In a derby for the younger Magpies, Newcastle’s U23s defeated Sunderland 2-0 yesterday at St James Park. Recent debutante Tom Allan scored yet again in the 2nd minute.
The 20-year-old was training with the first-team this week and must be impressing Steve Bruce with his performances for the U23s.
Nineteen-year-old forward Yannick Toure added a header to double the lead in the second half.
However, it ended on a bit of a contentious note as Elias Sorensen reacted to a strong challenge from Sunderland’s Jack Bainbridge. The resulting scuffle saw both players receive a straight red.
Sorensen went to Twitter after the game to express regret for his reaction and the resulting red card.
Good win, good atmosphere. On a personal note I’m gutted about the red card should have never reacted in that way. https://t.co/6ujCoDZKKf
— Elias Fritjof Sørensen (@EliasFritjof) February 14, 2020
Many Newcastle fans responded to the 20-year-old’s message with encouragement while commending his passion.
It's a game vs Sunderland heart on your sleeve don't worry we won't hold it against you ?????
Follow me back please?
— Lillie (@LillieNUFC) February 14, 2020
Nowt wrong with showing a bit of passion in a Tyne-Wear derby. You were class today??
— Mental & Mad NUFC (@mad_nufc) February 14, 2020
Nothing wrong with that, shows your passion
— Robbie ??????? (@ManL1keMatty) February 14, 2020
Elias 1 – 0 Mackem
— John Maddox?? (@Johnnmaddoxx) February 14, 2020
Deserve a statue for that lad
— Rohan Gulliver (@gulliver_rohan) February 14, 2020
We love the passion hun keep it up??
— Carla Devine (@CarlaDevine1) February 15, 2020
Keep on performing and working hard and one day you will surely get a chance to showcase your talent in the first team set up.
— Biswajit Nag (@biswajitnag03) February 15, 2020
love you elias, don’t cater about the red card.. love the passion lad????????????
— Dan (@dannnnnnnn18) February 14, 2020
It was the Mackems…..it is essential you react that way.
— Rob G (blue tick pending) (@shearersbuddy) February 15, 2020
Elias has a lot of work to do to make it at Newcastle. After a stellar first half with the U23s last season, where he scored 20 goals, he’s been recalled from two disappointing loan spells.
Before the game yesterday, he spoke about how he is still coming back to full fitness after playing so little during his loan at Carlisle.
“I feel like I’m nearly back to what I was before I went out on loan.
“I lost a bit of fitness when I went away and didn’t play as much as I wanted to, but I feel like I’m nearly back to full fitness.”
Elias still seems to be learning what it takes to be a professional footballer. It looks like he will be kept at the club for the remainder of the season.
Hopefully, he can find a loan move in the summer where he can get the first-team football he needs to progress.
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