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Burton fans with varying views on defeat to Newcastle United

1 year ago

Burton fans watched on as their team lost 2-0 to Newcastle United on Friday night.

Early goals in each half from Jacob Murphy and Joelinton were the difference between the two sides.

A lot of the time you read into friendlies what you want but this was certainly a back down to earth result for the home side / supporters after Burton fans had seen their team beat Leicester City 1-0 in the previous pre-season friendly.

Some interesting and varying comments from Burton fans below when reflecting on the game, praise for the 1,200 Newcastle supporters who helped make up the 3,598 crowd on a Friday night.

Interesting to see the Burton fans commenting on the Newcastle team, especially which NUFC player one of them thought was the best on the pitch…

Burton fans commenting via their Burton Brewers message board and Twitter:

‘Really enjoyed it last night at the Pirelli, great support from Newcastle and good to see some promising players for the Brewers.’

‘Good luck with Bruce for another 3 years.’

‘Well that’s the last friendly proper before the season starts.

A mate of mine said that the Newcastle side put out was probably their strongest so we need to factor that in I guess but we just didn’t look a team tonight which is a shame after the Leicester game last week.

We lined up as a fairly rigid 4-4-2. Playing two wide and two up front. Some will call it 4-2-3-1.

We competed but didn’t really pose any threat nor put any pressure on the opposition.

I’m assuming the side put out tonight isn’t far off the starting line up. If that is the case it was a little disappointing. I’ve no idea what the starting eleven will be having seen all 3 games this week.

Kane Hemmings went off after 40 minutes. It didn’t look serious but the switch was instant and you sense he’s going to be out for a few weeks. He had looked sharp so that was disappointing.

Lucas played on the left wing and then moved to centre forward. We don’t seem to know what to do with him positionally. I always felt he was better right side.

Oh well it was only a friendly but had hoped for better. So many new players in and around the side but struggling to say yet ….he has to play etc etc.

Jeff Hendrick was probably the best player on the pitch.

Watched the game from the pop side for the first time. Great view.’

‘Well, we all see different in a game. Thought Newcastle were far stronger than Leicester and more advanced in their preparation and play.

First half I thought we did very well and although Newcastle were the better team there was still not much in it … deflected Goal ? OK, and one other clearance ? That was it …

We had 2 half chances and one shot which was sliced, some very good interplay on the right between Brayford, Smith & Hemmings and some good leaps & headers from Tom. Akins working hard but most impression and danger was coming from the right.

2nd half we tired due to the high press from Newcastle plus 3 subs who injected more pace against us and they started to dominate. Midfield got a bit scrappy and we kept giving possession away too cheaply but considering it’s Premiership opposition who are ahead in their fitness & prep I am not unduly concerned.

Biggest issue was losing Kane to the hamstring pull so let’s hope it is only a Grade 1 and he is back quickly…

I have been to both games in the last week and I thought we played to a high level in both games, and also done very well, however, as I have said Newcastle were stronger than Leicester, and great preparation for the coming season.

Great improvement in player movement and passages of play and if we can constantly play at this sort of level and press we will do well this season.

Man of the match for me was Smith, worked hard all match and they kept trying to close him down, unlucky on a few crosses and a sliced right foot shot, also done a lot of defensive work and kept going trying to create opportunities.

Very positive after this result strangely !! Even though it was a defeat. Looking forward to Saturday…’

Final Score: 

Burton 0 Newcastle 2



Murphy 6, Joelinton 46

Newcastle United:

Woodman (Gillespie 46), Murphy (Allan 83), Schar (Lascelles 63), Fernandez (Watts 79), Krafth (Clark 63), Ritchie (Matty Longstaff 76), Hayden (Young 83), Sean Longstaff (Lewis 63), Hendrick, Joelinton (Gayle 55), Fraser (White 55)


3,598  (Incl 1,200 NUFC)

(Burton 0 Newcastle 2 Match Report – Decent display and comfortable win but alarm bells ringing unless… – Read HERE)

(Burton boss urges players not to feel ’embarrassed’ about losing to Newcastle United – Read HERE)

Newcastle United pre-season friendlies:

Sunday 18 July – York City 1 Newcastle 0

Sunday 18 July Harrogate Town 2 Newcastle 1 (This was originally a first team fixture with some Under 23 added but it became solely a Under 23 NUFC players after Karl Darlow tested positive for Covid and first team and Under 23s had to be kept apart)

Friday 23 July – Doncaster 2 Newcastle 3

Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham 1 Newcastle 1

Friday 30 July – Burton 0 Newcastle 2

Saturday 7 August – Norwich home (2pm)


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