The powerful Newcastle U21 side blasted Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium tonight and ran out worthy 5-1 winners.
Curtis Good – played the full 90 minutes
It was a game in the newly created Professional Development League – the Barclays Under-21s Premier League Group 2 match – and it was a hat-trick from Australian Bradden Inman, and goals from Marcus Maddison and Jonathan Hooper that gave the Magpies the win, as they dominated this game from start to finish.
While center-forward Adam Campbell didn’t get on the score-sheet and missed a second half penalty, when his shot was saved by the goalkeeper, he was still a thorn in the side of the Stoke defense throughput the game and was part of almost every Newcastle attack.
An unnamed trialist got the consolation goal for Stoke, but Newcastle coach Willie Donachie can be well satisfied with the performance of the youngsters tonight, according to the Stoke official web-site – who report that the Newcastle side were rampant.
Alan Pardew is trying to get all sides at Newcastle playing the same kind of football, and the youngsters sprayed the ball about tonight and attacked Stoke from the start to the finish of the game.
We don’t have comments from Willie Donachie, but the Stoke coach Dave Kevan had this to say after the game:
“We can’t argue with the effort levels the lads put in, there was just a gulf in quality.” “I couldn’t have asked for any more from them. It’s disappointing that we ended up conceding five.”
“Three of those we could have avoided just by making better decisions.” “But credit to Newcastle as they thoroughly deserved their win.”
The other clubs in the league are Tottenham, Southampton, Aston Villa, Stoke, Manchester Utd and Sunderland.
James Tavernier captained the side, and Curtis Good got some good experience in Newcastle colors playing the full 90 minutes, and it was a very young side with 20 year=-old Connor Newton being Newcastle’s oldest player at just 20.
Newcastle are top of the league after two games in which thy have scored eleven goals but conceded five – 16 total goals in Newcastle’s first two games – so if you like to see goals …. watch these youngsters. 😀
Newcastle had previously beaten Tottenham Hotspur U21s 6-4, after being 6-1 up.
Stoke City: Bachmann; Glasgow (Dawson 45), Keane (c), O’Reilly, Clarkson; Thomas (Hall 76), Rigg, J Richardson, Musungu; Trialist (Rossi 61), Trailist.
Subs not used: Parry, Eve, Hall.
Newcastle United: Alnwick; Nicholson, Tavernier (c), Satka, Good; Maddison (Knight 67), M Richardson, Newton, Inman, Hooper; Campbell.
Subs not used: Riley, Mitchell, Logan, Gilliead.