Half time: Magpies 0
Rolando Aarons lost possession and attempted to make amends by barging into
an opponent in his own penalty
No spot kick
award came from Jon Moss, but Steven
Taylor's inability to clear the danger saw the ball fall end
up at the feet of Thorgan Hazard.
Eden's brother was able to side-foot
home past Tim Krul from the edge of the Leazes End box.
Full time: Magpies 0 Monchen 1
Steve McClaren commented:
"I suppose all clubs will be thinking that they could do with a bit more
We lost a week two weeks ago with travelling in the States and playing a
game on astro turf and we are trying to get that back and recover from the
"I am delighted where the players are considering that schedule.
"Do we need to do more? Lots more. We have to be patient. Itís a word I
donít like but you canít force things but I am pleased with the development
with the team have made.
"I have been frustrated all pre-season because our play has been good and we
have built up well but our final ball and our final finish hasnít been
there. You expect that will come with more work and as the season goes on.
"I was pleased in terms of controlling the game because generally when we
have played other games it has been end to end and a bit open. It was more
tactical and more cat and mouse today
thought it was the best weíve done pre-season."
On Aleksandar Mitrovic:
"Heís one of them old type of centre-forwards isnít
he? And heís only 20 years old so heís still got a lot of potential to
come. I wish heíd have just stuck the ball in the back of the net - that
would have made the day perfect.Ē
Responding to questions about further transfers:
"Are we looking at more? There is a lot of speculation
out there. Nothing is happening at the present moment, believe you and me.
There is a lot of work behind the
scenes. Itís taken us quite a while to get the ones weíve got. We are
pleased with them - very pleased - because of their quality.
"Will there be any more? I donít
know, I always want more but are they available and can we get them? We donít
I am delighted with what I have got
to work with now until the start of the season. Itís a big eight days for
us. I would expect what weíve got to start."
On alleged transfer target Charlie Austin:
"Thereís been a lot of talk about that throughout the weeks but we've
not been in contact with QPR and theyíve not with us so no, thatís just a
name that circulates and has been going around.Ē
Fabricio Coloccini would be staying he said:
spoken to him several times - heís
been seven years at Newcastle.
see why not. Heís got a year left on his contract.
"Heís coming to the end of his career, and
he wants to finish it here. Iíve said Ďgreat Ė thatíll do meí,
because theyíre words I like to hear, so letís just get on
the field and play now.
"I know thereís been a lot of speculation, but my indication is
that he wants to stay here and take the club forward.
Iíve come in and they asked me to have a look at the players. Iíve looked
and Coloccini is one player I said I want to be here.
"Colo has been
training intermittently. We wanted him to play more games but we have not
risked him. We would have liked to got more minutes against Gladbach
(that's more than none) but I think he has probably now got a full week
with us next week and to train with the team.
"That for me will be vitally important
- he is still
a big part of this football club.
Iíve stressed how much I want him
here and to be part of the team and squad and I have expressed that to him and
Seven years to the day that he oversaw a 1-0 friendly win for his Hertha
Berlin side over United in Mallorca, BMG Coach Lucien Favre said:
"It was not easy for us - they had two big
chances, but it was OK.
Newcastle played very well and we had a
little bit of luck when they hit the bar and post. On two occasions we did not anticipate
long balls, and second balls.Ē
this year (it was 31 in
2014/15 and 32 in 2013/14).
There was a first outing in a Newcastle shirt for Chancel Mbemba, who
became the 31st player to feature in senior pre-season games
Having worn one-off "members" fourth kits for their pre-season home games in the
last two seasons, United donned this season's newly-released second kit for this fixture.
A first return to SJP since the 2-0 win over West Ham on the final day of last
season saw seven of the 12 players used that day in action (Krul, Janmaat,
Williamson, Anita, Sissko, Colback, Cisse). Not featuring for a variety of
reasons were: Coloccini, Dummett, Riviere, Gutierrez and Gouffran.
NUFC home pre-season
friendlies - last decade:
2015/16 Monchengladbach lost 0-1
2014/15 Real Sociedad won 1-0 19,199
2013/14 SC Braga drew 1-1 16,187
2011/12 Fiorentina drew 0-0 12,656*
2010/11 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 16,118
2009/10 Leeds United drew 0-0 16,945
2008/09 Valencia won 2-1 31,494
2008/09 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 13,477
2007/08 Sampdoria won 1-0 23,078
2007/08 Juventus won 2-0 34,016
2007/08 Celtic won 4-1 30,225
2006/07 Villarreal drew 2-2 20,144
2006/07 PSV Eindhoven lost 2-3 20,175
2005/06 Yeading won 5-0 6,151
*abandoned after 63 mins
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Moussa Sissoko 45+72+90+45+79+0+81=412
Mike Williamson 45+90+90+0+90+0+90=405
Daryl Janmaat 45+72+90+45+90+0+62=404
Jack Colback 45+90+90+0+88+0+90=403
Vurnon Anita 45+90+90+25+59+0+75=384
Papiss Cisse 45+72+69+45+79+0+62=372
Massadio Haidara 45+72+65+0+90+0+90=362
Siem De Jong 45+72+69+15+17+90+15=313
Jamaal Lascelles 45+90+45+0+21+90+0=291
Yoan Gouffran 45+72+0+75+2+90+0=284
Tim Krul 0+45+45+0+90+0+90=270
Shane Ferguson 45+18+0+90+0+90+0=243
Georginio Wijnaldum 0+0+21+45+73+90+0=229
Steven Taylor 0+0+45+0+0+69+90=204
Karl Darlow 45+45+0+45+0+45+0=180
Mehdi Abeid 0+0+0+65+11+90+0=166
Freddie Woodman 45+0+45+45+0+0+0=135
Aleksandar Mitrovic 0+0+0+0+0+70+28=98
Rob Elliot 0+0+0+0+0+45+0=45
Olivier Kemen 0+0+0+0+0+32+0=32
Chancel Mbemba 0+0+0+0+0+0+28=28
Lewis Suddick 0+0+0+0+0+20+0=20
Remy Cabella, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Sylvain Marveaux and Haris
Vuckic all failed to get any senior side pitch time in pre-season -
although Vuckic did feature the U21s.
69 days after securing
our top-flight status here under John Carver, a slightly less fevered crowd
were present at St.James' Park to usher in the Steve McClaren era.
A scattering of new faces warmed up in unfamiliar white kits, while the PA
supplied sunshine sounds including one by the Beach Boys featuring the
lyric, "let's get back
together and do it again."
And therein lies the first
problem - familiarity. Parts of this team are like an old shoe, unattractive
and lacking any grip. For anyone who suffered the appalling drop off in form
and effort over the last two seasons, watching the likes of
Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita and Gabriel Obertan today will have do little
to lighten their mood - or cause them to renew their season ticket.
jocularity with journalists was an attempt to project a message that "I'm
in control", but
frustration with our pre-season schedule was betrayed by his referencing jet lag
and a dodgy US pitch for the third successive set of post-game interviews.
Yes there is £30m+ of new product, but what the new head coach hopes is a
"work in progress" has also had to be fashioned by recycling some raw
materials found in a shed at Darsley Park. Some higher quality parts remained
beyond operational use for reasons yet to be fully disclosed....
Before a ball is kicked in anger, McClaren finds himself in an unenviable
position - despite his obvious delight at making a return to Premier League
management after a break of almost a decade.
Subject to the same constraints as his predecessors (all three new signings
lined up while he was trying to convince Derby County fans of his loyalty to
their cause), his initial task was akin to that of an X factor judge: separate
the wheat from the chaff during some hastily-organised auditions.
If he'd borrowed the owner's helicopter, this could have become an updated
version of that old Treasure Hunt telly programme. "We've got a striker!
Stop the clock!"
The thankless task of squad selection in such a short period is a healthy
argument for having backed McClaren by paying the money required to extricate
him from the East Midlands in January. Faced with the same situation, Crystal
Palace did just that (lining our pockets in the process) and giving Alan Pardew
21 games to evaluate the players available to him and lay plans to overhaul his
squad with some expectation that his recommendations would actually be acted
Instead we had to endure the public pain of watching a man disappear up his own
jacksie (no shock to hear he sought the advice of a shrink) and his successor
attempt to refashion a team against the clock. Sammy Ameobi was the first
casualty, banished to Cardiff before any of the new lot saw him.
And what of the five new boys? English-speaking but without a second of Premier
League experience to their name - and in the case of Georginio Wijnaldum,
immediately looking like his favoured position is that which Siem De Jong was
bought for (Gini looking singularly unimpressed here when pulled back into a
deeper role to accommodate De Jong).
To our final pre-season outing then, following half a dozen games of which four
at best were worthy of that description. We ended up with two wins - one
courtesy of penalty and the other an OG,
but the Gallowgate End goal frame and the brother of Chelsea's Eden Hazard, denied
us victory here.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko both struck the woodwork in the second
period with the goal gaping while Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba also had their moments.
Mitrovic should have buried his chance but added another half hour of pitch
time after a 70 minute runout at York.
Having gained permission to play although his work permit application is still
in progress, Mbemba appeared at right back,
leaving Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor to complete 90 minutes. That centre back pairing was retained as Jamaal Lascelles dropped back to the
bench and Fabricio Coloccini missed out again - although McClaren didn't rule
him out of Sunday's season opener.
Last season's third-placed
finishers snatched what proved to be the winning goal just after the hour,
when some defensive slackness gave Thorgan Hazard a sight of goal.
Sissoko had earlier crashed an effort off the Gallowgate bar after controlling
Anita's through ball but placed his effort past the
'keeper and off the woodwork with Papiss Cisse scuffing the rebound.
Wijnaldum saw a first half back heel saved and Williamson went
close with a header but long shots from Obertan and Massadio Haidara
were United's best efforts in an uneventful opening half.
There should have been an equaliser near the end for Mitrovic on his
first home appearance when De Jong laid the ball back but the Serbian
thumped his shot off the upright with 'keeper Yan Sommer only a spectator.
Attention now focuses on Sunday's visit of Southampton, who will have played two
competitive games in the Europa League by then. And by the time
the current transfer window closes we will have faced four sides that we managed
just one point against in eight attempts last season. For once, Jim White &
Co. may have something NUFC-related to report rather than inventing
We may have hit rock bottom in the closing weeks of last season and begun to
bounce back, but it remains to be seen how much the other teams in the division
have upped their game - and whether the gap between us and them has actually
Never mind talk of top eight finishes and open top buses, given the size of
McClaren's task at this club, emulating last season's fifteenth place finish but
reaching safety earlier would count as a fair return. Anything else is a pipe