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Newcastle began their pre-season campaign in style as they defeated Motherwell 4-2 in an entertaining clash at Fir Park.

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew shares a joke with James McFadden after the final whi

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew shares a joke with James McFadden after the final whi

Haris Vuckic and Yoan Gouffran got the Magpies off to a fine start with early goals and although Iain Vigurs hit back for the hosts, Moussa Sissoko restored their two-goal advantage heading into the interval.

James McFadden converted a clever penalty after the restart to cut Motherwell's deficit, but Newcastle again showed their class with a fourth from substitute Sylvain Marveaux as they wrapped up a comfortable win.

Motherwell started without new signing Stephen McManus and they fell behind after just eight minutes. Well keeper Lee Hollis made a brave block at the feet of Gouffran, only for Vuckic to slot home the rebound.

Vuckic then returned the favour on the quarter-hour when the Slovenian playing in Goufrann, who fired a shot underneath Hollis to double their lead.

Motherwell pulled a goal back on 26 minutes when Vigurs drilled a low effort past Rob Elliot from 18 yards, but Newcastle finished the half strongly and struck again when Sissoko's meek shot squirmed under Hollis' body.

Sissoko undid his good work early in the second half when he tugged down Stuart Carswell in the area, and McFadden chipped his penalty straight down the middle.

That act of ingenuity mattered little, however, as Marveaux netted a fourth for the Premier League side on 65 minutes from Paul Dummett's low cross to the back post.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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