Recalled from loans Elias Sorensen and Jamie Sterry help fire Newcastle into Premier League Cup last 8
An eventful week for Elias Sorensen and Jamie Sterry, having been recalled early from loan spells along with Callum Roberts.
Both Sorensen and Sterry helping Newcastle United of the last eight of the Premier League Cup on Friday afternoon.
The NUFC Under 23s were away at Reading, playing at Woking’s Kingfield Stadium.
Jamie Sterry started the game and scored a fine opening goal from 20 yards out on 22 minutes, only for Reading to hit back four minutes later with a free-kick.
The winner scored by winger Tom Allan [who was interviewed before the game – see below] on 37 minutes.
Elias Sorensen was named on the bench and came on for the final 27 minutes to help see the game out.
The young NUFC stars through to the last eight.
Reading U23s 1 Newcastle United U23s 2
Newcastle United Under 23s:
Harker, Sterry, Walters, Watts, Cass, Bailey (c), Allan [Bartlett 89], M. Longstaff, Touré [Young 78], Sangare, Longelo [Sorensen]
Huuhtanen, McEntee, Young, Bartlett, Sorensen
Scorer of the winning goal, winger Tom Allan talked to the official club site before the game:
“It’s a really big game and another cup game.
“It’s a cup that the squad are looking to win.
“In fairness, we haven’t been at our best in the last two games and the lads know that but we just want to go there and get a similar result to what we did the last time we played Reading.
“We went there not really expecting to do as well as we did. They were doing very well in the league but we managed to win 2-0 so we’ll want to go there with the same mentality and try to get another win in order to go through to the next round.
“The team defended a lot but played really well as we had to soak up a lot of pressure before we were able to get the second at the very end to kill them off.
“Cal [Roberts] and Elias [Sorensen] were excellent for us before they both went away on loan.
“They helped the team score many goals and create a lot of assists in the first part of the season. I think we have coped well without them but to have them both back is another boost and hopefully we can keep improving while they can get their form back too.
“They’ve gone away and gained experience in playing professional football, knowing what it’s like to win, so hopefully they can bring that back into our team and allow the team to push forward.
“Especially in this competition, we’ve played very well. Although we didn’t beat Notts County, which we probably should’ve done, the games against Leeds and Southampton were really important for us. We are going into every cup game as we do a league match, trying to win and progress as far as we can.
“I don’t see why we can’t go further than we did last season. We’ve had a really good season so far, especially in the Checkatrade Trophy, and it’s another tournament that we want to do as well as we can in.
“It’s the biggest cup we are left in now so, going forward, we are trying to go as far as possible and trying to win the tournament to top the season off well.
“We know exactly what we’re capable of as a team and go into the game, forgetting about the last two games. This year, we don’t have the oldest squad but we have a lot of quality and everyone knows that.”
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]