Half time: Pools 0 Newcastle 0
Brown shot 0-1
56mins Shola Ameobi shot 1-1
58mins Michael Owen shot 2-1
72mins Shola Ameobi shot/GK assist 3-1
Full time: Pools 1 Newcastle 3
was nice to see Michael score and Shola - we should have scored a couple at
least before half-time and missed those, but certainly, second half, we were
very, very clinical indeed.
"It's been a long wait for Michael and
Shola. He has been out with that hip injury for a long time as well.
"We just hope we keep them fit and get
them fitter and stronger as pre-season goes on because they are a handful for
anybody in the Premier League if they are firing on all cylinders, certainly
with their finishing qualities.
"That gives us options for goals.
That's what you need to win football matches.
"Joey (Barton) was very good, and that's him just taking it easy. I think
he will be a driving force for the team. As a footballer he's got lots and lots
"Results don't matter in pre-season
friendlies - I didn't win one friendly at Bolton last year. But you do want your
strikers to score goals.
"David (Rozehnal) looked very comfortable on the ball and as time
ticks on and the competition becomes stiffer, he will get more of a test.
"David is going to be fine. He is an
intelligent man and a really dedicated professional.
"If he learns as quickly as he needs
to, he will be okay. We have seen he is a talented footballer as well as a good
Danny Wilson commented:
great that Sam was able to bring the full squad down. Obviously in the end that
bit of quality has come to the fore and with Shola Ameobi and Michael Owen
coming on it was it was just too much for us.
"They have pace as well, especially bursting from midfield, and we couldn't
really handle that – but that is what you pay for.
"It was terrific for us, we set the tempo early on and Newcastle responded
"There was a lot of hard running and a good work ethic from both teams.
"They had a lot of quality but for some periods of the game we held our own
and I am very pleased with the work we put in to it.
"You have to remember this is the first game and we're not going to get
carried away; we're not disappointed and we're not overjoyed, we just want to
get through these games with minimum injuries."
"Although the Newcastle fans were ribbing Jan for his mistake, rest assured
he is a terrific goalkeeper."
no sign of Emre or Celestine Babayaro, while
Albert Luque and Geremi were confirmed as no-shows earlier in the week due to a lack
Damien Duff missed the game as he recovers from his foot injury, while
is away with Australia in the Asian Cup while James Milner,
Steven Taylor and David Edgar were all resting after their recent international
Some additional numbers were used this evening in addition to those
recently announced: Mark Bertram appearing in 41, Alex Francis
in 42, Darren Lough in 43 and Kazenga LuaLua in 44.
pitch time (in minutes):
45=45 +2 goals
Owen is congratulated by James Troisi
after making it 2-1 to Newcastle
The Sam Allardyce era got underway at a sunny
Victoria Park on Tuesday evening, with what was ultimately a deserved victory
for the black and whites.Biffa
Playing on a perfect surface and with former Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson
watching from the stand, United lined up in their home kit featuring
newly-announced squad numbers but no names.
However, their strike force of Obafemi Martins and Andy Carroll failed to break the deadlock
in the opening 45, although they both came close - as did new boy Joey Barton with a
At the other end Shay Given was hardly troubled, although 'Pools made some
headway down the left flank against Kieron Dyer and Stephen Carr, only to be let down by some
A raft of half time changes brought Shola Ameobi and Michael Owen into the action, with the
latter not far away from netting with his first touch in the opening seconds.
It was the League One side though who went ahead on 49 minutes, James Brown
finding space to latch on to Matty Robson's ball to beat Steve Harper with an angled
shot at the far post.
The lead lasted just over five minutes though, before Ameobi took Dyer's
through ball and evaded debutant Danish 'keeper Jan Budtz before slipping the
ball into an empty net - and ignoring the pleas of Barton to leave it for him to
And before the hour the visitors had the lead, as James Troisi cut in from the
right and either sliced a rotten low shot or played a perfect ball infield for Michael
Owen to convert.
In what was turning out to be an entertaining contest Pools then forced a
corner, which former Magpie Robbie Elliott swung over for Ben Clark with a near
Referee Oliver however spotted some pushing and ruled the goal out - something
which didn't deter Harper and Carr from animatedly discussing our positional
Further goals looked likely, Paul Huntington heading over from a Charles N'Zogbia
corner and some good work from Shola that created a shooting chance out of
Newcastle eased further ahead on 72 minutes though, as Troisi again played the
ball in for Ameobi to fire home his second of the game - with a
significant assist from the Pools 'keeper, who spilled the shot into his own
The final stages saw various unfamiliar graduates from our junior and reserve
sides get a run out as the clock ran down and we ended the game with nine
Academy graduates on the field (Owen and Solano making up the numbers).
So, nothing we really didn't know before: Barton is eager, enthusiastic and
looking to impress and David Rozehnal looked decent enough but requires reinforcements
The display of Ameobi was a bonus after such a torrid time with injuries and it
was heartening to see him apparently relaxed and enjoying himself ahead of the
battle for striking spots this season.
And after the never-ending coverage of club related matters since the Watford
away game, it's a relief to have something on the field to write about.