Newcastle U23 Side Beat Burnley 7-0 At Benton


One of the tasks Rafa Benitez had when he first came on board in mid-March was to turn around what was a losing attitude at the club at every single level –  to a winning attitude – not an easy task by any means.

Rafa has certainly done that with the first team and in our last six games of last season we had three draws and three wins for a very good 12 points – 32% of the final points tally in the final six games of the season.

But we were still relegated after Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland matched that performance in the last six games and stayed up.

This season our Youth team have done better and our U23  side (reserves) under Development manager Peter Beardsley are also doing a lot better this season.

Peter Beardsley – Newcatsle U23 manager

This afternoon the U23 side won 7-0 in a practice game against a Burnley side at Benton, with striker Tom Heardman hitting a hat-trick.

In fact it was a bit of a mismatch with Newcastle 6-0 up at half time in the behind-closed-doors friendly game.

It seems that Burnley had five players starting from their Youth side plus a trialist and were outplayed by a strong Newcastle side.

But it’s good to see any Newcastle side winning 7-0 – even it was a behind the scenes friendly game.

We’ll take it.

Newcastle U23s: Nathan Harker, Callum Williams, Michael Newberry, Stuart Findlay, Adam Wilson, Callum Roberts (Yasin Ben El-Mhanni 60), Daniel Barlaser (Dan Ward 60), Liam Smith, Jamie Holmes (Liam Gibson 60), Luke Charman, Tom Heardman (Tyrique Bartlett 60).

Burnley U23s: Conor Mitchell, James Clarke, Taofiq Olomowewe, Jimmy Dunne, Trialist, Dwight McNeil (Freddy Yao 56), Mark Howarth, Jamie Thomas (Robbie Leitch 66), Brad Jackson, Olatunde Bayode, Nashé Chakwana.



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39 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #1

    I wonder why Lazaar and Mbemba don’t play in these games?

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #2

    From previous thread:
    I can tell you for sure, having been at the games and then watched the tv coverage back, the atmosphere at the game and what you hear through your speakers are 2 entirely different things.
    And it’s another football myth that the home crowd ‘turn’ on the players at SJP in any way differently than anywhere else.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #3

    I have never heard a home crowd “turn” on the team, but I have heard deserved displeasure at gutless and pathetic showings. It’s up to the team to quieten such discontent by their performance. It’s what they are paid for, and it’s what the fans paid for. And it happens at every club, bar none.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #4

    The team shows spirit, fight and commitment and the crowd goes crackers (eg. Norwich this season).
    Symbiotic relationship, probably. 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #5

    SITC,
    For me it isn’t anything to do with what is coming from the stadium. It is entirely a mental thing. Playing in front 0f 52,000 where 48,000+ are for you plays on the mind, and effects players who don’t have the mental strength. In the back of you mind you think that you don’t want to make an error and let down those fans, so you play within yourself.

    Whether the crowd are already on your back or cheering you on, the idea of letting someone down with a mistake effects a players game.

    You get similar problems at youth development level in the UK, and the idea of a pushy parent/win at all costs coach who berates the kid for a mistake, and the kid ends up playing within themselves and never developing to their full potential.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Know nowt journalists and controversial pundits like to use the crowd reactions as the issue, but in reality it is the player who lacks the mental strength for performing at that level consistently when things aren’t easy.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #7

    LG
    I read last week that the window opens on monday 1st and deals could go through on the monday but wont be signed off till tuesday ??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Like I said, in an ideal world it would be great to constantly sing but if you’ve done your best for 25 minutes and the players aren’t doing it it’s very hard to keep it going, we’re not professional choirists afterall.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Fans react to/mirror what the team delivers, be it commitment, enthusiasm, passion, great play, a thundering tackle – that leads to a vociferous crowd. Just like if players are cocky, disinterested, lacklustre, under performing, lazy etc. then the crowd will be more subdued.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #10

    typical of the southern press what they don’t know they make ……..the home fans are now the target

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye but pay me 30k a week and I’d probably have a fair go at singing for 90 minutes non-stop lol

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Hibbit,
    Deals could have been done a month a go, but can’t be signed off until the window opens, so to me that says the window opens on Tuesday.

    The Oscar deal has gone through, but isn’t official until the window opens.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #13

    As an example, remember the crowd when we were pulling goals back against Arsenal? Still losing, but singing and cheering. It only takes a display of effort to get the crowd going, and vice versa of course, and not necessarily winning a game by two goals.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki,
    Pay me 30K a week and I’d sing for 90 minutes while the rest of the ground sat in stony silence staring at me wishing I shut the f*** up 😀

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  • hibbit

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #15

    LG
    fair comment

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  • Jib

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #16

    The window
    It opens one minute past midnight Sunday 1st Jan and closes 11pm on Tuesday, January 31 .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki,
    Hear hear, not sure if lack of effort was the problem the other night the just a huge lack of ideas.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #18

    there’s always one
    i’d do it for 30k a month……….. LOL

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Mark Prutton

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  • Belfast

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Few surprises in my Rafa bingo this week. Stay tuned folks stay tuned.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #21

    There’s just a natural change going on as football has evolved over the years. Totally different fan base now, and the advent of the all seater stadium, large percentage of season ticket holders sitting in the same seat each game. Less anonymous, more inhibited than in years gone by?
    Young folk aren’t brought up with the same all consuming passion for their local club and football isn’t generally their ‘life’ so to speak. For a lot of kids it was their fathers’ lives aside from work, if they did work. Plenty of other things competing for their interest now, so people can ‘take it or leave it’. I’m sure kids don’t go from Saturday to Saturday with a major monk on, unable to think about much else, if the toon got beat. (Like I did)
    Therefore some people need a bit more encouragement to sing their hearts out.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #22

    About to say who is Mark Prutton anyway and how come all of a sudden he’s a top pundit, you must have to pay the top stars fortunes these days as they certainly don’t need the money anymore to predict a few scores.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #23

    This “performance anxiety” lark is the laziest bit of scrawling I’ve heard of in a good while. We’ve had a 52k capacity ground for a long while. Why is it an issue now? It doesn’t seem to be an issue at Liverpool, Arsenal… or does it? Shouldn’t it actually be a positive influence in a highly paid, highly motivated professional performer? Shouldn’t it be their ambition to be under the scrutiny of just such crowds? It’s funny you don’t hear players who sign for NUFC say how much they are dreading the pressure of playing in front of such crowds in such a large stadium.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #24

    If we are simply outplayed I think you’ll probably hear the silence of acceptance. I’ve been deafened by that before 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Is it not David Prutton ? The one that pushed over the referee years ago.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #26

    He’s actually quite good.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #27

    JIb/Hibbit,
    Fair enough, I stand corrected on the window opening.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki @23,
    I presume that is aimed at me? Could it be that different players have stronger or weaker mentalities? I allude to that with my comments re the Bernabeu.

    Top players can deal with it mentally. Very talented players sometimes can’t because they lack the mentality.

    We have had a big crowd for a long time, but that doesn’t mean the different players coming in and out all have the same mental strength. Of course it plays a part. The mental aspect of football is something that has gained more and more traction within football in the last decade, but is far harder for the fans to gauge.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Belfast,
    Aye, getting distracted by the Mrs, I suppose he knows the lower leagues very well.

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  • BandB

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Any manager who brings a team here to park the bus should be shot for gross negligence. Same goes for those who try to big our players up with reverse psychology.
    Our players don’t do psychology. Especially not the reverse kind. They are quite vain enough to take it as a compliment. This has been the case for years.
    Pardew was exactly right when, speaking from experience. he told his Palace players “press this team and they will crumble.”
    We got harried and bullied out of the initiative on Monday, and we hadn’t the wit or the talent to take it back.
    We are flat track bullies.
    The players are the ones at work and getting paid. The fans are spending leisure time.

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  • Jib

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #31

    I remember when we bought Warren Barton from Wimbledon.
    Keegan had to send him to a shrink because the SJP crowd scared him shitless.
    Not just the volume but the aggression (seemingly) of the crowd .
    Probably just our hard Northern vowels on his effete Southern ears

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Why do you think that is Lilongwe, because of the crazy money involved.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #33

    “Peter Beardsley – Newcatsle U23 manager”

    The seal of authenticity!

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  • Mag52

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki,

    At Liverpool they’ve got that ‘Never walk alone anthem’ which helps a lot with the atmosphere. At Arsenal, at times it’s pretty quiet with quite a bit of muttering going on if the Gunners aren’t firing on all cylinders.
    You talk of ‘highly motivated professional performers’ but I sometimes think these guys might be a dying breed,
    What should be more motivating than pulling on an England shirt, but in recent years it’s not easy to recall any English international playing out of his skin for his country.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail,
    Impossible to say. I’m sure stakes and money play a part. A player being set for life at 20 probably doesn’t help. But each player is an individual. The best players are incredibly strong mentally. They aren’t always the most talented, but their belief and attitude builds upon their talent. Whereas those who are incredibly talented but are weak mentally never fulfil their potential.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Looking at the table and playing the percentages game…
    I guess we don’t want Leeds to win or the gap to third spot reduces by another point!

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  • BandB

    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Lil,

    Absolutely true, not just of sport but in every field of competitive endeavour.
    It isn’t always, or even usually, the most talented who reach the top and stay there.
    It’s the ones who can deal with the setbacks and won’t take no for an answer.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 29, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #38

    ‘Choking’, ‘performance anxiety’, or whatever you want to call it – our team seems to specialise in it; viz, the penalty shoot-out.

    I hope we manage to avoid the play-offs next year!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #39

    BandB,
    Yup, it applies to just about everything.

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