Nile Ranger, 18, making his first ever start for Newcastle, and at St. James’ Park too, overcame his nerves to play his part in a thrilling 4-3 win last night against the Terriers.
Nile Ranger – overcame his nerves and butterflies last night
After the dramatic win last night – the next round will be drawn live next Saturday afternoon – Nile Ranger talked about the game today:
“When Chris and Colin (Calderwood) showed me the team-sheet, I was shocked,” “I heard I might be starting, but I wasn’t too sure.”
“When I saw I was starting I was buzzing – I had butterflies all over.” “I was nervous at the start, but the fans were always supporting me. They made me feel confident.”
“I had a few chances in the first half, and I had one or two in the second half.” “Jose (Enrique) put one across, and I tried to go front post, but the defender came in front of me.”
“It’s always good to go out there and battle. The senior lads are always giving you confidence and encouragement, and I needed to keep my head up.”
A young Newcastle side – who trailed 3-1 just 2 minutes into the second half, needed an in-form Shola Ameobi to come off the bench for the second half and lead the fightback.
Shola got his 5th goal of the season from a penalty, before setting up Kevin Nolan for the winner on 86 minutes. Not a bad second half for the local lad.
And Ranger was relieved that Hughton’s young players came through with a good win in the end, with 19 year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar looking cool in the last 45 minutes, to play an important part in the Newcastle win.
“I went out there and gave my all, but it was hard. When we were 2-1 down, I was thinking ‘is this because the youngsters are on?'”
“But Shola came on and we came back strongly. We battled all the way.” “I’ve never played in a game like that. “
“The mood was good afterwards. I wouldn’t have liked to have gone in there if we’d lost, but everyone’s happy.”
Great experience for the team last night, and particularly for the youngsters who participated last night.