Newcastle United 2-0 Hull City: Magpies beat Tigers in Pre-Season Clash
Steve Bruce faced his former club Hull City in a preseason friendly this afternoon 
(Photo by Jon Bromley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hull City lost 2-0 in a behind closed doors friendly against Newcastle United at St. James' Park on Saturday as they stepped up their preparation for their season resuming game against Charlton Athletic next weekend.

Florian Lejeune and Allan Saint-Maximin gave Steve Bruce's side the victory in the Tigers' third game in a week after drawing against Huddersfield Town and losing to Sheffield United.

Florian Lejeune opened the scoring in the first half, after he headed home Jonjo Shelvey's free kick from close range before Allan Saint-Maximin made it 2-0 just before half time. The winger picked up a loose ball before sliding it past goalkeeper George Long.

Hull will be less concerned about the defeat than they will in not picking up any injuries before the home game against Charlton  next Saturday - there were no reports from Grant McCann’s side of any players picking up knocks as yet. In addition, the starting XI for the second half for Hull is still unreported. 

As the season resumes next week, Hull City sit 21st in the Championship, two points above Charlton.

Newcastle United: Martin Dúbravka (Karl Darlow), Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune (Fabian Schär), Federico Fernández, Danny Rose (Andy Carroll), DeAndre Yedlin, Jonjo Shelvey (Isaac Hayden), Nabil Bentaleb (Emil Krafth), Allan Saint-Maximin (Matt Ritchie), Miguel Almíron (Valentino Lazaro), Joelinton (Yoshinori Mutō).

Hull City: [First Half, based on Highlights from Newcastle United TV] George Long; Robbie McKenzie, Jordy De Wijs, Angus MacDonald, Callum Elder; Mallik Wilks, Daniel Batty, Herbie Kane, Jon Toral, Josh Bowler; Tom Eaves.