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Season 2022-23
Gateshead (h) Friendly


Saturday 9th July 2022, 11.33am

 Darsley Park

Conditions: Bright





5 - 1





31 mins Ritchie shot 1-0

Half time: Newcastle
1 Gateshead 0

47 mins Joelinton penalty 2-0

65 mins Blackett shot 2-1

(71 mins Sean Longstaff missed penalty)

81 mins
Almiron shot 3-1

88 mins
Almiron shot 4-1

90 mins
Sean Longstaff shot 5-1

Full time: Newcastle 5 Gateshead 1

We Said


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:

"He showed his athleticism in the first
(goal) and composure in the second. So I’m delighted with Miggy. He’s come back here and hasn’t had a lot of training as we gave him a little bit of extended time off with the other international players. Physically he didn’t show any problems."

On Elliot Anderson:

"I thought he did very well - I thought he showed real endeavour and desire to do well. He showed his quality as well, turning really well with the ball. I thought he did well with Ryan Fraser first period.”

They Said


Mike Williamson:

"Yeah, really pleased with it: obviously tough opposition, a really good test for us individually and as a group. Obviously the scoreline is what it is, but for everything else, we really enjoyed it.

We played some really good stuff in patches, we created chances and I think ultimately, the last three
(goals) went in late on when we'd made changes but the point is that we got a lot out of that game.

"You can see that the lads who have come in are understanding and learning the way we want to play and really adapting to it."


This game came one day short of seven years since the two senior sides last met*; Steve McClaren beginning his ill-starred Gallowgate tenure with a 1-0 success at the International Stadium.

A trio of players played in both 2015 and 2022 games: Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles debuting for United seven years ago and their team mate that night Mike Williamson lining up for the visitors here aged 38.

* United's reserve side regularly face Gateshead's first team in pre-season.

In addition to current loanee Dan Langley, the visitors included ex-Magpies Mike Willamson, Greg Olley, Tom Allan, Dan Ward, Owen Bailey and Louis Storey. Adam Campbell is also on the books at the International Stadium, but wasn't involved today.

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Almiron 45=45 +2 goals
Anderson 45=45
Burn 45=45
Darlow 45=45
Dubravka 45=45
Dummett 45=45
Fraser 45=45
Joelinton 45=45 +1 goal
Krafth 45=45
Lascelles 45=45
M.Longstaff 45=45
S.Longstaff 45=45 +1 goal
Murphy 45=45
Ritchie 45=45 +1 goal
Saint-Maximin 45=45
Shelvey 45=45
Targett 45=45
Trippier 45=45
Watts 90=90
Willock 45=45
Wilson 45=45

Having given up his squad number 4 when going out on loan last season - and then seen Sven Botman wear that in training this time round, Matty Longstaff wore the currently-vacant number 27 today.

Development squad duo Remi Savage and Jay Turner-Cooke made the bench.


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.

The hosts debuted their new home kit and took a 31st minute lead when Matt Ritchie beat on-loan Magpie custodian Dan Langley from close in, after Elliot Anderson's left wing centre was helped on by Callum Wilson.

1-0 became 2-0 two minutes after the restart when Sean Longstaff was tripped in the area and Joelinton supplied a routine finish from the penalty spot.

The visitors halved the deficit in the 65th minute when Paul Blackett took a pass from SJP old boy Greg Olley and shot past Karl Darlow, before a second penalty award to Newcastle on 71 minutes saw Sean Longstaff fire over.

United's two-goal advantage was restored in the 81st minute when Miguel Almiron dispossessed a defender out on the right and galloped into the box before shooting beyond the goalkeeper.

Seven minutes later the Paraguayan grabbed his second of the game from similar range after Allan Saint-Maximin unselfishly played him in.

And there was time for a fifth Newcastle goal in the closing seconds of play; Saint-Maximin marauding forward and teeing up Joelinton to square the ball from the left side of the box for Sean Longstaff to finish.

Of 21 players featuring for United, central defender Kelland Watts completed 90 minutes while the remaining 20 had 45 minute workouts.

Watching but not involved were recent recruits Nick Pope and Sven Botman,  while Fabian Schar, Bruno Guimaraes and Chris Wood also looked on after returning to training in recent days following extended time off.

With Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Jeff Hendrick exiled to train at the Academy pending their expected exits, that leaves Javier Manquillo, Federico Fernandez, Jamal Lewis, Lucas De Bolle, Joe White and Mark Gillespie there or thereabouts without kicking a ball today.

Many thanks to the ever-intrepid GW

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