Huddersfield 0 Newcastle Utd 1

Last updated : 22 July 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

Not the sort of pre-season friendly we expected to see, but Lee Clark has told us all "one day I will be Newcastle boss" and he seemed intent on showing us first hand he doesn't mess about.

Steve Harper, who spent a time on loan at Huddersfield, was rarely troubled and Kevin Nolan took the glory with the winning goal.

Lee Novak went close to upstaging the club he followed as a boy, but it was the closest Harper came to getting a sweat.

Kevin Nolan’s clever 67th-minute finish won the game, but Novak went perilously close to an equaliser himself before setting up Michael Collins for a golden last-minute chance.

It was a fiery contest in front of 9,691 fans.

Central defender Peter Clarke, particularly, showed he was going to get stuck into Newcastle's big names, and he was the ring-leader during a half-time bust-up as the teams left the field.

Newcastle returned clearly fired up and it took two brilliant saves from Alex Smithies to keep them at bay, first making a diving stop to deflect away Shola Ameobi’s crisp drive and then standing tall to tip over a shot from Fabricio Coloccini from the resulting corner.

A long punt down the middle and Nolan was on hand to leave Smithies helpless with a neatly lobbed finish.

Newcastle took 1,654 fans and once again they chanted for Alan Shearer to be named manager.

Newcastle were almost handed a second goal by a misdirected clearance from Butler which fell straight to Nolan in the box.

He was held up by the recovering defender, but as Ameobi seemed certain to score, Clarke and Joe Skarz somehow got back on the line to make an incredible clearance.

The frustration boiled over as Novak – who finished the game with a cut chin – was involved in a flare-up with Coloccini at the end.

NEWCASTLE UNITED – Harper, Coloccini, Enrique (Donaldson 80), Barton (Smith 58), Guthrie (Tavernier 80), Gutierrez (Duff HT), Xisco (Ameobi HT), Beye (Kadar HT), Taylor S (Taylor R HT), Lua-Lua (Adjei 73), Carroll (Nolan 58). Sub not used: Forster.