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Season 2016-17
Sheffield United (h) Central League Cup

In association 


Date: Thursday September 22nd 2016, 1pm 

 Little Benton (NUFC Academy)

Conditions: glorious - apart from the football....

Newcastle U23s

Sheffield United U23s

  0 - 2





34 mins Hallam shot 0-1

Half time: Magpies 0 Blades 1

68 mins Semple header 0-2

Full time: Magpies 0 Blades 2

We Said

Peter Beardsley:

"They've got to react (the Newcastle players). We expected that at half time but they didn't really react, so the ball's in their court. They've got to run around, they've got to have a good attitude, they've got to tackle, because Sheffield United certainly did that.

"We knew they'd be physical, strong and committed, and that's exactly what they were.

"Swansea will pass the ball around on Monday, and we like to pass the ball around, but there's still major parts of the game that you have to do, and at the moment - and certainly not on Thursday - we didn't do them. It's something they've got to resolve.

"That was a poor performance - there's no point trying to be nice about it. It was really poor.

"I have no doubt that there was effort in there, but in terms of quality, there wasn't a lot. I don't know what it was, and I didn't expect it, certainly.

"In terms of preparation, they haven't done much physically since
(the Brighton game on Monday) so for me, there's no excuse. The best team won.

"It's impossible to put a finger on it. It looks easy from the side, but we couldn't pass the ball ten yards. I wouldn't have thought anybody other than Sadio
(Haidara) has come out with much credit.

"We're very up and down at the minute, but the good thing for us is the fact that we've got Swansea on Monday, and we'll have to turn around very quickly and get ready for that. They have to realise how important it is."




Newcastle reserves made a losing start to their Central League Cup group stage campaign on Thursday afternoon at a sun-drenched Little Benton.

With Rafa Benitez and his staff among a small crowd, Massadio Haidara started the second game of his comeback along with eight of the starting XI that had beaten Brighton three days earlier.

Following an uneventful opening 30 minutes, the home side missed three scoring opportunities in one passage of play: Dan Barlaser running clear on goal only for his initial shot to be parried by 'keeper George Long. 

The ball broke free for Barlaser to try again - only to head against the crossbar - Long recovering to grab Luke Charman's goalbound header from the rebound.

Within five minutes the visitors were ahead from their first meaningful attack; Jordan Hallam planting a rising shot past Freddie Woodman after the home side surrendered possession inside their half.

Quite how Peter Beardsley's side went in a goal behind only they will know, with one way traffic towards the Blades goal seeing a snap shot from Callum Williams blocked in the six yard box and Liam Gibson bringing a noteworthy save from Long at his near post. 

In between those efforts, right winger Callum Roberts worked a trio of openings but his most dangerous shot cannoned off the base of the post in the 44th minute.

A second half of few genuine opportunities for either side saw the visitors double their lead after 68 minutes, central defender Callum Semple left alone at the far post to guide home a simple header.

That came seconds after Haidara had made way for Jamie Holmes and his forward running saw Newcastle subject the Blades to some pressure - although the quality of our deliveries into the box remained patchy at best.

Charman became the third home player to strike the woodwork on 80 minutes, but that was as good as it got for the black & whites who return to league duty against Swansea City at Whitley Park on Monday - and then face the Jacks again at the same venue on Friday in the Premier League Cup.

Next up for Newcastle in this competition is a home meeting with Hartlepool United next month, followed by visits to Rotherham United and Bradford City in December and January respectively - with all the ties lined up to be afternoon kickoffs at training grounds/academies. 


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