Not surprisingly Sam Allardyce was delighted with Newcastle’s professional performance against Italian powerhouse Juventus.
Newcastle ran out easy winners 2-0 and with about 20 minutes to go had seven of their Academy youngsters on the field yet were able to hold Juventus with apparent ease.
Not only was it a great experience for the youngsters but they played like old pros.
Sam Allardyce - delighted with performance of youngsters
This is what a happy Sam Allardyce had to say after the game:
“The game was an excellent performance from our players,” “We were limited in our numbers but had a little bit of experience in our side and I thought we were absolutely terrific.â€
“After the penalty settled us down I thought we played some better football than we did against Celtic.â€
“Juventus weren’t at full pelt but it’s still Juventus and we beat them comfortably. Andy Carroll picked up the bits after the keeper’s save and fired into the bottom corner and Shay’s made a couple of saves at the right time.â€
“But the most important thing is that Newcastle won a game without conceding a goal. It was important that we just tried to play the game out without conceding.â€
“But a lot of good young players got a lot of experience. The young players got a lot of experience”
“The most disappointing thing out of the day is that Albert (Luque) felt a tightening of the groin, but hopefully that won’t be too bad.”
That appears to be good news about Luque – certainly when he went off he didn’t seem to be in any distress – and it looks like he just felt his groin tightening. A wise decision to go off by Albert. He also got a warm round of applause from the Newcastle fans as Albert is starting to look like the talented player he no doubt is. One thing that was noticeable is that his confidence seems to be returning.
Big Sam gave players who had 90 minutes against Celtic only 45 minutes today – and in the second half seven Academy products plus teenage trialist Charlie Barnett, from Liverpool, were on the field at the end of the game.
They held Juventus quite comfortably and should be commended for both their effort and their play in the second half.