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Newcastle Reserves Win And Go Five Points Clear

Newcastle Reserves won their game against Liverpool last night 3-2 at Whitley Park,  and go 5 points clear of the Barclays Premier League North Reserves League.

Michael Richardson – after scoring with scorcher last night

They have taken 13 points from their 5 games,  with the only time they were unable yo win, being the 1-1 draw at Wolves in late August.

Liverpool went ahead in the first half, but then the forgotten man, Nile Ranger,  put Newcastle ahead with two quick goals shortly after half time, and then Michael Richardson hit a great third goal from 25 yards out after 57 minutes to put the lads 3-1 up.

Liverpool came back with another goal to make it interesting, but the Newcastle side registered their fourth win in five games in the league, in what was the debut game for Willie Donachie as the Reserve Team manager.

But Liverpool had chances late in the game, and could have so easily come away with a draw on the night.

This is what local lad Michael Richardson told the Newcastle official site after the game:

“It was a decent goal – Nile’s done a good pass across and I’ve had a lot of time to think about it,”   “I took a touch and had a look as the defenders didn’t really close me down quickly enough, and I just used the wind and bent it in the corner away from the keeper.”

“When we went 2-1 up I think we were on top; we’d scored two goals, they went a bit down and that third one I thought would have killed them off.”

“But fair play to them, they came back, they got one and they put us under a bit of pressure and maybe should have equalised. I think a draw would have been fair in the end but we’ve done well to get a win and keep our unbeaten record going as well.”

“It’s always good whatever team you’re playing in if you’ve got confidence, and it’s going to help to get results.”  “But it’s not always about results for us – we want to play well. For the first 20 minutes of the first half and first 20 minutes of the second half we passed it well and we pressured well, and then I think we died off in both halves.”

“So that could be something we’d look to improve on; concentration and keeping focused. But a win’s a good result for us and we’re very happy with that.”

Former plumber Michael signed on at his local club a year last summer  from Walker Central, and late in the season even made a few appearances on the Newcastle bench, during the injury crisis the first team suffered late in the season.

But of course the Newcastle bench is a lot stronger these days, withe seven new players signed over the summer, and at least one more expected in January.

Michael had a loan spell at at Leyton Orient earlier this season, and he may be sent out on loan again, and it was certainly a sweet strike from the red-headed youngster  last night.

19 year-old Richardson just wants to keep his head down and keep on improving, wherever he plays:

“I just want to keep pushing on. You’ve got to keep playing the best you can in the Reserves every week to get that chance.

“It’s not just going to come overnight – you have to work at it for weeks and work hard on the training ground to make it all pay off.

“So I’ll keep working hard in training and in the Reserve games to try and impress, and you never know what’ll happen.”

John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman were all at the game last night,  in addition to Donachie, and Tamas Kadar, the Hungarian International defender, captained the Newcastle side.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far


    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Heard this last night fantastic for them, Ranger back to first team soon? Any chance letting us know how Ed is? Thanks

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    decent result, hopefully Ranger will start to come good – as I don’t like his attitude!

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope Ranger does sort his head out and knuckle down. He proved to be a propper handful when he made sub appearances against liverpoo and arsenal last season. Just needs to think before he acts which should come with age.

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Hope you’re alright mate and the therapy is going well.

    @Ameobi: It is Ed. Neil has his own account here.

  • zaktoon_swede

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    michael was an electrician ed 😉

    i do hope things will work out for ranger. i feel like it’s the clubs duty to make any effort to put him on the right track after convincing such a young player to move all across the country. but he has to do his part aswell. the talent is there for all to see.

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6
  • Stuart

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Its obvious Ranger has talent and will be a good player, but only if he realises what an opportunity he has and stops wasting it by not putting the effort in during training, showing up late, or thinking he’s some gangster.

    Still think a loan to a lower league club would do him the world of good and hopefully bring him down to earth.


    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    40 points from our remaining PL fixtures… worth a punt??

  • unclepauly

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    is kadar usually the captain…? but yet he doesnt seem to be getting a sniff in the first team ? i would have him ahead of perch, in fact i would have played kadar at forest, it was a perfect chance for him.

  • Stuart

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Kadar obviously isnt warrenting a first team chance atm like unclepauly, plus he’s just came back from yet another injury.

    He is usually reserve captain though I think.

    As much as Perch is useless, there must be something wrong with Kadar to have gone from a highly rated prospect to not getting anywhere near the first team.


    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    everyone who sends in a question, end it with monsieur pardieu! sure to get a mention :o)

    also, can everyone ask about harps??!

    and i also threw in there that with obertan struggling to impress, surely marveaux deserves a shot


    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Cheers Thump

  • Stuart

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    DJM, apparently Harper is really struggling with his knees, also AP has made an agreement that if fit Harper is on the bench for home games and Elliot is on the bench for away games.

  • beefman13

    Oct 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Was there last night and elliot made four really top class saves and his kicking in bad conditions was terrific, vucic was the class of the pitch without doubt for me, sammy did some good runs, richardson scored a terrific goal and abeid was spraying some lovely balls all over the pitch but we have a reserve goalie who looks a real find.

  • UpTheRoad

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d love to see Richardson given a chance!



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