Sheffield United 2 Newcastle United 2

Goals: Newcastle Wijnaldum 40 De Jong 79 Sheffield United McNulty 49 Freeman 86

Goals for Georginio Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong weren’t enough to give Newcastle victory at Bramall Lane today.

Twice United led, only for the usual defensive frailties to show throughout the match.

An entertaining open game saw plenty chances at both ends, with the scoring set in motion by Georginio Wijnaldum adding to his goal against Portland Timbers, Cisse’s effort saved before the summer signing finished coolly in the 40th minute.

However, only a few minutes into the second half and the Blades sliced through the Newcastle defence, McNulty sending the ball past Tim Krul. The Dutch keeper less than impressed with those in front of him.

Siem de Jong was given the last 17 minutes when he replaced Wijnaldum and looked to have won it when he scored with only 11 minutes remaining. Kack Colback’s left wing corner(!!) getting a flick before de Jong put it in the back of the net.

siem de jong

Krul though was beaten for a second time, Freeman’s thirty yarder seeing the United keeper doing well to get a touch on the excellent strike but unable to prevent it going in.

A good workouut for Steve McClaren’s team but with time running out, he will be wondering how to deal with United’s shortcomings, particularly in the centre of defence.

Two faces we haven’t seen for a while were in attendance, John Carver and Steve Stone watching proceedings from the stands.

Coloccini was nowhere to be seen today, which will no doubt further fuel the reports yesterday that he is one of seven the club are looking to sell, though on top of that he has had an Achilles problem which has prevented him playing in the previous four – though he was said to be training ok in the lead up to this match.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is reportedly still waiting for his work visa to be sorted, which doesn’t do Steve McClaren any favours with his preparations for only 14 days time and the visit of Southampton.

As for Chancel Mbemba, Newcastle confirmed earlier today that the transfer fee and personal demands were all agreed but that an FA panel would meet on Thursday to decide if they’d back the work visa application for the defender.

The team today did have the look of being pretty much what could be Steve McClaren’s first team, from those players who are currently available.

Daryl Janmaat was named Captain, though Steve McClaren had previously said he would be picking different players in different games to have the honour pre season – the likes of Sissoko, Colback and Gouffran(!) already having worn the armband.

Newcastle United: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Taylor (Lascelles 69), Haïdara, Anita (Obertan 59), Colback, Sissoko (Abeid 80), Wijnaldum (de Jong 73), Perez (Aarons 46), Cissé (Armstrong 80)

Unused Subs: Darlow, Satka, Gouffran

Ref: Andrew Madley

Crowd: 12,002 (NUFC 2,000)

  • geordiedave53

    didnt know me had a player called Kack Colbeck and why have them 2 ugly mugs as the photo, they have finished with Newcastle now

  • Andgeo

    Various reports possibly influenced by the clubs website suggest a strong starting line up, but any team with mike Williamson and Steven Taylor at the heart of defence is not a strong team. We are clueless at the back and still lack a cutting edge, plenty of decent football now but the same problems persist. We need to sign 2 top class defenders, to give the likes if janmaat, wijnaldum, Arrons, sissoko and De Jong the chance to really go at the opposition without having to constantly look behind them to see what dumb and dumber are up to.

  • v0ices

    the club still needs 2 cb and a lb just like it has since the jan window.

  • Andgeo

    Defo and the clubs priority as soon as the season ended was to get these players in. So far failed to do so and potentially only 2 weeks to sign them and bed them in. It’s obvious now that this isn’t going to happen and most premier league teams will tear that back 4 apart. This undermines any if the positives in other areas of the team. 2 cb and a lb are desperately needed NOW!

  • v0ices

    Andgeo Ashley will be happy enough i bet hes already wondering if he can offload georginio this jan for somewhere between 25 to 30 million.

  • amacdee

    Their first goal had a touch of “Moses and the parting of the waves” about it !

  • amacdee

    Andgeo I also question the decision to play Willo when he’s up for sale. He’s bad enough when he’s committed to the cause ! If Colo goes too that’s the first choice ???? pairing from last season off. So a minmum 2 replacements are needed with Saylor, Lascelles and Dummett as cover

  • Andgeo

    Sailor with a mistimed challenge with Williamson out of position, and running back to goal looking like a cart horse. Wonder if this is anything to do with mike Ashley’s horse and cart analogy. Things are looking up!! We are making our own luck now!!!
    The positives are a couple of good signings, getting rid of pardew and the poisoned dwarf and bringing in a new manager and back room.
    All of this will turn sour very quickly if the don’t strengthen that defence significantly. We have only been telling them for years!

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  • Toonbadger

    I fell off of me bar stool when the corner came in and we SCORED

  • Toonbadger

    v0ices Aye Jan 2009

  • Toonbadger

    amacdee Andgeo  I can cope with Dummo but we still need another CB

  • Andgeo

    Colo, Dumb, dumber and dumo!

  • desree

    2 new cbs please, I’d take sol campbell right now

  • DarrenWilkinson

    Waste of a well earned £20 for me & the lad at some poxy stadium in the city of steel,Nowt to get excited about,Will do well to break into top ten this season,Ah well off to York on Wednesday maybe Sissoko might try harder.