10 mins Midfielder
Stevie Mallan latched on to Florian Kamberi's knockdown and beat Karl
Darlow with a clean strike from the edge of the box.
16 mins A
ball from Javier Manquillo on the Newcastle right reached
Joelinton towards the near post and he converted a first time effort from close range from
five yards with his left foot 1-1
Pic: Stephen Dobson Photography
35 mins Joelinton's shot was blocked on the edge of the box and fell
kindly for Sean Longstaff, who had time to take a touch before burying a
firm low shot by from the edge of the
area into the bottom left hand corner of the net. 2-1
Half time: Hibees 1 Magpies 2
72 mins Combination play between Fabian Schar, Jacob Murphy and
Yoshinori Muto led to Rolando Aarons crossing from the United left and Jamaal
Lascelles thumped a header home from six yards past substitute goalkeeper
Full time: Hibees 1 Magpies 3
Steve Bruce said:
On Matt Ritchie's injury:
"We hope it's not serious. That's the awful thing tonight, because
we're a bit shy in that area. He'll have a scan in the next 48 hours, and
hopefully it's not too bad.
"He's nicked a hamstring. Whether it's a strain or how serious it is, we
do not know. But for him to come off is not a good sign."
On the goalkeeping situation:
"(Martin) Dubravka is fine. He’s at home. It was always
our aim to give the two other lads 90 minutes. Martin will be in goal in
"He is our number one goalkeeper and will remain so. The stuff that’s
circulating about him is not true...there’s nothing sinister going on at
On Joelinton and Almiron:
strikers want to score, let’s hope this is one of many. He is up and
running, you can see the huge appetite in the boy (Joelinton).
"They're a threat and they've already enjoyed playing with each other,
you can see that straight away. They will be a threat to anybody. They both
can run and they complement each other.
“They could be a little bit more
clinical, but overall I was very, very pleased with the performance of the two
On claims that
Ciaran Clark could be sold:
"The way we are with the injury to (Florian) Lejeune and playing
with three centre backs, if I let something happen to Ciaran Clark, we’d
leave ourselves a bit short. I can’t really do that... I’ve had a quiet
word with him and we move on.
“We’re still working away well into the night and once we do (succeed)
we’ll announce it to the supporters. Hopefully, we’ll have some good
"These days, transfers seem to take an eternity. But, be patient -
I’m still quietly confident we’ll manage to bring a few in.
On claims in the Record about James Tavernier:
"I really don’t know where that’s come from.
"Any manager will be the same, I hate it when any manager talks about
my players so I won’t comment on anyone else’s. But I don’t
know where that’s come from.
"I’ve been linked with about 32 right-backs and another two today.”
Paul Heckingbottom said:
got more than that from I thought to be honest. We weren’t really fussed
about it but it was a good one for the players and the fans, to see the
calibre of players were up against. but it’s a million miles away from
St Mirren on Saturday.
"I’d have rather had have the full week. Having
said that, it was a good work out.
"The pleasing thing was how much we were
stretched. It would’ve been pointless trying to sit in and contain them
because we aren’t going to play that way. It was about trying to create space
and gaps and try and counter them.
"We’re facing things then that we might face at Ibrox in the second game.”
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Joelinton 0+0+45+69=114 +1 goal
Lascelles 45+90+45+90=270 +1 goal
S.Longstaff 0+26+45+61=132 +1 goal
Muto 63+78+45+21=186 +1 goal
Shelvey 58+78+45+77=258 +1 goal
Injury meant messrs Atsu, Lejeune and Yedlin weren't involved while it's
claimed that the ongoing absence of Dwight Gayle from pre-season is due to a
calf injury he sustained during training in China ahead of the opening friendly
against Wolves. Meanwhile Colback
and Lazaar were both absent, along with the holidaying Henri Saivet (after
his AFCON stint for Senegal).
Martin Dubravka was given the night off as Karl Darlow following Freddie
Woodman in getting a full 90 minute runout, but the Slovakian should play
against St. Etienne this Saturday.
Joelinton scored his first senior goal for Newcastle on his first start for
the club, having debuted as a half time replacement at Preston North End on
This was United's first visit to Easter
Road since a 3-0 testimonial success there in August 1984 when a certain
George Best guested for the hosts.
A 2-1 win here back in August 1968 meanwhile came at some cost, a
cartilage injury sustained by Bob Moncur seeing him stretchered off during the
first half. He would go on to miss the first 13 games of the season - including
both legs of the Feyenoord Fairs Cup tie. Hopefully Matt Ritchie will be back
Club record signing
Joelinton scored his
first senior goal for the club as Newcastle came from behind to beat
Hibernian at Easter Road on Tuesday evening.
Sean Longstaff and Jamaal Lascelles were also on target in Edinburgh but there was
worrying news for Steve Bruce, as Matt Ritchie left the pitch during the first
half with a hamstring injury that will require a scan.
United took to the field wearing their home kit as the pre-game downpour thankfully ceased, with Bruce's side defending the end housing
a vocal away contingent.
But the three man backline was breached after just ten minutes when Stevie Mallan beat Karl
Darlow with a clean strike from the edge of the box.
Ritchie went down shortly after with nobody near him and got up and walked
straight off with Rolando Aarons replacing him at left wing-back - a
position he struggled in when played there previously by Steve McClaren.
Miggy Almiron went close in the 15th minute, heading a Jonjo Shelvey ball
from the right just wide.
But a minute later the scores were level and Joelinton had his goal, thanks a first time effort from close range from a great ball from Javier
Manquillo on the right.
Home custodian Ofir Marciano blocked another Almiron effort in the 24th minute with his
foot but was helpless to stop Longstaff's firm shot from the edge of the
area ten minutes before the break.
Rather than the mass
change of personnel seen at Preston on Saturday, United made no half time
substitutions and continued to push on - Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden both
augmenting the attacks.
Joelinton should have made it 3-1 on the hour when he elected to pass to
Isaac Hayden, rather than shooting and the 'keeper cut out his weak
Hibernian enjoyed their best period of possession but the intensity of the
game inevitably dropped until Lascelles got on the end of an Aarons cross
and thumped a header home from six yards with 18 minutes remaining.
The hosts begin their league campaign on Saturday and have been playing
competitive League Cup games for several weeks, but caused Newcastle few
real problems save for a few speculative long range efforts.
Probably on a par with our last opponents Preston, both sides suffered from
a lack of forward presence and as a consequence the United defence wasn't
However there were still some weighty challenges, including one on Joelinton
on halfway that left him sprawled out on the turf during the opening half.
The Brazilian's movement on and off the ball caught the eye and the
development of an understanding with both Almiron and Shelvey promises to be
crucial to our attacking aspirations this season.
While he's got his goal though, Miggy really could do with one after missing
the penalty at Preston and spurning another couple of opportunities here
Had we taken our chances, then this could have been a Leith walkover, but
the victory was well deserved and notable for some displays of a level not
always seen in games of this nature - Manquillo certainly up for it and
Yoshinori Muto trying to make an impression.
The Ritchie blow though highlights the lack of genuine depth in the squad
and renews concerns that struggles in the transfer market will see
previously discarded players back in the side by default rather than