Sadler Pleased With Reserves’ Performance

As we reported late last night Newcastle reserves were beaten 2-0 by Wigan last night at Robin Park, against an experienced second team watched by Wigan’s manager Steve Bruce.


Adam Sadler – Newcastle Reserve Team Manager

Wigan Athletic last night played seven senior players with four of them being Internationals so it was a really experienced team the youngsters played against.

They still acquitted themselves very well and indeed Adam Sadler gave the boys credit for a good display and will take the positives out of the game, as any good coach does..

Sadler thinks last night was a good learning experience for his young guns, with the oldest player in the Newcastle side being old man 20-year-old Canadian David Edgar, who also captains the side.

Adam told the official Newcastle United web site:

“Wigan were difficult opponents both physically and technically, but our lads continued to show great attitude and work ethic throughout the game,” “We created three good chances in each half and, on another day, we could’ve got a result.”

“But we believe this has been a very valuable learning experience based on the fact that Wigan fielded seven first-team players and some with international experience.”

This must be one of the youngest-ever Reserve sides we are fielding these days and it’s likely there will be even more youngsters next season competing for places in the Reserve side. Hopefully some of the young guns will be pushing for first team spots too.

That’s one beauty of our youth strategy at the club, and it will surely pay off in a year or so.

Comments very welcome.

8 comments so far


    Feb 27, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    bit off topic but has anyone read today, some joker has said some funny things about newcastle… that gerard houlier will take over in the summer. so its not only the southern press ripping us but also fans of other teams!

    i would not be impressed if this were to happen…


    Feb 27, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #2

    back on topic did anyone see liverpool reserves brushed man united’s reserves 2-0 so were not that far off the pace there.

    i have to say its great that our reserves are getting younger because it means they have more time to prove themselves before they make a jump to the main team
    or cash into the clubs wallet

  • millepede

    Feb 27, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    2-0 loss – a good performance, well by first team standards it’s a brilliant display – the other team didnt get more than four goals – well done lads keep up the good work

  • Kash2

    Feb 27, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    When is Edgar gonna get a first team run out? Could Lua-Lua get a first team run out considering he didn’t play? Why didn’t Enrique play? What’s wrong with Troisi, isn’t he good enough? He plays for Australia!

  • Greg P

    Feb 27, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Thats an excellent result given the difference in experience. We no longer have a reserve side, rather an expanded youth system with Edgar and Carrol at the top of the tree, as we’re not playing the Ameobi’s and Enrique’s in the reserves. This means that against teams with experience internationals like Wigan we may lose, but it will be great experience for the lads and avoids players who will never take the step up wasting our time.
    Troisi had a decent game against Lpool the other week, so imagine he must have been injured?


    Feb 27, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    it would be good if keegan could put faith in the youngsters, lua lua and carroll look the most likely to break into the first team

    even edgar is in with a chance if he keeps up the good work

  • Mr T

    Feb 27, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Ressies that stand out to me are:

    Lua Lua

    Frank Wiafe Dainqh (spelling?) looks talented, but he looks a bit lazy, Sadler is seemingly always on his back to do more running.

  • Tripp

    Feb 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve time I see this guy’s name I think you’re talking about Adam Sandler. Good to see the reserves playing well (they’ve done well in their past 5 games). The faster we can develop the younger players the better.


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