It has finished Newcastle 1 Royal Antwerp 1 on Sunday lunchtime.

The friendly at the Pinatar Arena seeing the players get a decent run out after the Spurs away match was cancelled.

The match kicked off at 11am UK time and attracted a decent crowd in the circumstances, those sitting at home able to watch via a live stream provided by the club.

Although this was a bit ropey at times, due to connectivity problems no doubt.

After 135 minutes of action the scoreline was 1-1, though this was only due to Dwight Gayle failing to put a penalty away in the final stages of the third third…

An extended game of three x 45 minutes having been agreed beforehand by the two teams to give as many players as possible time on the pitch.

Of the 24 players who have travelled, only Karl Darlow and Islam Slimani didn’t take part (Slimani still recovering from a thigh injury, whilst Darlow reportedly has a knock).

Newcastle United started the first third with:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Mbemba, Lejeune, Haidara; Ritchie, Shelvey, Merino, Murphy, Atsu, Joselu

Newcastle United started the second third with:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Hayden, Haidara, Ritchie, Merino, Murphy, Atsu, Joselu

Newcastle United started the third third with:

Harker, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Diame, Fernandez, Kenedy, Perez, Gayle

Matt Ritchie was arguably the most impressive of the Newcastle players on show, capping his display with an excellent lobbed finish, five minutes before the end of the first third.

Newcastle were the dominant team but were made to pay for not taking advantage of that, with Alexander Corryn equalising at the start of the third period.

Making his debut in a first team friendly, young keeper Nathan Harker conceding only 20 seconds into that third third of the game.

Young attacking player Victor Fernandez also was involved, looking sharp in that final third of the match.

Hopefully no injuries picked up and a worthwhile exercise of team bonding and training & a kick about, away from the cold and snow of Tyneside.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    watched 60 or so mins of it then switched off, boring doesn`t even begin to describe it

    • Arty Hume

      Indeed, but the last third showed how well Fernandez is coming along, certainly did not look out of place. Richie and Mo were our stand out players and thats mekin muckle onit. Played at Sunday league pace ( and quality ) and mind if Slimani could not keep up with that game he should be sent back now.

      • 1957

        I bet he gets a few minutes for Algeria…and suffers a further injury set back.

  • Mike Adam

    Our stikers continue to impress!!! I suppose they trained hard and followed instructions too, yes it is true the GPS said so.

    • Natturner26

      Couldn’t nick one goal between the two of them in 135 minutes playing for a premiership side against a Belgian team. I’m so sick of watching us play with 10 men I’m happy with the break we’ve got. In years past I would’ve tuned in to the friendly today but not to see this squad.

  • 1957

    The Hoss will go down as one of our worst ever strikers, he looked inept in a friendly against a team from what many tell us (especially when the Mitrovic argument is in full flow) is a seriously weak league.

    Regardless of financial constraints there was absolutely no justification for buying him and wasting £5m+, nor then playing him week after week – a serious error of judgement on someone’s part…

    • Clarko

      I heard on here that it was all Ashley’s fault…

      • TheNutJob

        Fatty`s the son of Satan, he`s a bad, bad man

        • Wor Lass

          But is he the Son of MONKSatan?

      • Geordiegiants

        Thats the first thing you have ever said that’s sensible.

    • Ram Kishore

      Maybe a midfielder or whatever branded as a forward

      • 1957

        Maybe he isn’t really a footballer…

    • Geordiegiants

      It was obviously Rafa’s decision, your not trying to say he is a poor manger based off one player decision?
      My opinion is this, he didn’t/doesn’t rate Mitro and has made that PERFECTLY clear from the start. So he had the choice of someone he thought he might be able to improve, or someone he didn’t think he could improve. He had the choice of Mitro or The Hoss, there were no other choices.
      I remeber reading posts on here saying things like, the Stoke fans preferred him over Berahino and he wasn’t given much of a chance by Hughes etc.
      It’s a wonderful thing hindsight.

      • 1957

        Making a one off mistake over a player doesn’t make him a bad manager and I’m sure his list of players to buy isn’t exclusively drawn up by him alone, scouts and coaching staff would have had a say. We needed better though not more of the same.

        It is flawed judgement, as far as I’m concerned to continue to select an underperforming Hoss game after game, given Benitez aversion to Mitrovic I would rather have seen Gayle play. He also might have been in dreadful form but he was more likely to score than Hoss.

        I’m not one of those in your last paragraph, I looked at his record and thought he was c##p, gave him the benefit of the doubt for a couple of games and realised my initial thoughts were right.

        • Geordiegiants

          I don’t think he had much choice in signing The Hoss, we were all living in hope he was going to come good as I think a lot of the fans realised Mitro was not the answer. Its funny how opinion has changed again without him even playing. Gayle was injured and I think most of us thought he would take the step up as he had always been in the premier league. I think a fair assessment is they are all pretty average to poor.

          • Damon Horner

            Joselu hasn’t played much in 2018. I wouldn’t bet against him being sold in the summer

          • Geordiegiants

            I think we will find it very hard to sell him.

          • HarryHype59

            He reputedly cost £5m. How much do you think his sell on value is?

          • Damon Horner

            the same amount but probably a bit less because I don’t think we’d get much English interest. He isn’t unsellable though. He’s a player with decent experience, seemingly endearing attitude, a price which won’t break the bank and educated at a Real Madrid academy, it could see him be considered for a few teams in lower positions in La Liga in my view.

          • Mike Adam

            Yes, he can be trusted, he follows instructions, and works hard in practice, even the GPS says so. Who knows we might even make a profit.

          • Mike Adam

            Negative, negative, negative know it all.

    • Dillon Tovak

      He really was bad, doing blind back heals when no one was anywhere near.

    • HarryHype59

      The club would have been better using the Hoss fee and wages, to bring in a better quality loan striker. The club is now lumbered with Hoss’s wage bill for the duration of his contract. As for a sell on fee – forget it!

  • TheNutJob

    Hola, amigos,
    see we missed a penalty, not hard to do with strikers like ours, wingers & wing backs all over the shop & nee body in the middle to put it in the net,
    you couldn`t make it up

  • Damon Horner

    just a kickabout in sunshine. Amazing how seriously some are treating it. Next game that matters is Huddersfield. Bring it on..

    • TheNutJob

      every game is a matter of life or death, you play to win or don`t play at all

  • Paul Cannell

    This definitely wasn’t a game of two half’s

  • Leazes.

    I wonder how many times the word ‘positives’ will be mentioned by Ryder and Co. in their report on this jaunt?

    That should read as ‘report(s)’ because there will be at least ten of them.

    The thing with the inclusion of this ‘power word’ is that when it is repeated over and over it makes the reader think the club is moving in the right direction when it isn’t, and that is why I’m so averse to its use in this wallpaper fashion….

    …. it amounts to a type of hypnotism with words, its a technique used in advertising, think repetition, think ‘top Cashback’ think bearded geek, think top cashback….think putting a brick through the TV….

    ….Ryder looks for ‘positives’ relentlessly and other blogger do the same think Dr, Ed, then think Mark Jensen…. think betrayal.

    ….think Burger and Mcdonalds whistle.

    You have just been hypnotised.

    Go on….. count the ‘word’ read them and weep! Worse still let it sink in…..

    • Dillon Tovak

      How negative 😉

      • Leazes.

        Watch the match on BBC and every time you hear the referees whistle now you are going to feel hungry…. perhaps a burger?

        • Dillon Tovak


          • Leazes.

            … a delicious juicy burger…..

          • TheNutJob

            a Gregg`s sausage roll is a feast to a pauper


          • Leazes.

            I’ve just had a salad…. salad people don’t sponsor football, I’m an advertisers nightmare.

          • TheNutJob

            I love salads

          • Leazes.

            Nobody loves salads.

          • Dave Mitchison

            I do if it’s got a kebab hiding under it

          • Leazes.

            that would do it.

          • TheNutJob

            put the right stuff in and you do

          • Damon Horner

            don’t know why but I could just eat a burger right about now

  • Whickhamrobbie

    one thing Gayle is no prem quality striker .How many time does he get played through and hit the keeper with his shot . poor penalty ,weak shots and poor in the air .
    I watched it and it was dire to say the least .

  • Phil Yare

    no rob lee hattrick????

  • Phil Yare

    maybe blatter will suggest this is a new format for the next world cup? also 35 substitutions aside would please him and plantini too

  • Philippines

    It was nice to get this feed with a very clear picture here in the Philippines, although with a few connection problems. Watching this, and having watched Mo Salah score 4 goals for Liverpool brings home the lack of attack quality we have. It was nice to see Rafa and many of the players take the time to pose for photos with the fans and sign autographs.