Newcastle reserves won their first game in twelve attempts on Monday night and afterwards Peter Beardsley was keen to praise his attacking trio.

Adam Armstrong scored both goals in the 2-1 victory after Aston Villa had opened the scoring.

The Geordie striker now has nine goals in eleven matches at reserve team level this season and surely must be worth a bit more of a chance in the first team compared to the likes of Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan.

Peter Beardsley also came away with rave reviews on both Siem de Jong and the elusive Facundo Ferreyra.

Never mind trying to get Mike Ashley out of the club, seeing Facundo featuring in the first team after ten months at the club would be front page headlines!

Peter Beardsley:

“Siem was really good, Facundo was really good and Arma was really good so we had a good core at the top of the team. The three of them were outstanding, I thought.

Facundo Ferreyra:

“His attitude is spot on and that for me is the most important thing in any footballer.

“But tonight he showed good ability. He hit the post with a brilliant shot in the first half and is probably disappointed he missed the second one.

All positive from Chucky:

“Then he did a brilliant turn around Senderos and the goalkeeper made a fantastic save.

“So there were really positive signs from Chucky”

Adam Armstrong:

“We went behind but Arma did us a favour with a brilliant goal, which helped.

“Arma got two brilliant goals. The first goal was fantastic; we were lucky in the sense that we were in the dugout and so we were right behind it. As soon as he hit it, you knew it was in.

Siem de Jong:

“It was a great flick around the corner by Siem for the second one and a great finish.

“Siem was fantastic with his understanding of the game and his awareness. Him, Chucky and Arma as a three were fantastic.”

Didn’t want him to get injured:

“Siem is a top player and I’m a fan of his. I was lucky enough to see him play for Ajax when they won the league on the last day of the season three years ago and he is a player, there is no doubt about it.

“He didn’t want to come off tonight – he wanted to keep on going but I didn’t want him to get injured so that’s why I took him off.”

For those of you with a slightly more cynical view, you may believe that it is more than coincidence that Peter Beardley is going overboard on the performances of de Jong and Ferreyra in some kind of attempt to deflect away from the shambles the club currently is under Mike Ashley…

Ferreyra and de Jong both played for over an hour and now we await with interest to see if one, two or all three are involved in the first team eleven/squad on Saturday at home to Swansea.