3 Newcastle United Academy products score in same game – Adam Armstrong thanks NUFC fans for the reaction
Adam Armstrong finally made a permanent break away from Newcastle United in the summer.
A succession of loan moves ending with a permanent transfer to Blackburn for a reported £1.5m.
The Geordie striker had long been talked about as the best chance of somebody from the Academy making it to first team regular level but it wasn’t to be.
After watching both of these FA Cup matches I think the move looks as though it was the right one for all parties.
Championship certainly looks to be the right level, at least for now, with it down to Adam Armstrong himself, as to whether he can prove in the coming seasons whether he can progress beyond that.
Thanks to being talked about for so long, it is easy to forget that he is still only 21.
The fact he has already scored 45 goals in his club career, with both League One and Championship clubs, is no mean feat.
His 45th goal also completed a quirky stat, as the opening 33 minutes of the game saw three Newcastle United Academy products score in the same game.
Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts for the Magpies, then lifelong NUFC fan Adam Armstrong being the third.
Applauded off the pitch by the Newcastle fans when subbed, the former NUFC striker said ‘That is Newcastle fans through and through.’
Newcastle United of course have a feeble record in recent times of bringing Academy players through and Mike Ashley has refused requests from Rafa Benitez to make proper investment in the Academy.
The biggest boost for any Academy of course is when somebody makes it to the first team and can help inspire those who follow.
Early days with Sean Longstaff but certainly he must be worth more chances this season, especially ahead of the likes of Isaac Hayden who is desperate to get away from the club.
Newcastle still haven’t scored a Premier League goal from outside the box this season and whilst Sean Longstaff’s took a deflection last night, how often have we even seen somebody having a go from outside the box?
Last season Longstaff scored nine from midfield when on loan at League One Blackpool, almost all of them from outside the box.
With a side that has so few goals in them, surely Sean Longstaff must at the very least be a regular on the bench, and be seen as somebody to call on as an option ahead of many others if the team are desperate for a goal.
Adam Armstrong after Newcastle fans applauded him off the pitch:
“That is Newcastle fans through and through.
“I am one myself and it was a nice feeling to score.
“It was a goal to get us back in the game so I tried to get the ball as quickly as possible and go again.
“But we have to put the game behind us and move on.
“It is a disappointing dressing room but I think the lads gave it everything we’ve got against a Premier League club.
“It was a dodgy start, the first goal took a massive deflection.
“Everyone put in the effort and the lads played a lot of minutes.
“Going to extra time isn’t nice, but we switched off, and they punished us.
“The performance showed how far we have come.
“Last season we got promoted from League One and now we taking a Premier League team all the way. We know we need to kick on.
“We now just need to put it behind us and get three points on Saturday.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Blackburn 2 Newcastle 4
Newcastle – Longstaff 1, Roberts 22, Joselu 105+3, Perez 106
Blackburn – Armstrong 33, Lenihan 45+1
Possession was Blackburn 55% Newcastle 45%
Total shots were Blackburn 13 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Blackburn 4 Newcastle 10
Corners were Blackburn 8 Newcastle 6
Referee: Lee Probert
Woodman, Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark (Lascelles 46 (Hayden 57)), Sterry, Ritchie (Atsu 109), Schar, Longstaff, Murphy, Roberts (Perez 94), Joselu
Harker, Yedlin, Rondon
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match go HERE)
(Read match ratings and comments on all NUFC players after beating Blackburn HERE)
(Tony Mowbray blames match officials for defeat to Newcastle – Read HERE)
(Rafa Benitez discusses luck, confidence, injuries and scoring goals after beating Blackburn – Read HERE)
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