Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Mainz on Monday afternoon, but the goal that went against them was slightly weird.
That’s the view of Toon defender Matt Targett, who played half an hour against the Bundesliga side. The £15million man wasn’t on the pitch at the time, coming on minutes later as Eddie Howe completely changed his lineup.
But moments before the changes, Newcastle went behind courtesy of Delano Burgzorg’s neat finish.
How Mainz’s goal against Newcastle came about
Howe’s side were dominant against Mainz, playing high up the pitch as they looked to impose themselves on the German side.
The Magpies won a free kick near the halfway line early in the second half, which Kieran Trippier took quickly. There was a clear emphasis from Newcastle to be fast from restarts, ensuring the game didn’t slow down.
However, this time it backfired. Trippier’s quick free-kick was intercepted, allowing Mainz to break. A neat through ball was played into the space vacated by Trippier, allowing Burgzorg to score.
Martin Dubravka perhaps could have done better, but the initial issue came from the free-kick. But was Mainz’s interception legal? Targett isn’t sure.
Matt Targett’s view
After the game, Targett spoke to NUFC TV about Mainz’s goal.
“It was a bit of a weird goal to concede,” he said.
“I’m not sure the player was 10 yards away from the free kick but you know what the refs are like, you don’t know what you are going to get, especially abroad, so it was a weird goal to concede but we had plenty of chances to win the game, for sure.”
Whether the goal should have stood or not is irrelevant really. It was only a friendly. What mattered most was the performance and getting minutes in the tank – not the result.
However, there were some concerns. We didn’t create enough chances, lacking cutting edge in the final third.
Hopefully this issue will be addressed before the new Premier League season begins, and another new signing wouldn’t go amiss either.