Peter Beardsley ‘You can’t teach what Daryl Murphy does…’
NUFC legend Peter Beardsley has praised the contribution of Daryl Murphy after Monday’s match.
The Newcastle reserves (Under 23s) featured three first team squad players, as both Lazaar and Haidara joined Murphy in getting some pitch time in the 1-1 draw with West Brom.
Peter Beardsley describes as ‘brilliant’, the Daryl Murphy goal that gave them the lead, as well as the movement that got him away from his markers.
The former Ipswich striker was subbed at half-time as scheduled and now he is free from injury and getting back to full fitness, it looks likely that he and possibly Achraf Lazaar could figure when Newcastle take on Hull City next Tuesday.
The only downside for Beardsley is that his Under 23s failed to follow the lead of the Newcastle first team in finishing the opposition off, the NUFC reserves boss pointing to Dwight Gayle’s double on Sunday as what the kids need to emulate. West Brom equalising late on with a penalty despite Newcastle having dominated throughout.
Peter Beardsley talking to the official club site:
“I think we played really well in the first half.
“Daryl Murphy scored a brilliant goal and for him to get across the near post like that was good for our kids to see and a good experience for him.
“You can’t teach what he (Daryl Murphy) does. It was great to have him playing for us, but the plan was for him to play 45 minutes, which was perfect for him.
“It’s always nice to have them and it was good for them (first team players Lazaar & Haidara to be playing, as well as Murphy) to be there. It was a big plus for us.
“When we were winning as comfortably as we were – there was only the one save Freddie had to make – we never really looked under pressure. It was a mistake from us, in allowing the boy to buy a penalty, and that’s probably the best way to describe it.
“Overall, we were the better team, but ultimately you have to take your chances when they come along. That’s where the first team have shown us the way – they were very clinical at Leeds, and Dwight Gayle got two goals, the first one out of nothing and the second one kills the game.
“If we got the second one, we’d have killed the game, but we didn’t.
“They’re disappointed, but they’re still unbeaten. They’re on a four-match run, which is a good habit for the club to have, and long may it continue.”
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