Newcastle Reserves Slam Wigan 5-0

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

103 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Why is a 6 million signing + U21 International player playing in the reserves?

    Hopefully he is given the chance one day and he will prove to us that he is worth that 6 million

  • pk08

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    there must be some sort of clause related to appearances because if not he has been treated shockingly badly for no apparent reason…

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    826 (I think) turned up and it was a good little atmosphere.

    Lua Lua was excellent. Fast pace, read the game. Defo one for first team.

    I was impressed by Frank Danquah (No 11) – seemed all over the pitch (good thing).

    Smith didnt do much – more a run out than anything else. Cacapa – well nowt to say on that. He did score like.

    Xisco – im on the fence on him. The first half he looked like he couldnt be ar$ed and was only the second he woke up and started – and got injured too.

    He needs more time with we on the reserves and training pitch. Hes only what 22? I would think he is a prime example of the player model we are working towards. Granted not an immediate 1st team selection.

    I like Fraser Foster!!! He bosses that back line and is very vocal and got a yellow for kicking the ball away in frustration. Having said that the ref was more card happy than Knob Styles!

    I enjoyed and would prefer more at SJP as its easier to get too that Whitley Park.

  • Partizan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Owen,Smith,Viduka all leaving in the Summer,i’m pretty sure he’ll get his chance.

  • aus_toon_todd

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    well put partizan, but they may still try and shift him out.

  • Monster

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    A warning for any toon fans planning a safari trip:

  • DanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7
  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Xisco needs time to prove himself I think partizan put it very well and he will get his chance.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    DanToon – thanks for the link.

    Im thinking along the same line.

    Its easy to say sorry after the event.

    Anyone remember the ‘fact’ story on the website. Which prat wrote that – Llambiarse.

    I will reserve further until I have read part 1.

    I know Luke Edwards agreed to ask some questions raised in the NUSC meeting – lets see if he is as good as his word.

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Sven-Goran Eriksson seem’s to be up for Grabs….Newcastle need to make a move for him……as for Xisco he’s going back to Spain in the Summer as the Newcastle manager dont rate him , neither did Keegan, he was One of the Dwarfs great Buys along with Nacho Gonzalez….

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11


    I saw that Sven is possibly free he has a friendly against the USA tonight and if they don’t win apparently he will get the chop !!!

  • Bill F

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry to disagree Ed but we are not blessed with a plethora of strikers. the two quality ones we have are more often than not injured. Viduka and Smith just can’t cut it. And Shola is more packhorse than stallion. Carroll is only at the beginning of his career, with lots of scope for improvement. I have been saying for over two years we need a quality consistent striker. Players like Xisco might be able to fit the bill but only if they get games. Then again you can understand why managers are reluctant to play them when the team is struggling as we are.

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Born Again Geordie we could do alot worse, Sven knows the Premier and i recon he could get us out of this relegation battle and he would attract better players than Joe does…

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Sven would come if he had a war chest of cash at his disposal for players. I cant see him coming here.

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Italian legend Franco Baresi will be in the area in July to coach local youngsters “the AC Milan way”.<<<Now there was a Defender who knew how to tackle and play the Great Game of Football….

  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Wasn’t it said when we first bought Xisco that he will be a late developer, and that we will need a bit of patience and to play him as regularly as possible?
    Also i’d heard he refused to play in the reserves until now, maybe his sub at the weekend and this appearance suggest because we’ve not signed anyone else that we’re willing to pay the additional appearance fees to make him the player he would eventually become?
    I for one would love to see Xisco do well!

  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    cheers for that link dantoon, seems like lamb madras is talking rubbish, challenge for everything in five years?? wtf is he on??!!!!

  • Whumpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ve heard (and it stacks up) that the reason Xisco hasn’t featured is that he’s been a petulant egotist and refused to play for the reserves up to now. I suspect that he’s started to realise that he’ll be shipped off to some obscure 2nd-league outfit abroad unless he bucks up.

    But whichever way you look at it, last night showed a huge amount of promise in so many positions. Donninger seems to be a born playmaker, Lua Lua is what Dyer should have been and even having Smith in a potential deputising role for Butt could be a good thing.

    Very exciting, if only for a couple of seasons hence. I reckon Donninger and Lua Lua may feature in the first team a lot more next season, though. Very exciting!

  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Hiddink in talks with Chelsea

  • Ericles

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #20

    Well said Partizan. I hope they do shift Smith, Viduka and Owen out. Trouble is Owen now goes on a free. Xisco is a mystery man and I think he deserves a chance. I would try him alongside Martins.

  • WesToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyone know what time the Lambi-arse article will come out??

  • WesToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Cheers Tom1664

  • Tom1664

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #24

    It’ll be interesting to see what actually happened at Keegangate when the proceedings are over. We’ve all been working on speculation so far and whilst Keegan is a legend and fully deserves his iconic status for his work in the 90’s, I get the feeling he’s not going to come up smelling entirely of roses.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    IF Mike Ashley cares about the club and listens to the fans, why didn’t he reinstate Keegan and get rid of Wise?
    IT’S a no-comment I’m afraid.
    It’s something we can discuss later. It was never a possibility

    this guys deadset a f**wit

  • Ross

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Tom-the sad thing is i think i agree with you. They’re saying they cant legally talk about this now, but will be more than happy to give us the full story the moment they’re given the go ahead. Obviously we will have to hear Keegans side of the story aswell, but the way they’re talking about it, they obviously think they have nothing to be ashamed of with regards to the whole situation, and that we might get a bit of a shock when all is revealed.

  • Ross

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Sydney-i get the feeling both the club and keegan might be locked up in legal proceedings, eg keegan suing the club? They could have been told by higher powers they’re not allowed to discuss it, who knows.

  • DanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #28


  • Tom1664

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Ross – yeah, they’d be legally obliged not to release any statements about it so they courts could maintain a neutral jury and not skew the case.

  • batty

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #31

    beye just read it m8 according to that were haveing bruce then

  • Tom1664

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Beye – how much do the mail bum spurs in that article?!?

    “Redknapp is shrewd enough to keep what should be a top four club in the Premier League”

    Load o’ nadgers!

  • MDS

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #33

    @Born Again Geordie

    The USA v. Mexico match tonight is actually the first match of the final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round. Mexico, who has long dominated the region, only qualified to ths round on goal differential. As an American I can’t stand the Tri Colores and hope to make Sven available by the end of the day.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Well I cant wait til part 2 in tomorrows Journal.

    Didnt really set me alight with anything.

    Doesnt really explain anything we didnt already know.

    Thought that was a bit of a dig at NUSC. Strange that they are now invited to meetings and when there last meeting they had – they were not.

    Anyone elses opinions?

  • MDS

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Xisco needs more of a chance with the first team. Assuming Owen, Viduka and possibly Smith go at the end of the season we will need to add tot the strike force. Before going out and signing new players we need to know if our 22 year-old Spanishinternational can play in the prem. Letting him go without giving him a chance is ludicrous.

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #37

    yeah batty soz for the late reply i just been reading llambias’ comments

    i thought the question about mort was quite funny

    i doubt bruce would work under DOF

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #38


    yeah i know but they did say he should be as safe as liverpool players houses

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Can someone copy and paste the Dailymail link onto here as I cant read it due to the works internet access?

    Thanks in advance

  • WesToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Not a bad read like,some interesting points

    I for one agree,with most of what the article had to say & am quit excited by Mikes plans(Pls Mike,dont F@ck this up)

    Also they cant say a thing about KK because there is still an impending court case,so it would be moraly maybe even illegal to say anything YET!!

    Cant wait for part 2 though!!!


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