On a lovely bitter north east night, Newcastle United lost to North Shields, and Peter Beardsley wasn’t impressed.
He sent out the young NUFC stars in a strong team that included five with first team experience.
Peter Beardsley selected Haris Vuckic, Stuart Findlay, Dan Barlaser, Curtis Good and Yasin El-Mhanni in the Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final.
This is the annual test where Newcastle United young and inexperienced professionals, come up against some of the best north east non-league players who have generally been around the block a few times.
This time it was Newcastle’s reserves who came up short, falling behind early on, only for Haris Vuckic to equalise four minutes into the second-half.
North Shields on top the first 45 minutes, then Newcastle after the break – though they still struggled to create chances against their non-league opponents.
Peter Beardsley watched his players go through extra-time without adding any more goal and then 24 penalties later, it was North Shields who emerged victorious.
Beardsley says that especially those who have featured in the first team should ‘know what the manager expects’ but adds, ‘they didn’t give that tonight’.
Hopefully just all part of their footballing education and this will be a valuable step towards future first team football, either at Newcastle United or elsewhere.
Peter Beardsley talking to the official club website:
“We shouldn’t – with all due respect to them – lose to North Shields.
“When you look at what they (Newcastle reserves) produced on Monday (against West Bromwich Albion) they were brilliant, but the standard tonight was totally different.
“Obviously, the pitch wasn’t as good, but it’s just frustrating.
“Three or four of them have been in the first team over the last month, so they know what the manager expects, and for me, they didn’t give that tonight.
“When you come in at half-time having not played very well, there is always a response.
“We scored early into the second half and then we shouldn’t even get to extra-time – but we never really looked like scoring again.
Stu (Findlay) had a header but other than that we didn’t really have a clear-cut chance.
“When you get to extra time, it’s a lottery, tired (North Shields) and they’re playing for time.
It’s frustrating, really frustrating, we have another game on Monday, and we need to get this out of our system as quick as we can."