Match Report – Motherwell 2 Newcastle United 4
Motherwell 2 Newcastle United 4
Tuesday 16th July 7pm
When I saw the opening line-up I thought it was quite clear that Alan Pardew was determined to put out his best available starting line-up to try and start pre-season on a positive note.
He got his wish as Newcastle comfortably brushed their Scottish hosts aside with goals from Vuckic, Gouffran, Sissoko and Marveaux.
It isn’t wise for anybody to get too carried away based on anything, good or bad, that happens in a friendly but knocking in a few goals and winning the match can’t be bad for anybody’s mental state.
United bossed the game comfortably and after only 8 minutes Vucki had scored the first, Sissoko and Gouffran combining for the assist.
Tavernier and Vuckic then teamed up to put Gouffran in for a second and it was a stroll in the park.
However, United survived one long range effort only to be outdone by another from winger Iain Vigurs to make it 2-1.
That scoreline didn’t last long though as Sissoko showed both strength and ability before his shot was too much for the home keeper to handle.
After a number of changes it was then Sissoko’s turn to give Motherwell a way back into the contest early in the second half, the French midfielder harshly punished for an average challenge and McFadden cutting back the advantage to one goal from the penalty spot.
Marveaux though ensured United came away with a two goal win and a decent night’s work done. Though clearly Scottish football is currently a depressing one horse race these days as opposed to the usual depressing two horse race when Rangers haven’t imploded.
Newcastle United: Elliot, Tavernier, Williamson (Steven Taylor 46), Mapou (Streete 82), Dummett, Anita (Richardson 82), Sissoko (Abeid 68), Obertan (Ferguson 74), Vuckic (Marveaux 46), Sammy Ameobi (Amalfitano 82), Gouffran (Campbell 58)
Unused Subs: Alnwick
Ref: Willie Collum
Crowd: 4,475 (1,012 Newcastle)
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