Sammy Ameobi led the way as three Newcastle loan players proved to be match winners on Tuesday night.
In the snappily titled Checkatrade Trophy (the revamped Johnstone Paints Trophy), it only took Sammy four minutes to score what proved to be the winner.
Sadly only 1,589 were there to see Sammy Ameobi score the seventh goal of his club career as Bolton beat Blackpool 1-0. Turning 25 in May, his last goal had been 14 months ago for Cardiff in the Championship and almost two years ago he last scored for Newcastle (3-0 win at Hull – January 2015).
Bolton Manager Phil Parkinson:
“I was pleased for Sammy. He’s come in and had some good moments off the bench for us, but he’s been waiting for that first goal to give him that lift.
“Wide players can be unpredictable at times. They can have moments when they frustrate but other moments when they produce.
“If you analyse Sammy tonight, he’s scored a goal and put in some great crosses which we maybe could have gambled on and scored from.
“We’re building him up, his confidence levels in himself, and I’m pleased with the win and pleased with the goal.”
Haris Vuckic is another who has struggled for many games or goals in the past 18 months but on loan at Bradford City, the Slovenian international scored the opening goal and then made an assist, to help his loan club achieve a 2-1 win over Bury in the Trophy.
The last of the trio in goalscoring form last night was Newcastle winger Alex Gilliead.
On loan at Carlisle last season, Gilliead is now at Luton Town and like Haris Vuckic scored one and made one on Tuesday night.
The Newcastle loan player scoring the opening goal and then Luton made it 2-0 from a corner he took, that being the final score as they beat West Brom Under 21s (Newcastle turning down the chance to have an Under Under 21 team in the competition).