Date: Friday 10th July 2015, 8.00pm.
Venue: The International Stadium
Conditions: Warm, dry,
0 - 1
Massadio Haidara was upended in the box by Simon Ramsden and
Papiss Cisse easily beat Sam Russell from the
resultant spot kick.
Heed 0 Magpies 1
Full time: Heed 0
Steve McClaren commented:
"There’s no secret. He (Georginio Wijnaldum) has been
seen around the place, he’s having a medical and all the scans that go with
it. Hopefully we will get the results tomorrow and we can announce something.
It’s not official. It is not over the line.
“I know him very well from when I was in
Holland. He was a pain at Feyenoord and for PSV against my teams. He brings
great quality and can play in any position in midfield. His physicality is
good, tempo is good. He will be a good player in the Premier League.
"We have one or two other things that
are very close that we can’t really comment on because it’s fragile and
sensitive as you can expect with players’ agents and deals. Certainly Lee
Charnley and Graham Carr are doing their best behind the scenes to get the
right deals. We have to be patient.
"I think Remy Cabella is a doubt for America. He has picked up a knock on
his thigh and we find out the results of a scan on Saturday.
"You don’t want to see bad injuries
from friendlies and we won the game by penalty. I can’t fault the staff
since I have been here, in terms of everything, they have been organised down
to the last minute and the players have been great. It’s all about America
Ex.mackem Malcolm Crosby said:
“We were up
against a lot of quality and a lot of pace, and so whoever we brought onto
the pitch had to do their job.
“We weren’t particularly great when we had the ball – we perhaps gave it
away a little too quickly. But we kept our shape, and all in all, it’s been
a fantastic week.
“The players have worked hard – even this morning, they trained hard – and
they have gone and worked their socks off tonight.
“That can only be good for their fitness, as well as their morale as a team
– they all stuck together, and they’ve done really well.
“I was particularly pleased with our resilience. We stuck with our shape
against good opposition, and worked very hard.
“Obviously, we were disappointing in terms of possession, but you’re playing
against a Premier League team, so you’re going to find it hard to see a lot
of the ball.
“I’m very pleased with the minutes that everyone got under their belt. The
players have been very good fitness-wise.
“You have to remember that when you’re chasing the ball a lot, it’s hard
work. But they kept chasing it, and they kept working, so they’ll sleep well
tonight I’m sure!”
were debuts for Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow, who had joined the club a year
earlier from Nottingham Forest, but were then loaned straight back to the City
Ground for the whole season. And also making his first senior club appearance
was substitute Freddie Woodman.
Former Magpies featuring for Gateshead were Matty Pattison, James Marwood, Craig
Baxter and Patrick McLaughlin. Meechak Kanda also briefly appeared for United's
Academy side as a trialist.
McClaren may have enjoyed a winning start to his Magpies career at the
International Stadium, but the display he witnessed from his
new side will have given him a measure of the challenges ahead.
Pre-season fixtures are a notoriously poor indication of how a team will fare
in meaningful matches, but for a top flight side not to score a goal from open
play against an unimpressive Conference outfit is a mild concern.
A sixth minute spot kick conversion from Papiss Cisse ultimately gave United
victory and they fielded entirely different sides in both halves, but familiar
frustrations were never far from view against the Tynesiders.
Fitness issues meant that both Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett missed out,
while Fabricio Coloccini, Remy Cabella, Mehdi Abeid and Tim Krul weren't
included and there was no sign of Sylvain Marveaux.
Playing their first game under new boss Malcolm Crosby, the Heed included ex
Magpies Matty Pattison and James Marwood but were on the back foot for the
majority of the opening half - soaking up pressure and giving Karl Darlow and
Jamaal Lascelles untroubled club debuts.
Christening their pink and blue third strip, many visiting supporters were
still finding their seats in the South Stand when Massadio Haidara was upended
in the box.
Cisse easily beat Sam Russell from the spot kick, but Newcastle seldom looked
like adding to their lead despite dominating possession. Their best move of the half
Sissoko link up with Cisse on 29 minutes, only to blaze over the bar when
his first effort was blocked.
There were 11 half time changes with "23rd man" Haris Vuckic warming
up but getting no pitch time - although fellow Rangers loan duo Gael
Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson did feature, as did long-term injury victims
Cheick Tiote and Curtis Good.
A lively start to the second period saw Adam Armstrong and Emmanuel Riviere
both cut into the box, only to miscue their shots while Rolando Aarons looked
bright having begun his own personal pre-season weeks ago.
Further chances followed, but United's shooting prowess
didn't improve - the best chance of a second goal coming when Armstrong charging down a clearance but his shot
towards goal was too soft and the 'keeper recovered.
And if the United head coach needed any evidence of the shortcomings of the
squad he has inherited, then seeing Gabriel Obertan gallop forward with no end
product, Yoan Gouffran wander around at half pace and Riviere confirm that his
first instinct in front of goal is to close his eyes will have been most
instructive. Try selling them....
What McClaren may not know though is that this game is routinely contested
between the Gateshead first team and Newcastle reserves, who usually make a
better fist of it than this lot did. Our last two senior visits here ended in
4-0 and 8-0 victories for the illustrious visitors.