Match Report: Rio Ave 3 Newcastle United 1
Rio Ave 3 Newcastle United 1
Saturday 20th July 6pm
Newcastle United went three goals down after 26 minutes and if you want to be an optimist you can then say if you only count from the 27th minute then Newcastle actually won the game.
That is actually about the only thing Alan Pardew didn’t claim as a positive afterwards;
“I do not think the result really reflected the game because I think we bossed about 70% of it.
They had three chances in the first half and scored them all which put us right on the back foot.
If I’m being honest with you, they surprised us a bit with their quality. A couple of their players were very very good and it shows why they nearly qualified for the Europa League last season.
We don’t ever want to lose but there were some real highlights.
Dummertt again, Obertan and Sammy made a big difference when they came on, Cabaye was good, Cheick was good, Moussa was good, Rob was good and Santon did very, very well.
There were a lot more positives than negatives.”
The reality I’m afraid was just a pretty rubbish performance.
Nobody was particularly ‘good’ although naturally some were better than others.
Shola scored a consolation and then fell down, possibly breaking his wrist, that isn’t a joke by the way. The bit about Shola that is, though Newcastle’s performance early on came close.
Marveaux and Cabaye both went close with long range efforts but Gouffran struggled to make an impression isolated up front.
If only we had another striker…oh we do, but he’s stuck back at home.
Jak Alnwick suggested he is nowhere near ready to take any part in first team action as he didn’t get close to any of the goals and showed one rush of blood that almost cost another. The defending overall was poor as the hosts raced into that three goal lead.
Elliot kept some kind of resemblance of respectability with a late penalty save but the clear outcome is ‘must do better’.
The trouble is, if the likes of Krul, Coloccini and Cisse continued to be unavailable for any reason then I’m not sure we could. No matter how hard the manager claims the players are working. ‘Flogging a dead horse’ comes to mind.
You won’t find me reserving any sympathy for the likes of Wonga but I do wonder what the likes of the payday lender and Puma make of this shambles of a pre-season?
Playing in front of less than two thousand locals and a handful of travelling fans creates won’t do anything for either company’s profile.
It makes me wonder just where this club is drifting to, not a pleasant destination I’m afraid.
Newcastle United: Alnwick (Elliot 46), Santon (Williamson 70), Mapou, Steven Taylor, Dummett, Anita (Campbell 76), Cabaye (Tiote 46), Marveaux (Obertan 46), Vuckic (Sissoko 46), Jonas (Sammy Ameobi 46), Gouffran (Shola 62)
Ref: Pedros Campos
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