Steve Bruce was at yesterday’s U23s 2-1 come from behind win over Fulham. Bruce had a heightened interest in the match as three of his returning players took part.
Matty Longstaff played the first half while both Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett got an hour each. All emerged unscathed and will hopefully be available for the Wolves match on Sunday.
As Liam Kennedy in The Shields Gazette points out, there was much more on offer for the head coach than just his three senior players.
Two of the club’s new Academy signings in Rodrigo Vilca and Bradley Cross made their debuts. Vilca, who started the match, was quite impressive and held up well in his first bout with English football. Cross came on for Clark at the hour mark.
This match also marked the return of midfielder Kyle Scott, who was a free agent after leaving Chelsea last summer. The 22-year-old has had a torrid time with injury but played quite well yesterday.
Finally, there was the performance of another free agent signing from last season. Stan Flaherty (pictured above) signed in January after a successful trial. The former Arsenal youngster provided an assist on Yannick Toure’s equalizer before launching this beauty late in the game to give Newcastle the victory.
A beauty from Stan Flaherty! ??
Highlights of this afternoon's U23 win over Fulham are now available to watch on NUFC TV.
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That was the young midfielder’s third goal for Newcastle United this season. He scored a brace against Burnley last month. That’s some left-foot on the 18-year-old.
So overall, yesterday marked a very positive day for some of our players both young and experienced. We suspect Bruce will be pleased with what he witnessed.