John Carver was in charge of the Newcastle Reserves side last night in Lancashire, as a strong second string Newcastle side easily beat Bolton 3-0.
Alan Pardew - great credit to this man – but can it last?
And as we reported earlier today Newcastle fielded a very strong side, and they ended up very easy winners on the night.
Alan Pardew traveled with the squad and was watching from the stands, and he must have been very happy with the way the many senior players in the team played and conducted themselves on the night.
An opening goal from promising 19 year old Sammy Ameobi after 23 minutes, was followed by a brace in the second half from the impressive Sylvain Marveaux, and Bolton’s Reserve side failed to lift the gloom that must be surrounding the Bolton club, after a very poor start to the season.
John Carver talked to the Newcastle press today and seemed very pleased with the way things are going:
“We are satisfied because we did it right.” “The senior lads worked hard and passed it well.” “We put bodies in the box and got the ball forward a lot. We have to be happy.”
“I have played in games like this and coached a lot of them as well and if you have senior players in there and you do not do things right you can finish up on the end of a hiding,”
“In fairness we treated the game like a first-team match.” “We had all of the senior staff here due to the fact we had so many seniors playing.”
“It was a similar team to the one which beat Forest in the Carling Cup.” “We thought it was important to do it right and treat it like a first-team game.”
The Reserves are having as good a season as the first team, and most things at Newcastle seem to be working so very well.
Currently, the Reserves top the Barclay’s Premier League (Regional) Reserve League with 10 points from their 4 games played.
The Newcastle second string side is starting to look like the Reserves when the great Kevin Keegan managed the club in the 1990s, when as many as 10,000 would turn up to watch some star players play for the Reserves.
And the Reserves play some very nice football too, which is so easy on the eye, so things across the Newcastle club at the moment are looking very good right now, and most of us Newcastle fans are still astonished we are still in 4th place in the league.
But as we mentioned this morning, that cannot possibly last through the season.
Or can it – no definitely not possible – but what do you think?