Club Atlas 2 Newcastle United 1

It didn’t take long for the usual defensive frailties to show for United, two goals down after 17 minutes and it could got a lot worse as Club Atlas striker Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio, was only denied by the crossbar a few minutes after making it 2-0.

The first goal on 11 minutes saw a poor challenge from Lascelles gift a penalty which Bergessio slotted past Tim Krul, then poor defensive play saw the Argentine striker get the opportunity to make it two with a well taken lob.

The same 10 outfield players started the match as at Gateshead in the opening friendly of pre season, suggesting up to a point that this could be what Steve McClaren loosely sees as the first team out of the currently available players.

Krul and Darlow shared a half each on this occasion with then six further subs as the clock reached 73 minutes – only third keeper Freddie Woodman remained on the bench.

If you are wondering who was missing that could have made a difference, only Curtis Good, Fabricio Coloccini, Emmanuel Riviere and Steven Taylor failed to make the starting eleven or bench.

This is in addition to the likes of Cheick Tiote (couldn’t get a Visa), Paul Dummett (coming back from injury) and Remy Cabella (allegedly injured but speculation NUFC are trying to loan him out as part of deals to bring other player(s) in) who are back on Tyneside.

In a rare attack Newcastle pulled one back on half-time, as a break upfield saw Sissoko and Cisse combine before the Frenchman put a low shot into the back of the net.

Prior to that, the same two players were the only ones looking capable of influencing proceedings as de Jong looked way off the pace and the likes of Gouffran and Anita were totally ineffective.

A competitive friendly with proper tackles flying in from both sides, will at least have given Steve McClaren more valuable information as to the strengths and weaknesses of his squad, whereas if it had been a usual laidback low tempo friendly he may have remained more in the dark.

Aarons looked lively when he came on and Newcastle did finish the better team without looking like ever finding an equaliser.

You always add the rider that this is only a friendly but you would be foolish to ignore the fact that the usual concerns were shown up from last season, with Newcastle lacking invention and threaten up front, whilst looking likely to concede on a regular basis at the other end.

Georginio Wijnaldum will hopefully help with one of those but he can’t do it by himself – hopefully McClaren will have been straight on the batphone to Lee Charnley to ‘ask’ Mike Ashley to get the much needed striker(s) and centre-back(s) over the line.

Newcastle United: Krul (Darlow 46), Janmaat (Bigirimana 73), Williamson, Lascelles, Haidara (Ferguson 73), Anita, Colback, Sissoko (Obertan 73), de Jong (Perez 73), Gouffran (Aarons 73), Cisse (Armstrong 73)

Sub not used: Freddie Woodman



  • Hughie

    Predictable.

  • v0ices

    pre season means nothing

  • Toonbadger

    That report says everything, We are not good enough for the Prem end of
    New signings will mean very little if McClaren thinks his best team consists of deadwood and League 2 players

  • Blackandwhiteblood

    The result means nothing. First proper friendly after weeks without a game – Gateshead was a glorified training session – against a good side. Plenty of positives as the game progressed and more short, sharp passes than last season combined. There are no negatives, stop scratching for them. McClaren learned from this – that we need defenders and a striker; at least one. He’s seen players adapt to his new philosophy – and those who can’t. Anybody writing us off after this should take up another sport because football is clearly way too complicated for them.

  • Happyharrys2011

    I wonder if Sir Alex would look at it like that?

  • Happyharrys2011

    Well I remeber Jack Charlton leaving when we got beat 3-1 off Sheffield United in pre season. I think he and a few others might have a different opinion to you, but hey it’s all about standards and mine are a lot higher than it doesn’t matter.

  • Hez

    Happyharrys2011 Jack Charlton left because he got stick from the crowd and fell out with the club.  What do you want NUFC and the fans to do after a friendly defeat? demand his sacking? protest? produce a website?

  • Happyharrys2011

    Yeah he got stuck from the fans why? All I’m saying is it always matters! Do you think Sir Alex would say it doesn’t matter?

  • Hez

    Happyharrys2011  so what do want, a protest or a website? McClaren out? how do you know that Jose and Sir Alex would say that it doesn’t matter?

  • ArtyH

    I watched a link to the game this morning and to me it looked like a re run of last season, but I’m not surprised as its mainly the same team and McClaren hasnt had much time to stamp his authority on lads.  What stuck out a mile was the defense AGAIN, and Williamson was shocking. It would be great to ship him off the QPR with Goofy and some cash for Austin. If I were the coach this morning I would be seriously worried if there were to be no more new players. We deffo need two C.B’s, one to replace Willo and one for to replace Collo irrespective if the stays or leaves. The defense needs to be our first priority IMHO then we can build from there in the coming windows, if you do not concede you cannot get beaten. What a though, going through the season without getting beaten, well we can dream.

  • Steve1221

    Happyharrys2011 Yes, they’ve said it numerous times after friendlies.

  • v0ices

    one thing most of us can agree on Ashley out

  • NottsToon

    In absolute fairness, I’m not sure what people expect from a team including Willo and Gouf.
    Also should add that Newcastle have had some of their best seasons after shite pre seasons.

  • AndrewCowley1

    Result is irrelevant as its preseason,anyone saying otherwise is deluded.lets sack Mcclaren and co.if they lose first game of the season then fine moan and carry on but at the moment?grow up and stop the negatives until there’s a valid reason to be

  • AB233

    NottsToon Indeed when we were in the championship, in pre-season we lost I think was it 6-1 to Leyton Orient? I really had a bad bad feeling, and then we stormed the division

  • Ollie Burtons Grandad

    That Notts is the bloody problem, we still have Williamson and Gouffran playing for us!!