Emre Looks Set For First Team Squad Saturday

Adam Sadler’s Newcastle Reserves side gained a hard fought 1-1 draw against Manchester United in front of over 2800 fans at St. James’ Park last night.

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Emre – a good 45 minutes last night plus a great goal

And the performance of Emre suggests he’ll be straight into the first team squad for Saturday’s game against Reading.

Sadler talked today about Emre:

“It was a concern when he went down after two minutes.” “But he showed what a master of the ball he actually is.” “He’s a terrific player and his goal just summed the man up.” “I was delighted to be in charge of a team that had Emre in it.”

“There’s always somebody who says that first-teamers don’t put the work in when they come into reserves.” “But that doesn’t happen at Newcastle – and since I’ve been in charge I can’t think of one player who hasn’t gone about their job in the right manner.”

“We were looking to give Emre 45-60 minutes but I think the kick didn’t help.” “He is expected to train on Thursday with a view to being in the first-team squad at the weekend.”

The game with Manchester United ended Adam Sadler’s first season in charge of the Reserves, with the team finishing in a respectable mid-table position.

Sadler added:

“The first half was our best performance as far as our football was concerned.”

“I was delighted with that and it gives you an idea of how far we have come, especially when you look back to the Blackburn game in November when we lost 4-2 at home and the Sunderland game which we lost 3-1.” “So to play like we did against Man United shows the size of the steps we have taken.”

“We’ve worked tirelessly on the training ground and I can’t remember a game when they haven’t put the graft in.” “We couldn’t have wished for a better venue to play this season than St James’s. This is our church, if you like.” “Every Geordie fan and player for the club understands what this ground is about.”

“When the players come to St James’s Park there is a huge buzz.”

It will be good to see Emre get some minutes in the game against Reading. It will end our relegation problems if we can take all 3 points from our fellow relegation strugglers.

And that will be a huge relief for all Newcastle fans everywhere – so we expect the lads to go all out for a good victory on Saturday.

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