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Season 2022-23
Atalanta BC (h) Friendly


Friday 29th July 2022, 7.45pm
Live on NUFC TV

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Celebratory

Admission: £20 pre-match, £25 on the day.(A £35 ticket covering both home friendlies was initially available).

Programme: £3.50 for a double issue that
also covered the following day v Bilbao





1 - 0





39 mins The tenacity of Ryan Fraser saw him gain possession of the ball from Nadir Zortea on the United left and win a corner off the same opponent.

Fraser's quickly-taken flag kick on the same flank reached Sean Longstaff on the edge of the box and his short pass found Elliot Anderson in the box. He was then went to ground via a combination of Ederson and Marten De Roon.

Chris Wood
stepped up to stroke the resulant spot-kick into the left side of the Leazes goal, sending the 'keeper the wrong way.

Half time: Newcastle
1 Atalanta 0

Full time: Newcastle 1 Atalanta 0

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"I was very pleased with the game and the high quality of it.

We picked our opponents for a really tough test, we didn’t want easy wins. Pre-season is about testing the players to the maximum of our abilities because there will be no shortage of quality when the season starts for real.

"It was really good opposition and I’ve got huge respect for their manager and the job that he has done. They are a top quality team so we knew we had to perform tonight.

"We had to be very good tactically and technically and I thought we were very good tactically first half - maybe not so good technically but I thought we were both in the second half until the changes where we tired and they had fresh legs and quality players come on.

"That was a really good ending because we needed to dig deep to see the game out.”

On Elliot Anderson:

"He’s performed very well. No decision will be made on his future until towards the end of the transfer window, probably the last few days.

"At the moment, it certainly looks like he’s going to stay with us, because of how he’s performing.

"His performance today was very good. I thought he was very, very good defensively today, very good tactically to understand his position, but also technically in tight areas, really quick feet.

(He) did well for the penalty, could’ve scored with a long-range shot.

"For me, during pre-season, he’s got better and better. So great signs for him.

“I knew his quality and last year we couldn’t give him the opportunity - now he has returned a better player from Bristol Rovers.”

They Said

Gian Piero Gasperini said:

to follow


There was the briefest of senior debuts for U21 striker Dylan Stephenson, who was on the pitch for barely a minute before the referee blew after one added minute.

Second string left back Matty Bondswell also made a fleeting appearance at the same time, his second senior outing of the current pre-season.

The remainder of the unused substitutes were goalkeeper Mark Gillespie plus a quintet of U21 players.

Santiago Munoz featured in the closing stages of the training ground friendly against Burnley in Portugal, while fellow forward Jay Turner-Cooke has been a regular on the first team bench this pre-season without getting any pitch time.

Midfielder Lucas De Bolle was in and around the first team last season without getting a runout, while defender Alex Murphy joined the club recently from Galway United.

The bench was completed by Lewis Miley, 16 year-old from the U18 side and younger brother of fellow Academy midfielder, Jamie.

This was the first time that United have met the Bergamo-based side at senior level.

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Almiron 45+29+61+86+45+90=356 +6 goals
Anderson 45+61+29+84+45+90=354 +1 goal
Bondswell 0+0+0+90+45+1=136
Darlow 45+0+0+90+45+0=180
Dubravka 45+29+61+0+0+0=135
Dummett 45+29+31+90+0+0=195
Fraser 45+29+61+90+0+90=315
Guimaraes 0+29+61+90+45+0=225 +1 goal
45+29+61+90+37+0=262 +1 goal
Krafth 45+61+29+90+45+0=270
Lascelles 45+45+29+90+45+0=254
M.Longstaff 45+0+0+6+15+8=74
S.Longstaff 45+29+61+90+45+90=360 +2 goals
Munoz 0+0+0+4+0+0=4
45+61+29+90+45+82=352 +1 goal
Pope 0+61+29+90+45+90=315
45+0+30+90+45+0=210 +2 goals
Saint-Maximin 45+61+29+90+45+0=270 +1 goal
Schar 0+29+57+0+45+90=221
Stephenson 0+0+0+0+0+1=1
Trippier 45+29+61+90+45+90=360
Watts 90+0+0+0+0+0=90
Willock 45+61+29+90+45+0=270 +3 goals
Wilson 45+61+29+90+45+0=270 +1 goal
0+29+61+0+45+90=225 + 1 goal (pen)

Italian sides @ SJP - PL era:

Ascoli lost 0-1 (Anglo Italian Cup
1992/93 Cesena drew 2-2 (Anglo Italian Cup)
1998/99 Juventus won 2-1 (FR)
1999/00 AS Roma drew 0-0 (UEFA Cup)
2002/03 Juventus won 1-0 (Champions League)
2002/03 Inter Milan lost 1-4 (Champions League)
2007/08 Juventus won 2-0 (FR)
2007/08 Sampdoria won 1-0 (FR)
2011/12 Fiorentina drew 0-0 abandoned (FR)
2017/18 Hellas Verona won 2-0 (FR)
2022/23 Atalanta won 1-0 (FR)


The largest crowd for a home pre-season friendly in almost 20 years saw Serie A opposition defeated on Friday, thanks to Chris Wood's first half penalty success.

That eye-catching turnout of 40,596 fans will be eclipsed by greater numbers set to gather for the visit of Bilbao on Saturday - but anyone not at tonight's game missed out on seeing what looks like a star in the making.

Elliot Anderson's previous appearances at Gallowgate had come in sparsely-attended youth and reserve games, but tonight's senior home bow deservedly thrust the 19 year-old into the spotlight.

Two early touches were miscued, but by the end of the opening half he'd found his feet - and conveniently lost them in the Atalanta box to earn that spot kick.

Anderson looked ever assured after the break - and can count himself unfortunate not to have ended his 90 minute shift with both an assist and a goal. His reading of the game is evident - and potentially priceless.

In truth there wasn't much goalmouth incident to excite those present; one first half cross for Wood over-hit and Jacob Murphy failing to profit from another one v one situation with the goalkeeper. 

Dividing the squad into two for the home double-header resulted in a bench well-stocked with U23s and a starting line-up that were visibly tiring.

Atalanta meanwhile made wholesale changes in the 64th and 78th minutes - gaining impetus from the second set of substitutions and forcing United to defend in numbers.

Defend they did though and Nick Pope posted a clean sheet on his SJP debut; making two decent stops and grateful to Matt Targett for intercepting a dangerous centre from the Atalanta right late on.

There were injury scares for full back duo Kieran Trippier and Targett in the first quarter of the game, but both completed 90 minutes after treatment on the field.

The story of the night - apart from Anderson - was the crowd though, present in their multitudes to witness what was a completely meaningless kickabout.

Try telling that to those clad in new shirts and proudly waving flags though. Their fervour inflated this into occasion at least the equal of the League Cup home ties that have routinely given younger fans a first taste of watching us in recent years.

Such is the revival round these parts post-Ashley that games like this will be the only chance many have of getting in here at all - and that's before efforts to build a global fanbase have seriously begun.

Same again tomorrow then, with added Wilson, Willock, Maxi, Joe, Bruno and Sven.


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