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.