Date: Saturday 2nd August 2014, 3.30pm.
Live on Quest
Venue: Veltins Arena,
Conditions: 25 degrees at kickoff, thunder, lightning and
rain outside by full time.
Admission: €13 standing, €43 seats
3 - 1
A neat passing triangle outside the Newcastle area allowed Sergi Darder to
thunder home a 25-yard effort via an upright, Rob Elliot no more than a
If the opener was impressive, then the
second was nothing short of embarrassing. Malaga
progressed down the right flank and when the pull back came from the byline, Samu Castillejo
was left completely alone towards the back post to volley into the ground and
past Elliot from 6 yards.
Yanga-Mbiwa shouldered some of the blame for marking fresh air, but Steven
Taylor's initial positioning allowed the Spaniards to stay onside and Mehdi
Abeid failed to make any attempt at marking or covering despite being the
nearest Newcastle player to the goalscorer 0-2
Samu Castillejo grabbed his second, letting fly
from the left edge of the United box and seeing the ball skim off Yanga-Mbiwa's
backside before finding the top corner of Elliot's net
Malaga 3 Magpies 0
Jack Colback played a short corner to
Gabriel Obertan and the Frenchman cut inside and between two defenders before
converting a powerful right-footed effort that seemed to catch goalkeeper Idris Kameni by
time: Malaga 3
"I take full responsibility for that first half.
"It was perhaps a bit
too young, so I blame myself for that defeat. I put two young lads up the top
and maybe it was too much inexperience to cope with a team like Malaga.
"It was Moussa (Sissoko)
Cabella's first game so really I'm kicking myself because I should have had a
bit more experience on.
"Having said that, the second half was a lot better, our senior boys came
on, and we’re getting there slowly but surely, and it’s nice to see our new
boys getting a run out.
“It’s important that our senior players are ready to go. I protected a
few today because we have got another game tomorrow (against Schalke 04).
“We haven’t got an abundance of senior players, and I wanted to save
some for a tough game tomorrow, so we will have a much more experienced team
out. But like I say I take full responsibility for that first half, it was
probably a bit young.
“The young boys have done well this pre season but their level was
probably too high. Malaga were very good.
“But Tim (Krul) and Cheik (Tiote) are to come and maybe another signing
to come, and some work for Moussa and Cabella, and Manu (Riviere). We’re
with the results and with our performance so far during the pre-season. We’re
focusing much more on working hard, but if this is accompanied by positive
results, then even better.
"Even though the results aren’t as significant in these games they
generate excitement and confidence, which helps us to continue working as
hard as possible in preparation for the start of the League competition.
"I think we have an experienced squad, so I don’t like to rule out any
player because of their age. It’s not easy to play matches the way in
which the team is doing, and I’m thrilled both for the young and not so
young members of the squad.”
There was a club debut for midfielder Remy Cabella, who wore the 16
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
De Jong 63+45+33=141
Fitness: Cisse, Good, Kemen, Mbabu, Santon, R.Taylor
Omitted: Ben Arfa, Ferguson, Gutierrez
Unused sub: Janmaat, Krul, Quinn, Woodman
Our last meeting with Malaga came in another kickabout in September 2005.
Already out of the Intertoto Cup, United accepted an invitation to undertake
some warm weather training in Spain during the international break, facing
Malaga at their Rosaleda Stadium for the Costa Del Sol Cup.
Alan Shearer and Shola Ameobi were among those who trained but didn't feature in
the game that Malaga won 2-0. Instead, Graeme Souness populated his team with
untried youngsters including Carl Finnigan, Alan O'Brien, Liam Atkin, David
Edgar, Kris Gate and Paul Huntington, while first team coach Dean Saunders also
strutted his stuff.
arriving on the back of three successive victories and clean sheets,
Newcastle's pre-season preparations were rapidly blown off course on their first
visit to the impressive Veltins Arena.
finished eleventh in
La Liga last season
had missed a trio of decent opportunities before breaking the deadlock
before the half hour - the first of three goals in 18 minutes.
A misguided team selection and a chaotic opening 45 minutes left Alan
Pardew's side grateful to have conceded only three times to Spanish
opponents who were also fresh (or not) from games against Australian A League side
opposition in the shape of Adelaide United and Perth Glory.
Substitute Gabriel Obertan fired a goal back for United after the break, but a
more experienced second half XI never looked likely to claw back the deficit and
what was never a contest petered out into little more than a training
United gave a debut to Remy Cabella down the left while Moussa Sissoko
played his first game since Brazil on the right, with Jack Colback and Mehdi Abeid in
central midfield roles. That left a lightweight front pairing of Ayoze
Perez and Adam Armstrong that simply never looked like hurting the opposition in
the final third of the field.
Steven Taylor partnered Fabricio Coloccini in the centre of defence while
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara were right and left full backs in front
of Rob Elliot - who continued between the posts with first-choice Tim Krul
returning to the squad from his World Cup adventures.
The manager later admitted to a lack of experience and strength in his
lineup, but glossed over a glaring lack of pace and organisation.
Yanga-Mbiwa was again uncomfortable at right back, while the defence as a
whole were exposed by Malaga's perpetual motion, which continually saw
them press forward and be presented with a host of passing and shooting
United by contrast only enjoyed isolated periods of possession as both
Cabella and Sissoko looked to find their feet. And while Rob Elliot
quickly got his gloves dirty, opposite number Carlos Kameni had nothing to
do, looking as bored as Mexico's World Cup custodian Guillermo Ochoa on
Revelling in the space afforded to him and the service from his colleagues
was 19 year-old youth team product Samu Castillejo, who scored twice and
deservedly collected the man of the match award for his 54 minute
Four changes at the break helped, with Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel
Riviere replacing Armstrong and Perez, Sissoko and Cabella making way for
Gabriel Obertan and Rolando
That injection of pace and width had an immediate impact (we'd speculated
whether our first half formation was 262 in homage to the German
Messerschmit of that name - yes it was that boring) and Gouffran
registered our first shot on target while Aarons wasn't far away with a
As had been the case at Hillsborough in midweek, the contribution of
forgotten Mag Gabriel Obertan was pivotal in our upturn and he grabbed the
goal that briefly raised the interest levels on the hour.
However that proved to be a mirage and the fourth official was the most
industrious performer of a decidedly disjointed final 30 minutes, as events off the field proved to be an increasing distraction.