The Newcastle United U23s will look to redeem themselves after a poor start to the season. Like the senior squad, the U23s have lost their opening two matches. Similarly, they were both very poor in one match while being a bit unlucky in the other.
The U23s opened the season with a calamitous 0-6 loss at Reading They followed up that up with an improved 1-2 loss at Whitley Park against West Ham. In the second match, they suffered an own goal as well as a straight red.
The team will next face Manchester United who sit on top of Group 2 in Premier League 2 with six points and a goal difference of +7. Newcastle, consequently, are bottom with no points and a -7 goal difference.
The next game will take place at St James Park on Friday evening.
New youth signing Kyle Scott has given an interview on the official Newcastle website website about the upcoming fixture against Manchester United.
This is what Kyle has said about how he is looking forward to playing at St James Park:
“For the team, it’s an important game as we have played two and lost two. The standard has not been great at the moment. We’ve got a new bunch of players, and it will take time to get used to each other and working with each other.
“We don’t want to lose three out of three so, on Friday, we need to make sure we come in and get the win.
“I’m looking forward to playing at St. James’ Park. Hopefully, there is a good crowd there, and I can show people what I can do. But I think the most important thing is to be getting the win to start us off.
“When you get to the stadium, and you are going to have more people there than usual, it generally gives everybody a bit of a lift. We’re playing against one of the best teams, so it makes you want to beat them and do well even more.
“The top teams always have a good team with good, young players coming through. Whatever team they bring, they will be comfortable on the ball and this week we want to show we have a plan and hopefully come away with the three points.”
It is a big game for Neil Redfearn and the U23s as this has been a disappointing start. It seems that all levels of Newcastle are struggling at the moment. Both the U23s and the senior team have new managers who really need to get a good result.
Kyle Scott– looking for a lift at St James Park
This is what Kyle has said about working with U23 coach Neil Redfearn, his new teammates, and the slow start to the season:
“I like it here. The lads are all good, and I enjoy working with Neil (Redfearn). I’m looking forward to the season and hopefully I can kick on even more.
“I went a long time without a game, and my last one was in November but I have now played two 90 minute games so, with a couple more matches under my belt, I’ll be into it. When you are back on the pitch playing games, it’s the best thing so I’m really happy for that.
“We ought to have got something out of the West Ham game. Apart from the own goal and the set-piece, I don’t think they had many chances but that’s how football goes, and hopefully in the next game, that bit of luck will be on our side of the table.
“We deserved to win that game, but it was a much better match compared to the first one and we improved a lot. I think we’ll be fine once we get the first win, and can go on a strong run.”
It will take time for 21-year-old to get going after not featuring much over the past year. Friday’s match will be a perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do in what could be the first of many appearances at St James Park.