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Season 2022-23
FSV Mainz 05 (n) Friendly


Monday 18th July 2022, 4.00pm

 Grenzlandstadion Arena, Austria
Live on NUFC TV

Conditions: Searing

Admission: 13.50

No programme


Mainz 05


0 - 1





Half time: Newcastle 0 Mainz 0

58 mins United players were unhappy after their free kick in the Mainz half was blocked by the clearly encroaching Delano Burgzorg.

A kind deflection fell to Jonathan Burkardt in the centre circle and he threaded a pass to the onrushing Burgzorg as Martin Dubravka came off his line but looked to hesitate. He then was powerless to stop a low effort from the left side of the six yard box by the on-loan Dutch forward.

Full time: Newcastle 0 Mainz 1

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"I thought that was a better performance than our first game in Austria. It is the end of a long week: the lads have done a lot of training.

"I was pleased with certain aspects - obviously we need to improve around their goal. Our creativity wasnt quite there. When you watch pre-season games back, you have to have a critical eye while acknowledging where the lads are at.

"We pressed well and athletically; we looked good despite the fatigue the boys have got, but in front of goal we didn't create enough chances, open them up.

"The most important thing is that were ready for the first game, not this game today."

On Elliot Anderson:

"He did well again. I thought he showed an ability to turn in those tight areas, it was a congested pitch centrally. I thought he did really well a couple of times without being able to force the last pass that we wanted.

"Hes in and around the group. Hes not looking out of place. In that company, thats saying something. Well do whats best for us and Elliot. When I say us I mean the team and the club. I think if we feel hell play minutes, well keep him.

"If he wont play and contribute, well loan him.

On Fabian Schar:

"I think hes OK. When he came off the pitch he said it felt more like a cramp feeling rather than a pull. Fingers crossed hes alright.

They Said


Bo Svensson said:

"We also prevailed against Newcastle as a team and brought the thing home under pressure. It's also important for the group to have such an experience together. Of course, when we're fresher, we can play it even better.

"Defensively we defended it well, especially when we were deep. We also had switching actions, but then you noticed that we didn't have the freshness to solve tight situations. But to survive against such resistance, that is very good.

"We still have to improve in some phases of the game. But I'm particularly pleased that we stuck together, pulled it through with two different teams, with players in positions that were unfamiliar to them.

On the goalscorer's performance:

"We were very happy about that; he made up five metres on the defender. Dela was everywhere, there was something to see. He answered the question today if he could be an additional solution. The weapons he has are difficult for any team to defend."

On the armband gesture:

"I think that's very good. It's always good, today it might have been even better."

Pre-game statement from Mainz (translated):

FSV Mainz 05 will play the friendly against Newcastle United scheduled for Monday 18 July in Kufstein as part of the training camp. This decision was made by the club's management on Monday. Previously there were also talks between the agency Onside, the club's training camp partner, those responsible for Newcastle United and FSV.

Some Mainz fans, including the Supporters fan association, are calling for the test match to be cancelled due to the ownership structure of the "Magpies" with a Saudi Arabian consortium. The club wants to seek dialogue with the critical fan representatives.

"For us, a friendly against a traditional English club is first and foremost a sporting test of strength. This friendly is also particularly important for the preparation of the team. That's why, after weighing up the different perspectives and in the absence of an alternative opponent who can play at this level and too was not available at that time, agreed on this game," says club chairman Stefan Hofmann. "We didn't expect the reaction from some fans in this form. We respect this and regret that this has caused irritation because we see it as our responsibility to start the season with all the fans as a cohesive unit."

Above all, the club bears the responsibility for enabling the sport to be optimally prepared. In addition to the match against Athletic Bilbao, the game is the only real test opportunity for the national players, who only start preparing in the training camp.

Sport director Christian Heidel says: "From a sporting perspective, we cannot do without this test match. A unilateral cancellation by us, as demanded by some fans, is unthinkable, as this could have serious legal and economic consequences for us and us due to the contractual obligations fundamentally stand by our contractual agreements."

Those responsible perceived a differentiated opinion within the club on the question of how to deal with the planned test match. They therefore want to take the discussions as an opportunity to meet with fan representatives to discuss the club's basic stance and also to discuss the common understanding of the mission statement.



It's now played two, lost two now United against Mainz, the first meeting a 1-2 pre-season reverse at their Opel Arena home in July 2017.

23 players featured in this game, with the omissions covered as follows:

Mark Gillespie and Karl Darlow were unselected (watching from the stand) while injuries accounted for Jamal Lewis (calf), Kelland Watts (knee) and Federico Fernandez (calf). Javier Manquillo remains in Spain with a groin problem, with Dwight Gayle back in the UK ahead of his expected exit.

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Almiron 45+29+61=135 +2 goals
Anderson 45+61+29=135
Botman 0+45+61=106
Darlow 45+0+0=45
Dubravka 45+29+61=135
Dummett 45+29+31=105
Fraser 45+29+61=135
Guimaraes 0+29+61=90 +1 goal
45+29+61=135 +1 goal
Krafth 45+61+29=135
Lascelles 45+45+29=119
M.Longstaff 45+0+0=45
S.Longstaff 45+29+61=135 +2 goals
Murphy 45+61+29=135
Pope 0+61+29=90
45+0+30=75 +1 goal
Saint-Maximin 45+61+29=135
Schar 0+29+57=86
Targett 45+61+29=135
Trippier 45+29+61=135
Watts 90+0+0=90
Willock 45+61+29=135 + 1 goal
Wilson 45+61+29=135



Having overcome third tier German opposition on Friday, United wilted in even higher temperatures and lost their 100% pre-season record to Mainz at the third time of asking on Monday afternoon.

A highly dubious goal for the Bundesliga side decided a match which kicked off in 29C heat, Newcastle dominating play but leaving Austrian empty-handed, unable to add to their eight friendly strikes.

A small crowd comprising of Toon followers, curious locals and Mainz fans uninterested in joining a boycott were present at the
Grenzlandstadion home of FC Kufstein, like Friday's hosts Pinzgau another Regional League side.

They saw the black and whites begin at a high tempo but gradually drop off the pace after a line-up spearheaded by Chris Wood created little of note against a defensively-minded opposition side.

The Kiwi skied an effort after a smart layback by Miggy Almiron and should have done better soon after when played in by Kieran Trippier.

Trippier then had a chance of his own from a free kick, but what looked like an on-target dead ball effort was deflected harmlessly over the bar.

At the other end, Stach's shot from a free-kick forced a saved out of Martin Dubravka - the closest either side came to a goal in the opening 45 minutes.

Paul Dummett had started but a scheduled change saw him make way for Matt Ritchie in the 31st minute - shortly after the first official drinks break (for the players that is, the FCK bars did brisk business all afternoon).

Dominik Kohr then came close to putting Mainz ahead in the 50th minute but his shot was blocked before poking the rebound wide.

Almiron then did well down the right and laid the ball back to Joelinton, but his low shot was instinctively blocked at the near post by Robin Zentner.

The goal that ultimately divided the sides arrived on 58 minutes, United players unhappy after their free kick in the Mainz half was blocked by the clearly encroaching Delano Burgzorg.

A fortunate deflection fell to Jonathan Burkardt in the centre circle and he threaded a pass to the onrushing Burgzorg as Martin Dubravka came off his line but looked to hesitate. He was then powerless to stop a low effort from the left side of the six yard box.

A mass arrival of substitutes on the hour prompted three quick goals against 1860 on Friday, but 10 changes failed to have the desired effect here.

Emile Krafth's tempting 66th minute cross from the right was missed by Jacob Murphy and it almost fell for Callum Wilson but was cleared.

Jonjo Shelvey then tried to find Wilson in the box, but he was unable to reach it and Elliot Anderson's routine shot from distance was saved. Anderson didn't look out of place here and while we await a further transfer breakthrough, he's an asset to the squad.

By contrast, Allan Saint-Maximin seemed more preoccupied with tweaking the bandages bizarrely covering both of his forearms than influencing proceedings - his best moment a pass to Shelvey that saw Jonjo fire a first-time effort over the bar.

The final chance for United fell to Wilson on 81 minutes but his powerful shot was at the 'keeper, who blocked with his head.

A disappointing outcome, but the result will be of little concern to Eddie Howe as his squad continued their preparations in conditions that were more arduous than the threat that their opponents caused.

Following a brief return to England and some time off, the players will then set off for a Portuguese training camp that includes two matches - one a training ground exercise behind closed doors against Burnley before a rather more high-profile meeting against Benfica.

As it stands, there looks to be little chance of any new faces in the squad in Lisbon - leaving a nagging doubt over our scoring ability and placing more emphasis on the fitness of Wilson and the flexibility and attitude of ASM. 

PS: some lax stewarding and over-excited locals (including the FCK ball boys) saw a post-match pitch invasion, but once things calmed down, Howe and players posed for photos with travelling Mags - who bided their time and were duly rewarded with some fine mementoes of their trip.

Lascelles and the squad staying hydrated

Neither of these people are Brazilian


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