Date: Monday 18th July 2022, 4.00pm
Venue: Grenzlandstadion Arena, Austria
Live on NUFC TV
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Half time: Newcastle
United players were unhappy after their free kick in the Mainz half was
blocked by the clearly encroaching
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
Newcastle 0 Mainz
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
"I was pleased with certain aspects - obviously we need to improve
around their goal. Our creativity wasn’t 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 we’re 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.
"He’s in and around the
group. He’s not looking out of place. In that company, that’s saying
something. We’ll do what’s best for us and
Elliot. When I say us I mean the team and the club. I think if we
feel he’ll play minutes, we’ll keep him.
"If he won’t play and
contribute, we’ll loan him.”
On Fabian Schar:
"I think he’s OK. When he
came off the pitch he said it felt more like a cramp feeling rather than
a pull. Fingers crossed he’s alright.”
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
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
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
Guimaraes 0+29+61=90 +1 goal
Joelinton 45+29+61=135 +1 goal
S.Longstaff 45+29+61=135 +2 goals
Ritchie 45+0+30=75 +1 goal
Willock 45+61+29=135 + 1 goal
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
- 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