Tommy Wright ‘Newcastle were the best team in this competition’
After Newcastle United lifted their first silverware of the season, Tommy Wright declared that the Magpies had been the best team in the competition and deserved winners.
The weekend saw Newcastle’s young star competing in the Steel Cup, young sides from PSV, Leeds United and Newcastle United, in a four team tournament with non-league Corby Town.
Newcastle beat Corby Town on Saturday 3-0 (watch goals/highlights here), though Manager Tommy Wright thought his non-league team had their moments, hitting the woodwork and deserving of a penalty according to him.
With PSV beating Leeds, the meeting of Newcastle and the Dutch team on Sunday would decide the outcome.
Newcastle emerged victorious with a 1-0 win after struggling to turn their superiority into goals, Kyle Cameron grabbing the only goal of the game.
The PSV match also saw the welcome return from injury of Kevin Mbabu, the young defender looking a class above this level.
Corby Town 0 Newcastle United 3
PSV 4 Leeds United 1
Newcastle United 1 PSV 0
Corby Town 3 Leeds United 0
Corby Manager Tommy Wright:
“I could play teams all pre-season who are playing at a level below us and we’d win every game. But what does that mean to the lads?
“What would we learn from that?
“Newcastle were the best team in this competition. They are full-time professionals and had five lads in their team who have Premier League experience.
“And what you have to remember is we had a stonewall penalty turned down, hit the post and missed a one-on-one before they scored and goals change games.
“The win over Leeds was massively important as we haven’t won a game at Steel Park for a while and it was good to be able to send people home having seen us win a match.
“It was a comfortable 3-0. We played some great football and kept a clean sheet. We have to be pleased with that.”
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