Both Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts gave a good account of themselves on Tuesday night at Blackburn in the 4-2 win after extra time.
That allowed us to go through to the 4th round of the FA Cup at home to Watford on Saturday, 26th January
Sean and Callum each scored their first senior goals for Newcastle in the first 22 minutes of the game and then former Academy star Adam Armstrong pulled one back for the home side.
So we had the strange case of three Newcastle Academy graduates scoring in the first 33 minutes of the game on Tuesday night.
Local lads Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts – thumbs up
After the game Roberts reflected on the experience:
“It’s hard to put it into words. It hasn’t sunk in yet, it’s surreal.”
“I’m sure it’ll sink in eventually. It was a great experience.”
“To play 90 minutes and a little bit more, it’s what you work for every day.”
“The manager told me on Sunday I’d be playing, and I’m so grateful he gave me the chance.”
The success of Longstaff and Roberts along with Jamie Sterry playing in both FA cup ties has given a needed boost to Newcastle’s ability to bring players through the ranks.
Roberts’ goal was a striker’s goal as he hit the ball first time into the back of the net after Murphy had put in an excellent right-wing cross.
Rafa will likely send Callum out on loan for the rest of the season since he needs to play first-team football to progress.
Sean will stay at Newcastle and he’s looking to be the next local lad to make it big at Newcastle United.
His younger brother Matthew Longstaff is also putting in some excellent performances in central midfield for the U23 side.
The win at Blackburn has raised the morale at the club and among the fans, it will be raised even more if we can on Saturday at home to Cardiff City.
We must start winning games at home is we are to avoid relegation.