Seventeen-year-old Kazenga LuaLua, who is the cousin of former Newcastle favorite Lomana Lua Lua, now at Portsmouth, made his Newcastle debut last night as a 74th-minute substitute.
Andrew Carroll – 18 year-old made first appearance this season for the club
Manager Sam Allardyce was pleased with the impact of youngsters (bairns) Lua Lua and also Andrew Carroll, who came on as a late substitute for the tired Mark Viduka.
But Sam was pleased with the contributions of his two teenagers:
“Two young lads came on and did some good things in possession of the ball,”
“Andy Carroll could have been the ultimate hero but didnâ€™t quite make it. At least he got the chance to miss.”
Newcastle are now finding goals hard to come by and scored just once in their last 4 games. Sam continued:
“The service has to get better,” “We need to find a little more cutting edge in every department,” “I donâ€™t quite know how we didnâ€™t score at the end of the first half.â€
“Overall it was a good performance and a good result, although we could have done without the extra game with the players away at the African Nations Cup.”
“But four Premiership sides got knocked out by lower division teams and there was none harder than this one for me.”
We thought Newcastle played well but there has been some harsh criticism for Newcastle from some of our readers last night, which surprised us a little.
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PS – bairns is a Geordie slang for babies for those fans around the world.