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Season 2007-08
Sampdoria (h) Friendly
Date: Sunday 5th August 2007, 3pm
Live on Setanta

 St.James' Park


Admission: 15





1 - 0



Half time: Newcastle 0 Sampdoria 0

56 mins
Alan Smith headed home Geremi's corner at the Gallowgate End 1-0

Full time: Newcastle 1 Sampdoria 0

We Said

Sam said:

"For me it's been an excellent week. We've signed three players on - the last one will be finished off tomorrow.

"Jose Enrique I think will join us by tomorrow morning or afternoon by putting pen to paper. And with Claudio
(Cacapa) and Alan (Smith) before him, we have added a lot of quality and potential.

The Newcastle boss also spoke about Michael Owen and seemed to indicate that the striker wouldn't be seen in senior club action until at least our third game - against the Smoggies:   

"...but not fit enough to play first-team football without a couple of games behind closed doors, or Reserves.

"45 minutes at Hartlepool is all he has had. Now it's a question of playing as many 90 minute football matches as he possible can, and to start with that won't be in the first team.

"Perhaps if he gets involved for us, and gets an extra game with England under his belt, it might be what we need."

They Said

Walter Mazzarri commented:

"Newcastle is a very, very strong side. But I'm very happy with the way my team played against them today.

"Not all of my players are fit, and I had new players, so I am quite happy with what they did against a strong side like Newcastle."


Newcastle gained revenge for a 1-3 pre-season defeat at the hands of Sampdoria back in August 1994, during a four team tournament played at Ibrox Park in Glasgow. 

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

N'Zogbia 78+90+45+90+71+90=
Carr 74+83+90+66+0+90=403
Ramage 87+83+45+90+65+21=391
Geremi 0+28+90+45+54+90=
Huntington 90+28+45+90+90+0=
Martins 45+75+65+45+54+45=329 +1 goal
Rozehnal 45+62+70+45+0+90=

Solano 45+90+45+66+0+45=291 +1 goal
Carroll 45+90+45+31+78+0=289 +1 goal
Harper 45+83+10+0+90+52=
Butt 45+62+80+0+0+90=
Given 45+0+90+90+0+38=
Pattison 27+0+45+45+90+0=207
Milner 0+0+90+45+0+69=
204 +1 goal
Troisi 45+15+25+45+65+0=
Dyer 63+75+0+45+0+0=183
Edgar 0+0+20+45+90+0=
Lough 16+22+0+24+90+0=
Barton 74+68+0+0+0+0=
Taylor 0+0+45+0+0+90=135
Ameobi 45+0+0+0+0+45=90 +2 goals

Smith 0+0+0+0+0+90=
90 +1 goal
Luque 0+0+45+31+0+0=76 +3 goals
LuaLua 16+15+0+0+36+0=
Owen 45+0+0+0+0+0=
45 +1 goal
Viduka 0+0+0+0+0+45=45
Bertram 12+7+0+0+19+0=38
Godsmark 0+0+0+0+36+0=
Francis 3+7+0+0+25+0=35
Doninger 0+0+0+0+25+0=25
Barnett 0+0+0+24+0+0=24
Danquah 0+0+0+0+12+0=
Krul 0+7+0+0+0+0=7
Cacapa 0+0+0+0+0+0=
Ferguson 0+0+0+0+0+0=
Forster 0+0+0+0+0+0=
Marwood 0+0+0+0+0+0=
Morris 0+0+0+0+0+0=
Patterson 0+0+0+0+0+0=



New boy Alan Smith marked the start of his third United career with a goal on his debut, as Sam Allardyce's side ended their pre-season on a high note.

However on a day when Newcastle welcomed back Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Nicky Butt following their fitness issues, there was more bother in the fitness department.

With goalkeeper Tim Krul having only departed for Falkirk 48 hours previously, Shay Given was forced to leave the field in the first half with a recurrence of his groin problem.

A scan will dictate the extent of his injury but Steve Harper looks like being between the posts when we open up our Premiership campaign at the Reebok next Saturday - and with Krul apparently not-recallable, the untried Fraser Forster could find himself on the bench.

After a bright opening from the Italians which saw Given pull off a noteworthy save in the opening stages, debut duo Mark Viduka and Smith both came close to breaking the deadlock.

For the visitors meanwhile, former Fulham striker Montella rattled the top of Harper's crossbar.

The second period saw Smith remain on the field while his former Leeds colleagues Milner and Viduka were replaced.

A debatable linesman's flag halted celebrations in the 51st minute after Smith netted from close range - but there was no disputing his firm header eight minutes later from Geremi's corner.

Genuine goal chances were lacking after that point, but Harper tipped over a late effort while Martins was spared the embarrassment of a point-blank miss by another linesman's flag.

Aside from the players used against Samp, new boy Cacapa was spotted warming up on the  field at the interval, while impending signing Jose Enrique watched the game from the Directors Box. 

Injured duo Emre and Damien Duff were also seen at SJP on Sunday - the former having returned to England after treatment on his ankle injury in Germany. 


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