Newcastle United have won the Football Tour 2014 after beating Wellington Phoenix 1-0 at the Westpac Stadium.

Yoan Gouffran’s first-half header was enough to see off the A-League side, who provided the Magpies with a much tougher test than Sydney FC did four days ago.

Phoenix – who beat West Ham 2-1 in their first game – forced Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot into two stunning saves as the Geordies hung on to claim the win.

Alan Pardew again named a strong side for the match, with only one change to the side that eased past Sydney. Mehdi Abeid replaced Rolando Aarons in the starting XI and Newcastle lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Massadio Haidara and Vurnon Anita in wing-back roles.

The hosts had the first chance of the game after five minutes, when a loose ball landed at the feet of Nathan Burns at the far post, only for the striker to be thwarted by a fine Fabricio Coloccini block.

Newcastle responded well and had a trio of half chances. Siem de Jong – looking for his third goal in three games for his new side – sent a shot narrowly over the bar before Haidara’s teasing cross flew across the box untouched. Emmanuel Riviere then steered a shot into goalkeeper Glen Moss’s arms.

Phoenix had the upper hand though and a number of efforts on goal had Newcastle aware that they were not in for another walk in the park. Captain Andrew Durante flashed a header just over Elliot’s goal as half-time approached.

Gouffran could have given Newcastle the lead moments later though, when a loose ball fell to him on the edge of the box. His curling shot was tipped away by Moss but the Frenchman would break the deadlock minutes later.

A well-worked short corner saw Jack Colback and Anita combine before the resulting cross found Gouffran in the box. His looping header clipped the inside of the post to give Newcastle a half-time lead.

Ten minutes into the second half, Phoenix pushed hard for an equaliser but found Elliot in top form. Jeremy Brockie was denied both times by the Republic of Ireland international.

First, the keeper got his fingertips on a shot headed for the bottom corner before denying the striker in a one on one clash.

The usual second-half substitutions then disrupted the flow of the match but there was still time for substitute Aarons to impress with a fine run that resulted in fellow sub Ayoze Perez screwing a shot off target.

United now return to England for a friendly against Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday, before heading to Germany to compete in the Schalke Cup.