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Newcastle Youngster Shows Bottle To Win Man.U. Award

8 years ago
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Another dispiriting early exit from the League (Capital One) Cup at Old Trafford but at least some individuals enhanced their reputations while others…didn’t.

Tiote and Coloccini put in decent performances as they played themselves back into full fitness but it was one of Newcastle’s younger players who was streets ahead when you voted for your man of the match.

Thanks again to the thousands of you who made the effort to vote and while Shola and Elliot picked up 9% each of the vote for their efforts at either end of the pitch, Cisse (12%) was back in the groove with a calm headed finish and so unlucky with a superb overhead kick that came back off the bar.

The standout performer though with over half the votes was James Tavernier who saw service on both the left hand and right hand side. His running and willingness to take responsibility in trying to create something, put the likes of Marveaux and Obertan to shame.

Both of them happy to stand back and give the ball to the young full-back to try and get us back into the game, before having to race back time after time to get back in position.

If last night was worth anything to Alan Pardew it was the fact that it gave him the chance to give a few more ticks to promising young players like Tavernier and Bigirimana, while at the same time putting a thick black line through the likes of Obertan and Marveaux.

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