Eddie Howe reacts to Newcastle United’s pre-season win over 1860 Munich - and Sven Botman’s debut

Eddie Howe on Newcastle United’s win against 1860 Munich - and Sven Botman’s debut.

Eddie Howe has provided his verdict on Newcastle United’s 3-0 pre-season friendly victory over 1860 Munich.

Nick Pope, making his non-competitive debut, was among the Magpies players to start the game, who were frustrated by their German counterparts in the opening 45 minutes.

The score was tied at 0-0 until Joe Willock broke the deadlock on 55 minutes. On the hour-mark, Howe made 10 changes - including Bruno Guimaraes.

And the Brazilian was the star of the show, assisting Sean Longstaff’s goal before scoring one himself after linking up with Chris Wood.

“The first-half was difficult,” Howe told reporters at the Saalfelden Arena. “They were clearly trying to slow the game down which is their right.

“The referee didn’t help because we wanted a quick game. We wanted high tempo, a lot of running, a lot of transition work but it wasn’t there in the first half.

Newcastle United in Austria with Liam Kennedy and Jordan Cronin.
Newcastle United in Austria with Liam Kennedy and Jordan Cronin.
Newcastle United in Austria with Liam Kennedy and Jordan Cronin.

“We didn’t really get what we wanted but we didn’t really help ourselves in that. I thought we were lethargic but we have worked the players very hard this week.

“They’ve been tested in a lot of different ways, so we knew we were coming into the game fatigued and that showed during the first period.”

Summer signing Botman was introduced at half-time with Jamaal Lascelles replaced as a precaution.

The Dutchman first partnered Dan Burn in defence before Fabian Schar replaced the Blyth-born defender.

Howe said: “It’s no secret we chased him for a long time. His ability - I think you saw that today. He’s a presence, a really good size and his technical ability has been evident since day one in pre-season.

“He is very composed and settled in really well. He is a very likeable person, laidback and calm. I’ve been really pleased with his impact on the group.”