The Newcastle United Youth team plays Crystal Palace at St James’ Park tonight at 7:00 pm.
Joe Joyce – Newcastle Youth manager
This is the very first time this season that the side has been drawn at home, and we would hope there will be a decent crowd to support the lads tonight, and maybe a few of our senior players will be there along with Hughton and Calderwood.
These are the quarter finals and a win takes the team into the last four for the 3rd time in 5 years.
Newcastle’s Youth manager Joe Joyce talked about the travelling this season in the competition:
“It seems a lot of teams have had some good results away from home in The Cup this season.”
“That may be because of the pressure playing at home in front of friends and family.”
“Some of our lads have already played at St James’ Park so hopefully playing at home won’t faze them.”
Newcastle have so far beaten Doncaster Rovers, Reading and West Ham on the road, and the youngsters are also on a 6 game winning streak, so should have a decent chance of advancing tonight.
Joyce told Newcastle United TV today:
“It’s fair to say that we have got stronger as we’ve gone on through the competition,” “It was tough at Doncaster in the Third Round and they made it difficult for us.”
“Unfortunately we couldn’t get the goal in the 90 minutes but the longer the game went on I though there would only be one winner.”
“In the end we ran out quite comfortable and it was a good, solid away performance to set us on our way.”
“Reading was another fantastic win away from home and we exploited what we thought was a weakness at the back to score three good goals.”
“It was then to West Ham where we had a tricky first 20 minutes or so because they played very well.”
“But credit to our players; they defended well, stuck to their task and, once they settled into the game, we caused them all sorts of problems.”
“A 3-0 victory away at the Academy of Football was a tremendous result and our best performance yet – let’s hope we continue in that trend against Crystal Palace on Thursday night.”
“We are playing very well at the moment.” “We have a great belief in them and, more importantly, they have a great belief in themselves.”
“With the run we’re on, we have to make sure they’re not becoming over-confident.”
“But at the same time, we are the home side in this game and the onus will be on us to take the game to Crystal Palace.”
With Newcastle’s new concentration on youth, it’s great to see the youngsters at Newcastle doing so well, and maybe we can win the thing for the first time since 1985.
Fulham or Aston Villa will be the team Newcastle meet in the semi-finals, should the lads progress tonight.
Howay The Lads!!