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U23s Looked Excellent Monday Night – What’s Happening With Peter Beardsley?

Rafa Benitez wants the standards of every age group improved at Newcastle, and the U23 team had a tremendous 5-0 win against Sunderland at St. James’ Park on Monday night.

With Sunderland now in League One that’s the highest level of the Tyne-Wear derby we will have for at least two years, although there’s always a chance we could draw the Black Cats in one of the cups.

Since Ben Dawson replaced the suspended Peter Beardsley as the U23 coach in early January, he has done quite well and fitted in nicely to the job.

It turns out that Dawson had prepared the players well before the U23 Premier League Division Two fixture and the youngsters went out and were simply superb.

Steve Harper and Ben Dawson in the dugout on Monday night

This is what Ben has said on the Newcastle website:

“We had probably a five-minute blip at the end of the first half, which I wasn’t best pleased with, but for 85 minutes of the game I thought we were terrific.”

“Everything that we’d asked of them pre-match – focus, intensity, enthusiasm – and then the quality on top of that, I thought was evident for really large spells of the game.”

“It was a perfect night for it in terms of the atmosphere, the pitch, everything about the night – and then the performance just made it extra special.”

“It’s important that you have passion and you compete, but at the same time you have to have game intelligence and I thought we got a good balance of that tonight.

“I thought it was the best I’ve seen Luke Charman for a long time. I thought Sean Longstaff worked his socks off.”

“We asked him and Luke to play a little bit closer than they did on Monday in the 1-1 draw at West Brom and I thought they combined well.

“The wide lads – Callum Roberts, Tommy Allan, Adam Wilson made a difference when he came on – were backed up solidly by the two lads in the middle, the two centre-backs and the full-backs joining in when they were needed.”

“We have got good competition for places, a good honest group, and they all seem to have a desire and a hunger to improve and be better.”

“Steve (Harper) will be a great addition to the coaching staff.”

“He’s got good experience from having played the game for a long time.”

“But also he’s spent time learning his trade, a little bit away from here and more recently back at the club, so he will add something else to the coaching staff.”

Luke Charman scored a brace, and Callum Roberts, Owen Bailey, and Elias Sorensen all scored a goal.

We seem to have some (very) good young players coming through in the U23 squad, and it’s possible that Sean Longstaff has a decent chance to play some first-team games this season.

And talking about Ben Dawson, we wonder when Lee Charnley will make a decision on the appropriate action to take with former U23 manager Peter Beardsley.

This thing has dragged on since January, and that’s plenty of time for Charnley to make a decision, difficult though it may be.

Comments welcome.

133 comments so far

  • lesh

    Aug 23, 2018 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #121

    Looking back over yesterday’s posts, it appears we have an ‘expert’ or ‘experts’ on the situation in Venezuela. I use the word expert guardedly as the content of those posts used language and an analysis much as one’d expect to find in the Daily Mail/ Express, Sun or the likes of Breitbart. Why has this/ those person(s) suddenly popped up on here?

    We’ve had a rash of Ashley champions and now we seem to have extreme right Tory/ Ukip types peddling the sort of tripe one’s expect to hear from the less sophisticated factions of those groups. We’ve at least one established poster whose views are more than a tad Daily Mailish but he’s been quiet for a week or two. Has the Mail been running a summer school or are we about to be blessed with a rash of recent graduates of the Rees-Mogg/ Johnson/ Farage/ Banks sponsored school of political science?

    Bettys, have you any thoughts on why those particular newcomers have appeared?

    On that note, enough of the P word and I bid you good morning.

  • Oscar B

    Aug 23, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #122


    You might find it hard to take on board but there are a number of us football fans anti Corbyn and Momentum that don’t want to accept the Marxist/ Socialist mantra of the likes of you and AncientC.
    I travel extensively to watch football and have seen the rise of Momentum outside UK grounds- it’s 1970’s National Front! I want my party and blog back.

    Finally I’m left wondering if Corbyn will apologise for eulogising Venezuela as a successful exponent of socialism and social justice.

  • Ashwin

    Aug 23, 2018 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #123

    You’re Caracas. It’s just another prime example of why Socialism fails.
    Caracas’s anti-market mindset was at the root of the problem.

    I’m sure Mr Corbyn’s supporters would disagree, though. For them, the market is the source of the problem, not the solution.

    It doesn’t correspond to their peculiar sense of reality.

  • Veltman

    Aug 23, 2018 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #124

    Howay Rotonda,rise and shine.May be it’s your time to show your skills on the pitch;)

    Just seen Kennedy’s spot kick.Gutless and careless penalty.Massive oportunity missed.I would have liked Muto to take it to raise his confidence.And Shelvey was there,so why Kennedy? Whyyyyyyy???

  • Mizzentop

    Aug 23, 2018 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #125

    Caracas’s anti-market mindset was at the root of the problem. It ought to have floated its currency, but this was foolishly – and wrongly – ruled out as “neoliberal”

    You socialist types need to be reminded what happens when the “anti-market mindset” and those who can only say “we hate neoliberalism” take over in a country. Even the largest oil reserves in the world can’t save a country that has gone on the Corbyn road to ruin.

    In Venezuela more than 20 millions have sacrificed themselves by voting these people in, so they can save the rest of us. Let’s pay tribute to their sacrifice by avoiding their fate!
    It’s not the UK Daily Mail etc but the
    knowledge that a Corbyn/momentum
    Government would put us on the same
    path to ruin.

    The UK devaluation and the IMF involvement of the 1970’s.
    Just think back to anotherLabour Government not regulating the banks and the economic recession that followed in 2008. A Corbyn socialist/ marxist government blue print Venezuela would ………..boom!

  • Mizzentop

    Aug 23, 2018 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #126

    Sorry Lesh

  • lochinvar

    Aug 23, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #127

    Good to see that the hacks have another club to find fault with.

    Manchester United fans have paid for a banner calling for the departure of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to be flown over Turf Moor during the match against Burnley on 2 September. (Mail)
    And Mourinho is according to some pundits inline to be sacked by December. That’ll be some pay off.

    Perhaps they could add a second banner with “Ashley in” for the fly past.

    The bigger they are the bigger they fall.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 23, 2018 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #128

    Wasn’t there a clip in the film Gregory’s Girl where the two lads were trying to hitch a lift to Caracas ? Lucky for them no one stopped.
    As a teenager really loved the striker they had in the team – wonder how Penfold missed signing her . She must be out of contract these days.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 23, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #129

    Matt Le Tissier was another who took a good penalty. I think he only missed one out of fifty odd during his senior career,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #131

    I thought first-time posters had to be moderated, surely continually harping on about Venezuela is against blog rules.

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #132

    Jail if constantly harping on about the same
    boring shite was a against blog rules you’d
    be long gone.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #133

    Hopefully you’ll be hearing from Ed soon enough to put a stop to your shite stirring. I honestly don’t know how you’ve got away with it for so long.


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