Curtis Good Was Excellent – Fantastic In Australia Debut

It’s always good when a Newcastle player does well, and Curtis Good last night did himself no harm at all last night with an excellent debut for Australia at the New Den in Milwall, as Australia raced to a 3-0 half time lead.

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Curtis Good – in action last night in London

Good got a surprise call-up for Australia for their game against Ecuador last night, and the former Melbourne Heart player started the game and was only replaced after 68 minutes, after he had picked up a slight hip injury, and at that time Australia were 3-2 up, after being 3-0 ahead at the break.

But substitute goalkeeper Mitch Langerak was sent off for a crude challenge just 13 minutes into the second half, so that didn’t help Australia’s cause, and Ecuador scored four goals in the second hald to win the game..

Unfortunately the player who replaced the 20 year-old Newcastle defender, Wilkinson, was at fault for Ecuador’s winning goal, when he was caught in possession,  when two minutes into added time.

Australia played the best football they’ve played for a long time in that first half, with two goals from former Everton star Tim Cahill, who is now at the New York Red Bulls.

Good was the youngest player on the field at just 20, and played alongside Matt Spriranovic, and both players put in solid performances, and it could be that former captain Lucas Neill is now less likely to make the World Cup squad, as manager Postecoglou builds for the future with younger players.

The Australian press reported before the game that this was probably the strongest side Australia could field, so that augers well for Good’s chances of making the Australian squad for the World Cup.

And Australia manager Ange Postecoglou thought Good was fantastic last night:

“I thought Curtis was excellent,”  “He’s one of the ones we wanted to expose at the highest level. and he was fantastic.”

“He’s only 20 years old, he’s only played a handful of senior games, let alone internationals, but you can’t tell me he’s not going to learn by playing against the likes of the players who played tonight.”

“For the most part he was what I expected, he was composed, he made good clear decisions. He’s going to better for it.”

Of course Dundee United will not be too pleased with the player picking up an injury, although it’s said to be only slight, and he could make Dundee United’s  next game next Wednesday at home to St. Johnstone.

The future for Curtis looks good – very good indeed.

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8 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    From previous thread.

    Not sure I would say Willie Donachie was a GREAT coach, in 4 years in charge of the youth team how many came through and held their own in the first team?

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Where’s the double standard concerning Donachie and Pardew? Donachie was suspended while the alleged incident was investigated by the club and subsequently took the decision to resign. Pardew is fined 100 000 pounds and given a formal warning for a somewhat different, though more clear cut incident and also faces a stiff penalty from the FA.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Souness would manhandle players, Carver too, if you believe the anecdotal evidence. It’s a bit old school and you don’t do it to a kid, I guess was the big problem, I mean his old man complained and fair enough. I think I would too, if he was my lad.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    watching france play benny must realise he doesnt have a cat in hells chance of playing in the world cup

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    That Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin that keeps having a dig at our club, he looks like that Aussie newspaper editor is Darren or Daryl

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    After 28 games with 10 to go
    Asenal and Liverpool are on 59 points
    Spurs in 5th place are on 53
    we are 10 points behind on 43
    Having looked at our 10 remaining fixtures I can see us getting 16 more points taking us to 59
    When we got 5th place 2 seasons ago it was with 65 points
    However my points tally is quite conservative
    If we play as we did against Hull for the next 10 games it is not inconceivable we could achieve Europe

  • Dannyo

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Best thing we can do is buy his best players, leaving him with his beard stuck in the mailbox.

  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Pards only butted an ex-Mackem. Mitigating circumstances right there. Case rests M’Lud.


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