It was a decent display by Newcastle in the 2-1 win over Norwegian club Lillestrom SK, but let’s not get too carrried away with the fact we won a game – although we have only six wins in 26 league games this season so it was an unusual feeling yesterday at the end of the game.
One we haven’t experienced too much in what has been another disastrous season for the club.
Liam Gibson in action at left back yesterday
There were some positive things coming out of the game – not least the form of some of our youngsters like Liam Gibson, Jamie Sterry and the scorer of the winning goal Rolando Aarons – who looked sharp and very good during the final 24 minutes of the game.
Steve McClaren after the game picked out the two young full backs Liam and Jamie for special praise, because they look like future first teamers at Newcastle – if they can continue to push forward with their development.
Steve McClaren – who has come in for some stinging criticism for going ahead with this trip after the white flag was quickly raised in the surrender at Chelsea in the last game – seems to have been pleased with the workout:
“This was a decent work out in difficult conditions but good to see the likes of Jamie Sterry and Liam Gibson doing well,”
“It was good to get minutes for Jamaal and Steven Taylor along with Seydou and Henri. Plus Manu Riviere came back from injury and was terrific. Rolando also benefited..”
“It was worthwhile and a good work out.”
Riviere was terrific?
We still showed unsteadiness in defense for their goal and we must tighten up this area of our play of we are to have any chance of surviving in the Premier league this season.
But it’s true players did get game time who needed it and Rolando Aarons in particular showed once again when given the chance he can be a match winger on the wing.
We need somebody to be a match winner in the final 12 games of the season.