Date: Wednesday 17th July 2019, 11am BST (6pm local time)
Venue: Nanjing Olympic Sports
Centre Stadium, Nanjing, China
£10-£65 (VIP £121)
0 - 4
A Wolves attack down their
left flank was initiated by Diogo Jota,
who took a return pass from Jonny before firing home - the shot nicking off
the boot of Jamaal Lascelles en route to beating Karl Darlow at his near post.
32 mins Defensive slackness allowed Morgan Gibbs-White to
steer the ball home from the edge of the box, Jonny with another assist.
40 mins Wolves advanced down their right and Isaac Hayden was
caught in possession in front of his own goal by Jota, who supplied a
Half time: Magpies 0 Wolves 3
Debutant Tom Allan inadvertently headed a
Wolves corner taken by Ruben Vinagre past goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and into
his own net.
Full time: Magpies 0 Wolves 4
Ben Dawson said:
"It was great for the younger lads to get on the pitch here and do the
things we know they can do. The other positive is everyone we planned to get
minutes got minutes."
About the appointment of Steve Bruce:
"Obviously I’m really pleased with that,
the players and staff now know who is going to come in to lead the team. To my knowledge he is on his way and we hope he will be here soon to join
the team at the hotel in Shanghai.
“We've been out here focusing on the preparation for the tournament. I
haven't spoken to Steve yet. I'm not sure about the conversations he's had
with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley. I don't know anything about that.
"The manager is travelling here knowing our preparations are still going as
planned and he has a full squad here for when he arrives."
Federico Fernandez added:
"I understand the fans and the situation but for us we want to work and be
better as a team, work hard and be ready for the new season.
"We want to show the fans and everyone we can compete. Of course fans maybe
want a different manager or players but we need to work hard to show we are
ready for the Premier League.”
Nuno Espirito Santo said:
was very tough to play in those conditions, very humid, 90 percent or
"It’s very tough for the players, for both teams, it was a tough
moment, but we stayed organised and that’s the idea, the shape, having
the ball, managing the game and taking our chances.
“So, I’m pleased of the work of the boys
in this moment of pre-season, it was good. The point is trying to progress,
trying to improve day by day and when the real competition arrives, this is the
moment that we test ourselves.
"The idea’s always the same. It’s
always the same, improving on the things we do well and try to avoid the
mistakes we made in the past. That is the idea of growing.
“Now we have to recover. Football in these
conditions is not what we are used to seeing. The game is slower, so we cannot
evaluate, what we want is to take advantage of the moment, trying to face good
opponents, that can help us in the future, that’s the idea.
“We have people already taking care (of
recovery). Ice baths, hydration, good food, we have to be ready for next time
and go again.”
the departure of Rafa Benitez after the conclusion of his contract in
June, United's Head of Development Ben Dawson was in charge of the
side on a interim basis, assisted by recently -appointed U23 boss Neil
Readfearn. Goalkeeping Coach Simon Smith retained his
There were first NUFC senior outings
for Development Squad members
Tom Allan, Owen Bailey, Matty Longstaff, Elias Sorensen and
Belatedly returning to the side meanwhile were the following
players (date of last
competitive senior NUFC appearance in brackets):
Ciaran Clark (January 2019)
Jacob Murphy (January 2019)
Jamie Sterry (January 2019)
Freddie Woodman (January 2019)
Karl Darlow (August 2018)
Rolando Aarons (December 2017)
Achraf Lazaar (August 2017)
Jack Colback (May 2017)
This is Newcastle's second
appearance in the Asian Trophy, having taken part in the inaugural event in
Malaysia back in 2003.
That saw them defeat a Birmingham City side managed by a certain
Steve Bruce 2-0 before drawing 0-0 with Chelsea and losing 4-5 on penalties -
Jermaine Jenas incurring the wrath of Sir Bobby Robson with his failed attempt
at a chip that proved decisive.
Magpies v Wolves -
lost 0-4 (n)
drew 1-1 (a) Hayden
2018/19: lost 1-2 (h) Perez
2016/17: won 1-0 (a) Mitrovic
2016/17: won 2-0 (h) Ritchie, Gouffran (LC)
2016/17: lost 0-2 (h)
2011/12: drew 2-2 (h) Cisse, Gutierrez
2011/12: won 2-1 (a) Ba, Gutierrez
2010/11: won 4-1 (h) Nolan, Sh.Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Gutierrez
2010/11: drew 1-1 (a) Carroll
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Darlow (26), Dubravka (tbc), Harker (29), Woodman (27)
25 of the 27 players that
travelled were named in the matchday squad, but Sean Longstaff wasn't risked
and remained on the bench. The absent duo were Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka.
Squad numbers allocated for today's game were:
DF: Bailey (48), Clark (2), Dummett (3), Fernandez (18), Lascelles (6),
Lazaar (33), Manquillo (19), Schar (5), Sterry (25), Watts (49)
MF: Aarons (16), Colback (23), Hayden (14), Ki (4), M.Longstaff (43),
S.Longstaff (36), Murphy (7), Ritchie (11), Shelvey (8)
FW: Allan (50), Gayle (tbc), Muto(13), Sorensen (47)
Absent from the touring squad were Almiron (holiday after international duty),
Saivet ( on international duty) and messrs Atsu, Elliot, Lejeune and Yedlin
Restrictions in China on the display of gaming adverts saw both
sides wear shirts with alternative sponsors - Chinese investment company FOSUN
replacing current Wolves partner ManBetX.
Newcastle meanwhile swapped FUN88 for Chinese concern National Sports app*,
sleeve sponsorship from Northumbria University also evident. (*The red, white and blue logo of National Sports led to some claims that it
was a Sports Direct brand, but that isn't the case).
A clash with the opposition also led to Newcastle wearing white socks rather
than the black ones that are part of the 2019/20 home kit.
The second game of the tournament saw
Manchester City come from behind to beat West
Ham 4-1 at the same venue. That means Newcastle will play the Hammers in Shanghai on Saturday.
United's pre-season began in China on Wednesday with an entirely predictable heavy defeat
in the first game of the Premier League Asia Trophy
off in humid conditions and 27 degree temperatures, the Magpies fell behind on
15 minutes and were three down before the break.
Diogo Jota fired the Black Country side ahead and following a scheduled drinks break, Darlow was picking the ball out of his
net again on 32 minutes after Morgan Gibbs-White struck.
Two then became three five minutes before half time, Wolves advancing down
their right and Isaac Hayden caught in possession in front of his own goal by
Jota, who supplied a routine finish.
A raft of replacements during the second period reduced the average age of
both sides; United's Kelland Watts clearing off the line from Taylor
Perry in the 70th minute - those two players facing each other at U23 level
One of those young Magpies did find the net with five minutes of
normal time remaining - sadly for Tom Allan though, he inadvertently headed a
Wolves corner past Freddie Woodman for 0-4.
If you're wondering why there's no mention of any scoring chances for
United, there weren't really any apart from a Matt Ritchie snapshot
and a harmless long range one from Jonjo Shelvey.
Nuno Espirito Santo may have bemoaned his club's lack of new signings, but the
side he fielded was still uniformly better than Newcastle. And while their superior fitness levels reflect the fact that they are in
Europa League action in just eight days, there's a general level of ambition
and organisation that we can only dream of.
Thanks to Paul English for crowd photos and this little beauty below -
presumably directions in the event that the Newcastle United owner turned