Half time: Carlisle 0 Newcastle 0
56 mins Danny Livesey headed home a free kick at the Warwick Road End - full toss 0-1
90 mins Nolberto Solano volleyed in the Petterill End in front of the away
Full time: Carlisle 1 Newcastle 1
was a 12,000 crowd, which made for a really good atmosphere, and the Carlisle
lads certainly played very, very well and gave us a really, really big test.
"In the end our deficiencies in putting the ball in the back of the net
nearly cost us the game. We really should have scored three or four and then, of
course, we fell foul of the ultimate sucker punch. I thought we were comfortable
and not under any threat, but we didn't defend the most important bit, the set
piece, and the set piece is where Carlisle have scored.
"Fortunately Nobby popped up with a great goal at the end to make it 1-1! I
don't actually get too much out of winning or losing at this stage of the
season...but I know a lot of people do.
"We we're missing a couple of lads through injuries as well. I was a little
disappointed that Shola, Michael and James didn't get to play in some part of
the game. I would have liked for that to happen, but in the end the most
important thing is that they are fit for the start of the new season.
"Instead we've come with a group of players that probably played a little
longer than I wanted them too, and that was mainly because we only had the young
lads to back them up. But the exercise was great, I thought the competitive
nature of the game was excellent, seeing as how it was only our second
pre-season match and it was a really, really good workout.
"Danny Livesey was with me at Bolton and it was a good header from him.
He's certainly grown up now from when he was at Wanderers - from a boy to a man
- in fact Macca was with me at Bolton as well. I thought he did great last year
and I hope he does even better this year because it looks like he's got himself
a decent side."
Goalscorer Solano added:
"This is the hardest pre-season I've had since being at Newcastle.
want to be a coach in the near future so I find Sam's methods very
interesting. The only problem in Peru is there isn't much money to invest in
definitely keep a lot of these ideas for when I move into management. You have
to keep up with the new ideas. We
have our own personal masseur and we were wearing heart monitors.
terms of tactics, there are no secrets anymore, so Sam's ideas might give us
the heart monitors is bad news for us because they show just how hard you've
been working out - the manager can see who's been cheating, but it pushes us
only 32 and I there are other players playing until they are 36 or 37. They
might play in different positions, different conditions, but there is no
reason why I can't go on longer."
Neil McDonald commented:
"It's always nice to get a goal and take
the lead and it was slightly disappointing in the end, although the result
didn't really matter, because it would have been nice to keep a clean sheet.
We've learned a lot, we've still lots to improve on and I'm very happy with the
fitness both with and without the ball at this stage of the season.
"I don't really want to talk about individuals, the whole team played
really well. I was happy with the shape when we didn't have the ball, and we
just need that cutting edge when we have it. We got in to situations where we
could have played the killer ball, but we still have another three weeks to go
"The sharpness in front of goal tends to be one of the last things to
develop in pre-season. I work from a solid base, making sure we're nice and
tight, because the fewer goals you concede, the better chance you have to win
games. Once we are there with that, we look at what we do in the opposition
half. I can't see me changing that, that's the way I work.
"It sends us away to Scotland on a high. Up there, we will top the fitness
up again and do some good work with the football, away from everyone, and we'll
build up again for the games against Queen of the South, Middlesbrough and
" All of those are there to lead up to the most important game since we've
come back, and that's Walsall. That game is getting nearer, we're really looking
forward to it and we can't wait for these next three weeks to fly by."
Precautionary withdrawals from the squad were Shola
Ameobi (back), Shay Given (heel) and James Milner (groin) -
the latter after reporting discomfort following the warm-up.
Those names were added to the other absentees: Michael Owen (thigh), Damien
Duff (foot), Celestine Babayaro (groin), Emre (ankle), Mark
Viduka (Asian Cup), Steven Taylor, David Edgar (both just returning
to training after close season international duty) and Albert Luque (not
Joey Barton added to the tale of woe by sustaining a partial
fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot that required an operation to
pin it 48 hours later. He now faces a six week layoff, the captain for the day leaving the field just
past the hour mark after taking a stray kick on the foot. And although he
continued briefly after hobbling off the field for treatment, he was soon
replaced and later underwent a scan.
The Cumbrians featured former Magpies in the shape of Paul Arnison, Kevin
Gall, Neale McDermott and of course manager Neil McDonald.
pitch time (in minutes):
45+0=45 +2 goals
A damp afternoon in Cumbria was saved from
being a total washout by a fine Nobby Solano strike in added time to send the travelling support away with something positive from a drab encounter.Biffa
After a scoreless first half the home side took the lead on 56 minutes, as a
deep Mark Bridge -Wilkinson free kick from the left flank was headed in by Danny
Livesey - who made six appearances in the Bolton Wanderers first team under the
management of Sam Allardyce.
And with Newcastle making widespread changes in the second half to leave a
virtual reserve side on the field, they barely threatened a goal until Andy Carroll
flicked on James Troisi's left wing cross for the Peruvian to chest the ball down and
finish in style.
On a day when little went right for the Magpies, nobody appeared to have brought
their shooting boots with them and an attempt at 4-3-3 simply had
too many square pegs in round holes.
One bright spot was a decent debut for Geremi, who came on to steady things and
was as close to scoring as anyone in black and white with a free kick.
However, our well-documented defensive shortcomings were again evident, with N'Zogbia filling the left back berth to no great effect and Carr again
encountering some hostility from Newcastle fans.
The game was briefly held up in the second half as a trio of home followers
attempted to get out of their section of the stand adjacent to the away
They were quickly overpowered by a large number of stewards and led away, but
some trouble was reported both outside the ground and in the city centre. Ten
away followers were arrested and subsequently gave guilty pleas to charges of