Steve Bruce’s Newcastle ship FIVE in embarrassing pre-season defeat to Northeast rivals Middlesbrough as Jamaal Lascelles and Lewis Wing both see red for off-the-ball clash
- Newcastle was beaten badly by Championship side Middlesbrough
- Magpies skipper Jamal Lascelles and Lewis Wing both saw red for off-ball collision
- Allan Saint-Maximin scored the Premier League’s only goal in shameful defeat
Newcastle suffered an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to local rival Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles and home midfielder Lewis Wing were both ejected from the match after an off-the-ball altercation – sources described it as a ‘grappling match’ – but they will avoid a regular season suspension instead they miss Monday’s second chance. between the teams on Tyneside.
Newcastle’s preseason turns into a nightmare for the head coach with serious injuries to goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and striker Dwight Gayle, followed by Tuesday’s heavy loss at Boro.
Allan Saint-Maximin was Newcastle’s most dangerous player, scoring in the 5-1 defeat
Jamal Lascelles (center) was sent off in the friendly for an off-ball collision with Lewis Wing
Bruce has been desperate to add some more new faces to his squad before the season kicks off and will be even more convinced that they need some new blood after this show.
Within 34 minutes, Newcastle was here on the hunt for a lost cause.
A double by Britt Assombalonga and a hit by Marcus Tavernier had put the hosts in the lead.
Neil Warnock would have been impressed by what he saw in Middlesbrough from his side
Leading actor Miguel Almiron played but could not prevent Newcastle from losing heavily
Andy Carroll (right) also played and is currently Newcastle’s only fit senior striker
The impressive Allan Saint-Maximin – who was one of the few sparkles for Newcastle – gave them hope by closing the gap six minutes before half time.
But Boro confirmed their dominance after the break with Grant Hall scoring five minutes into the second half to put the game to bed.
Stephen Walker completed the defeat late from the penalty spot.
Newcastle boss Bruce, hoping to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in the coming days, will want to see a much better performance when Boro heads to their training center in Benton on Monday for a second friendly.