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Season 2021-22
Burton Albion (a) Friendly


Friday 30th July 2021, 7.50pm
(Kick-off was delayed for five minutes)

 Pirelli Stadium

Conditions: Unimpeded
Programme: £3 (double issue also
covering Leicester City friendly)

Admission: £15 seats, £10 standing


Burton Albion








6 mins Joelinton's pull back from the left hand side of the Brewers box was aimed at Isaac Hayden, but his mis-kick fell into the path of Jacob Murphy to volley in. 1-0

Half time: Brewers 0 Magpies 1

46 mins Ryan Fraser's corner kick was headed home in front of the away terrace by Joelinton; alleged marker Mancienne left flat-footed. 2-0

Full time: Brewers 0 Magpies 2

We Said

Steve Bruce:

"It’s about working our way up. We’re four weeks in. You’ve seen the difference. They looked fresher and full of running, which obviously you want to see. I was pleased with the performance.

"We haven’t made a bid for anybody - yet. We’ve got one or two irons in the fire. I’m confident that we’ll bring two or three new players in, but we’ll have to wait another week or so.

"We’re doing our utmost to try to make Joe Willock work, we’re doing everything we possibly can.

"He’s Arsenal’s player and we must respect that. But, we can only explore it for so long - and that time is going a bit short. We can’t wait forever.

"We’ve made it pretty obvious all summer that he’s our number one target, so we’ll keep working away at it and see if something can develop."

Asked about his contractual situation and claims of a new three year deal:

"I honestly do not know where it came from: that was news to me.”

Asked if his current contract would end next summer (2022):



They Said

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said: 

They are a very good team and gave us different problems to Leicester on Saturday. The first goal we conceded we need to clear the ball early on.The second goal was from a corner and was disappointing.

"Overall our structure was good and they do ask you questions but I think it was a good day for us and the fans. I don't think we have to be embarrassed.

"I always like players to fight for places so we will have a look this week where they are and we will prepare for the game and decide who will play (in Burton's League One season opener at Shrewsbury this Saturday)."


Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Allan 0+9+0+7=16
Bondswell 0+5+0+0=5
Clark 0+20+46+27=93
Dummett 21+70+45+0=136
Fernandez 69+32+64+79=244
Fraser 60+76+45+55=255+1 goal
Gayle 62+24+77+35=198
Gillespie 0+0+45+45=90
Hayden 90+58+72+83=303
Hendrick 60+90+18+90=258+1 goal
Joelinton 18+0+0+55=73+1 goal
Krafth 0+0+26+63=89
Langley 90+90+0+0=180
Lascelles 45+81+45+27=198
Lewis 45+85+90+27=247
M.Longstaff 30+24+18+14=86
S.Longstaff 30+90+80+63=263+1 goal
Murphy 90+81+45+83=299+1 goal
Muto 10+0+0+0=10
Ritchie 90+0+64+76=230
Saint-Maximin 45+66+0+0=111
Schar 0+0+26+63=89
Watts 90+9+45+11=155
White 0+0+13+35=48
Wilson 45+66+72+0=183+1 goal
Woodman 0+0+45+45=90

This was United's second-ever senior visit to the Pirelli Stadium, after a 2-1 success there in the 2016/17 Championship season. Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Dwight Gayle played in both.

Joelinton's goal came two years to the day that he first found the net in Newcastle colours - that debut strike coming in a kickabout at Hibernian.


With Coach Graeme Jones back on club duty after his England service and subsequent holiday, goals from Jacob Murphy and Joelinton gave Newcastle a routine victory at the Pirelli Stadium on Friday evening.

Clad in black and white again despite playing on the day of their away kit launch, United were soon ahead. Joelinton's pull back from the left hand side of the Burton box was aimed at Isaac Hayden, but his mis-kick fell into the path of Murphy to volley in.

The Brazilian then doubled United's advantage just 54 seconds into the second period, heading home Ryan Fraser's corner kick in front of the well-filled away terrace.

Further United goals could have come from Murphy and substitutes Dwight Gayle and Joe White, but League One Albion kept the deficit within manageable proportions - although their best chance of the game was a Murphy back pass that had Mark Gillespie scrambling.

As was the case at Rotherham on Tuesday, the continued absence of Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow saw Freddie Woodman and Gillespie get 45 minutes each in what was United's penultimate pre-season test.

Barring a miraculous return after for COVID victim Darlow, it's assumed that Woodman will start next Saturday at home to Norwich City before making a Premier League debut against West Ham the following weekend.

Aside from the goalkeeping conundrum though, a lengthening list of outfield players unavailable now includes Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey, Elliot Anderson and Javier Manquillo.

Wilson's absence here looks like a precaution to keep his hamstrings intact, while Miguel Almiron is set to come back in imminently following his extra time off after the Copa America.

Aside from the Saint-Maximin situation (officially "poorly" but with his bags packed in the hall or stricken for the second time with COVID - depending on what club insider you subscribe to....) there remains a worrying lack of movement in terms of squad acquisitions.

That's hardly a great shock given the current lack of funds (or interest) from the owner and was made more inevitable by the spate of contract extensions handed out to try and minimise the tricky business of signing players.

Strengthening the midfield remains a priority despite what appears to be healthy competition in that area, but our lowly status in the food chain means that wait for scraps to fall from the table of the "big big" clubs - and presumably the big and even medium-sized ones as well. 

for Bruce to respond recently to questions about needing another forward by pointing at having the choice of Wilson, Gayle, Almiron, Saint-Maximin and Almiron seems to contradict his justification for keeping Andy Carroll last season. Unless Jeff Hendrick has inherited the pony-tailed impact sub role.

Openly admitting that the club were yet to bid for any player, an inability to function even in the loan market does nothing to suggest that things will be any brighter in a fortnight when the real stuff kicks off - and paying punters with their unrealistic ambitions of progress and entertainment return, or at least some of them.



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