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Carroll Scores Again in Reserves 3-1 Romp

Our young Reserves team won again tonight when they defeated Blackburn Rovers Reserves 3-1 at Christie Park, Morecambe.


David Edgar – 20 year old veteran captain of Newcastle Reserves

Newcastle went a goal down, but unlike their senior colleagues showed great heart to fight back and eventually win the game rather easily 3-1.

French youngster Wesley Ngo Baheng and Andy Carroll were among the goalscorers.

Adam Sadler’s young Reserves side have now lost just one of their last eight games and climb above Blackburn Rovers and into 5th place in the Premier Reserve table.

Blackburn’s Irish forward Alan Judge put the ball in the net from close range after Maceo Rigters had intercepted Andy Carroll’s back pass. A bad mistake by the 6’3” striker.

But these boys don’t lay down when they get behind and they were soon on level terms as 18 year old Wesley Ngo Baheng got his second goal in as many games. Wesley fired home beyond Blackburn’s goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen from 23 yeards after getting hold of a long ball upfield. An excellent goal for Baheng, who is showing some great form in the last two games.

Then a delightful move from Newcastle involving Baheng, Jonny Godsmark and David Edgar ended with Nielsen having to tip over a powerful header from 19 year old Andy Carroll.

Carroll, our England under-19 star was clearly trying to prove he is worth a place in the first team as he flashed another header just wide before scoring his 7th goal in 6 games on 37 minutes, as he out jumped everybody to 18 year-old Mark Doninger’s corner to glance home from 12 yards.

Do we have anybody in our forward line who is any good in the air? Attackers that is, we cannot count Faye, who goes up for every corner.

Newcastle went from strength to strength after the interval, having overcome being a goal down, and 20 year-old Canadian skipper Edgar made a surging run into the area and hit a 20-yard strike which was just deflected wide. Very much like his great goal against Manchester United in January of last year.

Then Wesley Baheng almost had a second when he was only slightly off target before 18 year-old Jonny Godsmark completed the scoring for Newcastle just 4 minutes from time to give the reserves another heartening victory.

17 year-old Italian Under-19 International Fabio Zamblera crossed from the left and Godsmark was just too quick for Kris Patterson. He easily beat him to the ball and scored with a nice left-footed shot from 8 yards. A good goal from Godsmark.

The average age of the starting eleven was just over 17.5 years, and 17 year-old Italian new boy Zamblera replaced 19 year-old Gateshead born Carroll after 74 minutes.

Wonder what more Andy can do to persuade Keegan to give some playing time in the first team. Maybe scoring 4 goals in one game is what’s needed, but he cannot seem to budge Smith out of the line-up with Smith last having scored 30 months ago. Am I getting this correct or am I just dreaming this? 😀

This reserve side is full of talent. To us, it’s a pity Keegan was bred in the Liverpool camp of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley (just like Graeme Souness) who think you can never win anything with youngsters. We don’t believe that.

Some of these boys would be a breath of fresh air in the first team. They haven’t yet learned that anything isn’t possible in game. You have to be very experienced before you realize that. Sorry – that’s my sarcasm in action again.

How about Carroll for Smith. Hey, Andy can score goals and Smith cannot. Seems a good swap to us.

OK got it – Carroll and Martins as the front two against Birmingham. We know Martins just loves playing with Andy, by Oba’s own admission last season. And rememebr against Juventus when the two of them looked very good indeed.


Blackburn Rovers: Gunnar Nielsen, Eddie Nolan, Kris Patterson, Francis Zenaba (Michael Hall, 54m), Dean Winnard (Callum O’Connor, 78m), Johnny Flynn, Alan Judge, Josh O’Keefe, Maceo Rigters, Raffaele De Vita (Alex Marrow, 71m), Marcus Marshall
Subs not used: Andreas Arestidou, Martin McCubbin

Newcastle United:
Ole Soderberg, James Marwood, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger, Ben Tozer, Callum Morris, Jonny Godsmark, David Edgar, Andy Carroll (Fabio Zamblera, 74m), Wesley Ngo Baheng, Kazenga LuaLua
Subs not used: Ryan Donaldson, Mark Cook, Shane Ferguson, Matthew Grieve

31 comments so far

  • AdamCF

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #1

    C’mon KK… play the youngsters. At least they have a winning mentality 🙂

  • There's only one united

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Was this match on the radio? How the hell does Ed get this much detail? He wasn’t there surely?

  • Robert from Serbia

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Mark Doninger and Jonny Godsmark are good players too? almost always i read about them when play reserves….is Kadar good? i know him,he was good in Hungary,hows he going now?

  • Gooderz

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Edgar and Carroll are really screaming for inclusionin the first team. Godsmark seems to be coming through nicely as well now and Baheng is getting up to speed after the delays for his transfer.

    And an average age of 17.5 years is just incredible with our youth policy still only in its infant stage (quite literally at these ages) it really is shaping up well.

    It’s also a refreshing change to the first team’s form.

  • AdamCF

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Exactly Gooderz.. so why not put ’em in the first team. A breath of fresh air would be good for the rest of the team.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #6

    i have said “come on Baheng” before the last two times he has played, and he has scored both times…hmmm

    Anyway i love this ed

    “An excellent goal for Baheng, who is showing some great form in the last two games”

    form in the last TWO GAMES!?LOL

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Carroll deserves a chance and well done to the team for another great performance.

    Wish I could say that for the first team!

  • Newcastle United.

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #8


  • AlexW

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #9

    i dont understand that everyone finks that carrol will come in and do the business scoring goal after goal. Remember this kid cudnt even hack it in the championship so what is he gona do against the big boys? i like him a lot and has a great prospect but he isnt ready yet which was shown from his brief loan spell, stick with owen/martins with smith at least till end of season, trust me when smith is given opportunities he will come up with the goods

  • obamagic

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #10

    seriously, if keegan doesnt start carroll or even place him in the bench on saturday, i will start losing faith… smith… i mean come on put smith in reserves and see if he could score.

  • Matt Lacey

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #11

    I really hope Keegan recognises the quality in our younger players and fully exploits it.

    Martins is a fantastic player, regardless of his performances this season, every so often he comes out with something no-one expects or can prepare for (e.g., 40 yard shot with his back to goal) – but if he’s got the confidence, his finishing can be a joy to behold and his pace and power is something Keegan should look to build on. Why he doesn’t start ahead of Smith is beyond me.

    Milner and N’Zogbia can cause plenty of trouble for defences as well – I hope Charlie doesn’t leave in the summer, I think he can become such an important player for us.

    Taylor as well, minus the costly mistakes this season is a good player and can also become really important for us.

    Carroll is proving his worth in the reserves as well, I really think he should be on the bench every game, if not given the odd start. With enough first team experience under his belt he could be getting regular goals soon enough.

    Because of this, it’s really disappointing to see young players of this quality wasted in favour of useless has-beens such as Butt, Smith, even Owen, and Duff, to a lesser extent. The young players are hungry for success, so give them the opportunity, pleeaaasee – we spent half of last season playing Edgar, Ramage, Huntington etc and we did quite a bit better than we’re doing at the moment!

    I’m begging you Kev – I’ll support Newcastle until the day I die, whether we’re tearing up the Premiership or struggling in the Conference – but I can’t bear to sit here questioning my faith in the management while you make the same mistakes that Allardyce did!

  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #12

    ‘seriously, if keegan doesnt start carroll or even place him in the bench on saturday, i will start losing faith… smith… i mean come on put smith in reserves and see if he could score.’

    We’re playing on Monday obamagic

  • Ausgeordie

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Its a shame he has gone to the youngsters and said they wont get a game. He is going for experience over form and I dont think that is they way to go. We are no threat when we win a corner and at least Andy knows how to score.

  • Leo

    Mar 11, 2008 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #14

    dragoner, i remember you saying go on baheng before the matches, i like you think he is a great talent, and knew that once he got one for the reserves he would go on a good run.

    where are the people who thought he was rubbish? he will only get better, and time is on the lads side.

    ave age of 17.5 is awesome, how young are the players? that is mad

  • Coolsmurf

    Mar 11, 2008 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #15

    with the crap from the first team, kk can’t do any wrong playing the youngsters…

  • Ryan

    Mar 11, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Smith is very good before he is injure during Man Utd vs Liverpool match. He scores a lot but i think due to his injury, he is no longer the previous Smith.

  • Callum

    Mar 11, 2008 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #17

    KK will play Smith anywhere, as long as hes on the field, maybe blame the owners as Smith is his favourite player after all. The owner interfering too much is my guess.

    But i’d love to see Martins and Carroll upfront vs Birmingham although at the moment i can only dream about it 🙁

  • jeremy9

    Mar 11, 2008 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #18

    It has been discussed too much already, but Martins of course needs to start in front of Smith. Is there a clause or as someone mentioned, the owner having a say? Martins, wasn’t he the best player last year for us?

  • AdamCF

    Mar 11, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think there is a clause that states he must play, however, I suspect he has photos of MA.

  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 11, 2008 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #20

    OK lets not get carried away about Baheng. Yes I was one to criticise him at first, yes he has done well scoring twice in two games…

    But the standard of the Premier League is a cut above the likes of Whitley Bay and Blackburn Rovers reserves.

    Sorry to steal your thunder. But hey, he could still turn out to be good. Here’s hoping 🙂

  • Eric

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Come on KK. The reserves have shown you what we have all been saying. Give Carroll and Edgar a chance, not to mention Baheng and Lua Lua. The evidence abounds – recognise it KK. No good saying there is talent over the border when you cannot see over the fence of NUFC’s own backyard!

  • lupe

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #22

    why didn’t Tamas play?

  • toonhitman

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #23

    the kids playing with heart the first team should take note

  • Ian

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #24

    I also do not understand peoples thinking that Carroll will score in the first team, he was no good out on loan and hasnt shown anything in the first team, not even a willingness to prove he is worth a place by trying hard, I would look at where he is being supplied from in the reserves and give these players a try in the first team, if Carroll cant score away from the reserves then the supply cannot be as good, so what would Martins and Owen be able to do if they had the same quality passes??
    Maybe we should broaden our thinking here?

  • Ian

    Mar 11, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    I would also like to see Baheng tried.

  • Mr T

    Mar 11, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    People going on about Carroll not doing the business @ Preston, you do have a point, but yet he’s also done the business against teams like Celtic and Juventus pre-season.

    How are we going to know how good he is, if we never play the guy? What’s the point in having him, if we’re not going to give him a run? Drop Smithy and Owen, Play Carroll and Martins (If smith has something in his contract, put Smith in for Butt – least there will be one less pudding in the team!)

    Edgar should be given a chance for my money as well. Our first team need a kickup the backside, we’re getting like England where the first teamers are just always automatic choices, and feel no pressure to perform due to no threat! Keegan needs to shake them up, give Edgar and Carrol starts, but Lua Lua in the mix as well, play Emre if he’s fit as well??!?

    Either way, there needs to be a change Kev, please. I love my Toon army, but I can’t face the prospect of being a league below the smoggs and the unwashed!!

  • HeronMag

    Mar 11, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Totally agree with Mr T on his opinion about the first teamers getting in on reputation and not form. It’s goals that win matches and Oba and Carroll look like they’re able to score. I’d still not rule Owen out the running for goals but he needs a supply. Carroll is strong in the air and Oba can get past people and create chances out of nowhere. They are exactly what we need right now. Let’s see the young and exciting talents given a chance! Kaz Lua Lua, maybe even Baheng. ANYTHING to change our current form.

  • figsdad

    Mar 11, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #28

    People going on about Carroll not doing the business @ Preston, you do have a point, but yet he’s also done the business against teams like Celtic and Juventus pre-season

    carroll didnt do well as he was sent off for 3 games and was banned from driving and his loan was like 2 months and the manager refused to play him cause of this driving ban…

  • Ian

    Mar 11, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #29

    I would like to see him alongside Martins, but if he doesnt look as if he is putting the effort in then I do not know what to think, does he always look as if he is a little lazy in the reserves??


    Mar 11, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed ive a feeling that Souness joined liverpool when Bob paisley was the manager because i know Keegan and Souness never played in the same team and KK was there when they won the first European cup under paisley after Shankly had retired.

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 11, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    I’d play Edgar, Carroll and Lua even as a bit role just to see their passion. KK says to them “I dont want to drop you in the deep end”. I remember a 19 year old Edgar getting dropped in the deep end against Man Utd in his home debut, did he crumble or bottle it? Man of the match and a 25 yard goal. His thanks, back in the reserves to this day !!


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