Newcastle have started their season in a constructive way. A good run out in Scotland has seen United get the win. However, what can we learn from Friday’s result against Hearts?
Hearts 1-2 Newcastle
Pre-season friendlies are a strange thing. The result is hard to gain a measure of. In recent years, huge clubs have been beaten by minnows.
At the end of the day, a friendly is just a practice. Not much can be learned. However, it can build a mentality and an expectation of what a side can expect.
With that in mind, the result was a step in the right direction. However, like a footprint in the sand, it can be quickly washed away.
Beating a SPL side isn’t much a task outside of the green half of Glasgow these days. Whilst building a winning mentality we can’t truly see how Newcastle will perform on the basis of this.
One huge positive is the performance of Dwight Gayle. Two goals is a good start with rumours of new strikers perhaps arriving on Tyneside.
It was important for Gayle to show he was still up to the job. This is something he did well. Hearts did offer a competitive game.
A fast start saw all three goals scored in 25 minutes at Tynecastle. The Jambos looked in the game throughout under former United coach Ian Cathro.
Gayle opened the scoring from a good through-ball by Siem De Jong. This pre season is huge for the Dutchman.
Returning to Tyneside to attempt to prove himself. You can only hope De Jong can come good and show the form he showed at Ajax.
The Dutchman hasn’t ever had a real run in the first team. So this is vital for him. Hearts hit back through Jamie Walker.
However, five minutes later Gayle scored jabbing in Jonjo Shelvey’s corner. To finish off a good start to the Magpies pre season.
Next up a trip to Deepdale to play Preston for a fourth time in a year.