Newcastle thrash Hartlepool 5-1

Hartlepool 1 – Newcastle 5 (Pre-season friendly, August 7, 2012) Shola Ameobi set Newcastle on their way with the opening goal on three minutes, and Sylvain Marveaux then netted twice – the second a penalty – to make it 3-0 inside 12 minutes. Haris Vuckic then extended their advantage with a lob early in the second half and, while Antony Sweeney reduced the arrears, Gabriel Obertan drilled home five minutes from time to complete the rout.