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Season 2020-21
Middlesbrough (a) Friendly


Tuesday 1st September 2020, 1.00pm

 Rockcliffe Park training ground

Conditions: Uncomfortable
Programme: None.




5 - 1




7 mins Assombalonga shot 0-1

tbc mins Assombalonga shot 0-2

tbc mins Tavernier shot 0-3

tbc mins Saint-Maximin shot 1-3

Half time: smoggies 3 Magpies 1

(Lascelles and Wing dismissed)

tbc mins Hall header 1-4

tbc mins Walker penalty 1-5

Full time: smoggies 5 Magpies 1

We Said


Nobody from NUFC said anything - at least in public....


They Said

Colin commented: 

We worked hard. You could see both teams are in pre-season and experimenting.

"I was delighted with the work ethic we showed, and we played some good football.

"Itís all about building up to the first game. We're getting a bit sharper and I think we can get better.Ē

"The pitch was good and the opponents were good, but it was nice to take our chances and see the goals go in.

"You canít judge too much in pre-season games, the season is different when it starts, but I was pleased with my own team.Ē


Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Almiron 45+29+60=134
Atsu 45+29+60=134+1 goal
Barlaser 71+16+20=107
Carroll 45+61+30=136+2 goals
Clark 45+61+30=136
Darlow 45+45+70=160
Dummett 45+61+30=136
Fernandez 45+61+30=136+1 goal
Gayle 19+0=19
Gillespie 45+45+20=110
Hayden 45+74+90=209
Hendrick 0+61=61
Krafth 45+90=135
Lascelles 45+0+45=90
Lejeune 45+29+60=134
M.Longstaff 45+0=45
S.Longstaff 45+61+70=176
Manquillo 45+29+90=164
Murphy 45+29+70=144+1 goal (pen)
Ritchie 0+61+20=81
Saint-Maximin 45+29+75=149+1 goal
Saivet 45+16+15=76
Shelvey 45+74=119

Yedlin 45+29+90=164



Following victories over League One Crewe and Championship Barnsley, Newcastle's third pre-season game saw them come unstuck against second tier Middlesbrough on Tuesday afternoon.

The game was played behind closed doors at Boro's Rockcliffe Park training ground, Britt Assombalonga shooting the hosts ahead on seven minutes.

The home forward then doubled his side's lead before Marcus Tavernier - brother of former Magpie James - fired past Karl Darlow from distance.

It was 1-3 at the interval when Allan Saint-Maximin netted with a solo effort - with Andy Carroll on the bench then presumably ASM was at centre forward for the first hour.

Boro's Lewis Wing and Jamaal Lascelles were then both dismissed after an off-the-ball incident early in the second half.

Grant Hall headed in the resultant free kick before the Tees barrage was completed late on, when Stephen Walker placed his penalty kick beyond replacement custodian Mark Gillespie.

Once again there was no sign of Joelinton or Yoshinori Muto, while Emil Krafth and Jeff Hendrick are now away on international duty.

Martin Dubravka, Dwight Gayle, Fabian Schar and Matty Longstaff are unfit, while Jonjo Shelvey didn't feature - reason tbc.

PS: The two sides meet again on Monday at Darsley Park: the third Tyne-Tees kickabout in recent months, beginning with Newcastle's 3-2 training ground success last June before the 2019/20 season restarted.

Before next week's meeting, Neil Warnock's side are League Cup action, at home to Shrewsbury Town on Friday. The Magpies have another friendly against Championship opposition on Saturday, when Stoke City visit SJP.

NB: All games are behind closed doors.


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