Lejeune and Saint-Maximin push Newcastle past Hull in friendly

Newcastle United took another win in a friendly ahead of the EPL return.

Earlier this week, Newcastle United defeated Middlesbrough in a friendly as the Magpies continue to work back to full fitness before the Premier League season resumes. Today, Steve Bruce’s side topped another Championship side.

At Newcastle’s training ground, two Frenchmen found the net for Newcastle as Florian Lejeune and Allan Saint-Maximin scored in the 2-0 NUFC win over Hull City. The Magpies’ last competitive match vs. Hull was an EFL Cup match that the Tigers won on penalties less than six months after Steve Bruce resigned from the club.

According to NUFC.co.uk, Lejeune’s goal came first as the central defender headed in a free-kick delivery from Jonjo Shelvey. Saint-Maximin added another first-half goal. Shelvey and Saint-Maximin have been huge parts of the Newcastle success so far this season and it’s great that they are still in form.

The Newcastle United starting lineup included five defenders. Martin Dubravka, fully healed from his injury, started in goal with Javier Manquillo, Lejeune, Federico Fernandez, Danny Rose, and DeAndre Yedlin in front of him. Without seeing the action, either Yedlin or Manquillo could have been playing on the right wing.

Jonjo Shelvey and Nabil Bentaleb started in central midfield with Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, and Joelinton in the attack. Off the bench, these players made appearances:  Andy Carroll, Karl Darlow, Isaac Hayden, Emil Krafth,  Valentino Lazaro, Yoshinori Muto, Matt Ritchie, and Fabian Schar.

Next: Will Muto step up down the stretch for NUFC?

A week from tomorrow, Newcastle United will be playing a match that means something as they host Sheffield United in Premier League play.

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