Newcastle Reserves were beaten by Chelsea last night, in front of a crowd of 3700, with almost the last kick of the game when Adam Philip scored from a controversial penalty.
Sol Campbell – played 78 minutes
Both Chris Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood were at the game to see Sol Campbell play well for almost 80 minutes of the game, which was the first meeting between the two sides at the Reserve level, surprisingly enough.
It looks like the 35-year-old defender will again be on the bench at Goodison Park on Saturday and he is expected to make his Newcastle debut, again against Chelsea, next Wednesday night in the Carling Cup 3 rd round at Stamford Bridge.
The lads got off to a great start last night when Ryan Donaldson, who may be sent out on loan this season, scored a terrific goal from 20 yards with just a couple of minutes gone in the game.
The scores were all level on 30 minutes, after Milan Lalkovic beat Tim Krul, and then Lalkovic hit another goal before the break to put the Pensioners 2-1 up at half time.
Newcastle came fighting back in the second half, and after 70 minutes it was 18 year-old Slovenian Haris Vuckic who scored to out Newcastle level, after some excellent work down the left wing from Nile Ranger.
Newcastle looked for the winner but then after two minutes of injury time, Chelsea were awarded a penalty when Philip made a run into the penalty area and was brought down as goalkeeper Tim Krul dived at his feet. Krul was booked for the foul but it looked a rather soft penalty.
Philip himself took the penalty and scored to give all 3 points to the Chelsea side.
Newcastle Reserves: Krul; Newton, Campbell (Dummett, 79), Grieve, Kadar, Vuckic, Donaldson, McLaughlin ((McDermott, 63), Ferguson (Airey, 75); Edmundsson, Ranger. Subs not used: Soderberg, Henderson.
Goals: Donaldson 2, Lalkovic 31, 64, Vuckic 70, Philip 90
Bookings: Krul 90
Referee: R Joyce