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Season 2015-16
Sheffield United (a) Friendly

In association 


Sunday 26th July 2015, 1.00pm.

 Bramall Lane

Conditions: rained throughout

Admission: £15 (£10 NUFC ST holders)

Programme: special testimonial issue £2


Sheffield United

Newcastle United

2 - 2




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

Half time: Blades 0 Magpies 1

49 mins
The Blades swept upfield and exposed our static midfield and defence, Che Adams playing in Mark McNulty to draw Tim Krul and slide the ball home. 1-1

79 mins Substitute Siem de Jong restored Newcastle's lead when a Jack Colback corner was flicked on by Cisse and the unmarked Dutchman converted with a close range shot in front of the away contingent. 2-1

86 mins
Kieron Freeman spectacularly hammered the ball home from distance in front of the Kop with Tim Krul getting a slight touch as it flew past him. 2-2

Full time: Blades 2 Magpies 2

We Said

Steve McClaren commented:

"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. 

"We were quite fortunate with Wijnaldum and Mitrovic will have 10 days with us.
And Mbemba, we are hoping, will finally secure the visa to get to join us as well.

"Gini getting a couple of goals in the two games that he's played, showing his quality and that's what weíve got in Mitrovic and Mbemba. Thatís what the club promised at the end of last season and the club have delivered on three very good players.

"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."

On the absent Fabricio Coloccini:

"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."

They Said

Nigel Adkins said:


"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:


"Iím truly 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.

"Truly, Iím honoured and humbled at what has gone on and I want to thank everyone from Newcastle as well. Just like those wearing red and white, those wearing black and white are true football supporters.

"From what weíve seen so far, it bodes well. The lads gave as good as they got going forward against a really strong Newcastle team. You can see the little bits of play, little things that theyíre working on during training, coming to fruition."


This was our first visit to Bramall Lane since a 1-0 win in the Championship in November 2009 that came courtesy of a Chris Morgan OG (although he was powerless to prevent Ryan Taylor's long range effort hitting him and deflecting into the goal). No Newcastle player appeared in both games, but Tim Krul was on the bench six year ago, while Steven Taylor missed the victory due to injury. 

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Rolando Aarons 45+18+21+90+45=219
Mehdi Abeid 0+0+0+65+11=76
Vurnon Anita 45+90+90+25+59=309
Adam Armstrong 45+18+0+45+11=119
Gael Bigirimana 45+18+0+90+0=153
Remy Cabella 0+0+0+0+0=0
Papiss Cisse 45+72+69+45+79=310
Jack Colback 45+90+90+0+88=313
Fabricio Coloccini 0+0+0+0+0=0
Karl Darlow 45+45+0+45+0=135
Siem De Jong 45+72+69+15+17=208
Paul Dummett 0+0+0+0+0=0
Rob Elliot 0+0+0+0+0=0
Shane Ferguson 45+18+0+90+0=153
Curtis Good 45+0+0+0+0=45
Yoan Gouffran 45+72+0+75+2=194
Massadio Haidara 45+72+65+0+90=272
Daryl Janmaat 45+72+90+45+90=342
Tim Krul 0+45+45+0+90=180
Jamaal Lascelles 45+90+45+0+21=201
Sylvain Marveaux 0+0+0+0+0=0
Gabriel Obertan 45+18+69+45+31=208
Ayoze Perez 45+18+21+45+45=174
Emmanuel Riviere 45+0+0+0+0=45
Lubo Satka 45+0+0+90+0=135
Moussa Sissoko 45+72+90+45+79=331
Steven Taylor 0+0+45+0+69=114
Cheick Tiote 45+0+0+0+0=45
Haris Vuckic 0+0+0+0+0=0
Georginio Wijnaldum 0+0+21+45+73=139
Mike Williamson 45+90+90+0+90=315
Freddie Woodman 45+0+45+45+0=135

Our last friendly meeting with the Blades also ended in a draw, with a 1-1 stalemate at SJP in August 1985 memorable for some abuse from home fans of Newcastle manager Jack Charlton, which led to his resignation. Given that there were less than 5,000 there, he had good ears...  

Newcastle failed to beat a team managed by Nigel Adkins on their travels for the third time, following competitive visits to his Scunthorpe (lost 1-2) and Southampton (lost 0-2) sides.





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. 


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