Eddie Howe with plenty to say – Reflecting after watching Newcastle 3 1860 Munich 0
Eddie Howe watched on as Newcastle United made it two wins out of two in pre-season friendlies.
After a 5-1 victory over Gateshead last Saturday, NUFC winning 3-0 against German third tier side 1860 Munich.
A poor first half with little spark and no real goal threat from Newcastle United, was changed straight after the break as United emerged with more focus and intent from the moment the second half kicked off.
The German club kick off their season next weekend and so are a couple of weeks ahead of Newcastle in terms of fitness but Eddie Howe saw his players dominate the entire second period and could and should have scored more than the three they did get.
After the match, Eddie Howe with plenty to say as he spoke to the media:
“The first half was difficult
“They were clearly trying to slow the game down, which is their right, however, the referee didn’t help us with that because we wanted the opposite.
“We wanted a quick game with a lot of running, but it wasn’t there in the first half, it was a dead game.
“We didn’t really get what we wanted and I don’t think we helped ourselves, I thought we were lethargic, but certainly we have worked the players hard.
“We have been tested in different ways.
“We knew they (the Newcastle United players) were coming into the game today fatigued and it showed early on.”
“We protected the players we thought needed it (by only giving them the final half hour), mostly the international boys who have had less training.
“The others, their performance was very good but the first 60 minutes we did look fatigued.”
Eddie Howe on Sven Botman who played the second half:
“I was really pleased to get the deal done, we were chasing for a long time.
“His ability, as I think you saw that today, his presence is there.
“His technical ability has been there since day one in pre-season, the ability to play short and long passes is there.
“Very composed and he has settled in perfectly, very laid back and calm and has settled into the group.
“I have been really pleased with his impact on the group in a short period of time and he can be very pleased with today.
“He is quiet but he’s still getting to know the players and us, he is quiet in a professional way, focused on his work and he asks the right questions, wants to learn. A very impressive individual.”
Eddie Howe on the transfer window:
“Really pleased with the business we have done so far.
“Getting Matt (Targett) back was a priority because he did so well for us last year. He is an outstanding player and an outstanding person, we have enjoyed working with him.
“There is nothing to report (at the moment on more signings) but we are still in the process of working very hard behind the scenes to try and improve the squad.
“That work is continuing every day, even from here (in Austria).
“We are keen to add strength to certain areas of the team.
“It remains to be seen whether we can get a deal done, a difficult window, a difficult market.
“High prices and very limited availability.
“I’m sure that we can hopefully a land a player who can make a difference to us.”
Newcastle 3 1860 Munich 0
Willock 52, Sean Longstaff 62, Bruno 75
Newcastle team v 1860 Munich:
Pope, Krafth, Lascelles (Botman 46), Burn, Targett, Willock, Shelvey, Anderson, Murphy, Wilson, Saint-Maximin
***Then on 60 minutes, Botman joined on the pitch by another ten subs – Dubravka, Trippier, Schar, Dummett, Bruno, Joelinton, Sean Longstaff, Almiron, Fraser, Wood
Matty Longstaff, Turner-Cooke
(Match Report – Newcastle 3 1860 Munich 0 – Bruno Guimaraes makes one and scores one – Read here)
(Watch all three NUFC goals here – Newcastle 3 1860 Munich 0 match highlights)
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