There is a Reserve game tonight against Liverpool, but it looks like only Sol Campbell of the senior players will be involved in the game.
Peter Beardsley – Newcastle Reserve Team manager
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It will be a young squad, the only senior player that will have a chance is Sol Campbell.”
“We’re pleased with Sol – he’s getting there and it is another chance for him to build up his fitness.” “But it will be a young side against Liverpool.”
19 year-old Nile Ranger seems to have made a good start to the season, and as yet has not been sent out on loan, and Chris may even decide to keep him on Tyneside this season, since his form has been excellent so far.
Peter Beardsley had praise for the England U19 International, although Nile is not scheduled to play tonight, as he is very likely to be in the full Newcastle squad for the game on Saturday against Blackpool.
Beardsley said today:
“The thing that Nile’s got is that he can always score goals.” “It was nice for him to score in a derby last week and he’s playing well at the moment.”“He was outstanding, and I have not seen him play better.”
“The way he leaps to head a ball is fantastic.” “I know there was a lot of talk of him going out on loan, but it was great for him to do what he done in front of the boss.”
“It wasn’t just Nile – you had Peter Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Sol Campbell and Xisco, before he got sent off, doing OK.” “They showed the right sort of attitude.” “Lovenkrands looked bright all night. He just takes things in his stride.”
Both Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor have played well in the last two games, the Carling Cup 2nd round tie at Accrington Stanley and last week’s Reserve team derby game at the Stadium of Light
“It was a really quick piece of thinking from him to set up Ryan Taylor for the goal.” “I just think all of the senior lads who were in the team had a great attitude.”
“You can be a first-team player and play in the reserves and rant and rave, but they were a credit to their profession.” “Ryan Taylor showed a great attitude.” “He’s been like that since he came to the club and is a top-class professional.”
“He may not have played every week, but when he has played he has not let anybody down. That’s why I chose him as captain.” “When you look at his performance he covered every blade of grass. He’s a tough competitor.”
The senior players have to set a good example at the club generally, and when they play in the Reserves, and our players do that, and it’s hard to think when the lads playing for Newcastle were such an honest bunch as they are now.
Long may it continue.
The game at Whitley Park is scheduled for a 7:00 pm kick off tonight.