MATTY LONGSTAFF (CENTRE OF PIC IN ORANGE) SCORES WOR 2nd GOAL!
(GEORDIE TIMES EXCLUUUSIVE!)
"SAINTS ALIVE, AZ NUFC PUT ON A MATT FINISH!"
We played St Etienne at St James' Park az Saint Maximin put on a super show in the 2nd half!
We kicked towards The Leazes End in the forst half and this end woz sparsely populated and we counted 6 or 7 St Etienne fans halfway up the stand, who had made the jorney from France!
THE HANDFULL OF ST. ETIENNE GROUNDHOPPERS
BEHIND THE WAALL!
We started off well and went straight for goal from the 'off' and took the lead in the 39th minute, when new boy Joelinton scrambled the baall home after a couple of hiz efforts were stopped by the St Etienne keeper---He didn't give up and hiz scrambled goal put us one up!
Jonjo Shelvey then hit the woodwork with a free kick just ootside the box az NUFC pounded the Leazes goal!
And at the Gallowgate End, Almiron aalso hit the woodwork, orly in the 2nd period!
The inevertable 2nd goal came in the 74th minute when a pass from Saun Longstaff foond hiz bruvver Matty and he slammed the baall home from just ootside the penalty area, just 2 minutes after comin' on!! (see top foto!)
We were well on top az Almiron had several near misses but he couldn't find hiz elusive forst goal for 'The Orangemen' (NUFC played in wor new aall orange 3rd strip)
Saint-Maximun and Jetro then came on and 'The Saint' (az he iz now known) put on a sinterlatin' show az he bamboozled the French defence! (He looks 'the part'!)
St. Etienne pulled one back from 'old boy' Debuchy against the run of play near the end, but it woz a very convincin' performance from NUFC in *'Broken Nose Bruce's forst home game in charge! (*We caalled him 'Broken Nose Bruce' when he woz the manager of the SMBs and the name haz stuck!)
Toon team line up: (18 players used)
Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Aarons, Hayden, Shelvey, S. Longstaff, Almiron, Joelinton. Subs: Murphy, Dummett, Clark, Willems, M. Longstaff, Ki, Saint-Maximin
PRE MATCH PUB CRAWL PIX
"IZ THERE ANYBODY THERE?"
BOTH THE BODEGA AND LEAZES END COMPANIONS CLUB
WERE VIRTUALLY EMPTY BEFORE THE GAME, WHICH WOZ REFLECTED
IN THE CROWD OF 16,686
(Top foto 2 hours before KO---Bottom foto 1 hour before KO!)