Adam Sadler’s first game officially in charge of the Newcastle United Reserve side was a losing one as his team went down 4-2 to Blackburn Rovers at Kingston Park on Monday evening. Adam of course took over the role from Lee Clark who moved to join Glenn Roeder as Assistant manager at Norwich City recently.
But it was the defense that let the defense down (does that sound familiar?) when the team found themselves 3-0 down at half time with some sloppy defending.
Adam Sadler – reserves fought back well on Monday night
In Adam’s first game in charge as the new Newcastle Reserves manager, Keith Treacy beat young Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster. This followed Tony Kane’s right-wing center which was allowed to pass through a number of Magpie defenders.
The second goal came from a corner from Keith Tracy when striker Marcus Marshall headed in from close range after 21 minutes.
Then just 3 minutes later Josh O’Keefe latched onto a nice through ball from Jamie Clark and shot home in off a post giving Forster, the giant Newcastle goalkeeper no chance at all.
Shola Ameobi was the only first-teamer on duty for Newcastle. Newcastle, to their credit, came out with a renewed energy after the break and Shola went close with a strong 20-yard shot. Then James Troisi shot just over, before Clarke scored Blackburnâ€™s 4th goal, when he got away from Newcastle defender Alex Francis and fired home from 12 yards.
To their credit the Newcastle youngsters did not give up and battled away and came back well in the last 10 minutes.
Dutchman Wiafe Danquah fired home a penalty after 83 minutes after O’Keefe had handled the ball inside the area. Then with just 4 minutes to go Kane put into his own goal as he tried to clear the ball. It was a disappointing result for the youngsters, but they did well in the second half to keep their spirits and came back after being 4 goals down. Thatâ€™s also good management from Adam Sadler as he was able to turn things around at half time, at least in the attitude of his young players.
Newcastle United Reserves: Fraser Forster, Mark Bertram, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger, Alex Francis, David Edgar, Jonny Godsmark, James Troisi, Ryan Donaldson (Frank Wiafe Danquah, 73m) Shola Ameobi, Kazenga LuaLua
Subs not used: Alex Patterson, James Marwood, Callum Morris, Patrick McLaughlin
Blackburn Rovers reserves: Gunnar Neilsen, Tony Kane, Martin Olsson, Josh O’Keefe, Dean Winnard, Gavin Gunning, Aaron Doran (Michael O’Connor, 75m), Alan Judge, Marcus Marshall, Jamie Clarke, Keith Tracey
Subs not used: Mark King, Andreas Arestidou, Jonathan Bateson, Kris Patterson