The Newcastle U21 side drew 1-1 at Brighton last night against a team who are rock bottom of the league table so it was another disappointing result for one of our teams, in a season when at all levels of the club the teams are performing so very poorly.
Peter Beardsley said Newcastle should have won the game which saw striker Ivan Toney make his return from injury and he got a decent run-out before being replaced in the second half.
The young striker has not played since picking up an ankle ligament injury in training back in January.
Ivan Toney – made return for U21 side last night
Before the game U21 manager Peter Beardsley had talked in glowing terms about the 20 year-old we signed from Northampton Town last summer:
“The good news is that it appears that we have Ivan Toney back for half a game, which is a massive plus. He’s been different class in the reserves, and he’s had a Premier League debut as well, which is a massive plus.”
“It’ll be nice to have him back. He’s a calming influence on the group. He’s a very calm player and a very good player, so it’ll be great to have him back.”
“45 minutes is medically what we’ve been allowed, and we’re not negative about that. We actually gave him the option – ‘do you want to go and play half a game or would you rather stay here and train?’ I want to play half a game, he said, and can I get 60 minutes?”
“He’s that sort of kid. He’s a superstar, and we’ll definitely get half a game out of him which will be massive. It’s a big bonus.”
It looks like Ivan got about an hour last night and he looks a very good player who could perhaps make a breakthrough for us next season, but we still expect him to be sent out on loan to get some first team games.
18 year-old Callum Roberts scored the goal last and the local lad had another very good game.
That was Callum´s 7th goal of the season for the U21 side.