I was going to title this piece “Is There Light At The End Of The Tunnel” but then I thought that you’d think it was another blog about Bruce going and someone else coming in so I decided to stick with the facts!
Yes, Monday night was derby day at The Stadium of Light and an illuminating display from United’s youngsters saw them come from behind with two goals in the second half to take all three points and move up to fourth in the Premier League Division 2.
Perhaps I’m clutching at straws but isn’t nice to report on a win and not just a win but a win over Sunderland and on their pitch as well. Terrific stuff from our young guns with an ironic goal included as well.
The on-fire Dylan Stephenson didn’t add to his impressive recent tally but played his part – as did another player who has been in and around the first team.
Midfielder Joe White was outstanding as he steered the side to victory, having a hand in both Newcastle’s goals.
The Mackem’s had taken the lead in the first half when Tyrese Dyce poked home Ellis Taylor’s corner. United equalised when White’s shot deflected off Jay Turner-Cooke who wheeled away joyously celebrating the goal.
It came against the side he’d left following the controversial sacking of his father John Cooke who had been Sunderland’s kit man. It was certainly a sweet moment for the Cooke family. The winner came on the hour mark.
An excellent pass from White slipped Adam Wilson in on goal and the striker coolly put United in front to complete the comeback. A great save from Dan Langley late on denied Dyce an equaliser and second goal but by all accounts the NUFC youngsters deserved their win.
Not a first-team game obviously and not enough to silence the ‘six-in-row’ brigade but nice for the new owners first official win to come against the old enemy and give NUFC first bragging rights of the season.