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Eddie Howe reflects on first defeat of pre-season and nine days in Austria

4 weeks ago
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Eddie Howe watched on as his players lost their first pre-season friendly.

Losing 1-0 to Mainz 05 after a 5-1 win over Gateshead, then 3-0 victory over 1860 Munich.

Eddie Howe believing that today’s defeat saw the Newcastle players play better against the Bundesliga team in defeat, than when putting three past the third tier German club on Friday.

Newcastle United were marginally the better team today but as the Head Coach says, ‘creativity’ was lacking.

However, overall, Eddie Howe thinks it has been an intense ‘really good week’ (nine days) in Austria and the squad will feel the benefit of the hard work they have put in.

Eddie Howe reflecting on the 1-0 defeat to Mainz 05 on Monday and the nine days in Austria overall:

“I thought that today was a better performance than it was in our first game here (against 1860 Munich).

“It is the end of a long week and the lads have done a lot of training.

“I was pleased with certain aspects today.

“Obviously we needed to improve around their goal.

“Our creativity wasn’t quite there but when you watch pre-season games back, you have to have a critical eye, while (at the same time) acknowledging where the lads are at.

“I think it has been a really good week, intense.

“I am tired so I’m sure that’s mirrored by the players, so it will be good to get back to Newcastle.

“Have a couple of days there before flying out to Portugal.”

Eddie Howe on Fabian Schar, replaced in the 57th minute, just before the goal was conceded:

“I think he (Fabian Schar) is OK.

“When he came off the pitch he said it felt more like cramp rather than a pull.

“Fingers crossed he’s alright.”

Eddie Howe on bringing in more signings in this transfer window:

“For me it is about the right players, it is not about any player.

“You can make big mistakes I think, if you don’t show patience, and at times you have to.

“We are trying to bring in the right players that make a difference to the team.

Hopefully we will get those calls right.”

Newcastle United pre-season schedule:

Saturday 9 July 2022 – Newcastle beat Gateshead 5-1 at the NUFC training  ground, goals for Almiron(2), Joelinton, Sean Longstaff, Ritchie.

Friday 15 July 2022 – FC Pinzgau Saalfelden hosted a friendly between Newcastle United and German side 1860 Munich at their stadium, the Saalfelden Arena Bürgerau. A poor first half ended goalless but a much better display after the break saw NUFC win 3-0, goals from Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff and Bruno Guimaraes.

Monday 18th July 2022 – Newcastle played German side Mainz at the 4,500-capacity Kufstein Arena FC Kufstein. A game of very few clear chances, Mainz 05 scoring on a swift counter-attack in the 58th minute to win the game.

Saturday 23rd July 2022 – Newcastle playing Burnley in a behind closed doors friendly in Portugal, Vincent Kompany has confirmed the match is happening but no official NUFC announcement as yet.

Tuesday 26 July 2022 – Away friendly at Benfica with 8pm kick-off (local time) which is 7pm in the UK.

Friday 29 July 2022 – Home friendly at St James Park – Newcastle v Atalanta with 7.45pm kick-off.

Saturday 30 July 2022 – Home friendly at St James Park – Newcastle v Athletic Bilbao with kick-off time of 3pm.

Newcastle 0 Mainz 05 1

Goals

Newcastle

Mainz 05

Burgzorg 58

Newcastle team v Mainz 05:

Dubravka, Trippier, Schar (Burn 57), Botman, Dummett (Ritchie 31), Guimaraes, S. Longstaff, Joelinton, Almiron, Fraser, Wood

***Then on 60 minutes this became the team for the final half hour:

Pope, Krafth, Lascelles, Burn, Targett, Shelvey, Willock, Anderson, Murphy, Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Unused substitutes:

Matty Longstaff, Turner-Cooke

(Match Report – Newcastle 0 Mainz 05 1 – Read HERE)

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