Windass pen 1-1
Half time: Darlington 1 Newcastle 4
Steven Taylor header 6-1
76mins Carroll 7-2
Darlington 2 Newcastle 7
Chris Hughton commented:
"It was a good workout for the players.
Their escape from it all is where it should be, on the
football pitch. All we can affect is what goes on on the training pitch and on
the football pitch.
“If that’s the squad we
have come the first day of the season, we would be delighted. We have certainly
got a good enough squad and a good enough team to acquit ourselves very well in
this division, that I have got no doubts about.”
victim Nicky Butt:
"Nicky's just dislocated his
thumb. As a precaution he went to hospital, but hopefully everything will be all
right. We made a decision that if we lost a player towards the end, we'd use it
as a fitness exercise to play 10 against 11.
"One thing we knew with the Darlington squad was that they wouldn't have
the numbers to chop and change that we would. We knew they'd have a side similar
to that in the first half.
"It was probably a bit earlier than we'd have liked, as Nicky went off
straight after we made the last two substitutions, Xisco and Donaldson."
On the new yellow kit:
"I think it's quite nice. The bottom line is that we won in it, so the lads
like it for that reason."
Steven Taylor added:
"The squad is really good. Everyone is sticking together, from the young lads
to the older ones. Last season we knew there were a few people who didn’t
want to be here, but now we realise that we are in the Championship and the
only way to get back up is by sticking together.
“The Dublin trip was the best thing
that could have happened to us all. We had to spend every
single day together. Three times a day we spent training, getting up at 7am.
“Most players didn’t fancy that, but after the first
day everyone was pushing each other, it was good to see.
“There was never anyone hiding away, that to me
highlights that none of us wanted to be seen as coming last.” The fans don’t understand. Because it
seems the club is a shambles, they probably think that the players are
fighting every day in training, but with us it is completely different.
“I just wish they could spend one day on the training
ground to see just how we are going about this and getting along with each
other. There’s a much better team bond now.
“The worst thing about it is that no matter what I say
it seems that I’m just putting over a message the fans want to hear. We
were accused of that after the Shamrock Rovers game, but it isn’t.
“They don’t realise what it has been like and I can
assure you that Dublin was definitely the best thing that could have
happened to Newcastle United. We have to stick together.
"We get sick of hearing differing things
and reading different things in the papers. Every day is different. It’s
been said it’s going to get taken over one week, then it’s the week
after and it still has not happened. Until we see it finalised, that’s it.
fitness is the main thing and the score doesn’t really mean much.
We have three weeks left and we have to make sure we are in the best
possible condition, shape, because we know it will be a difficult start for
us. We will get on with it.
“It’s frustrating, but all we can do is get on with
our jobs because if you think too much about things off the pitch, it will
affect performances on it. You have to look after yourself and each other.
It’s a small squad now, but that’s Newcastle United now.
“Colin and Chris have done a fantastic job.
For them to get us in the great shape that we are, in the circumstances, is
fantastic. They have not complained, they have just gone about it the right
Darlington boss Colin Todd
may just make a judgement by looking at the scoreline but that would be unfair.
I’m pleased these two games are behind us now (Darlo lost 0-4 at home to
the mackems earlier in the week). The players go out there with the best of
intentions but they’re playing against opposition that has played at the
highest level so it was difficult.
It wasn't quite a mag-nificent seven against a
hastily assembled Quakers side composed of trialists and free transfers, but
United brought some cheer to their fans at Darlington's Northern Echo Arena on
Clad in the new yellow away kit, goals from Damien Duff, Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi (2),
Jonas Gutierrez, Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll did the damage, veteran Dean Windass grabbing two for Colin Todd's side.
Duff netted with an early strike after Joey
Barton's pass from the left was missed by a home defender, but Darlo soon equalised
when Tamas Kadar gave away a penalty that Windass tucked away.
It was 2-1 to United in the 17th minute when Barton again
provided the pass for Nolan to grab his first Magpie goal with a routine finish
past Tom Woodhead from 12 yards.
Having missed one glorious chance earlier, Shola then grabbed his first and
our third on 28 minutes with a toe poke after some neat control. He then wriggled
past a defender before crashing home a spectacular effort nine minutes before half time.
More was to follow and only two minutes into the second
half Gutierrez got his first Newcastle goal with a neat finish from a tight
Darlo chose to swap their keepers on the hour, with Nick Liversedge taking his
place between the posts as United prepared to take a corner - and his first
touch was to pick Steven Taylor's header out of the net seconds later.
Our scoring was then completed when Carroll slammed home an Enrique cross with 14
minutes left, Windass having got his second minutes earlier.
United played the final 25 minutes of the game with ten
men, Nicky Butt having left the pitch with a dislocated thumb after all of our
substitutes had been used.
Alan Smith captained the side, while coach Chris Hughton paired Steven Taylor
and Habib Beye in central defence and fielded Ryan Taylor at right back.
The home side included former United reserve defender Paul Arnison in their
starting XI, while on-trial ex Magpie Mark Doninger was an unused substitute -
which kinda defeats the object of taking him on trial..........