The Newcastle U23 side overwhelmed Sunderland 5-0 at St. James’ Park last night in a terrific display.
With Sunderland now in League One, this is the highest level of a Tyne-Wear derby, and it certainly got a lot of coverage in the local Newcastle press.
One player who had an excellent game and looked a cut above the others in the Reserves was local lad Jamie Sterry.
He was disappointed he was even in the squad for Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Cardiff where Javier Manquillo deputized for the injured DeAndre Yedlin, and then midfielder Isaac Hayden replaced Manquillo in the second half.
Jamie Sterry – had excellent game last night
Jamie reacted to his disappointment in the right way and let his play last night do the talking.
This is what he said on the Newcastle website after the game last night:
“For me, it was good to play. I want an opportunity to play in the first team and all I can do is give my all.”
“I feel like I’m good enough and last weekend I felt like I could have had a chance, so it was a bit disappointing.”
“But you’ve got to keep your mental strength really high and try to be positive about it.”
“All I can do is give 100%, and I asked to play in the game because I want to play football and show everyone what I can do.”
“I’ve got a great family around me, great friends and girlfriend, so they help me to be positive about everything and tonight I feel like I gave a good account of myself.”
“It was great seeing a lot of the lads getting a taste of playing at St. James’ Park, which is the best feeling in the world, and I thought we did really well.”
“We put on a good show and showed people what we can do. If you start well in a game, get an early goal, you can kick on and it makes everything more relaxed.”
“Everyone was psyched up but you have to not let the moment beat you. You’ve just got to focus and do your job.”
“All the lads coped really well tonight; before the game, everyone was buzzing, a couple of them were a bit nervous because some of them probably hadn’t played in front of so many people.”
“But I thought everyone was really good.”
In the last couple of seasons, Jamie’s been on loan at Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra, and he may be loaned out again this season.
But the lad wants to stay in the Newcastle first team squad and fight for a place in the first team.
He made his debut late in the game when we hammered Spurs 5-1 at St. James Park two years ago – after we had been relegated – when he came on for Moussa Sissoko.
Jamie has played 4 times for the Newcastle first team and a combined 29 games on loan at Coventry and Crew.
The next two years are vital if Jamie wants to stay at Newcastle and break through into the Newcastle first team – his current contract runs out in June 2020.
Given Manquillo’s poor performance on Saturday Rafa may keep Jamie with the first team squad at least through the end of the year.
We expect reinforcements to be brought in during the January transfer window.
That’s the hope in any case.