Xisco scored a hat trick yesterday in the Newcastle U21’s 5-1 win against Stoke City and U21 manager Willie Donachie has praised the Spanish lad’s attitude, and said he deserved his hat trick.
Xisco – scored three goals for U21s yesterday
Newcastle’s £5.7M striker is getting games in the U21 side as one of the three overage players allowed in the side, and the other two last night were Romain Amalfitano and Sylvain Marveaux.
James Taverner and Mehdi Abeid got the other goals for Newcastle.
Willie Donachie was full of praise for Xisco after the game:
“Xisco deserved his goals because of his attitude, because of his enthusiasm and work and so was really rewarding for the team to see Xisco coming in and having a good attitude.”
“Those experienced players can come and think they’re too good and don’t want to work, but Xisco was spot on and deserved his goals.”
Newcastle had also beaten Stoke away 5-1 last month, and in this game James Alabi scored Stoke’s goal in the very last minute.
“On paper it’s an easy game but as I said to them there’s no such thing as an easy game – you’ve still got to work hard and make it happen and I thought their attitude on the whole was very good.”
“They did work hard, made a lot of chances and scored the goals. And apart from the last minute it would have been a clean sheet, our first clean sheet, which was disappointing but I’m not too bothered about that. Winning the game was the main thing.”
“Adam Campbell was a different class. At the start of the game when we were making chances, it was all down to Adam. He was the one who was getting behind them, getting the shots off and he’s just fantastic; great for the team and a great threat.”
“When Tav scored a great header that was the breakthrough. Then when we got the second we knew if we got a third that would be it all over, and thankfully that’s what we got.”
It’s good to see that young Adam Campbell is still playing well and surely this lad will get another chance in the first team soon?
It hasn’t been easy for Xisco these last few years, as he’s been sent out on loan, when it was found he wasn’t good enough to play in the Premier League, but his attitude has always been first class, and he always puts in a good shift in training, and it’s good to see him getting in among the goals.
Here was the starting line-up last night for Newcastle:
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Curtis Good, Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier, Lubo Satka, Sylvain Marveaux, Bradden Inman, Adam Campbell, Xisco, Romain Amalfitano
Substitutes: Yven Moyo, Jonathan Mitchell, Marcus Maddison, JJ Hooper, Michael Riley
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