Sheffield United (a) Friendly
40 mins Papiss Cisse's blocked effort stemmed from a poor backpass but fell nicely for Georginio Wijnaldum to tuck the ball home from 15 yards for his second goal in as many games. 1-0
Blades 0 Magpies 1
Full time: Blades 2 Magpies 2
"For two weeks we have done nothing but travelling. We have been going through time zones and it takes a few days to get over that.
"We have talked about just focusing now and the intensity of games. We did that today and we have to just get ready for Southampton.
"As always with new signings - we said at the beginning - we have to be patient. We have to get the right players and when the right players are available we will try to get them in.
"We have done that so far.
"I donít know (if there will be
more to come). As I said before, we've got to be patient, they've got to be
the right players. I'm happy with the players that we've got here, I'm happy
with the additions."
"We've had no official approach. Colo's been working with us on and off, nursing his Achilles at the present moment and getting through some work as well but heís been a first-class professional.
"I've come through the door, he's the captain and like everybody else we want to see him on the field and playing for this team."
"We've still got a couple of weeks to go before we kick off the league season, but the players have been superb. We have played Premiership opposition in our first game at Bramall Lane and it was an excellent game for us. We had a great defensive shape, put ourselves in positions where we want to go forward, have created some good opportunities and scored good goals.
"There is still a lot of work to do, we are building for a whole season but the application and attitude has been spot on so far in all of the games. It was another good progressive performance and you have to take into account the standard of the opposition."
Chris Morgan said:
honoured to have represented this fine football club. After finishing as a player, I was lucky enough to be granted the chance to
coach. In the 12 years Iíve been here, Iíve been privileged to work with some fine
managers and people.
Steve McClaren blamed his side's lethargic display at a soggy Bramall Lane on fatigue caused by their North America tour itinerary, but the lack of imagination and inspiration on show was only too familiar for regular Magpie watchers including former boss John Carver.
Just over 2,200 away fans made the journey for an early afternoon (1pm) kickoff against third tier opponents, but there were no different faces in the Newcastle squad, with Aleksander Mitrovic yet to join his new colleagues and Chancel Mbemba awaiting the outcome of his work permit hearing.
And in terms of existing players, fitness concerns meant there was no sign of messrs Coloccini, Tiote, Dummett, Cabella, Riviere, Marveaux or Good while Haris Vuckic was otherwise engaged with the U21 squad in Holland. The fate and future of Rob Elliot means unmentioned.
A bright start from Newcastle saw Papiss Cisse curl a shot off the goal frame within the first three minutes. However the Premier League side soon lost their way and were slightly fortunate to have kept their goal intact before taking a 40th minute lead on a brand new pitch installed at a cost of £1m, but already looking worn in places.
Cisse's blocked effort stemmed from a poor backpass to send United in ahead at the break, but parity was restored within four minutes of the restart when Mark McNulty beat Krul with the Newcastle defence all at sea.
A rare piece of cohesive play on 52 minutes saw Wijnaldum, Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko link up well, but Massadio Haidara end his run into the box by shooting into the side-netting. At the other end, Steven Taylor kept the scores level in the 61st minute with a headed intervention after Krul came off his line but was beaten by Matt Done's shot.
Substitute Siem de Jong looked to have won it with a close range finish, only for the Blades to find a second equaliser late on, Kieron Freeman spectacularly netting with a first-time effort. Ex-Forest player Freeman was given his senior debut by McClaren during his stint at the City Ground in 2011.
And with the rain continuing to fall, testimonial recipient Chris Morgan was introduced for the final three minutes, during which Newcastle saw strong spot kick appeals for handball ruled out and Morgan tried his luck with a late free kick outside the box conceded by Mike Williamson.
However there was to be no dream winner for the long serving defender and the game ended all square, two local charities and the Gary Speed Trust benefiting from the proceeds.