Assombalonga shot 0-1
tbc mins Assombalonga shot
tbc mins Tavernier shot
tbc mins Saint-Maximin shot
Half time: smoggies 3 Magpies 1
(Lascelles and Wing dismissed)
Hall header 1-4
tbc mins Walker
Full time: smoggies 5 Magpies 1
Nobody from NUFC said anything - at least in public....
"We worked hard. You could see
both teams are in pre-season and experimenting.
"I was delighted with the
work ethic we showed, and we played some good football.
"Itís all about building
up to the first game. We're getting a bit sharper and I think we can get
"The pitch was good and the opponents were good, but it
was nice to take our chances and see the goals go in.
"You canít judge too much
in pre-season games, the season is different when it starts, but I was
pleased with my own team.Ē
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Atsu 45+29+60=134+1 goal
Carroll 45+61+30=136+2 goals
Fernandez 45+61+30=136+1 goal
Murphy 45+29+70=144+1 goal (pen)
Saint-Maximin 45+29+75=149+1 goal
Following victories over League One Crewe and Championship Barnsley,
Newcastle's third pre-season game saw them come unstuck against second
tier Middlesbrough on Tuesday afternoon.
The game was played behind closed doors at Boro's Rockcliffe Park
training ground, Britt Assombalonga shooting the hosts ahead on
The home forward then doubled his side's lead before Marcus
Tavernier - brother of former Magpie James - fired past Karl Darlow
It was 1-3 at the interval when Allan Saint-Maximin netted with a
solo effort - with Andy Carroll on the bench then presumably ASM was
at centre forward for the first hour.
Boro's Lewis Wing and Jamaal Lascelles were then both
dismissed after an off-the-ball incident early in the second half.
Grant Hall headed in the resultant free kick before the Tees barrage was
completed late on, when Stephen Walker placed his penalty kick
beyond replacement custodian Mark Gillespie.
Once again there was no sign of Joelinton or Yoshinori Muto, while
Emil Krafth and Jeff Hendrick are now away on international duty.
Martin Dubravka, Dwight Gayle, Fabian Schar and Matty Longstaff are
unfit, while Jonjo Shelvey didn't feature - reason tbc.
PS: The two sides meet again on Monday at Darsley Park: the third Tyne-Tees kickabout in recent
months, beginning with Newcastle's 3-2 training ground success last
June before the 2019/20 season restarted.
Before next week's meeting, Neil Warnock's side are
League Cup action, at home to Shrewsbury Town on Friday.
The Magpies have another friendly against Championship
opposition on Saturday, when Stoke City visit SJP.
NB: All games are behind closed doors.