Newcastle took on North-East neighbours Gateshead in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the club’s training ground today.
In our first game of pre-season, the Toon ran out 5-1 winners against the National League side managed by former Mag Mike Williamson.
Miguel Almiron scored twice, with Joelinton (penalty), Sean Longstaff and Matt Ritchie also finding the net, however the likes of Sven Botman, Nick Pope, Bruno Guimarães, Fabian Schär and Chris Wood watched on from the sidelines after only returning to training on Wednesday.
Elliot Anderson impressed out on the left in his first start since returning from a loan spell, setting up Matt Ritchie’s opening goal and coming close to scoring himself, and it was also good to see Allan Saint-Maximin picking the right pass after bursting through the middle with the ball.
Here’s the 21 players who featured – Kell Watts was the only player to play the full 90 minutes as Howe made wholesale changes at the break – and clips of all six goals:
Newcastle United (first half): Martin Dúbravka, Kieran Trippier, Jamaal Lascelles, Kell Watts, Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey, Elliot Anderson, Joe Willock, Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson
Newcastle United (second half): Karl Darlow, Emil Krafth, Kell Watts, Dan Burn, Matt Targett, Matty Longstaff, Joelinton, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almirón, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jacob Murphy
Subs not used: Remi Savage, Jay Turner-Cooke
The Heed – who currently play in the fifth tier of English football – recently signed Newcastle goalkeeper Dan Langley on a season-long loan and have a few former U23 talents on their books in Tom Allan, Adam Campbell and Owen Bailey.
Here’s a reminder of our full pre-season programme in full, with Austria our next stop ahead of friendlies against 1860 Munich and Mainz 05 out in the Alps!
- 1st July (Friday) – Players back for pre-season training
- 9th July (Saturday) – Gateshead (behind-closed-doors) at Newcastle United’s training centre.
- – Austria training camp
- 15th July (Friday) – 1860 Munich (6pm local time) at SaalfeldenArena Bürgerau
- 18th July (Monday) – Mainz 05 (5pm local time) at Kufstein Arena
- 26th July (Tuesday) – Benfica (8pm local time) at Estádio da Luz
- 29th July (Friday) – Atalanta (7.45pm BST) at St James’ Park
- 30th July (Saturday) – Athletic Bilbao (3pm BST) at St James’ Park