who are notoriously sloth-like in the transfer market to suddenly pick up speed and conclude the business so obviously required is pushing the bounds of credibility.
While not of the Shearer/Ferdinand pre-season farce of 1997, hearing of an injury to Florian Lejeune as Chancel Mbemba departs is a concern, while the absence of Paul Dummett so far in pre-season is hardly encouraging.
The natives are restless - and rightly so - as they see clubs all around us actively investing in both players and facilities while we seem to be almost willfully trying to avoid spending money. Trying to gauge the feelings of Toon watchers is an impossible task, but it's fair to say that anticipation and optimism are in short supply at present - and the only mention of fun is on the shirt advertising.