We had mentioned yesterday that our new Slovenian 16 year-old midfielder Haris Vukcic, was opening eyes at Newcastle with his superb form, and he won the game for Newcastle Reserves last night at Blackburn, in his Reserves debut.
Haris Vukcic – scored winning goal last night in Reserves debut
Newcastle United’s top 16 year old came off the bench last night to grab the only goal of the game at Ewood Park, to give the Reserves their 4th win in the last 5 games.
The Reserves now leapfrog Blackburn in the league and are now in 3rd position, behind Sunderland and Manchester City.
The 16-year-old arrived on Tyneside only last month, to some fanfare, and was making his Reserve team debut when he came on as a substitute after 67 minutes.
And with just 15 minutes left, Vukcic produced the one touch of class in an otherwise very forgettable game, as he drove the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards out, and registered a double for the lads over Blackburn Reserves this season.
Before that, chances had been at a premium for either side and the first half was more than a forgettable affair as both teams were well matched.
Alan Smith captained the side for the 3rd game in a row, and he came through another 90 minutes and we expect him to be on the bench for the important game against Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Alan played in midfield and was his usual combative self, and is now definitely coming back to full match fitness.
Colin Calderwood again took charge of the Reserves last night, to give Richard Money some help on the coaching side, and was delighted with the spirit of this young Newcastle side, who seemed inspired by the tenacity of captain Alan Smith in midfield.
“We had a few younger lads out tonight but their attitude was terrific and it was a real battle in the second-half.”
“The goal was the only real moment of class on the night and it was a finish which was worthy of winning a match.”
“It was a super goal and a very cultured finish.” “He’s (Vukcic) only recently joined us and he is a player Richard Money has followed for quite some time.”
“We can see for a young man he has got good awareness and he looks quite exciting and we hope he progresses.”
This young Sloverinian lad needs to be watched, because he could well make the breakthrough to first team football much quicker than anybody thought – we hope so anyway.
Newcastle United: Fraser Forster, James Tavernier, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger (Brad Inman, 67m), James Taylor, Jeff Henderson, Ryan Donaldson (Jonny Godsmark, 59m), Alan Smith, Nile Ranger, Kazenga LuaLua , Frank Wiafe Danquah (Haris Vukcic, 67m)
Subs: Max Johnson, Paul Dummett