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Carl Fletcher “A fantastic test against a strong Newcastle side”

4 years ago

Newcastle United progressed to the last eight of the Premier League Cup on Friday afternoon.

It was challenging conditions for both the players and very small crowd who gathered at Darsley Park, as the NUFC Under 23s took on Bournemouth.

Despite the rain, wind, cold, the two teams served up some excellent football in a game that had five goals and the result only settled in the closing stages.

The visitors took the lead just after the half hour mark, with Newcastle defender Macauley Gillesphey them equalising in the 52nd minute.

This sparked a total of three goals in five minutes, with Bournemouth retaking the lead, only for striker Luke Charman to immediately equalise again.

Surprisingly the score stayed at 2-2 until the closing stages and with less than 10 minutes on the clock it was Charman who scored his second and Newcastle’s third to win the game.

Visiting boss Carl Fletcher was positive about his team despite the defeat, claiming that Newcastle had a massive advantage with older and more experienced players.

Good luck to Newcastle in the last eight.

Bournemouth reserve team boss, Carl Fletcher, speaking to the official Bournemouth website:

“I am really disappointed we have gone out.

“It was a tough game for us with six under-18s and two first years, and two full-backs who are usually centre-backs and are both 18, so we’re really pleased with the lads.

“It was a horrible day in wet and windy conditions against a category one academy with much older, physical players.

“We stood up to the task for the majority of the game. Mistakes and individual errors cost us but going forward we’ll be better for these.

“It’s a learning curve for the group, making sure we maintain concentration in possession.

“But it was a fantastic test against a strong Newcastle side.”


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