Newcastle United continued their pre-season campaign with a hard-earned 1-0 victory of Ligue 2 side Monaco.
Demba Ba, the much rumoured want-away striker, got the only goal of the game in the 36th minute as he out jumped the keeper to head the ball home. There was an appearance for Steve Harper, who made a rare start in goal. The likes of Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigiramana, Romain Amalfitano, and Sammy Ameobi all kept their places in the starting line-up.
From all accounts, it seems like the Toon were on the back foot for much of the game, even though Ameobi (of the Shola variety) struck a post within the opening minute or so. Monaco came close on a number of occasions but couldn’t quite make the breakthrough their play merited.
So, it’s another pre-season game over and done with and Newcastle move onto the next, against Fenerbahce this Saturday.