Joey Barton came through a good 80 minutes tonight as Newcastle United reserves rather easily beat Middlesbrough Reserves 4-1 at Billingham.
Newcastle took the lead after only 4 minutes when James Marwood hit a good low drive past goalkeeper Jason Steele from just outside the area.
Then Tim Krul made a great save from his compatriot Marvin Emnes as Tim spread his body brilliantly to block the effort. Then 18 year old Ben Tozer cleared off the line as he somehow got Porritt’s shot just around the post from six yeards out.
The Andy Carroll, finally fit again scored with a great header after 60 minutes from a good cross from Jonny Godmark Richard Smallwood (62) then managed to lift the ball over Krul from close range for Boro’s only goal of the evening.
Then Godsmark, who had an excellent game tonight, placed a great cross over which was turned into his own net by Johnson (67).
The promising Nile Ranger, who scored a hat trick for the Under-18s against Barnsley on Saturday, got his third ever goal for the Reserves after Godsmark placed the ball on a plate for the 17 year-old to shoot home from 7 yards out.
It was a good solid display from our youngsters, and Joey put in an energetic accomplished performance.
Middlesbrough Reserves: Jason Steele, Matthew Bates (Ashley Corker, 46m), Joe Bennett, Josh Walker, Seb Hines, John Johnson, Jonathan Franks, Richard Smallwood, Marvin Emnes, Shaun Saiko, Nathan Porritt
Newcastle United Reserves: Tim Krul, David Edgar, Tamas Kadar (Darren Lough, 64m), Ben Tozer, Callum Morris, Jonny Godsmark, Joey Barton (Brad Inman, 80m), Mark Doninger, James Marwood, Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll (Shane Ferguson, 74m)
Subs not used: Michael McCrudden, Greg McDermott.