Newcastle United finished their pre-season preparations in style as Moussa Sissoko’s late strike earned them a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at St James’ Park.

Wearing a limited edition “members only” kit in their only home friendly, the Magpies put in another strong performance and looked good as they saw off their Spanish opposition.

Alan Pardew named as strong a line-up as possible, with only Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong missing from the XI as a precaution. Remy Cabella played behind Emmanuel Riviere and the pair looked dangerous all afternoon, with the former Montpellier midfielder in particular catching the eye.

Also impressive was Daryl Janmaat, who started his second game in a week after Huddersfield on Tuesday.

And it was the Dutchman who was heavily involved in the first half chance of the match, intercepting well at the back before going forward and crossing for Riviere, who narrowly failed to connect with the former Feyenoord man’s ball.

However, the crowd of just under 20,000 had to wait until the second half to see either goalkeeper make a save of note.

It came from a Newcastle corner and Mike Williamson’s powerful glancing header flew towards goal, only for Sociedad stopper Geronimo Rulli to pull off a fine instinctive save.

The usual raft of changes once again affected the flow of the game after the hour mark but it was one of Pardew’s subs that won it for Newcastle.

Gabriel Obertan – who looks completely rejuvenated after looking as though his chance at Newcastle had gone – was introduced and provided the late goal that won it for the home side.

The Frenchman jinked down the right before clipping it towards the edge of the box where Sissoko was able to come onto it and steer home for the winner.