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20-Year-Old Striker Confident Despite Last Night’s Scoreline

The Newcastle Under-23s were knocked out of the Leasing.com Trophy competition after a 3-0 loss to Shrewsbury Town last night. The lads played very well against the League One side but couldn’t rebound after conceding two first-half goals.

Forward Tom Allan has spoken to nufc.co.uk about the result and what he thought was a harsh scoreline:

“I don’t think it was a fair result. If you look at the first 20 minutes and then the whole of the second half, we were the much better team. We’ve played a League One side off the park and the scoreline flatters them.

“We’ve had a lot of chances in front of goal. Three or four balls have flashed across the box where you’ve got to have somebody on the end of it. The goals we’ve conceded are sloppy and we need to look at them to try and cut them out.

“There are a lot of positives to take but then again, we know we have to finish our chances. That’s football. If you take the chance early on and late on, it makes a game of it but three-nil isn’t a good result.”

Both Allan and winger Victor Fernandez hit the post in the second half. It’s certainly a good sign that the youngsters played so well against a League One side despite the final score.

Last week, the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder mentioned Tom Allan as one who could step up if there was an injury crisis at the club. This was Ryder’s response when asked whether any youngsters could make the jump into the first-team:

In the case of an injury crisis I think wingers Thomas Allan or Rosaire Longelo could be options.

Allan has scored 4 goals for the Under-23s this season. Rosaire Longelo was nominated for the Premier League 2 player of the month award for September.

Goalkeeper Dan Langley also spoke to nufc.co.uk and he echoed some of Tom’s sentiments about the deceiving scoreline:

“I think 3-0 is a harsh reflection of the way the game went, especially in the second half and after hitting the woodwork twice. I thought we were really on top in the second half and played them off the park, but when you’re trying to play that high up the pitch it obviously makes you a bit more exposed at the other end.

“The goal at the end to make it 3-0 was a shame – it really isn’t a reflection of how we played as a team. They had a good side out. It’s League One opposition and they’re obviously taking this competition seriously, and you can see where they are in the league.

“But it’s a good experience for the players and hopefully they’ll be better off for that next year. I think we played well as a team, we battled hard, the grit and determination we showed was really good and we have to be proud of the performance we put in.”

Langley, who is just 18, has started the last three Premier League 2 matches for Neil Redfearn’s side. 20-year-old free agent Jake Turner had started the first four of those matches.

17 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Happy Palindrome Day.


  • martoon

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Ron Knee @1 – Should it not be happy returns? :mrgreen:

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Nice one, martoon!

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Nice article on the Mag on what Ashley gains monetary wise from us, even discounting dodgy deals such as Linton

  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Well this Friday its a full month since SDI said they were in the process of appointing an auditor
    Anyone seen anything of it ?
    Any news of who it will be ?
    Any dates yet ?

    There seems to be a few experts post here, wonder if they can shed some light on it ?

  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6


    Yer read that, makes a mockery of there recent statement on not taking money out of the club.
    Personally i think its insulting peoples intelligence

  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Wonder if we can get Boris Johnston looking into it…..

  • Australian Pie

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #8

    So funny the people who know naught about injuries and prevention barking a few weeks ago about how Bruce is injuring every player, only Ritchie who is close to a return out injured I believe and that came from a horror tackle.

    Lejeune from last season back training for likely few more weeks before seeing any game time

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Big Chris Holt didn’t have to ask his twitter chums
    it’s all here:-


    It would appear that there are only Burnley and ourselves who don’t pay interest and huge salaries.

  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #10


    Double the debt
    6 million net on players in 13 years
    13 years on near free global adverts
    All the tv money magically vanished

    Its insulting peoples intelligence to claim he hasnt taken any money

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib, that doesn’t take into account the losses Newcastle have made on advertising, merchandising , club land nor the lack of commercial revenue increases – it’s clear that fatty is gaining a lot through the back door even if it is above board, raping a football club is morally abhorrent

  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Those tins of paint he used to bodge over the cracks in the ground must have been 2 million each

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Australian Pie, I was one of those ‘barking’ as you so eloquently put it. I think the conversation was more around the fact there was a worrying trend towards greater numbers of soft tissue injuries, with some justified speculation as to what may be causing it. The change in training regime was an obvious candidate.

    I would say the jury is still out. We’ll see how the injuries stack up over the course of the season and whether the past month or so was just a blip.

  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #14


    Its not just our club hes gotten involved in though
    Its Rangers and Oldham too

    If left un-checked he will have lots more clubs in his financial headlock

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #15

    You have to have intelligence for it to be insulted
    “Raping” you’re having a laugh

  • martoon

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Mindshaft @4 – That article doesn’t mention the catering (which is owned by an Ashley company) and the rights he holds on the the club logos & images – that must pull in a few million more?

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    How much do you pay MA for your avatar ?


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