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.