Newcastle Reserves In Action At Blackburn Tonight

Newcastle United Reserves will be in action tonight, when they take on Blackburn Rovers at Blackburn (kick-off 7pm).


Nile Ranger – likely to lead the line tonight

Richard Money’s young reserve side have climbed to fourth position in the league having taken nine points from the previous four games, and a win would see the lads go above 3rd placed Blackburn in the table.

Newcastle have 17 points from their 12 games with Blackburn just one point ahead.

Newcastle’s last game against Wigan saw us win easily by 5-0, with Xisco (2), Claudio Cacapa, Kazenga LuaLua and Nile Ranger on target. But of course Xisco has succumbed to a tor injury and will be out for another 3 weeks.

This season’s corresponding fixture with Blackburn at home finished with a victory for the lads with Nile Ranger and Mark Doninger scoring in the 2-1 win back in September.

Nile has 20 goals this season, and has been a star who has stirred the imagination of Newcastle fans, and this lad could be a winner in the future.

Nile has 6 goals for the Reserves and 14 for the U-18 side so far this season, and was signed from Southampton in the summer.

This will be a tough test for the youngsters, but a win will see them highly placed in 3rd position in the league, which is not bad for a team whose average age is rarely much more than 18.

We’ll bring you a report of the game.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • nufc1818

    Feb 16, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    wonder while nile hasnt had a chance on the first team hmm…
    anyone think he might be a complete tosser.. i do
    i can see him having a massive ego

  • MoorsleyMag

    Feb 16, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    FFS nufc 1818 give the lad a chance. Is there any need for the “tosser” bit.

  • ginkoh

    Feb 16, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Nile still has a lot to learn. If he want to start the PRM career, he need to improve his strength point both technique and physical.

    Lualua is nearly to break the first team because his lighten step and pace but he still need to adapt the game too.

    I confident that our youngster will get their chance. Grab it when it come, Boy !

  • Whumpie

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    The most impressive thing here is the age. These lads are thrashing teams far older and more experienced. That’s partly the sheer talent in the squad, and partly the management team, especially Money.

    I know I’m in the minority, but I’m quite happy that these lads are behing held back just that bit longer than many would like. I think it’s too easy to wreck a Ranger or a Doninger by putting them in too early and damaging their confidence against teams who know exactly how to exploit a naive player.

    As for Ranger and his ego, two things:
    1. Daft conclusion-leaping.
    2. How many exceptional strikers do you know with a rep for modesty?

  • nufc1818

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    i see your points right
    but what i think is soon as a top 4 club comes along he will leave without a shadow of doubt…
    thats just my opinion on it

  • Whumpie

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    That is the worry – but that is another reason why the bosses aren’t buying huge names for the 1st team. It makes for a couple of stressful seasons, but what’s the point in an agressive youth policy if you don’t hold the door open for them?

  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Whumpie, completely agree – again. People on here yelling for 16-17 year olds thrown into a relegation dog-fight aren’t thinking about the long-term development of the players. Ease them through, and they have the potential to be sheer quality. Look at what Wenger, Ferguson etc. does. There is no rush, if they are quality, they will get their chance, let’s not break them down before they do.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8


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