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Season 2019-20
Hibernian (Scotland (a)


Tuesday 30th July 2019, 7.45pm

Easter Road, Edinburgh

Conditions: Clannish
Admission: £15 - tickets were 
available on the night.




1 - 3




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. 0-1

16 mins A great 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 Chris Maxwell. 3-1

Full time: Hibees 1 Magpies 3

We Said


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 Saturday. 

"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 all.

On Joelinton and Almiron:

All 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 of them."

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.

On transfers:

“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 news soon.

"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.”

They Said

Paul Heckingbottom said: 

"We 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):

Aarons 32+12+45+79=168
Allan 27+0+0+0=27
Almiron 0+0+45+69=114
Bailey 27+0+0+0=27
Clark 58+45+45+19=167
Colback 63+78+45=186
Darlow 45+0+0+90=135
Dubravka 0+90+0+0=90
Dummett 0+0+45+71=116
Fernandez 45+45+90+13=193
Hayden 90+45+45+90=270
Joelinton 0+0+45+69=114 +1 goal
Ki 32+45+45+29=151
Lascelles 45+90+45+90=270 +1 goal
Lazaar 63+12+0+0=75
M.Longstaff 27+12+45+13=97
S.Longstaff 0+26+45+61=132 +1 goal
Manquillo 45+45+90+77=257
Murphy 63+45+45+21=174
Muto 63+78+45+21=186 +1 goal
Ritchie 58+64+45+11=178
Schar 0+90+45+77=212
Shelvey 58+78+45+77=258 +1 goal
Sorensen 27+45+0+0=72
Sterry 45+45+45+13=148
Watts 32+0+0+0=32
Woodman 45+0+90+0=135

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 Saturday.

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 rather earlier....


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 attempted pass.

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 truly tested. 

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 tonight.

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 merit.


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