Adam Sadlerâ€™s Newcastle Reserves side gained a hard fought 1-1 draw against Manchester United in front of over 2800 fans at St. Jamesâ€™ Park last night.
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:
â€œIt was a concern when he went down after two minutes.â€ â€œBut he showed what a master of the ball he actually is.â€ â€œHeâ€™s a terrific player and his goal just summed the man up.â€ â€œI was delighted to be in charge of a team that had Emre in it.â€
â€œThereâ€™s always somebody who says that first-teamers donâ€™t put the work in when they come into reserves.â€ â€œBut that doesnâ€™t happen at Newcastle â€“ and since Iâ€™ve been in charge I canâ€™t think of one player who hasnâ€™t gone about their job in the right manner.â€
â€œWe were looking to give Emre 45-60 minutes but I think the kick didnâ€™t help.â€ â€œHe is expected to train on Thursday with a view to being in the first-team squad at the weekend.â€
The game with Manchester United ended Adam Sadlerâ€™s first season in charge of the Reserves, with the team finishing in a respectable mid-table position.
â€œThe first half was our best performance as far as our football was concerned.â€
â€œI 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.â€ â€œSo to play like we did against Man United shows the size of the steps we have taken.”
â€œWeâ€™ve worked tirelessly on the training ground and I canâ€™t remember a game when they havenâ€™t put the graft in.” â€œWe couldnâ€™t have wished for a better venue to play this season than St Jamesâ€™s. This is our church, if you like.â€ â€œEvery Geordie fan and player for the club understands what this ground is about.â€
â€œWhen the players come to St Jamesâ€™s Park there is a huge buzz.â€
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.