Rolando Aarons scored the winner as Newcastle finished the game 2-1 victors over Lillestrom in today’s friendly.
Gini Wijnaldum rounded the Lillestrom keeper after only three minutes to give United the lead but only five minutes later some poor defending let in Jradi to score for the Norwegians.
The rest of the half saw Lillestrom on top for most of it but as the second-half progressed, Newcastle became ever more dominant.
Four changes were made at the 66 minute mark and within nine minutes of those changes, Rolando Aarons scored the winner (watch it below). Ayoze Perez touching the ball to young Jamie Sterry who crossed for Aarons to head home.
In his 25 minutes on the pitch Aarons was easily United’s best player in his more familiar role on the wing, rather than left-back.
However, with the diminutive winger scoring from a cross into the box, watch out for Steve McClaren starting him at centre-forward at Stoke…
Newcastle 2 Lillestrom 1
Darlow (Woodman 46), Janmaat (Sterry 66), Taylor, Lascelles, Gibson (Barlaser 82), Saivet, Shelvey (Gouffran 66), Townsend (Aarons 66) Wijnaldum (Riviere 66), Perez, Doumbia
Unused on the bench:
Williams, Coloccini, Sissoko,
Watch the goal here, courtesy of NUFC 360:
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