Half time: United 0 United 0
60mins Carroll shot at the West end
of the ground 1-0
penalty in front of the Eddie Thompson (East) stand 1-1
United 1 United 1
Chris Hughton said:
“The game was ideal preparation as far
as I was concerned. They finished in a good position in their own league last
year, so we knew we would get a good level of competition. Of course there is also
the added factor of England v Scotland, and I was glad that was there. It was
the perfect type of game in pre-season for us and I was pleased with the
”Seb and Habib were always going to miss this one. Seb's suspended for West Brom, and Habib has a hip problem, but we've
lost Oba, who's gone to Wolfsburg. In all honesty, my thoughts were all on the game, and the first I knew
of the (alleged £10m Spurs) bid for Seb was when I saw it at the team hotel on TV.
"It was news to me then, and I'm not expected to talk to anybody from the
club until later today. I will talk to Derek Llambias, I
don't know any of the facts. Oba's gone, and it's a shame to lose a talented player. He offered us
pace and directness up front, and it's always a blow to lose what you regard
as a better player.
"I do not know whether I will lose any more players before West Brom -
I'm working on a day-to-day basis, and I really don't know if more will go.
Oba's gone, and, at this moment, everybody else is still here and fit to play.
Whether anybody else is going, I really don't know.
"Tamas (Kadar) was a big positive – he did very well in the type of game we
played. I think sometimes it can be the making of young players to throw them
in at the deep end, and I wouldn't hesitate to throw him in at the deep end
against West Brom."
On Duff's involuntary
“It was just heat of the moment really and not something we are going to
make a big deal of. All we are doing is focusing on West Brom and that’s at
the forefront of our minds.
"We know it could be any day. We're hoping, of course, the sooner the
better - then everybody can get on with their roles and know where they stand.
But until we're told otherwise, all we can do is do the job we're doing at the
moment and prepare the team for what's going to be a very tough campaign.
"I've been asked to perform a role and
the general consensus is that once a takeover is in place, a new manager will
come in. But until that does happen I've got to work with this group of lads -
and at the moment they're a very spirited group of lads."
On the mood following Sir Bobby Robson's death:
"Everybody at the club knew what Sir Bobby meant to the club. I had the
opportunity to meet him on numerous occasions and it has been an emotional week.
But I think he would have enjoyed the game today and the passion shown.''
"It has brought us
together in some ways. Players have bonded even more and it has been an
emotional few days.”
Terrors manager Craig Levein commented:
"I felt we had a great
pre-season last year and then we were bottom of the league after five games so
I'm not the best judge. I though it was a decent enough game, a worthwhile
exercise. The result wasn't important but we would have hated to lose the game
and I thought we were more than a match for them over 90 minutes.
"We are looking OK fitness wise. The
quality of our passing has been significant and we've worked really hard in
training. We look as if we are just about ready to start the season.
"I did play 4-4-2 all day but that's
now striker No.6 on the treatment table.
"I didn't have any other strikers apart
from Johnny Russell, who is just a kid, and I didn't want to play him against
Newcastle. I was really pleased with Danny Cadamarteri and David Goodwillie in
the first half. Danny is strong and will do a good job for us. He got a kick on
the calf and couldn't quite shake it off. I didn't want it to develop into a
Missing from the Magpies lineup were: Habib
Beye (injured), Nicky Butt (injured), Danny Guthrie
(injured), Fabricio Coloccini (tbc), Shola Ameobi (tbc), Xisco
(tbc), Sebastien Bassong (tbc), Fraser Forster (loaned to
Bristol Rovers). Obafemi Martins completed his move to German
side Wolfsburg some 48 hours previously.
Former Newcastle defender Jeff Clarke was spotted on the home
bench - a long-standing member of the backroom staff at Tannadice.
Previous Tangerine Toon Tannadice tussles:
1959/60 won 9-2 Friendly
1969/70 won 2-1 Fairs Cup
1970/71 won 2-1 Friendly
1973/74 lost 0-2 Texaco Cup
1999/00 lost 1-3 Friendly
2008/09 drew 1-1 Friendly
final pre-season warm up took them to Scotland on Sunday afternoon, as they
supplied the opposition for Dundee United's centenary celebrations. Inevitably the death of Sir Bobby Robson overshadowed the event, with a
pre-match ovation from both sets of supporters and repeated renditions of "....Robson
wonderland" from the sizeable travelling contingent.
Played in sunny conditions, the first half was almost completely forgettable,
with Newcastle taking 40 minutes to fashion a chance - when Andy Carroll tested
'keeper Stevie Banks with a header from Damien Duff's cross.
Within a minute Joey Barton stepped forward and tried his luck with a shot that
Banks diverted for a corner, which was then promptly wasted in typical
The second half showed some improvement in tempo and organisation - with the
visitors belatedly seeming to clear up evident confusion over what system they
were playing and who had responsibility for marking who etc.
An opening goal came on the hour, as Duff's cross from the right found Carroll
at the far post and he challenged the 'keeper, reacting first to take
possession when the ball dropped loose, before swiping it into the unguarded
net. Within five minutes the home side were handed a great opportunity to level the
game, when referee Chris Boyle penalised Kevin Nolan for a handball in the
Former Berwick Rangers midfielder Danny Swanson took the spot kick, but Steve
Harper guessed right and blocked his effort, with the rebound passing wide of
The Magpies should have doubled their lead on 70 minutes when Barton broke
clear and bore down on goal, but Banks defied him and watched Carroll fail to
direct the rebound on target from a tight angle.
Urged on by their fans, the home side pressed on for a goal and were rewarded
after another favourable decision from referee Boyle, who spotted Ryan Taylor's
tug out by the byline on Craig Conway on 84 minutes.
David Goodwillie was entrusted with spot kick duties this time and duly
converted, sending Harper the wrong way.
A game which was becoming increasingly fractious then saw a flare-up on the
halfway line which resulted in Damien Duff's apparent dismissal for an unseen
However it rapidly became clear that the referee had "suggested" that
Duff be immediately substituted and Geremi appeared in his place for the
Kevin Nolan then almost supplied a late winner, only for Banks to make the save
of the match to claw away a shot that was destined for the top corner of the
handed a debut to their new third kit of black & blue stripes, modelled
here by Joey Barton. It was later confirmed that due to a colour clash with
the home side, the usual black shorts and blue/black socks for this kit weren't
worn at Tannadice.
While an improvement on the uninspiring display in their last outing against
Leeds, this performance however still gave little cause for optimism going into
Carroll may have battled hard, but the Tangerines defence became the latest
side to work out and nullify the threat of Gutierrez - again overshadowed by
Jose Enrique in terms of meaningful forward runs.
If you're looking for a one word summary of this display, 'unconvincing' would
seem to fit the bill nicely. However there's still Shola to add in to this lot
- lucky us.
The absence of Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini saw Chris Hughton pair
Steven Taylor with Tamas Kadar in central defence. Ryan Taylor meanwhile
appeared at right back, with Habib Beye back in Paris to see a specialist
regarding a nagging hip problem.
Chris Hughton confirmed after the game that Bassong hadn't featured due to his
being suspended for next Saturday's opening league game. Whether he's actually
still a Newcastle player by then is a moot point.....