Newcastle Reserves were beaten 2-0 by a strong Middlesbrough second string at St. James Park last night under the watching eyes of manager Sam Allardyce, in which keeper Fraser Forster was the pick of the Newcastle side.
In other news, Andrew Carroll our 18 year-old striker on loan at Preston, was sent off (a straight red card) at Scunthorpe after 62 minutes for violent conduct. Preston lost again 2-1 and are now 3rd bottom of the Championship. To make matters worse Nicholls missed a penalty, which would at least have given Preston a point.
Fraser Forster – excellent game for Hexham born goalkeeper
Newcastle Reserves 0 Middlebrough Reserves 2
Sam Allardyce attended the reserve game at St. James’ Park last night but saw the reserves go down to a 2-0 defeat against a strong Middlebrough side. Middlesbrough scored a goal late in both halves (40th and 89th minute) to go out worthy winners against a rather inexperienced Newcastle reserves side.
Newcastle had included only Pattison and Edgar with any real Premiership experience. Matty Pattison had been an unused sub for Newcastle in the disappointing Derby County game the previous evening. On the other hand Middlesbrough had no less than 8 players who had good Premiership experience in their team.
They included former Barcelona midfielder Mendieta and South Korean striker Gong-Dook Lee. Mohamed Shawky, an Egyptian recently signed by Middlesbrough was making his first appearance in England football. Fraser Forster our 19 year-old 3rd string goalkeeper, with Tim Krul on a 6 month loan to Falkirk, had an excellent game and kept the score down to only 2-0 with a string of fine saves.
You knew if wasn’t going to be Newcastle’s night when Kazenga Lua Lua was fouled in the box by McMahon, but Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones saved Ryan Donaldson ‘s penalty kick.
Newcastle Reserves: Forster, Bertram, Lough, Doninger, Francis (Morris 21), Edgar, LuaLua, Pattison, Danquah (Donaldson 62), Godsmark, Troisi. Subs n/u: Cook, Marwood, Patterson.
Middlesbrough Reserves: Jones; McMahon, Grounds, Williams, Hines, Cattermole, Mendieta (Franks 71), Shawky, Craddock, Lee (Hutchinson 70), Bennett (Owens 46).
Subs n/u: Steele, Johnson.
In other news 18 year-old England Under 19 international striker Andy Carroll was given a straight red card at Scunthorpe as Preston North End were beaten 2-1 to remain a worrying 3rd bottom of the Championship league. The referee sent Andy off for violent conduct in the 62nd minute after he retaliated to being fouled in a skirmish that involved a number of players. Andy still has to get his first goal for the Lancashire club and this was his 5th appearance for Preston. This has to be a worrying time for Preston who are now 3rd bottom with just 4 points from their first 6 games, having already conceded 9 goals and scored only 3. Last season Preston finished a respectable 7th with 74 points. The result left North End with their fourth defeat of the season.
Tim Krul, our 19 year-old goalkeeper on loan to Falkirk has now appeared 7 times for the Scottish side and after conceding 11 goals in successive games against Rangers (beaten 7-2) and Celtic (beaten 4-1), Tim has only conceded 5 goals in Falkirk’s last 4 games. Falkirk are now 3rd bottom of the Scottish Premiership with 4 points from their first 6 games – exactly the same record as Preston. As it turns out and even more strange is that both Preston and Falkirk have both won 1, drawn 1 and lost 4 in their first 6 games.