Date: Saturday 4th August 2018, 3.00pm
Venue: St. James' Park
Conditions: Beautiful blue skies
£10 adults, £5 concessions
(£20 and £10 on match day)
0 - 1
time: Magpies 0 Augsburg 0
61 mins All of our
back four and Jacob Murphy were in the box but most were marking fresh air,
Michael Gregoritsch to head in Philipp Max's left wing cross at the Leazes
Magpies 0 Augsburg
"I have said before that I
compete for trophies - even with less money, at Chelsea and Napoli. At
Valencia we were competing for trophies. Why?
"Because we had time and confidence
from the top and then we delivered. Now I was expecting that we would be
competing for something after one year especially after guaranteeing the money
from TV this season.
"Normally when we have had time and
support, we deliver. So we have won trophies everywhere and it was the idea to
do something similar here.
"I am not happy we have to just survive every year but at the moment we
have to see if we can improve the squad.
"I’m not saying we’re not working, but the point is we were ready to
go and we knew what we wanted to do. I am a little bit surprised but I will do
"We knew that the position we were in
was deserved last season. But at the same time a couple of a couple of defeats
and you could be in fifteenth.
"So it was clear that it wasn’t
easy and it was a massive effort from this group of players. The togetherness
of fans, players and staff was the key.
"Sometimes that is not enough when
other teams are spending a lot of money and you can’t expect all the
spending teams to get it wrong.
"Half of them will get it right and
you could be further down the table. And you could be nervous or anxious which
is what we seen last season.
"With just one or two injuries we
could have bigger problems.
"For us it’s about the team. Last
year we saw the team spirit and staff, that was the key.
"So it has to be the key next year.
We don’t talk about the window.
"We’re trying to improve the squad
as we said before but we don’t know if we can do it or not. So it’s just
carry on working and try to our best before August 9.
"Then after we have to do our best on
Away dressing room, SJP, Saturday
Nowt that we could find.
Ki Sung-yeung and Fabian Schar made home debuts
from the bench, having both previously played at Gallowgate for their countries at U23 level
during the 2012 Olympic games (Ki has also visited with his former clubs
Swansea City and the mackems).
Home pre-season friendlies -
2018/19 FC Augsburg lost 0-1 21,331
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
2017/18 Hellas Verona won 2-0 23,906
2016/17 Vitesse Arnhem won 3-2 19,200
2015/16 Borussia Monchengladbach lost 0-1 21,088
2014/15 Real Sociedad won 1-0 19,199
2013/14 Sporting Braga drew 1-1 16,187
2011/12 Fiorentina drew 0-0 12,656 (abandoned)
2010/11 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 16,118
2009/10 Leeds United drew 0-0 16,945
2008/09 Valencia won 2-1 31,494
2008/09 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 13,477
Magpies v Bundesliga opposition - PL era:
2018/19 FC Augsburg (h)
lost 0-1 FR
2017/18 VfL Wolfsburg (a) won 3-1 FR
2017/18 FSV Mainz 05 (a) lost 1-2 FR
2015/16 Borussia Monchengladbach (h) lost 0-1 FR
2014/15 Schalke 04 (a) won 3-1 FR
2008/09 Hertha Berlin (n) lost 0-1 FR
2006/07 Eintracht Frankfurt (a) drew 0-0 UE
2003/04 Bayern Munich (h) drew 2-2 FR
2002/03 Bayer Leverkusen (h) won 3-1 CL
2002/03 Bayer Leverkusen (a) won 3-1 CL
2001/02 1860 Munich (h) won 3-1 IC
2001/02 1860 Munich (a) won 3-2 IC
1999/00 VfL Bochum (a) lost 2-3 FR
Perez 45+45+72+80+83=325 +1 goal
45+45+72+20+90=272 +1 goal
+ 1 goal
Atsu 45+0+18+66+57=186 +1 goal (pen)
PS: This was United's second meeting with Augsburg, following a 4-2
friendly victory in Germany during 1956. Thanks to NUFC.com reader Russ
Brown, here's a translated match report:
On Wednesday evening
the Augsburg Rosenau stadium was nigh-on full to capacity – for the first time
in a long time. The name of the renowned English professional team Newcastle
United proved to possess a magical attraction for the circa 30,000 fans who
wanted to see the “match of the season”.
Never before have so many spectators attended a floodlit match. This was
organised by the BCA whom in association with the club TSV 1847 Schwaben,
managed to successfully create an environment where all of the fans could follow
the match with ease. A hundred thousand watts is at the end of the day, no
The Brits fulfilled all expectations thoroughly. Newcastle United won with a 4:2
(2:1) and thus ended their German tour with another victory. On the previous
Sunday, the English team had also conquered a combined Eintracht Frankfurt / FSV
Frankfurt team by two goals to one.
The Augsburger team, made up of a combination of BCA and TSV 1847 Schwaben
players, were unable to continue the good form shown in their previous match
against Wacker Vienna. This, however is hardly surprising, due to the fact that
the Augsburger city team were faced up against an iron-hard and thoroughly
prepared group of English professionals able to perform at an entirely different
level to the Viennese. Even a player of international class such as Biesinger
could only occasionally come close to matching the quality of his opponents.
That says it all. As a team, the English simply functioned better together than
Where a Schuller or Harlacher would try unsuccessfully to dribble the ball
unnecessarily forward, it was enough that one deep through ball from United
would bring them into the box. Above all, the Augsburger forwards were not up to
scratch, whilst the defence at least, put up a good show.
Had it not been for the qualities of both German goalkeepers in the respective
halves (Süßmann in the first, Gitschier in the second) in fighting the efforts
of the United strikers, then the victory would have become undoubtedly been much
The Augsburg strikers were hardly lacking in confidence when shooting, but more
often than not the white leather ball went wide or over the bar, despite this it
must be said that the efforts of the Germans delivered one of the classiest
goals of recent years on Augsburg soil. But the English were delivering a true
lesson in the art of football.
After the match, we asked the visiting coaching team what their impressions
were, to which they responded: “We don’t want to highlight any member of our
team, everyone gave their best, despite the fact that the players would have had
one eye on their upcoming holidays. From now until August when the league
starts, there is nothing but peace and quiet to be had.”
The referee, Herr Alt from Frankfurt, declared that the Newcastle team weren’t
entirely supportive of his offside decisions, although they seemed to forget to
mention that the man in the middle was at least consistent as he seemed to
disadvantage both sides equally in this respect.
The Newcastle team really is a very seamless and consistent team.
Notwithstanding this, we shouldn’t neglect to look at a number of their
players much more closely. The international outside-left Mitchell thoroughly
deserves his reputation, as he managed to out-trick both Kneitel and, after his
early replacement by Lang, in the style of Stanley Matthews.
Later on in the match, Lang challenged Mitchell particularly strongly, and
Mitchell was clearly not pleased with his style of man-marking. Midfielder
Stokoe barely left the heels of Biesinger alone and through his efforts managed
to play the international out of the game. Keeble, despite his gangly look
managed to perfectly embody a striker of the modern game, with not only his
movement across all sides of the park, but excelling with his runs and shots on
His goal (the equaliser for 1:1) was an effort that offers a seldom sight on any
football ground, speeding like a torpedo into the box to meet the cross from
White and the “flying man” headed the ball stone-cold into the net. Sadly,
Newcastle failed to bring their striker, Jackie Milburn, who is currently
injured and whose expertise we had been so looking forward to witnessing.
What is particularly noticeable about these “Magpies” from Newcastle is the
extreme speed that particular players possess. They fly lightning fast out of
the blocks and repeatedly fooled an experienced ref like Alt who was convinced
that they must have been offside on many occasions – the men from the English
Isle were simply too quick for him to judge correctly, as they were consistently
onside when the ball was played.
This game showed once again the significant differences between the professional
and semi-professional game. Newcastle United were fit and able at any second of
the match to raise their game and change up a gear or two, of particular note
was the visiting outside-right, White, who scored the deciding last two goals as
well as the running of Scoular.
The Augsburg combination in a new and distinct strip of red top with a green and
white stripe on the chest with white shorts, took a surprising lead in the 25th
minute of an exciting match. On the wing, the well-practiced combination of
Schlump and Schmelzinger managed a delightful one-two on the right which allowed
Schmelzinger finished with a left-footed shot in to the net.
The lead only lasted for three minutes, when the previously mentioned goal from
Keeble found its way beyond the Augsburger goalie. A few minutes before
halftime, it was the half-left Hannah who managed to profit from the actions of
his neighbouring team mate, Mitchell, when he shot the Englishmen in front for
the first time in the match.
After the interval there was an unfortunate chorus of whistling from the fans,
as the Schwaben goalie Süßmann, who had played well in the first half, was
replaced with the BCA man Gietscher in goal, who hadn’t earned such disrespect
from the crowd. Süßmann had volunteered to go off after the first half, after
having complained about struggling with the floodlights.
Outside-right White managed to decide the game in the 63rd minute when he headed
a 1:3 lead. Five minutes later the cunning fox Schlump proved once again with
his another of his devilishly swinging corner, that he can pose a danger to any
defending team. His treacherously swerving ball in, from the sixth Augsburg
corner of the match, hit the post and span in, across the line.
England's national amateur goalkeeper Simpson knocked the ball back out, but the
referee Alt, despite energetic protests from the English players, was unmoved
and recognised the goal, direct from the corner, for Augsburg, leaving the teams
at 2:3. From this point, the men in black and white took the game seriously and
five minutes before the end of the match, a perfect combination from the English
side ended with White smashing a bomb of a shot off the underside of the
In summary, Augsburg had a few clear chances, but (for the) goals. It is
of note that the English made no substitutions and played the whole match
fifth and final friendly fixture saw further evidence of the shortages that
threaten to undermine their efforts to make progress in the coming season.
A third successive failure to find the net was hardly a surprise given the
paucity of attacking options open to Rafa Benitez: Joselu and Ayoze Perez
leading the line, with Yoshinori Muto and Dwight Gayle both absent.
Progress is predicted in the transfer market ahead of Thursday's window
closure, but anyone expecting to witness something like a settled side at
Gallowgate a week away from the first whistle was disappointed.
As was the case at Braga, United's starting selection featuring ten players
from the Championship season - Joselu the odd man out rather than Martin
The manager later revealed that the squad were in a better frame of mind than
in Portugal, although the ongoing bonus dispute meant that players again
refused to perform post-match media duties.
Fabulous conditions on Tyneside were matched by the first senior outing of
the eye-catching red and blue change strip, but there wasn't an awful lot of genuine action
to rouse those present from their slumbers in the opening 45 minutes.
Matt Ritchie had an effort
tipped over and Perez went close with a shot just off-target, while
Christian Atsu spurned a decent chance when blasting against the visiting
goalkeeper as he protected his near post.
Having absorbed two heavy tackles that left him limping, Mo Diame was replaced
just before the half hour by Ki Sung-yueng and the South Korean made a couple
of astute passes to try and push his new side forward.
A header from Michael Gregoritsch ultimately settled the contest, sloppy defending
allowing the lanky Austrian striker to head in Philipp Max's 61st minute cross.
The same player should have doubled the lead soon
after but Karl Darlow saved well and at the other end, substitute Jacob
Murphy's cross was deflected off the Gallowgate End crossbar as United gained
Their improvement followed the arrival of Jonjo Shelvey and Kenedy - the
wasting a late free-kick in a central position and the latter looking lively
and in the mood to entertain those present with his talents.
The Brazilian almost pulled that off in spectacular style, trying a shot on
goal from the halfway line in the final seconds that only just cleared the
Other than that though, the SJP ground staff won't have an onerous task
repairing the goalmouths, Newcastle totally unconvincing in the final third
and merely going through the motions at times.
That lack of firepower seems to be belatedly being addressed, Gayle's absence from
today's squad echoed by fellow striker Salomon Rondon's omission from the
named by West Bromwich Albion for their Championship opener against Bolton
Concerns remain in all outfield areas though, the prolonged absence of injury
victim Florian Lejeune complicating what was already an evident need for defensive
It's a little early to hold an inquest on the value of our pre-season
programme, and if nothing else we haven't embarked on the energy-sapping
inter-continental farce that sowed the seeds of our last relegation season.
Analytics and number-crunching may show that the players are in better
physical condition that a month ago, but measuring levels of commitment,
optimism and even despondency is a trickier task.
Whether the lack of conviction and confidence that seemed worryingly evident
in pre-season has cleared by Saturday remains to be seen, but we
remain very concerned as to our immediate future.
What may be construed as panic buys (or loans) in the coming days could
enormously shape our season - a typically amateurish situation created by NUFC.