Newcastle United have lost their opening pre-season game of the summer.

The Magpies were beaten 1-0 by York City, with Michael Duckworth netting a late header for the hosts.

Pre-season cannot really be looked into too much.

That being said, it was a bit of a worry to see such lethargy.

That would have been partly down to the heat.

But Steve Bruce used many senior players on the day, and the Magpies really didn’t threaten all too often.

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Steve Bruce (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Allan Saint-Maximin was by far and away the best player on the park after he came on at half-time.

The Frenchman was a cut above everyone else, although he couldn’t find the breakthrough for the visitors.

One man who did do quite well despite the defeat, was defender Kell Watts.

The 21-year-old played a full 90 minutes at the LNER Community Stadium.

He lined up as the left centre-back, and moved into the middle when Federico Fernandez went off in the second-half.

The youngster, who’s had loan spells with Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town and Stevenage in the last couple of years, was impressive playing out from the back, and generally solid defensively.

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Kell Watts (Photo by Newcastle United/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

He also made one crucial block in the second-half before York’s goal came late on.

It is certainly a solid start to pre-season for him personally, and hopefully he’ll keep it up over the next few weeks.

On social media, there has been some fury about the result, but some fans reserved praise for young Watts:

 

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