22 year-old Spanish striker Xisco hit two goals late in the game last night for the Reserves, as they took Wigan Athletic part by a score of 5-0.
Xisco – scored two goals before getting toe injury
The Spanish Under-21 International had replaced Peter Lovenkrands right at the end of the game against WBA on Saturday, and last night was starting his first game since September as part of a strong Reserves side.
The game was played at St. James’ Park.
The team included Alan Smith, who was captain again, and Claudio Cacapa, who was making a rare appearance this season.
Newcastle attacked Wigan from the start, and it was Kazenga LuaLua, who had a go from distance, but was denied by goalkeeper Callum Williams, after only 5 minutes.
It was all Newcastle at the start of the game and then a good move between Darren Lough, LuaLua and Frank Wiafe Danquah produced an opening for David Edgar after 13 minutes.
The Canadian put in an excellent shot but again goalkeeper Williams saved it at full stretch.
Spanish striker Xisco, was leading three men up front alongside LuaLua and Danquah, and he robbed centre-back Lewis Field ten yards from goal, but Williams smothered the ball.
After 30 minutes Newcastle went ahead, when Brazilian Claudio Cacapa poked the ball home from close range, after Xisco had tried to force the ball into the net following a Mark Doninger corner.
Then after 60 minutes Kazenga LuaLUa got a goal as he sent in a 20-yard swerving drive that Williams couldn’t reach at full stretch. This boy can certainly knock the goals in.
Xisco then got two goals, that were his first goals for the club since he scored in his first time team debut against Hull City at St. James’ Park, back on 13th September.
Donaldson set up Xisco’s first on 77 minutes, and the Spaniard finished low past Williams for Newcastle’s 3rd goal.
Xisco’s second goal came with just eight minutes remaining, with Jonny Godsmark finding the Spaniard, who sent a crisp half-volley into the bottom corner of the net.
Within a minute, Xisco almost had his hat trick when Williams blocked his shot, but 17 year-old Nile Ranger was there to tap the ball into the net, for his 20th goal in a Newcastle shirt this season, and his 6th goal for the Reserves.
Xisco had to leave the field near the end of the game with a toe injury, and he told nufcTV after the game.
“My toe was very sore so I thought it best to come off,”
“It is inflamed now but I will find out on Tuesday what the injury is.”
“Hopefully it will not be too bad.”
We’re not exactly sure what the deal is with Xisco, since he’s hardly been given a chance at Newcastle so far this season.
We expect he will move on in the summer, but why he was ever brought to Newcastle in the first place, seems a bit of a mystery, when we already had so many good strikers at the club.
Newcastle United: Fraser Forster, James Tavernier, Darren Lough (Shane Ferguson, 36m), Mark Doninger (Nile Ranger, 81m), Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Ryan Donaldson, Kazenga LuaLua, Xisco, Alan Smith, Frank Wiafe Danquah (Jonny Godsmark, 71m)
Subs not used: Max Johnson, James Taylor