Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h) Friendly
33 mins A fine Tello shot at the Gallowgate
Full time: Newcastle 0 Lisbon 1
Sir Bobby said:
"Neither Kluivert nor Butt were going to electrify the crowd today because they've only been at the club a week."They're not in their best condition by a long, long way. When Kluivert came last Monday, that was his first day's training for three-and-a-half weeks.
"Nicky Butt has done five days with Manchester United out in America and then got on a plane last Monday.
"We saw him on Thursday and he's been out of training.
"'You've seen him (Ameobi) give half a performance today because he only has half a back"He's not got the greatest of movements and he's lost a bit of pace on the sprint.
"So he's a bit of a worry for us so we've only got one really fit striker at the moment and that's Alan.
"You saw Alan today and it's
difficult for Alan to play two games in two days at this level. But he
gave us an hour and that's Alan, he's given his best."
"I am unaware of anything that
has been printed or spoken about on radio or television about myself.
Until I find out about the situation it would be inappropriate to comment
"It was a different feeling having played six years in Barcelona, now I have another jersey. It's different but it felt good and the reception for a player here, and I could say this a thousand times, is the best.
"I'm feeling very good. I only started training last Monday and I'm not 100% fit. I think with the game on Wednesday it will increase even more.
"That was the first time I played alongside Shola Ameobi and it's difficult to say something about the partnership yet, but my impression was good. I knew that Alan Shearer and Shola Ameobi were strikers of high class and sure I was impressed in training, and I hope they had a good impression of me.
"The longer you train
together, the better the understanding between players. That's the most
important thing, the understanding between the strikers is going good."
"I didn't head it so well. All of a sudden the goalkeeper came at me and I wasn't able to get a proper contact."
24 hours after their encouraging performance against Rangers,
Newcastle served up a simply awful 90 minutes on Sunday afternoon
losing to Sporting Lisbon - who in truth weren't much better.