Toon hero Matty Longstaff was left speechless alongside older brother Sean, after leading his side to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
Speaking post-match to Sky Sports, the youngster was clearly lost for words after his stunning 72nd-minute strike gave the Magpies a much needed 3 points:
Souness said after the game that it was ‘one of the best interviews he’s ever seen’ on Sky Sports, and you can see why. Utter joy and pride, with two brothers sharing an incredible moment together as they continue to live the dream.
“Last night you go to bed dreaming of this and you never think it’s going to happen. For it to happen, I’m over the moon. “
“Speechless. You can’t describe the feeling when the ball hit the back of the net, it was surreal.”
19-year-old Longstaff admitted it was only after training yesterday when he discovered he would be in the starting line-up for the Red Devil’s clash, with the team lacking in midfield options.
“I found out I was in the team yesterday, the butterflies started going and I have looked forward to it ever since, I was buzzing.”
One could only imagine the feeling of scoring the winner at the Gallowgate end on your home debut for Newcastle, it really is a fairytale story. The fact he played alongside his older brother as well makes it even more special.
Older brother Sean, alongside Matty not only in midfield but in the post-match interview as well, said:
“I’m over the moon. I know how hard he has worked. He’s been the best player in training. He was a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t be prouder of him. Look how lively he was, he made my job a lot easier.”
Both Longstaff brothers were relatively unknown this time last year, but have grabbed their opportunities with both hands. Over the years The Toon have had the Robledo brothers, and the Ameobi’s, but the Longstaff’s could become the best yet if they can continue to impress from midfield.
Matty Longstaff has one element to his game that Newcastle United currently lack – goals and bundles of energy. The ability to get goals from midfield, and from distance, could prove to be a weapon that helps Newcastle to more results like this in the future.
It is refreshing to see two young local lads come in and impress. Newcastle has had players over the years that have lacked the desire to represent the club – that is certainly never going to be the case with either Longstaff brother. Both player’s style complements the others perfectly, and it could be that Shelvey and Hayden struggle to get back into the team once they return to action.
Hopefully this result can kickstart our season!