It’s not just the Newcatsle first team that is doing so well this season.
Patrick Nzuzi – 19 year-old played at right back last night
The win puts Newcastle 4 points clear of second placed Sunderland in the Barclay’s North Premier Reserve league, and they also have a game in hand, and Newcastle Reserves have won five and drawn one of their six Reserve league games this season.
Newcastle won 2-0 yesterday afternoon at Wigan, with goals from top central midfielders Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid, two 19 year-olds.
While Wigan looked good in the first 20 minutes or so, Vuckic got his goal on 30 minutes, and that was his first goal of the season for the Reserves, and Haris almost scored again after 55 minutes, but a defender just beat him to a Sammy Ameobi cross.
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot saved well shortly after that to preserve the clean sheet, and then on 75 minutes if was Algerian U23 International Mehdi Abeid who hit home a terrific shot from 20 yards out that went in like the proverbial bullet.
This is the side that played yesterday:
Newcastle Resreves: Elliot, Nzuzi, Folan, Smith, Richardson, Kadar, Sam Ameobi, Abeid, Dan Taylor (Moyo 75), Vuckic, Inman.
Subs not used: Mitchell, Nicholson, Adjei.
Patrick Nzuzi turned 19 only last week, and he played the game at right back yesterday, and the Congo-born player had this to say after the game:
“When you see the first team doing so well, it helps drive us on because it puts pressure on us to win as well. We’re all in the mixer together and you don’t want to be the team that lets the club down.”
“The whole club in general is doing well; the Academy are doing well, the first-team are doing really well and obviously the Reserves are doing well too, so hopefully we can keep that going.”
“When you can win, it’s a good result and it adds to the good feeling around the place.” “My first focus was to get through the whole game and after about 70 minutes, Willie asked if I felt alright.”
“I was suprised by how good I felt and I was just glad to get through.” “Now I just want to play as much as I can and take each game as they come.”
Manchester United Reserves are in third place in the league, 6 points behind Newcastle, and they travel to Newcastle for a game next Tuesday night at Whitley Park – kick-off 7:00pm – and that promises to be a good test for the Newcastle youngsters.
It’s really good to see both the Reserves and the U19 Youth side doing so well this season, and the club seems to be buzzing on all levels at the moment.