Liverpool (h) Premier Reserve League
30 mins Sterling shot 0-1
ďLike John Carver said, weíre trying to create a winning atmosphere - itís a good time to be at Newcastle. Weíve got to make sure they keep working hard on their technique and fitness. Theyíve all got a chance of being players, if not here somewhere in the leagues. Itís fantastic.
"The game, really, is about winning
Ė the No 1 aim is about winning Ė but itís also about developing those
young players. At this level, thatís very important.
"Itís possibly knee ligaments,
but we donít know yet.Ē
Willie Donachie took charge for the first time (although his predecessor Peter Beardsley was in the home dugout), fielding a less experienced lineup than of late as the likes of Gosling, Marveaux and Lovenkrands stepped down.
In a fast-paced affair on a blustery night, the persistence of Michael Richardson earned United a sixth minute penalty after his dribble was ended by a trip in the area.
However Nile Ranger's spot kick was blocked by visiting 'keeper Tyrell Belford and the Magpies striker was then unable to capitalise on two headed opportunities, striking the woodwork once and then putting his effort just wide.
They came either side of a 30th minute opener from the Reds, as the dangerous Raheem Sterling fired past Rob Elliot after a quick break saw our defence caught out.
Resuming after the break with Stevie Folan on for birthday boy Greg McDermott (who had required treatment on a leg injury in the first half), Richardson returned to his more usual midfield role and the goals started to flow again.
Within three minutes the scores were level after Ranger nipped in for a close range finish after Brad Inman centred from the left. Shane Ferguson's wind-assisted cross from the same flank was then headed home by United's number nine to give the Magpies a 53rd minute advantage.
And when Ranger turned provider to roll the ball across the edge of the box for Richardson to crack home a third goal in four games on 58 minutes, the points looked safe. Liverpool however continued to press and reduced the arrears on 70 minutes, when Michael Roberts converted a low shot from outside the area that left Elliot rooted to his goal line.
The United 'keeper had a mixed night, but after two late blocks in the first half kept the interval deficit at one, he then produced a vital finger-tip save to deny Sterling an equaliser with 13 minutes remaining.
Further late pressure from the Reds came to nothing though, with substitute Joe Rafferty unable to hit the target when well-placed in added time, before referee Turner blew for time before the indicated additional minutes had been completed.
That's now four wins and a draw from our opening five reserve league games, with a grand total of 18 goals scored and top spot in the league retained. And like the first team, our unbeaten run began last season with a win and two draws (plus a pair Northumberland Senior Cup victories).
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