After watching the U-23’s 2-0 win over Sunderland on Monday, the Shields Gazette’s Liam Kennedy has picked out some of Newcastle’s stand out players on the night.
An early penalty from Luke Charman gave us a perfect start in the ‘mini derby’, and things went from bad to worse for the Mackems when Brandon Taylor was sent off mid-way through the first half.
We dominated from that point onwards and, despite missing a whole host of chances to put the game to bed, Spanish winger Victor Fernandez capped off an impressive display with a second half strike to make it 2-0.
Here’s what Kennedy said during his player ratings piece for the Shields Gazette:
GK: Dan Langley – 6 – Unfair to judge the big keeper on this performance as he had very little to do. When needed to claim a cross or two did the business.
RB: Lewis Cass – 7 – A solid show down the right from the skipper.
CB: Ludwig Francillette – 8 – Won absolutely everything in the air. A towering presence at the heart of defence.
CB: Oisin McEntee – 7 – Formed a solid partnership with Frenchman Francillette.
LB: Oliver Walters – 6 – Very little to do defensively down the left hand side.
CM: Jamie Sterry – 7 – Played in the centre of midfield and looked every bit at home there.
CM: Mo Sangare – 7 – Big, strong and with a cultured range of passing. Excellent in the first 45, if he faded a little later on. Very vocal from the middle, too.
CAM: Jack Young – 8 – A throwback, old fashioned type midfielder. Excellent energy.
LW: Victor Fernandez – 8 – A tricky performance down the left. Turned Sunderland big hope Bali Mumba inside out.
ST: Luke Charman – 8 – Excellent movement up top. Scored one, could have had another three or four.
RW: Tom Allan – 7 – His pace down the right was electrifying.
So, Sangare continues to impress in midfield, Fernandez caught the eye once again following his return from a long-term injury and 6ft 4′ summer signing Francillette appeared to put in a monstrous display at the back.
Jack Young is also someone to watch after the blonde-haired midfielder put in another energetic display.
A big and much needed win for Redfearn’s young Mags after a struggling start to the season in the Premier League 2. Let’s hope this can be a turning point.