Beard­s­ley hails young Mag­pies af­ter Tro­phy win

The Chronicle - - Nufc -

PETER Beard­s­ley says he was pleased with New­cas­tle United’s maiden win in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy at Crewe Alexan­dra.

The League Two side pushed United hard but went down 2-1 on a night in which Beard­s­ley’s side cre­ated plenty of chances but still scraped a vic­tory in the end.

Af­ter the game Beard­s­ley, whose side won thanks to goals from Liam Smith and Luke Char­man, said: “It was quite easy in the sense that we don’t al­ways have to win. “Crewe were ex­pected to win. “All the Un­der-21 teams in the com­pe­ti­tion have no pres­sure on them. “It’s a great thing for them. “We gave the ball away when we didn’t need to in the first half but we held out and got a good win.”

And Beard­s­ley had plenty of re­spect for Crewe, he added: “They had seven of their first team play­ing from Satur­day (in win over Port Vale).

“It’s credit to them and the com­pe­ti­tion but also credit to our kids.

“We’re try­ing to give them ex­pe­ri­ence.

“They had to deal with long balls in the clos­ing stages.”

United now face Port Vale and Old­ham Ath­letic in the re­main­ing games in Group D.

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