Good news tonight in that Dan Gosling came through his first game for Newcastle , and looked good this afternoon against Hibernian.
Dan Gosling in action today – he looks good in black and white!
In the specially arranged behind the scenes game, Dan played for 70 minutes before he was taken off by coach Peter Beardsley, and seemed well satisfied with his performance.
Speaking after the 3-3 draw with Hibs, Dan talked to the club’s official website:
“I will look out for the numbers on Sunday and see what the gaffer decides to do.” “But I’m not getting carried away, I’ll just take it as it comes.”
“We have another reserve game against Wigan on Monday, so I’m sure I will play some part in that, and I will look forward to that one as well.”
“I’m tired, but I feel all right. I stiffened up a little bit, but it was a good run-out and I really enjoyed it.”
“I was getting more confident as the game went on and it’s a shame I couldn’t last the 90 minutes, but that will come sooner rather than later.”
“The plan was to play for at least an hour and see after that, and 70 minutes was a good workout for me.”
And it was also good to see Danny Guthrie also look good in the practice game, as Gosling and Guthrie impressed in the middle of the park for the Newcastle side.
Reserve team manager Peter Beardsley seemed pleased enough with what he saw, as he talked after the game::
“A big plus was Dan Gosling, who hasn’t kicked a ball for us so far,”
“I thought he did really well. On another day he could have had a hat-trick, and certainly should have had a penalty.”
“Understandably, after 65 minutes he was knackered, but we knew that would be the case.”
“You could see even in that short time that he’s got loads of ability, got into some great situations, and you can see why we feel lucky to have him here.”
The Newcastle goals came from Amble-born Phil Airey, who made his first team debut for Newcastle at Stevenage, and is a very promising local youngster, and two goals from young local defender Jeff Henderson.
Newcastle were 2-0 up at one point, but had to settle for the draw against Colin Calderwood’s side.
“We looked a bit rusty, but that’s normal when a lot of the players haven’t played a game for a month.”
“For some it is even longer. If you look at Nile Ranger, it’s been a while since he started a game, so that’s obviously a plus to get 90 minutes in his legs. And the same for Danny Guthrie.”
“The score isn’t really that important. It was a good workout, everybody got the minutes in, and we are all pretty happy.”
It’s good that Newcastle arrange these games, because it gives the fringe players some playing time.
But as we’ve said before, as far as our youngsters are concerned they would be much better off away on loan at lower league clubs, playing every single week.
Currently Newcastle have Fraser Forster (Celtic – season), Ben Tozer (Northampton – season), Matthew Grieve (Stockport – one month) , James Taverner (Gateshead – one month), Joan Simun Edmundsson (Gateshead – one month) and Tamas Kadar (Huddersfield – one month) all out on loan to other clubs so they can get regular games.