Saturday 4th August 4pm

Ado Den Haag 0
Newcastle 0

Another friendly and once again goals have been hard to come by this pre-season.

Tim Krul had to wait until the closing minutes before he had to ‘earn’ his clean sheet but at the other end of the pitch Newcastle failed to notch despite dominating possession and creating a number of chances.

Papiss Cisse had one cleared off the line and Shola thought he’d broken the deadlock only to see it ruled out for offside, bit of a dubious decision keeping the mackem slayer off the scoresheet.

Coutinho in the home goal was by far the busier of the two keepers and kept out a couple of shots on target from Obertan, speaking of who…at least he showed a bit of directness and willingness to shoot. Progress!

A couple of hundred Newcastle fans helped make up a crowd which at least numbered in the thousands, an advance on the Portuguese matches!

Alan Pardew did the summing up

“It was a good game for us. Den Haag’s season starts next week so they were obviously up to speed. We were the better side and really should have won because we made numerous chances.

It was a good workout though we lacked a little of imagination and you have to expect that in pre-season games. That’s the one thing that is normally missing at this time of pre-season.

So we will use the next two weeks to sharpen up. The grass was way too long and that stopped us from passing the ball as we like. It also stopped us from beating people.

We do look fit and sharp though which is all I can ask of them, although it would have been nice to score and win the game”.

When our manager speaks about the lack of imagination then it has to be fingers crossed that Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa are fit and available when that Spurs match comes around.

Newcastle United: Krul, Ryan Taylor (Perch 71), Steven Taylor (Williamson 64), Coloccini, Santon (Simpson 82), Obertan (Shola 71), Tiote (Bigirimana 71), Vuckic (Gosling 64), Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba (Amalfitano 82)

ADO Den Haag: Coutinho, Omeruo (Malone 58), Wormgoor, Horváth (Beugelsdijk 86), Meijers,  Holla (c) (Supusepa 46) , Toornstra (Stanley Elbers 46), Jansen, Van Duinen (Vicento 46), Poepon, Chery

Marveaux, Ben Arfa and Cabaye were left at home to continue their pre-season fitness programme.

After the match, some of our players reported racist abuse from the crowd and the club released this statement in response;

‘In relation to alleged racist chants reported during Newcastle United’s friendly against Den Haag today, the club will be raising the matter with officials at Den Haag and the issue will be dealt with privately’.

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