Newcastle Reserves were beaten for the first time since mid September when they went down 2-1 at Wigan yesterday.
Steve Taylor – played 63 minutes at Wigan for Reserves
The Reserves played at Robin Park in Wigan, and Steve Taylor played 63 minutes of the game, and that was the first game Steven has started since the pre-season friendly game at Brunton Park on July 17th.
That was Steven’s come-back game from the knee injury he sustained last January, and of course he hurt his shoulder in the first half, and has been on the sidelines ever since.
Wigan scored a couple of goals in very quick succession, and even though Newcastle pulled a goal back through Patrick McLaughlin late in the second half, it was their first defeat in 5 games.
Reserve team manager Peter Beardsley watched Steven make his first Reserve team appearance since he was 18, but he seemed to come through the game well, and we expect Steven to again be on the bench for the Newcastle first team at the Emirates this Sunday.
Wigan went ahead after 30 minutes when midfielder Joe Holt easily beat Swedish goalkeeper Ole Soderberg with a left foot shot, and then Wigan scored again right from the kick off, when James Tavernier brought down Wigan’s Daniel Redmond, and Redmond scored from the resulting penalty.
Newcastle got their first goal after 78 minutes when Irishman Paddy McLaughlin scored from 16 yards out to set up a good finish to the game, but Newcastle couldn’t get the equalizer
And that’s a pity because Wigan’s win now takes them level with Newcastle on 14 points in the Premier Reserve League, but the Lancashire side have a game in hand on Newcastle.
Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier and Ryan Donaldson all played the full 90 minutes for Newcastle yesterday afternoon.
Soderberg, Tavernier, Dummett, S.Taylor (Leadbitter 63), Grieve, Donaldson, Richardson, Edmundsson (McLaughlin 46), Vuckic, Airey, Ferguson (Newton 75).
Subs not used: Robinson, J.Henderson
Booked: Tavernier, Donaldson.