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Season 2012-13
Stoke City (h) Professional Development League

Date: Monday 22nd October 2012, 7pm

 Whitley Park


Newcastle Res

Stoke City Res

  5 - 1




35 mins Tavernier header 1-0

38 mins
Xisco shot 2-0

Half time: Magpies 2 Potters 0

57 mins
Xisco shot 3-0

67 mins
Xisco shot 4-0

80 mins
Abeid shot 5-0

89 mins
Alabi shot 5-1

Full time: Magpies 5 Potters 1

We said

Coach Willie Donachie told the official website:

"Xisco deserved his goals because of his attitude, because of his enthusiasm and work and so that was really rewarding for the team, really: to see Xisco coming in and having a good attitude.

"Those experienced players can come and think they're too good and don't want to work, but Xisco was spot on and deserved his goals.

(Marveaux) simplicity is an example to the others. You don't need to be clever and do outrageous things - just do the simple things well and then when you have to do something good, do it. That's the message to them and that's what Sylvain did. 

Before it comes to him, he knows what he's got to do with the ball and just gives it simple. That's all we're asking from all of them.

"On paper it's an easy game but as I said to them there's no such thing as an easy game - you've still got to work hard and make it happen and I thought their attitude on the whole was very good.

"They did work hard, made a lot of chances and scored the goals. And apart from the last minute it would have been a clean sheet, our first clean sheet, which was disappointing but I'm not too bothered about that. Winning the game was the main thing.

(Campbell) was a different class. At the start of the game when we were making chances, it was all down to Adam. He was the one who was getting behind them, getting the shots off and he's just fantastic; great for the team and a great threat.

"When Tav
(James Tavernier) scored a great header that was the breakthrough. Then when we got the second we knew if we got a third that would be it all over, and thankfully that's what we got."

Speaking to the Chronicle, hat trick scorer Xisco said:

"Maybe there is a happy chapter still to come for me with Newcastle. In football, these things can happen Ė all I can do is try my best. Weíll see after that what happens.

(Alan Pardew) just
told me I donít need to give up. He said to try hard and do my best and that anything can happen. Sometimes it has been hard here for me - when I came here I was happy to sign, I wanted to play for the first team. I havenít always had that chance. You train hard, do your best and you donít get your chance.

ďItís difficult, and you get frustrated. Thatís why I tried to go back to Spain each season. When I came here in the first season, it was difficult. We had three or four managers, it was my first season and it wasnít good - it was a bad start in the Premier League for me.

ďThen I went back to Spain every year because I felt comfortable there. Newcastle hasnít worked out well for me. But I still have one more year . . .This is my last season and I would like to play and be at my best for Newcastle.

"Thereís one thing I have always felt here, the fans have been good with me. I always feel their support. I want to return that compliment to the fans.

"There were a few options
(to leave last summer) but nothing happened. They have financial problems in Spain now and there isnít much movement. I decided to stay here, rather than go to Spain to a club I didnít want to go to.

ďIím happy that I made the decision. I love the club, the city and Iím comfortable with my team-mates and if I have to play with the reserves I will play with the reserves and help the team reach their targets 

"Iím always happy to score goals - it is always a good feeling - but Iím also happy to help the team get a win. The most important thing is to win. I feel good. When you are playing you get confidence and everything becomes easier. 

"I just need to keep playing. Goals always give you confidence but I was playing the same way before."


A second crushing victory over Stoke in recent weeks was enough to put Newcastle reserves on top of the table, but the big story from Whitley Park on Monday night was the identity of one of their goalscorers.

It was back in April 2009 during the Northumberland Senior Cup final against Ashington that Xisco last netted competitively for United, but in front of a sparse crowd and in constant drizzle, the Spanish striker registered a 29 minute hat trick.

A side featuring first team squad players James Tavernier, Sylvain Marveaux, Romain Amalfitano, Mehdi Abeid and Adam Campbell dominated proceedings right from the start, registering seven shots on or near to Daniel Bachmann's goal in the opening quarter of the game.

However United's momentum was then affected by a delay when Alex Nicholson was the victim of a high tackle and the defender left on a stretcher with a leg injury.

That caused a reshuffle in the back four with James Tavernier moving from central defence to right back and within minutes he had bagged a first-ever reserve league goal, powering home a header from Campbell's cross.

Then it was time for the Xisco show, as he strode forward to clip a pass out to the overlapping Amalfitano down the right and then collected the return ball before supplying a precise finish seven minutes before the break.     

City made a double replacement at half time but looked no more likely to score and should have fallen further behind within seconds as Xisco pulled his shot wide.

His second and United's third then arrived in the 57th minute, Campbell pulling the ball back from the byline for the Spaniard to tuck the ball home neatly.

Ten minutes later and a virtual rerun saw Inman turn provider from the left flank for Xisco to net our third treble in seven reserve team games so far this season, following on from messrs Campbell and Inman.

His job done, Xisco then departed to the applause of those fans present not left rooted to the spot by the shock of what they'd seen.

That wasn't the end of the scoring though, substitute Marcus Maddison crossing for Abeid to fire home from close range for his second goal in as many games.

Despite a glut of other chances though, neither Campbell, Inman or anyone else proved able to give the scoreline a more accurate representation of United's superiority.
And City reduced the arrears late on, when James Alabi intercepted a misplaced pass and shot past Alnwick to replicate the score when the teams met at the Britannia Stadium earlier in the season.



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