We want our heads testing! We honestly do. Bringing nearly 2000 people to an away pre-season friendly, most of whom will be travelling to Germany some two days later, is just crazy. Most of the 92 clubs don’t even get that sort of away following for a league game. £15 for a ticket, plus the travel and by the look on some, copious amounts of beer is a large sum of money to spend on a glorified training session. Not only that, but a glorified training session where the first team are tucked up at home sleeping off their jetlag. Ideally what want you want out of these games is fitness. Yet being the ahem, demanding lot that we are we would also like a semblance of style and pattern to our play.
The first half was one of the most dull games I have ever watched. The game was just spoiled by mis-placed passes and a general malaise that extended into the stands. Most of the period passed by without anything approaching excitement. The only real noteworthy chance in the first 25 minutes fell to Riveire from Perez pass but he failed to make anything of it and it was comfortably gathered by Kirkland. The home side also fashioned a chance, that wouldn’t have counted anyway due to an offside flag, when Elliot pulled off a brilliant save to deny a home player. Wednesday then hit the bar again through ex Chelsea player Sam Hutchinson and despite his claims that it went in no goal was signalled. I’ll be honest, at this point, I buggered off for a pint. The football was fairly dull and the antics of some of our younger lot was doing my head in but more of that later.
Whilst the 1st half was pedestrian and bitty the second was played at a better tempo and even Obertan managed to make some inroads into a tiring defence; maybe he’s found his level i.e. the bottom of the championship. We managed to have a couple of weak efforts through Armstrong and Abeid. The latter of the pair seems to have come back much bigger and more filled out.
We never really looked like scoring until a rare moment of Obertan awareness saw him play in Perez after some neat interplay in and around the box. The young Spaniard took his time, gave the ‘keeper the eyes and slotted the ball away expertly. I was harsh on the kid at Oldham but I think I may have to rethink that opinion as he showed good movement and poise. One for the future until Pardew and his prats (sounds like a shit band) coaches any ability he has out of him. Left wing anyone? Sheff Wed missed a golden chance to equalise after RemI Streete (who is far too big across the shoulders) fouled a home player and when the free kick wasn’t cleared properly Betra put a shot wide from barely 6 yards but the game, whilst maintaining it’s better tempo ended with little else of note.
A quick word on some of the ‘fans’ that were in attendance last night! It’s not big, it’s not clever and it’s not funny to throw smoke canisters in amongst people. It’s fucking pathetic actually and adds nothing to the atmosphere. This was a pre-season friendly attended by many families and kids who were going for the first time. Acting the big lad with no shirt on and imploring blokes in their 40s to get up and sing? Howay man, have a day off will you? Oh that’s right you’re having a day off, 42 of them to be exact. Roll on the end of the school holidays. The older blokes involved in this shameful twattery? You’re even worse.
Happy new season.
Newcastle United: Elliot, Satka (Anita 46), Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Haidara (Vuckic 60), Tiote (Bigirimana 60), Abeid, Obertan, Armstrong (Gilliead 84), Perez (Campbell 72), Riviere (Streete 54).
Unused Subs: Alnwick, Quinn.
DAVID X SMITH