Preston 2 Newcastle 1 – First game for Steve Bruce on the touchline and plenty to think about…
Saturday 27 July 2019 – Preston 2 Newcastle 1
Steve Bruce took charge of his first ever Newcastle match on the touchline but this friendly didn’t carry an awful lot of positives for Mike Ashley’s new Head Coach.
Not the greatest conditions with a very wet pitch by the final whistle but still litte excuse for the final score.
Last Saturday Preston went down 3-1 to Southampton and will be far happier today after facing Bruce and his new club.
Not many chances in the first half but Isaac Hayden put one just over the bar from outside the box, whilst Shelvey had an effort well saved.
Then on 39 minutes the deadlock was broken.
From around 30 yards out in a central position, Jonjo Shelvey hits a decent long range free-kick. A good hit but no way should it be beating the keeper, however, Rudd in the home goal gets a hand to it but someow allows it to still end up in the back of the net.
Only Woodman and Fernandez stayed on the pitch for the second half as Steve Bruce made nine changes.
Joelinton and Almiron getting their first taste of pre-season as they came on.
It only took seconds for Joelinton to win a penalty with his first touch.
However, Declan Rudd dived to his right and turned away Miguel Almiron’s very average effort from the penalty spot.
On the hour mark, Newcastle were made to pay.
Tom Clarke’s cross was handled by Sterry and Paul Gallagher put away the spot-kick.
Another 10 minutes and it became progessively worse, this time Joelinton giving away a penalty as he tripped Patrick Bauer in the box, Gallager once again scoring.
Newcastle struggled to create anything in response and indeed Browne and Potts had chances to make the final scoreline even worse in the final seconds.
Colback had Newcastle’s best chance of an equaliser and should have done better, his effort saved after Sean Longstaff set him up.
Hopefully Mike Ashley will be taking notice of this as Newcastle look well short of the quality needed in a number of key positions, friendly or not.
This is who Steve Bruce started with:
Woodman, Manquillo, Fernandez, Schar, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, (M) Longstaff, Aarons, Muto
With then nine changes made at half-time, only Woodman and Fernandez staying on, this side kicked off the second half:
Woodman, Sterry, Fernández, Lascelles, Clark, S. Longstaff, Ki, Colback, Murphy, Almirón, Joelinton
Referee: M Salisbury
Attendance: 4,982 (1,359 Newcastle United fans)
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