Wor one and anly home pre season friendly torned oot to be a 'non event' az we struggled against Portuguese side SC Braga @ St James' Park yesterday evenin'!
Wor one and anly (loan!) signin' so far, Loic Remy, waz paraded before the fans before the kick off to a luke warm reception, with many fans refusin' to applaud a player who torned us doon in January, in favour of QPR for more dosh!
The Toon came oot sportin' a black n white 'half and half' Blackborn style strip, rathaa than wor traditional stripes, which puzzled us to say the very least???
We started off well when Coloccini shot just wide in the 2nd minute @ 'The Leazes End', but we faded after this and the anly othaa 'action' from us waz an effort from Cisse in the 18th minute which waz tipped ower the bar by the Braga keeper!
The visitors took the lead bang on half time when one of their forwards waz adjudged to have been pushed in the box by Debuchy and the ref awarded a penalty with loud protest from the Toon players and fans alike!
Alan convoted the spot kick past Elliot in the Toon goal and so we went into the dressin' room 'one doon' at the break!
The 2nd half waz even worse than the 1st but Coloccini saved the day when he heeded in from a Ben Arfa corner @ 'The Gallowgate End' to send the 16,000 faithful into delerium! <(whey!---polite applause anyway!)
Attendance: 16,187 (we spotted TWO Braga fans @ the front of The Leazes End behind the goal!)
The anly suprize for us waz the size of the crowd which waz some 6,000 more than we predicted at 16,000 plus <(there are more daft b*ggers than we thought!)
Toon team line up: In total TWENTY players were used by us in this game and they were: Elliot, Krul, Debuchy, Steve Taylor, Santon, Dummett, Yanga, Coloccini, Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, Cisse, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Obertan, Gutierrez, (and finalleee)Sammy Ameobi!