Date: Saturday 18th July 2015, 8.00pm.
Venue: Bonney Field, Sacramento, California,
Conditions: Sweltering but
tolerable by kick-off, when it was around 28 degrees.
Admission: $27 and upwards
Programme: None produced although an online edition was
available to download
Republic issued a
free 24 page
0 - 1
Half time: Republic
0 Magpies 0
James Kiffe inadvertently met a low
sweeping left wing cross from Massadio Haidara and bulleted a short from close
range past his own helpless goalkeeper Patrick McLain 1-0
Full time: Republic
Steve McClaren commented:
"It’s a pre-season friendly. There was no malice in
(from Massadio Haidara), he wasn’t looking at the man he was looking at the ball.
"It looked bad because he clashed with
the opponent. It was a rash challenge and a rash red card. It was disappointing
but it made our boys work harder in the last 20 minutes.
"I thought Sacramento were very good.
We watched the game against sunderland and thought: ‘This won’t be an easy
"They had good ability, they played
good football and the coach has done a great job to play how they do.
"We had difficulties in the first
half. We were too deep and had no tempo. We were decent on the ball in the
second half and pressed a little better and got the goal.
"We had ten men after an unbelievable
decision. But we kept the ball well."
are very close to something. There is a lot of speculation and pre-empting of
decisions, but certainly from the feedback back home they are working very hard
to bring one or two players back in.
“We have what we have, it’s a good
squad. We now go to Portland and it will be a totally different game. I am so
pleased with the games we have had so far in terms of how they boys have
“They are getting minutes in and working
hard - their attitude is very good.”"It feels good to wear the shirt. I waited a few days for my
first game but it felt really good. I came on when we were 1-0 up but we had
got the red card just before, so I knew the final part of the game was going
to be tough.
Debutant Georginio Wijnaldum added:
"It was a good result. In the first half it was difficult because they
had a man free in midfield between the lines. But we played well in the
second half and then when the red card came we stayed compact and saw the
game out well.'
"The performances matter and normally with good performances come
good results. We have to learn from every game at this stage of the season
though, whatever the result.
"At the national team, when you are new you must stand up and
speak for a minute, but I have never had to sing before (for his NUFC
squad initiation). I chose 'Who the Cap Fit' by Bob Marley, but it was
not good! I didn't get to finish it because everyone threw their napkins at
me and booed. Singing is definitely not my talent!"
Ex- Torquay United, Bristol Rovers, Luton Town and
Cheltenham Town boss Paul Buckle said:
"I think our levels were higher tonight
then they were against sunderland. We come up against a very, very good team, a
team that played the game the right way. It was a proper Premiership performance
from them, but we still caused them a lot of problems.
“We looked dangerous tonight - we deserved
a goal for our troubles.”
On Kiffe's OG:
"He was in the right place. It’s not easy when the ball is on the
opposite side for the fullback."
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Mehdi Abeid 0+0+0=0
Vurnon Anita 45+90+90=225
Remy Cabella 0+0+0=0
Papiss Cisse 45+72+69=186
Jack Colback 45+90+90=225
Fabricio Coloccini 0+0+0=0
Karl Darlow 45+45+0=90
Siem De Jong 45+72+69=186
Paul Dummett 0+0+0=0
Rob Elliot 0+0+0=0
Shane Ferguson 45+18+0=63
Yoan Gouffran 45+72+0=117
Massadio Haidara 45+72+65=182
Daryl Janmaat 45+72+90=207
Tim Krul 0+45+45=90
Jamaal Lascelles 45+90+45=180
Sylvain Marveaux 0+0+0=0
Moussa Sissoko 45+72+90=207
Steven Taylor 0+0+45=45
Haris Vuckic 0+0+0=0
Georginio Wijnaldum 0+0+21=21
Mike Williamson 45+90+90=225
Freddie Woodman 45+0+45=90
There was a club debut for £14.5m midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
Massadio Haidara's dismissal was the first by a Newcastle player in a
non-competitive game since Fabricio Coloccini saw red against
Portuguese side Pacos De Ferreira back in July 2013.
completed their second single goal success in three pre-season games as they
overcame lower league opposition in California on Saturday night - but aside from
the scoreline, there was little to give cause for optimism to those present or
watching online in England from the 4am kickoff.
An own goal shortly after the interval ultimately won it for United, but Sacramento kept on looking for a
breakthrough right until the final seconds and forced a series of saves from Tim Krul and
his second half replacement, Freddie Woodman.
Wearing their black and white home kit for the first time this season, the
Magpies were reduced to ten men for the final 26 minutes of the game when
Massadio Haidara received a straight red for a reckless - but apparently
accidental - lunge on Danny
That rather undermined the first sighting of Georginio Wijnaldum from the
bench soon after (wearing 5 pending a reshuffle of squad numbers), while there
was a playing comeback for Steven Taylor after a six month absence since he
limped off against Burnley on the first day of 2015.
Much of United's attacking moves during the first half came courtesy of Gabriel
Obertan down the left wing and his ninth minute centre created the first decent
chance - only for Moussa Sissoko to blaze his shot wildly over the bar.
Daryl Janmaat did rather better shortly after, seeing his goalbound effort
blocked in the area and further panic just before the half hour ended when a home
defender made a timely clearance after the goalkeeper was caught out.
With little evident from either Siem De Jong or Papiss Cisse though, United's
supposedly solid midfield duo of Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita were similarly
lax and Sacramento duly took their chance to move upfield as the game
Krul made three notable stops in a ten minute period before half time, tipping
away free kicks from Rodrigo Lopez and Max Alvarez and blocking another shot.
What proved to be the winner arrived early in the second half during
United's best spell of the game. Haidara's first attempt at a sweeping left
wing centre was just too strong for Cisse, but when he repeated that soon
later, James Kiffe smacked it first time past his own' keeper.
Sacramento thought they'd equalised just three minutes later, but as
Woodman spilled a shot from close range, David Estrada and a colleague were in
offside positions as they followed up..
And United's teenage custodian made further blocks to keep out accurate long
range shots, something United singularly failed to manage with his opposite
Had Haidara not seen red for leading with a high foot and catching an opponent
on the body, then the arrival of Rolando Aarons could well have added a veneer
of respectability to the full time score.
As it was though, he was left to patrol the whole of the left back and use his
pace break up Republic attacks, rather than prompting forward forays -
although one jink into the area on 80 minutes was a reminder of his talent and
well received by the travelling Toon support.
But when the biggest cheer of the night from a pumped up away contingent is
for Ayoze Perez nutmegging an opponent, it's clear that there's a long way
still to go in the three weeks until hostilities recommence.
Sadly though, this stale display was poorer than the one in Milwaukee,
something that cannot totally be blamed on playing with a man short. Even
allowing for the heat, we scratched about to no good purpose and looked to
have little clue about how we were going to score.
Going down to ten men meant that our task of hanging on for the win rather
than trying to add to the score was more cut and dried, and duly achieved,
given that taking the initiative isn't yet on our agenda.
As Steve McClaren attempts to impose his own ideas and tactics on the squad,
these games are a good exercise for him in discovering what thousands of
Newcastle fans are only too aware of - that he inherited an uninspiring
collection of ordinary players lacking any spark.