Date: 30th July 2014 at 11:54pm
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Wednesday fell to a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United in a close-fought pre-season friendly at Hillsborough.

A second-half strike from Ayoze Perez proved the difference between the teams as a youthful Magpies side left the Owls’ nest with the spoils on Wednesday night.

The Premier League outfit perhaps shaded proceedings and got the goal to show for their efforts but the hosts were not without their chances, with Jacques Maghoma and Chris Maguire coming close in the first half.

Gary Madine also saw a header well saved while at the other end Emmanuel Riviera had a good chance for the visitors, backed by a healthy following from the north east.

Alan Pardew’s men grabbed the decisive goal midway through the second half, however, and a whole host of substitutions from both sides after the interval impacted the flow of the game somewhat.

Glenn Loovens captained the side for the first time at Hillsborough since being appointed skipper while trialist Dejan Kelhar got another chance to impress manager Stuart Gray, although he did suffer an injury.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer (Young 83), Mattock (Floro 81), Hutchinson (McCabe 62), Loovens, Kelhar (Zayatte 46), Maguire (Contout 62), Coke (Croasdale 75), Maghoma (Antonio 46), Madine, Nuhiu (Betra 75).

Newcastle: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perez (Campbell 73), Haidara (Bigirimana 62), Tiote (Vuckic 62), Obertan, Riviere (Streete 55), Dummett, Satka, Abeid, Armstrong (Gilliead 86) .