Newcastle played a very young side last night against Club Brugge, and the average age of the starting line-up was in the low twenties, and Steven Taylor, an old man on the team at just 26, got the rare opportunity to captain the side in the absence of Coloccini, Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi.
Sammy Ameobi in action last night – he had an excellent game
Of course Newcastle also had veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper playing, but our lads were well organized and played solidly, but without enough bite up front, with Papiss Cisse looking strangely out of sorts.
This is what Steven Taylor told ESPN after the game:
“I think in the performance from our boys, throughout we showed great character. It was a great result for us and a great win.” “Everyone performed well. Young Shane Ferguson performed great, as did Sammy Ameobi.”
“We see him play like that in training, and he has now produced it on the big stage.” “We’ve got to maintain that now and carry it on.” “We’ve got some difficult away trips now, so hopefully we have set down our marker tonight and we can move on.”
Newcastle are now well positioned in Group D in the Europa League ,and are 3 points clear of Bordeaux at the top with 7 points, and the other group game was a good result for Newcastle, a 1-1 draw between Maritimo and Bordeaux in Madeira.
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