PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – Oldham Athletic 2 Newcastle United 1, Boundary Park, 15/Jul/14, KO: 7:30pm. Att: 2,919

by • July 15, 2014 • Match reportsComments (1)719

Well its come around rather quick hasn’t it ? With going to Miami to watch England and theOldham1
World Cup being on I cant say I’ve had much time to really miss Newcastle United. If I’m honest I was fucking delighted that I wasn’t going to see them for a months after Liverpool. However, given the positive start we’ve had to the Transfer window I went across to Oldham with a bit of a spring in my step.

Living and working in Manchester made Oldham a pretty much perfect away game for me, easily accessible and a new ground to tick off the list. A tram ride and a trek of a work later and me and TF’S own David X Smith found ourselves in a boozer with many a familiar Mag face in, only shame was you couldn’t get a pint. 4 people serving grub and 2 serving pints !

So, we headed up to Boundary Park, I refuse to call it by its other name, to catch up with our away day regulars. Most of the craic was about the new players coming in. Now, I’ll be honest I’ve got better stuff do to on a Saturday evening then watch French football so I know little about this Cabella other than his clobber was beyond woeful at his unveiling the other day. Jannamat looked good in the world cup so I suppose that’s a positive. One thing you must give the club is that they do usually scout quite well, so I’m quite happy to trust them when it comes to targeting players.

The game as all these friendly games usually are was a pretty drab affair. Slow tempo, loads of changes and players not wanting to get injured. United started with two of the new summer recruits Siem De Jong, who captained the side, and Jack Colback. There were also starts for the returning Mehdi Abied  and Ronald Aarons, I have no idea who he is either. United started quite well with Siem De Jong having quite a few nice touches. A good little from run Ronald Aarons led to a free kick. Siem De Jong effort was hit woefully into the wall before hitting an absolute ‘Thunderbastard’ into the top corner on the rebound. Not a bad way to open your account. The rest of the first half was rather forgettable with De Jong going close again. United in their horrible grey away kit led 1-0 at Half time.

A pleasantry about  Half time Pints at Oldham were that they were much cheaper than the PL. Shame, about the pies my Man City mate queued for 20 minutes only to get a bag of crisps. Some daft mare forgot to put them in the oven, certainly made me chuckle.

The second half in Friendly games are always a bit of a farce with all the substitutions taking away from any rhythm the game had. United brought a lot of players who on first appearances many of the lads I was sitting with had no idea who they were. The new Spanish lad Perez got a run out. He looks good on the ball and quick but the strength of the Oldham centre half’s seemed a bit much for the young lad.

United led through to the 68th minute where poor marking at a corner, won’t be the last time I say that this season, led to Timothee Dieng equalising for the hosts. After Oldham looked the better side with their physical strength making the difference. Oldham’s winner was a poor goal for United to concede with Remi Streete and Jack Alnwick both at fault, the latter more so. Sammy had a chance to equalise but headings never been his fortay so it ended 2-1 Oldham . No need to be annoyed we all know these games mean sweet FA.

A side note to the game is the absence of Ben Arfa and Marveaux, both have been in since day 1 of pre season and both are a lot better than the likes of Vuckic and Ameobi. Are they both exiled for the next 12 months, we’ll have to wait and see.

A Weeks training ahead before we head to New Zealand, lets hope we get the big name centre forward in which will allows us to be competitive next season.

Anyway its nice to be back, I can promise you one thing It’ll not be dull.

Our Fans: Consistently wanting to sing at 100 MPH. Too much drink for one or two of the young uns all.

Their Fans: Pleasant enough.

Newcastle United: Alnwick, Anita (Satka 54), Dummett (Bigirimana 70), S.Taylor (Streete 63), Yanga-Mbiwa, Colback, Aarons (Haidara 63), Armstrong (Perez 54), De Jong (Vuckic 63), Gouffran (Ameobi 46), Abeid.

Unused Sub: Woodman.

Oldham Athletic: Rachubka, B.Wilson, Kusunga (Dieng 63), J.Wilson (Winchester 63), Mills (Lockwood 63), Kelly (Bove 63), Jones (Brown 63), Dayton (Llera 63), Turner (Sheriff 46), Forte (Gros 63), Clarke-Harris (Mellor 63)

Unused Sub: Coleman 

Referee: D.Bond



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One Response to PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – Oldham Athletic 2 Newcastle United 1, Boundary Park, 15/Jul/14, KO: 7:30pm. Att: 2,919

  1. Richie says:

    I think there’s more to learn from these games, regarding strengths and weaknesses, when losing the game rather than winning them at a canter.
    Our new signings are really only replacements and not additions to the squad. So are we any further forward as a team than last season? I’m not so sure we are.
    I’m looking forward(ish) to being proven wrong.