Newcastle Excellent In Second Half As They Defeat St-Etienne 2-1

Newcastle took the pitch to start the second half with an unchanged side after closing the first half really well. Straight away Shelvey’s through ball reached Almiron who had his subsequent shot saved.

Almiron would get a few more chances but was unable to take them. In the 51st minute he combined well with Joelinton in the box but the shot was blocked.

He then blasted a shot wide after a St-Etienne defender lost the ball. He seems so desperate to score his first goal that we hope this does not get to him mentally early this season.

Newcastle then made their first changes of the game as the new boys came on.

Here’s a little video provided by the Chronicle of them coming on.

Jetro Willems would slot in at left wing-back while Allan Saint-Maximin would link up with Yoshinori Muto upfront.

Allan Saint-Maximin was full of energy and had a nice with a shot that was well saved by the Saint-Etienne keeper.

Newcastle would make further changes with Ki Sung-yueng and Matty Longstaff coming on for Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden.

It didn’t take long for Matty Longstaff to make an impact in front of the home crowd. He blasted a rocket off the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net. Wow!

The great thing about Matty is that he will not take up a squad place if he stays and can provide cover in the midfield.

Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett would then come on for Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles in the 77th minute. Javier Manquillo would make way for Jacob Murphy a few minutes later.

Allan Saint-Maximin would send Yoshinori Muto through but Muto’s attempt was unable to find the target in the 83rd minute.

In the 85th minute, Mathieu Debuchy would bring the lead down to just one goal with a header from a corner to make it a little interesting to close the game.

We were very happy with this performance as Newcastle grew into the game and look to have some exciting additions to the squad.

This article was originally posted here