We always like to see managers watching the Reserve Team games and even the Youth Team games sometimes, so it was good to see both Kevin Keegan and Sven Eriksson at the Newcastle United vs Manchester City Reserve game last night at St. Jamesâ€™ Park, which ended in a 1-1 draw, in front of only 740 fans.
20 year-old David Edgar - captain of the Reserve side played well last night
It was especially good that Eriksson stayed until the end of the game as he had quite a drive back to Manchester across the Pennines after the game, but it shows why he is a great club manager. City have just done the double over Manchester United is his first season in charge at the Eastlands, and Svenâ€™s had a great first season at the club.
Keegan had said last month if he couldnâ€™t bring in some new players in January, he would have to rely on some of the younger players, through the end of the season.
It turns out that Striker Andy Carroll and defender David Edgar both had excellent games for Newcastle last night, and reports say that Carroll’s 54th-minute opener had both Kevin Terry McDermott out of their seats.
Carroll had scored a hat trick for the Reserves against Middlesbrough recently, and has looked sharp since he returned from his rather unsuccessful loan spell at Preston, apparently none the worse for that experience.
David Edgar is the captain of the side and showed lots of strong leadership last night – good for him. He also captained the Canada Under-20 side in last year’s FIFA Under-20 Championships in Canada. And who will ever forget his excellent goal in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at home last season. He had a smile on his face from the time he scored until the end of the game that night, he just couldnâ€™t believe it.
New signings Ben Tozer, Tamas Kadar and Wesley Baheng also had good games and we expect these 3 to be pushing though during next season into the first team squad.
One of the things we really liked about Glenn Roeder was he gave the youngsters their chance, and they didnâ€™t let the club down, but since then they havenâ€™t had many chances at all. With our new youth recruitment policy, we will have to start playing the youngsters as they come though, otherwise they will look for pastures anew. Some of these may also go out on loan next season, as Carroll and 19 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul have done this season.
It will be interesting to see not only Kevinâ€™s starting line up for the Manchester United game, but also who he puts on the bench.
Next season the substitutes will be increased to 7, so Kevin will have a better chance to give the youngsters a taste of what itâ€™s like being part of the first team squad, and we’re sure he will take that opportunity.