Newcastle kicked off pre-season with a 5-1 win over Gateshead
Not the worst start to what looks to be the most promising and exciting season in Newcastle history, this one.
Newcastle kicked off their 2022/23 campaign on Saturday with their first pre-season game of the summer, in which the Magpies beat Gateshead 5-1 at the former’s training ground. The game was played behind closed doors, but there were cameramen there recording everything for Eddie Howe to analyze and for us all to know what happened on the pitch – and of course what awaits us when the official matches start coming.
Here are the five goals scored by the Men in Black on a sunny Saturday afternoon 24 hours ago.
All Richie, Joelinton, Miggy Almirón (twice!) and Longstaff scored in an enjoyable game that brought everyone back to work and the fulfilling experience of playing football again. It’s been a brief holiday period – even more so for international players taking part in friendlies, World Cup qualifiers or UEFA Nations League matches – but nobody seems to have lost a step and, more importantly still, everyone seems to be in good shape for their return to the world. training ground without injured players or hardcore players.
Giving these internationals some rest, Howe left them – Bruno, Schar, Wood and recently acquired Pope and Botman – on the sidelines for this easy first game of the pre-season as they prepare for the second in a matter of minutes. days.
Our beloved Elliot”Geordie Maradona“Anderson started for the Magpies and put Joe Willick in a prime position to score only for the latter to hit him over the bar. Shelvey and Fraser, according to NUFC.com’s official game report, then combined despite not even being able to finish linking up with the mighty Anderson.
Matt “La Bamba” Ritchie scored the first and only goal of the first half after placing a unique right-footed cross from Anderson that was deflected on its way to Ritchie, allowing him to find a nice position to help the ball to kiss the net.
The second half was full of fireworks as both teams found the net at least once – and a tiny winger in black and white yarn did it twice!
Howe wanted his lads to step up, which was evident when the ball started from the 45th minute. Just two minutes into the second half, Joelinton – who looked like the creepy Hulk wearing a football kit – found himself kicking a penalty kick (after a play in which Longstaff suffered a foul in the box) in the net. Jacob Murphy scored a few laps on the clock later only to be disallowed by an offside flag (yes, games behind closed doors also feature that stupid little thing called a rulebook…ugh).
Things got very serious after Paul Blackett scored one for Gateshead, as the final 10 minutes of the game proved. Allan Saint-Maximin was wonderful for a long time and he only amplified his vibes in the final stretch of the game. And the same, multiplied by two, can be said of the Paraguayan Wonderboy Miguel Almirón. Miggy returned to Tyneside as expected: full of sparkling football.
Almirón made it 3-1 in the 80th minute after battling and winning a fantastic long ball thrown upfield and into space by wing-back Emil Krafth, finishing softly with his golden left foot. Less than ten minutes after that play, ASM passed the ball beyond the halfway line, rushed onto the pitch with it, found Miggy with a pass into space and into the box, and the South -American only had to quickly pass the ball into the net. to put Newcastle 4-1 up. Sweet dreams are made of it, as good old Mr. Manson would have said.
To put the icing on the cake, and in a game eerily similar to the one that ended in a goal a few minutes earlier, ASM launched a counter after Joelinton collected a ball, passed the ball to the Brazilian in the surface, and this one crossed it to the right on a low pass that ended on Sean Longstaff’s right foot and into the net by extension after touching it and redirecting it into the net.
It made it five-to-one and snagged the first W on the Magpies’ pre-season schedule, only to continue growing next week as the club flies to Austria for its bonafide training camp and series of friendlies before the really difficult part of the pre-season begins with games against Benfica, Athletic Bilbao and Atalanta who are preparing for their Premier League debut in August against promoted Nott Forest.
Howe, who opted to field two very different squads by splitting them into 45-minute chunks, used all of the players listed below in the first and second half of the game.
With that first test on the books, the Magpies are already gearing up to take on Munich 1860 on Austrian soil next Friday July 15 with kick-off scheduled for 1.30pm UK (7am ET) in the first ‘real’ game of the pre-season. -season as part of Newcastle’s 2022 training cup.
Go ahead, guys!