Peter Beardsley was renowned for his use of the word ‘obviously’ when conducting interviews during his playing days and he has now stated the obvious after watching his Newcastle reserve team take on Darlington on Saturday.

Following a 5-1 win where Newcastle dominated, Peter Beardsley declared ‘….if you’ve got a good group of players, you’ll have a good team’.

Last season saw a tough year for all levels at St James Park, with the Newcastle reserves (Under 21s) having a dismal time under Peter Beardsley.

However, with five players who had first team experience, Newcastle’s second string looked to maybe have better times ahead.

Much may depend on loan deals for the likes of Ivan Toney (cracking free-kick for the second goal) and whether Rafa is successful with a clearout of those younger players with no first team future (Vuckic, Bigirimana etc) but it would be good to see winning sides playing good football this coming season, at all levels of Newcastle United.

Peter Beardsley described his players as ‘outstanding in the first half’, though the flow was interrupted by the multiple substitutions that are usual in these games.

Watch the goals below though to see for yourself, watch out also for a comedy classic on the first goal as the poor Darlo defender kicks the post instead of the ball!

Darlington 1 Newcastle United Reserves 5

(Scorers: Vuckic, Toney, Roberts, Satka, Longstaff)

Harker, Newberry (Broccoli 46), Cameron (Gillesphey 46), Bigirimana (Ward 58), Good (Satka 46), Williams (Findlay 46), Gilliead (Holmes 58), Barlaser (Longstaff 58), Toney (Trialist – Da Silva 58), Vuckic (Charman 58), Roberts (El-Mhanni 46)

Peter Beardsley speaking to the official club website:

“We played really well. When you look at it, with all due respect, we have a pretty good group at the moment. There’s only Liam Smith who has gone on loan (to Crewe Alexandra), and you’ve heard people say before that 

“They were outstanding in the first half, and obviously we made a few changes in the second and they did the same, and it definitely affects the game. We made five at half time and then five on about the 60th minute, so it does affect the game, but to be fair to the ones that came in, they did well as well.

“If I’m being really critical, we probably haven’t scored as many as we created, because we created some unbelievable chances at Darlington on Saturday.

“We created so many chances we could have been ten up at half time, we really could have. The goalkeeper made two unbelievable saves and one lad, their number six, cleared two off the line, one in each half. They were fantastic clearances, I have to say – a pleasure to watch in a funny sort of way.

“But the chances we’re creating at the moment are really good.”

“Fitness is the only thing that matters at the moment, because as I was saying to some of them, some are ready earlier than others.

“Simon (Tweddle – fitness coach) has got ours into great shape so far – at Bradford, they looked in great shape, and they’ve done the same again this weekend, so Simon takes a lot of the credit for that.”