Newcastle’s players were taught an “important lesson” by Fenerbahce ahead of their return to European competition, writes Miles Starforth.
That’s the verdict of manager Alan Pardew after the Magpies wrapped up their tour of Germany and Austria with a 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce on Saturday.
With Newcastle seemingly heading for victory thanks to a 75th-minute goal from substitute Mehdi Abeid, Cristian Baroni drilled a low shot past Rob Elliot with what turned out to be the last kick of the game.
Pardew left the Sonnenseestadion frustrated at the Turks’ equaliser.
However, he believes the result has reiterated the importance of closing a game out, especially against quality European opposition.
“It shows at this level, against a Champions League team, you can’t switch off,” Pardew said.
“We did. We thought we were cruising. We should have scored a second goal. It didn’t come, but you’ve got to see the game out with tenacity, and we switched off.
“What an important lesson we’ve taken from this game. In the 94th minute, with the last kick off the game, it went in the corner. There’s no way that should have happened.”
Pardew felt a technically-gifted, and equally physical, Fenerbahce team provided his side with their sternest test by far this pre-season in well-contested encounter in Ritzing, Austria.
“It was a stronger team than Monaco, and that showed,” said Pardew. “There was some real quality on the pitch on both sides.
“I just thought our squad was stronger than theirs. As the game went on, our subs looked better than their subs, which is a good sign.
“Their first XI was a handful. It just goes to show you in Europe there are no easy games.
“It was a tough game, and one we should have won.”
Abeid put Newcastle ahead after being fed by sub Sammy Ameobi, turning and shrugging off a challenge to finish well.
Newcastle: Elliot; Simpson (Santon, 68), Coloccini, Tavernier, R Taylor; Obertan (Shola Ameobi, 73), Tiote (Bigirimana, 59), Gosling (Abeid, 72), Marveaux (Gutierrez, 59); Vuckic (Sammy Ameobi, 46), Ba (Cisse, 68). Subs not used: Harper, Williamson.