Thornton penalty 0-2
Barton penalty 1-2
Half time: Orient 2 Toon 1
52mins McGleish shot 1-3
Mkandawire shot 1-4
Jarvis shot 1-5
Orient 6 Toon 1
Chris Hughton commented:
was disappointing and embarrassing. It had been a very good pre-season until
then. This is a major disappointment in the pre-season programme but itís
not the be-all and end-all.
"It certainly wasnít a 6-1 performance but I donít want to take
anything away from Leyton Orient. When you concede six goals theyíre not all
going to be great goals but there were a couple of smashing goals.
ďWith the way the
pre-season had been going we would have expected to win and we didnít.
ďWe start again on Monday and Iím
absolutely sure the lads will put in a good training session and be in a good
position to go into a tough game on Wednesday.
ďOver a pre-season you know there will
be highs and lows. I just thought we didnít have as much in our legs as on
other occasions. What you canít do is beat ourselves
up over one result. Itís a major blip in whatís been a good pre-season so
ďI made a decision that because of the
major disappointment of the result everything that was said should be through
"It's a strong possibility I could lead
Newcastle out for the first game. My role is increasing. It will continue to do
so. It will build to that first game. My thinking has been to prepare the group
of lads as well as I can until someone comes in and takes over the role.
"The fact that hasn't happened means
it starts to change. I have enjoyed my time at the club. I feel the passion
the fans have for the club and it's always a very proud moment for me to be in
charge of this group of lads.
"I am certainly prepared to be in
charge of this team for whatever period the club want me to be. But I am not
in the position where I can fight to keep players here.
We will be the scalp this season. The
players are aware of that. Now they have to combat that and be good enough to
come back again."
He later added:
"Pre-season or not, that wasn't acceptable and it was hard to take. It was
an embarrassing performance and result and the lads were hurting after the game.
"We can only apologise to the fans who have backed us tremendously during
pre-season. The situation off the field is well documented but the supporters
have never turned on the players and have been magnificent.
"We now have to re-group on Monday and come out against Leeds United on
Wednesday and put on a show."
Orient boss Geraint Williams said:
"A clean sheet would have been nice. But all joking aside it
was one of those freak results.
"We put everything in when we went forward and our
goalkeeper made a couple of good saves, so it could have been a different
"But we'll take a 6-1 win - we showed good attacking
intent, putting the ball away, and we defended well at times too.
"The first thing we said after the game was that we
can't get carried away by this.
"We got beaten at Ebbsfleet on Tuesday and we weren't
on the floor then because there were a lot of good things to come out of the
"Things have gone our way today - and we won't be
getting carried away - but it was nice to put that on for our fans."
"We have worked on our attacking play and I'm a manager
who likes his teams to score goals.
"You can only do that from a solid base at the back -
so you have to get both elements right.
"We want to go forward and score goals but we also have
to defend as a team to keep clean sheets."
This was our heaviest loss in a friendly match since the 0-4 reverse at
the hands of Manchester United at Wembley in August 1996
in the Charity Shield.
Newcastle have lost three post-war non-competitive games by a five goal
margin, as follows:
May 1946 Norrkopping (a) 0-5
October 1954 Doncaster Rovers (a) 2-7
September 1966 Hearts (h) 2-7
Players not involved: Butt (hand injury), Bassong (fitness), Ryan Taylor (reason
tbc), Harper (other keepers given a go), Ameobi (reason tbc but he was spotted
out in Jesmond in the early hours of Saturday. Rested? Seems
unlikely given that Nolan played up front).
United's pre-season winning streak came to a juddering halt at the hands of the
O's on Saturday, as a lethargic display was duly punished by the League One
Behind after just five minutes when Jimmy Smith headed home a free kick
conceded by Joey Barton, United tried in vain to threaten the home side with a
front trio of Martins on the left, Duff on the right and Nolan in the middle.
An alleged Beye handball saw a slightly dubious penalty awarded after 24
minutes, with former mackem Sean Thornton gleefully beating Krul from the spot.
Within six minutes Newcastle had similarly benefited from referee Singh's
generosity, with Martins tumbling in the box and Barton converting the
And before the break the Magpies could easily have been level, with home
'keeper Jamie Jones doing well to keep out efforts from Nolan, Taylor and Duff.
United regrouped at the interval, with Andy Carroll appearing to lead the
attack alongside Xisco, Nolan retreating to a midfield role and Beye partnering
Taylor in central defence. Geremi appeared and went to right back, with Ryan
Taylor nowhere to be seen.
Within eight minutes though the home side had made it 3-1, after Scott McGleish
was given the freedom of E10 to chest down a cross and beat Forster with a
Minutes earlier the same player had bemused his colleagues
with similar acrobatics on the halfway line, booting the ball out of play but United failed to heed the
And just seconds later Orient scored again, lax defending from a corner
allowing Tamika Mkandawire to sidefoot in at the far post.
The semblance of a fightback from the stunned Magpies saw a goalbound
header from Carroll saved, while Xisco smacked the crossbar with an effort from
20 yards out.
With further substitutions made though, more shambolic defending allowed
Ryan Jarvis to waltz through on goal before shooting home on 81 minutes,
Harry Baker completed the rout and fulfilled the "we want six"
chants of the home support, sidefooting home with four minutes remaining.
Among those watching was Spurs coach Joe Jordan, who may have been present
in the hope of seeing alleged Tottenham target Sebastien Bassong appear,
running the rule over fellow defender Steven Taylor or maybe just fancying a
good laugh at our expense.
Still it wasn't all bad news for Newcastle - MD Derek Llambias will have been
back home in Essex for his tea....