Newcastle United Reserves 6 (Campbell 5, 18, 38, Good 8, Vuckic 22, Inman 69)

Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 4 (Mason 16, Falque 71, 78, Ceballos 77)

As well as the more obvious great news at St.James’ Park on Saturday, there was more positivity thanks to the reserves knocking six past Tottenham.

Two stories here I think, the strong look of the reserve team overall and then the emergence of Adam Campell.

He came on against Cardiff last weekend and lightened very slightly a dispiriting performance (see video clip below for a lovely bit of skill on 1.30) and gave a very passable impression of a young Wayne Rooney.

Against Tottenham he was the star of the show as he hit a stunning first-half hat-trick including a header despite being the smallest on the pitch.

We can forgive them their mini collapse at the end having gone 6-1 up and thinking that was it, a valuable lesson learnt for maybe a more important time?

This performance certainly suggests that it will be well worth getting along to see the second string this season.

With Tavernier signing a new contract, Abeid having a season’s experience under his belt now and the signings of Good and Bigirimana, it certainly has beefed up the look of the reserves.

I have a feeling that all of those named may feature against Atromitos FC in the Europa League on Thursday.

I think Haris Vuckic is a certainty as well and I would guess could well have been on the bench for the first team if it wasn’t for this impending Greek match.

Especially with Shola picking up an injury during the warm up on Saturday, maybe the most intriguing possibility is whether Alan Pardew would throw Adam Campbell straight into the firing line.

He appears to have the ability and the confidence…if you’re good enough you’re old enough.

Newcastle United Reserves: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Curtis Good, Lubo Satka, Yven Moyo, Marcus Maddison (Conor Newton 46), Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid, Michael Richardson (Bradden Inman 46), Haris Vuckic (Alex Nicholson 72), Adam Campbell

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, JJ Hooper

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14 comments
1957
1957

But our positive motivating head coach shirks his.

He is always saying how his half time changes or substitutions make a differences when the truth is his starting tactics give the initiative to the opposition and we end up chasing the game.

He has never once said "...it's my fault..." he blames players or officials all the time, but surely if the players can't get it right on the pitch either he isn't getting his message over or they are taking no notice of him.

terriertwo
terriertwo

What we need is a Barton,Nolan.Bellamy,on the field to make their gobs go and get these plodders to put in a shift. No leadership on or off the pitch. Dead men walking. Must be someone out there to get us out of this mess. Quite happy to pay more for my season ticket if it means I get to watch a team performing for the supporters and not just turning up for the money.  

Andgeo
Andgeo

Carver, why don't you start with defending and attacking?? We havnt seen a Newcastle team do either for over 2 years now!!! As long as you are head coach, mike ashley is failing in his responsibility to appoint a real manager. As long as you continue to pick gouffran and obertan you are Pauling in your responsibility to pick a team. And, as long as players are getting sent off in the manner that sissoko and cisse were the players are failing in their responsibilities. Negligent from top to bottom!!!! There is only one way for john carver to take responsibility and that is to resign immediately!!!

Polarboy
Polarboy

The only thing Carver seems to be good at is implying that it is everybody but his fault for the results we are getting. 

ilullissat
ilullissat

Erm Carver they have\are doing exactly that

WallaceWilson
WallaceWilson

The problem is that there are too many shirking their responsibilities every week - and still getting picked by this clown

GORDO1674
GORDO1674

You know when I'm watching the likes of Gouffran, Ameobi, Perez, Cabella and especially Williamson and Anita I am reminded of players in squads who turn up for training in order to pick up their cash every month. Players who huff and puff. Limited ability albeit keen but actually never relied upon to dig out a result. Hence they are never usually selected. They realise their own limitations and move down a league or two where they eke out a reasonable career and lifestyle compared to the average working man. Williamson must laugh himself to sleep at nights wondering when he is going to be found out and shown the door. The money that guy has picked up whilst at the Toon is short of criminal. Whoever made the decision that he could actually play football is from the spaceship that Carver hopes is going to land with some decent players inside it!!

We need some grit and steel for the last few games in order to escape this debacle we are solidly in now.

I fear though when I look at who is available to get us out of this mess that this has now become Mission Impossible.

Andgeo
Andgeo

Bit rough on Perez putting him in the same camp as Williamson, shovel foot mark 2 and the 'romulan' brothers!!! Perez would be class even in an averagely good premier league team.

GORDO1674
GORDO1674

Aye fair point I suppose. Bit harsh as he does show certain promise. Just looks lightweight against top defenders. Never seems to run at them and is always static when he receives the ball which makes it easy for them to dispossess him of the ball. Class! I don't think so.

Cabella is a five a side player. A good one. But no use on a full size pitch. Head down, dribble dribble oops lost it again.

pissed off mag
pissed off mag

they have already shirked as much responsibility as they could john, as for passion hahahaha what passion

Deluded
Deluded

“I was quite happy actually to go in 1-0 down..." Unbelievable, anyone who was there yesterday can't complain any more it's there in black and white...

essexMag
essexMag

Won't shirk their responsibilities? He must wear a welding mask when watching them play. Loon.