Pic Special: Southend 0 Newcastle 2

Newcastle United continued their fine pre-season form with a 2-0 friendly victory at Southend United on Tuesday night.

Second half goals from Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran proved to be the difference at Roots Hall, and it was no less than the Magpies deserved for a performance in which they were comfortable throughout.

A frustrating first period saw Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle all spurn decent chances against their League One opponents. But Anita made no mistake three minutes after the break, firing home a glorious strike from distance.

Further chances came and went before Gouffran put the result beyond any doubt with a fine, individual goal that nestled in the bottom corner.

And manager Rafa Benitez will be hoping his side can finish their warm-up games unbeaten as they entertain Dutch side Vitesse on Saturday.

Images by Club Photographer Serena Taylor.

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