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Newcastle United 0 –
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers
17th July 2019
Nanjing Olympic Sports Center
Newcastle United’s first friendly of the summer ended in a 4-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in China.
On a humid evening at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center, two goals from Jota and one from Morgan Gibbs-White, plus a late Tom Allan own goal, saw Wolves progress to Saturday’s final, where they will face Manchester City or West Ham United in Shanghai while United will compete for third place.
Only Isaac Hayden played the full 90 minutes for the Magpies, with Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn giving game time to as many players as possible – including handing senior debuts to youngsters Allan, Matthew Longstaff, Owen Bailey, Kelland Watts, and Elias Sørensen in the second half.
Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback, Jacob Murphy, and Jamie Sterry were handed an opportunity to impress from the start having spent last season out on loan, while Sean Longstaff made a welcome return to the squad having been sidelined since March with a knee ligament injury, although he did not make his long-awaited return here.
Newcastle United 1 –
0 West Ham United
20th July 2019
Goalscorer: Muto 34’
Although Steve Bruce was appointed as head coach on Wednesday, the terms of his visa meant that he was at the game only as an observer, with Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn again in the dugout.
But the new man in charge will have been delighted with what he saw at the Hongkou Stadium, with Yoshinori Muto scoring the only goal of the game to ensure the Magpies finished third in the tournament as Sean Longstaff made his return as a second-half substitute from the knee ligament injury which prematurely ended his breakthrough 2018/19 campaign.
And Sørensen nearly marked his full debut with a goal in the eighth minute. Shelvey’s magnificent pass found Isaac Hayden, who strode forward on the right and crossed but Sørensen, sliding in and on the stretch, could not keep his effort down.
Three minutes later, the lively Muto saw a snapshot flash narrowly wide but, in the 34th minute, Shelvey and Hayden combined well again to work the ball to Jamie Sterry, whose inviting right-wing cross was cleverly finished first time by Japanese international Muto.
And at the end of a first period which was largely dominated by the Magpies, Muto picked out Shelvey but the latter’s effort didn’t have enough power to seriously test Lucasz Fabianski.
Both sides made several changes in the second period and in the 63rd minute, Felipe Anderson saw a powerful header from Robert Snodgrass’ corner clip the top of the bar.
Longstaff then made his return, having suffered his season-ending injury against the same opponents at the London Stadium in March, before his younger brother Matthew also came from the bench to play alongside his sibling for the first time at senior level.
But one goal was enough for Newcastle, who will board the long flight back to Tyneside on Sunday buoyed by both the result and performance.
Preston North End 2 –
1 Newcastle United
27th July 2019
Goalscorers: Shelvey 39’
Two second-half Paul Gallagher penalties saw Newcastle lose to Preston in Steve Bruce’s first pre-season game in the dugout.
The Magpies’ new head coach had taken a watching brief as his side beat West Ham United in Shanghai seven days earlier, but was on the touchline here and will have taken plenty of positives from this friendly outing despite the result.
Jonjo Shelvey‘s strike was cancelled out by Gallagher’s brace, but United created several opportunities – including a Miguel Almirón penalty, which was saved – while club record signing Joelinton made his bow from the bench and there was an eye-catching full debut for teenage midfielder Matty Longstaff.
Newcastle wore their new dark green away kit for the first time on a wet afternoon at Deepdale but the game took some time to come to life.
Hibernian 1 – 3
30th July 2019
Goalscorers: Joelinton 16’, Longstaff 33’, laselles 73’
Club record signing Joelinton scored on his full Newcastle United debut as the Magpies recorded a 3-1 victory over Hibernian in their penultimate pre-season friendly of the summer.
Sean Longstaff and Jamaal Lascelles were also on target in an impressive performance from Steve Bruce’s side at Easter Road, but it was Brazilian forward Joelinton who stole the show with an excellent performance as well as his well-taken goal against the Scottish Premiership side, whose league campaign begins on Saturday.
The new number nine led the line superbly all evening; his first touch and hold-up play was exemplary, he was a constant threat in behind, and he was involved in Longstaff’s strike as well as finding the target himself.
Newcastle United 2 –
1 AS Saint Etienne
St. James’ Park
3rd August 2019
Goalscorers: Joelinton 39’, Longstaff 73’
Joelinton and Matty Longstaff were on target as Newcastle United warmed up for next week’s Premier League opener with victory over Saint-Étienne at St. James’ Park.
The Brazilian – who opened his account for the Magpies against Hibernian on Tuesday night – gave Steve Bruce’s side a half-time lead with a prodded finish shortly before the break.
Youngster Longstaff, meanwhile, had been on the pitch for less than a minute when he smashed home a stunning second for United in front of the Gallowgate End.
Ex-Magpie Mathieu Debuchy pulled a goal back for Les Verts late on, but it was too little, too late for the French outfit.