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Owls edged out by Magpies in friendly

Wednesday fell to a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United in a close-fought pre-season friendly at Hillsborough.

A second-half strike from Ayoze Perez proved the difference between the teams as a youthful Magpies side left the Owls' nest with the spoils on Wednesday night.

The Premier League outfit perhaps shaded proceedings and got the goal to show for their efforts but the hosts were not without their chances, with Jacques Maghoma and Chris Maguire coming close in the first half.

Gary Madine also saw a header well saved while at the other end Emmanuel Riviera had a good chance for the visitors, backed by a healthy following from the north east.

Alan Pardew's men grabbed the decisive goal midway through the second half, however, and a whole host of substitutions from both sides after the interval impacted the flow of the game somewhat.

Glenn Loovens captained the side for the first time at Hillsborough since being appointed skipper while trialist Dejan Kelhar got another chance to impress manager Stuart Gray, although he did suffer an injury.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer (Young 83), Mattock (Floro 81), Hutchinson (McCabe 62), Loovens, Kelhar (Zayatte 46), Maguire (Contout 62), Coke (Croasdale 75), Maghoma (Antonio 46), Madine, Nuhiu (Betra 75).

Newcastle: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perez (Campbell 73), Haidara (Bigirimana 62), Tiote (Vuckic 62), Obertan, Riviere (Streete 55), Dummett, Satka, Abeid, Armstrong (Gilliead 86) .




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 30 2014

Time: 11:53PM

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I've never been one of those 'friendly results don't matter' kind of fans. I know they're a useful exercise with other things to consider like fitness and... well, fitness. And integrating new players into the system etc. But I'd generally expect to see some match-on-match improvements as far as that goes... and I'm sure Stu feels the same way. Especially against 'lesser' opposition... which obviously doesn't refer to any side Newcastle decide to put out. Anyway, my point is this: pre-season so far seems a bit topsy-turvy IMO. There's plenty to be happy about - team spirit seems good, squad balance, gradual introduction of younger players. A few concerns - injuries mostly, and the cost of green light bulbs. But what stands out for me is our continued inability to keep a clean sheet. That and conceding free kicks in dangerous areas and then struggling to defend against them. Aren't pre-season friendlies all but designed to iron out these kinds of problems? Forget Newcastle (where the all round performance was good by what I've heard/ read) to let Donny score twice was probably worse that letting Bury score once and next up is the dingles. Naturally, I'd expect us to score against them, and win, but I'd much sooner visit Brighton next weekend on the back of a well-drilled 0-0 draw than, say, an entertaining 3-3 thriller, if ya know what I mean. Let's perfect ways of keeping the back door shut and then save the entertaining stuff for Hillsborough.
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