9 mins Milner tripped, Albert Luque
grabs ball and ignores 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 arrived courtesy of a well-taken
left-footed effort, taking a touch before finding the back of the net after Buffon had only been able
to parry a Martins shot
Half time: Newcastle 2 Juventus 0
Full time: Newcastle 2 Juventus 0
ďIt was an
excellent performance by our players because we were limited by our numbers and
a lot of young players got the opportunity to gain a bit of experience.
"I thought they were excellent. After the first 10 or 15 minutes when we
found their front line difficult to handle, we got the penalty and I thought we
played some better football than we did against Celtic. I know Juventus are not
at full pelt, but we have still beaten them comfortably.
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.
"Pre-season friendlies can give people false hope and just because we have
beaten Juventus and Celtic, it doesnít mean we are going to start the season
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.
ďJames Milner looks top drawer, doesnít he? Iím glad the club did not sell
him when they thought about it last summer. I think he is one of the best young
wingers in the Premiership.
"Steve (England boss) has been looking for a replacement down the
left side where we appear to have been short and, if James continues to progress
as he has done, he could be very useful.
resolve Kieronís family problems and I think the only solution is that he
moves closer to them.
ďBut nobody has come in with an acceptable offer and, until they do, he stays
with us. I thought he played very well and if nobody makes an acceptable bid
Iíll have to have a chat with him and see if we can resolve the situation so
he can stay here.
"We used him for 45 minutes today because we were short of numbers.
"That was as bad as Harald Schumacher's challenge on Patrick Battiston in
the 1982 World Cup
"It was more like common assault than
anything you expect to see on a football field. Andy was lucky not to end up in
"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 had so many shots on goal, especially in the first half.
"We were missing something in front of
the net, but that was above all down to our early pre-season training and
goalkeeper 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
The Barnett in our side was former Liverpool
midfielder Charlie Barnett, who has been released by the Reds.
18 year-old Barnett was part of the successful FA Youth Cup side last season and
scored a 30 yarder for Liverpool in the semi-final at SJP. He'd been seen earlier in the week playing for our reserves in a friendly at
The last time we faced Juventus at SJP was in
October 2002, when an Andy Griffin goal gave us a priceless 1-0 win in
the Champions League. Survivors from then are Steve Harper and Nobby Solano,
with Shola Ameobi coming off the bench that night.
For the visitors, Gianluigi Buffon, Pavel Nedved and Allesandro Birindelli
played in both games.
We also entertained the Turin side in August 1998, running out 2-1 winners in
front of 32,590 fans, thanks to goals from Didi Hamann and Stuart
pitch time (in minutes):
45+0+0+0=45 +2 goals
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.
But with four senior players departing United
didn't look like surrendering their lead to the Serie A side who are just
embarking on their pre-season and who failed to call old boy Boumsong from the
Dyer should have increased our lead after
linking up with Pattison but his shot was saved by Buffon and he also had an
effort 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 manager's pleas for funding to strengthen his side are becoming more and
more plaintive as kickoff approaches and Ashley's sum total contribution remains
recycling the Parker fee.
Scorelines like this don't tell anything like the full story and most people
won't be kidded by the stats of two wins in four days - Allardyce emphasising
that point in post-match interviews when he appeared to be speaking as much to
his new Chairman as the supporters...
In many ways we're replicating the events of this time last year, when mass
grumbling was evident as we failed to acquire bodies to fill the all-too-obvious
The last-minute bargain basement additions of Bernard, Sibierski and Rossi
didn't go down well, with the transfer budget having been splurged on Martins.
One year on and not much has changed - gaps are being plugged with willing but
sub-standard replacements and we remain susceptible to injuries - if anything
were to happen before Bolton to Rozehnal and Geremi we'd be in big bother.
It's fair to say that if Freddy was still at the helm then the voices of
discontent would be louder than in Ashley world - but questions are beginning to
be asked as the novelty of having new owners begins to wear off.