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Sunday, July 26, 2009


Newcastle's summer of misery continued as they lost 6-1 to League One side Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

Jimmy Smith opened the scoring for Orient after just four minutes when he headed home unmarked from Sean Thornton's free-kick. Former Sunderland man Thornton made it 2-0 after 23 minutes, converting the penalty after Habib Beye handled inside the area.

Joey Barton got a goal back for Newcastle from the penalty spot on the half hour but Orient restored their two-goal cushion after half-time when Scott McGleish scored a staggering overhead kick from the edge of the area. Tamika Mkandawire made it four before substitutes Ryan Jarvis and Harry Baker compounded Newcastle's humiliation with two late goals.

The defeat comes with the question of who will manage Newcastle in the Championship next season still up in the air with Alan Shearer still thought to have his eyes on the role.

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