Newcastle United Reserve Team manager Adam Sadler seemed satisfied with the lads’ performance at Gateshead last night when the Reserves gained a 1-1 draw, against a good Gateshead side.
Adam Sadler – satisfied with youngsters’ performance
With Kevin Keegan, his coaching staff, and goalkeeper Steve Harper watching from the stands, we’re sure the youngsters would love to have impressed the boss.
But Gateshead are a good team, and gained promotion last year to the Conference North, and made it very difficult for the young Reserve side last night.
It certainly wasn’t a great performance, but so much better then the 6-2 defeat against Newcastle Benfield last week.
Sadler spoke today about the game:
â€œIt was a good Gateshead side and they were well organized.”
â€œSo credit to Ian Bogie and Jeff Wrightson for that.”
â€œIn terms of our work ethic and fighting spirit, the lads put in a real shift again.”
â€œHowever, I donâ€™t think there is any doubt we need to be better with the ball â€“ particularly when they started to tire in the second half.”
â€œWe forced our passes and gave it away within one or two passes â€“ we would expect the lads to do better.”
â€œI would like to see a bit more adventure and creativity around opposing penalty areas too.”
â€œBut what we did get was a real honest performance from the lads at Gateshead.”
â€œIt was vital to get some confidence and we gave ourselves a platform to build on.â€
The crushing defeat at Sam Smith’s field last week against Newcastle Benfield was probably still on the minds of a lot of the youngsters, so it was good to get a solid display under their belts.
â€œWe had been back only two weeks at Benfield and we were quite cold in terms of organisation â€“ and thatâ€™s not making excuses.”
â€œHowever, the two lads who played center-half at Benfield â€“ Ben Tozer and Callum Morris â€“ came on against Hartlepool on Saturday, and they did very well.â€
Newcastle’s next Reserve game is quite a ways off, on August 13th (3 weeks tomorrow), against Newcastle Blue Star at Kingston Park.
But it’s expected that quite a few of the young lads will be participating in the upcoming first team games against Doncaster Rovers and the Multi-Media Sports Cup tournament in Majorca.
That will be an opportunity for some of them to catch Kevin’s eye, and maybe even stake a claim to a first team squad number, for the coming season.
Both full-backs Callum Morris and Darren Lough looked very good last night, and they will probably get a run out for the first team at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, this coming Saturday.
Here is the Newcastle Reserves team last night, for the record.
Newcastle Reserves: Forster, Morris, Lough, Bath, Grieve, Tozer, Danquah, Doninger, Godsmark, Neary, McLaughlin.