De Jong hits a cracker as Newcastle United go Dutch

GREY DAY: Jack Colback in action for Newcastle last night.
GREY DAY: Jack Colback in action for Newcastle last night.
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NEWCASTLE United’s shirts were grey, but the future is looking increasingly orange on Tyneside.

The club, having had such a French influence in recent years, is going Dutch.

And Alan Pardew’s side were leading Oldham Athletic when captain, scorer and debutant Siem de Jong left the field last night.

De Jong, signed from Ajax late last month, scored a memorable goal.

The 25-year-old will undoubtedly be a key figure for United this season.

However, the team’s performance unravelled after a rash of substitutions at Boundary Park, where late goals from Timothee Dieng and Willy Gros gave the League One side an unexpected win.

The game kicked off as Daryl Janmaat was finalising his move to St James’s Park back on Tyneside.

Janmaat will join countrymen de Jong, Vurnon Anita and Tim Krul at St James’s Park at the end of the month.

Last night, de Jong and his fellow new signings Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez make their full debuts.

After a spirited, if sometimes scrappy, opening, Newcastle - who had survived a couple of scares - took control of the game in the 14th minute.

Winger Rolando Aarons burst forward and was brought down on the edge of the home box by Mike Jones.

De Jong’s free-kick struck the wall and the rebound came back at him. The 25-year-old lashed a rising half volley past a helpless Paul Rachubka with a first-time shot with his right foot.

Luuk, his younger brother, hadn’t found the net in 14 games last season during his loan spell at St James’s Park, though admittedly he had been up against Premier League defences.

But de Jong, playing behind lone striker Adam Armstrong, looked the part.

Certainly, his vision, and range of passing, will be a huge asset to United, not to mention his right foot.

Colback, synonymous with former club Sunderland, also didn’t look out of place in the centre of midfield.

The 24-year-old was industrious alongside Mehdi Abeid, back from a season-long loan at Panathinaikos.

A bulked-up Abeid, however, didn’t see as much of the ball in the first half.

Sammy Ameobi replaced Yoan Gouffran for the second-half, and an Anita error almost let Oldham back into the game, but goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was able to deflect Jonson Clarke-Harris’s shot over the bar.

Pardew replaced Adam Armstrong with Perez, signed from Tenerife last month, in the 54th minute.

Lubomir Satka also replaced Anita at right-back to make his first-team debut.

Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic and Massadio Haidara were sent on in the 64th minute - de Jong, Aarons and Steven Taylor were withdrawn - and the inexperience of the defenders left on the pitch soon told, with Dieng levelling in the 68th minute.

Dieng, unmarked at the back post, was able to head a David Mellor corner past Alnwick.

Gael Bigirimana came on for the last 20 minutes - he replaced Paul Dummett - and things unravelled further when a shot from substitute Gros squirmed under Alnwick.

And there was no way back for Newcastle, who head to New Zealand on Friday for a two-game tour of the country.

OLDHAM ATHLETIC: Rachubka, Mills, Kusunga, Kelly, Dayton, Jones, Forte, Clarke-Harris, J Wilson, B Wilson, Turner.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick, Anita (Satka, 54), S Taylor (Streete, 64), Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett (Bigirimana, 70), Gouffran (Ameobi, 46), Abeid, Colback, Aarons (Haidara, 64), de Jong (Vuckic, 64), Armstrong (Perez, 54). Sub not used: Woodman.

Goals: de Jong 14, Bove 68, Gros 79

Ref: Darren Bond Att: 2,990