Gateshead (h) Friendly
Ritchie shot 1-0
47 mins Joelinton penalty 2-0
Blackett shot 2-1
Eddie Howe said:
"It was good, a good workout. Hot conditions and that is probably what you want in pre-season. You want to replicate what the first day will look like.
"A good game, tough opposition, physical game so I think the lads in 45 minutes with a bit of running at the end got what they needed.
"I think at this stage there’s always a bit of rustiness to get out of the players’ minds, bodies, touches of the ball. I do think we got better as the game went on. Some really good bits, some bits that we need to improve.
“We conceded a goal I was disappointed with and had another couple of moments where we needed to tighten up, but I can’t be too critical.
“We know where we are at this stage. We know there is a long way to go before that first game. I think you always look in the pre-season at attitude first and foremost. Both teams wanted to win.
"I thought there was some really good stuff with the ball, naturally as we had the majority of possession. You saw a couple of great counter-attacks at the end and there could have been more.
"We showed a ruthless side right at the end of that game. I would have loved us to show that a bit earlier but it came. When it came, we showed we can be a really potent force."
On Miggy Almiron:
United made a winning start to their pre-season programme on
Saturday, beating National League neighbours Gateshead behind closed
doors in blazing sunshine at Darsley Park.