Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) (a) Friendly (70 minute match)
9 mins Allan
Saint-Maximin shot 1-0
57 mins Ryan Fraser shot 2-1
Full time: Tigers 1 Magpies 2
Home win - apparently....
Eddie Howe said:
"It was a good work out. The standard of the game was good.
The standard of the opposition was good, too. It was a good test for
us and I think when you play a game like this, that’s what you want.
"He also had another good run which was well worth seeing again and we were unlucky not to score from that and I thought he had a really good half.
"Ryan’s goal was great to see, I thought it was a really good team move. We kept the ball for a long period of time and Ryan finished it off really well.
"We’ve still got a lot to work on and our performance levels have still got to improve and that was evident today but I was pleased with the player’s response especially in the second half.
"Providing we’ve come through the game with no injuries, I think the
trip has been a brilliant experience for everyone. We’ve all come closer
On Clark's dismissal:
"Both sides were very keen to play the game in the right spirit. I thought there was a couple of difficult moments for the referee.
"There was no need for the red card, I thought he could have dealt
with it in a different way but by the book, it was probably the right
"A lot of people around the PIF team have been here as well, so it’s been a very good experience from that side to bring everyone closer together."
Asked about the nature of the conversations:
"It was more of a motivational and inspirational talk based on the shorter-term; the collective team spirit and the collective aims we have between now and the end of the season.
"We were all very impressed with what was said and how it was said. I’m sure the players feel very enthused and ready to work.
"It was just a nice feeling rather than any big promises or assurances. It was just a nice way for us all to spend a little time together and get to know each other better."
Cosmin Contra (once a West Brom player) said:
Newcastle's first team squad concluded their six day visit
to Saudi Arabia with a 70 minute training match in Jeddah on Friday.