Juventus (Italy) (h) Friendly
9 mins After James Milner was tripped, Albert Luque grabbed the ball and ignored the pleas of colleagues to place it on the spot and drive home the penalty at the Leazes End 1-0
36 mins Andy Carroll's first senior goal was a well-taken
left-footed effort, taking a touch before finding the back of the net after Buffon
was only able
to parry an Obafemi Martins shot. 2-0
most important thing for me was, for the first time under me as manager, we have
won the game with a clean sheet and Iím delighted with that, as well as the
fact some good young players are getting some valuable experience. But weíre
very much still in the transfer market for experienced players.
certainly wouldnít want to start the season with the players we had today
because that would be a disaster. When the whistle blows on the first day of the
Premiership it isnít pretty little football, itís the nitty gritty and when
the pressure comes on, inexperienced players tend to fail because of that
pressure. We need to get the injured players fit as quickly as we can and then
get into the market to sign as many top-quality players as we can.
resolve Kieronís family problems and I think the only solution is that he
moves closer to them.
"It was more like common assault than
anything you expect to see on a football field. Andy was lucky not to end up in
hospital. He is a young lad who must have been
thrilled at scoring against a team like Juventus, but it could all have turned
very sour for him."
Claudio the Tinkerman commented:
"We were missing something in front of the net, but that was above all down to our early pre-season training and goalkeeper (Shay) Given, who was man of the match.
"The team moved well, passed the ball around quickly, especially with some great one or two-touch football
"Itís a shame we conceded those two goals, as we could have done better in those situations.
"Now we look ahead to the next friendly
with Hamburg. I will completely rotate the squad so everyone can gain match
A very young Newcastle side scored two first half goals on Sunday to continue their unbeaten pre-season and overcome a more experienced Juventus side.
Albert Luque netted again, this time from the spot, before limping off to be replaced by our other goalscorer Andy Carroll who tucked in a rebound after Obafemi Martins shot had been saved.
Suffering from yet more injuries, Newcastle finished the game with only Shay Given, Charles N'Zogbia and Kieron Dyer as players who had cost the club a transfer fee.
Luque left the field after half an hour with a groin strain to add to Sam Allardyce's growing injury list. Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi had both failed fitness tests before the game and Mark Viduka wasn't considered after his Asia Cup exploits.
Luque converted from the spot at the Leazes End in the ninth minute, after James Milner had tumbled upon slight contact in the area from Jonathan Zebina.
Carroll made the most of his early introduction and had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes when he rifled the ball past Gianluigi Buffon who had parried Martins' shot for his first senior goal.
It was almost 3-0 when Carroll was put through on goal and after he touched the ball past Buffon the keeper flattened him on the edge of the box.
Incredibly referee Mark Clattenburg didn't even award a free-kick with the Juve keeper seemingly certain to be dismissed. Thankfully the young attacker was able to continue after treatment.
United made changes at the break with Kieron Dyer, Matty Pattison, David Edgar and James Troisi coming on for Geremi, Martins, David Rozehnal and James Milner.
Despite four senior players departing United never look like surrendering their lead to the Serie A side who are just embarking on their pre-season. Dyer should have increased our lead after linking up with Pattison but his shot was saved by Buffon and he also had one chalked off for offside.
However that failed to take the shine off what was another enjoyable day for a decent crowd including many youngsters.
Putting aside the result though, the lack of
depth to our squad is alarming - a teenage trialist (Barnett) filling a shirt as
our youth team were otherwise engaged down at Keele University, depriving Sam of
the likes of Kazenga LuaLua and Jonny Godsmark.