Losing start for Newcastle new boy Massadio Haidara

LOSING START ... Newcastle United's new signing Massadio Haidara.
LOSING START ... Newcastle United's new signing Massadio Haidara.

MASSADIO Haidara’s Newcastle United career is up and running – but the defender didn’t enjoy a winning start to his time at the club.

The left-back, signed last week from French club Nancy, started yesterday’s Under-21 3-1 defeat to Reading.

Haidara – who travelled with the first-team squad to the Midlands for Tuesday night’s game at Aston Villa, but didn’t feature – was signed as one for the future by Newcastle.

And the 20-year-old played almost an hour for United, captained by Paul Dummett.

The game saw goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and substitute Jamie Sterry sent off.

Meanwhile, JJ Hooper, Dennis Knight, Marcus Maddison and Michael Riley didn’t feature amid speculation the quartet have been released by the club.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick, Kitchen, Haidara (Quinn, 53), Logan, Tavernier, Dummett, Campbell, Miele (Sterry, 66), Heardman (Mitchell, 40), Ferguson, Amalfitano.