Swansea City (a) FA Premier Reserve League North
10 mins Richardson shot 1-0
Coach Peter Beardsley told the
"I genuinely hope that the style of football gets them what they want. When you play against some of the big boys in the Premier League - like they have already - it's not easy, but some of the football they have played is outstanding. I love the way they play.
"I think they have got what you need to stay up. Brendan has done a magnificent job in a short space of time and when you look at Swansea as a club, then they are moving in the right direction."
Swans coach Alan Curtis commented
"Results are important but the main
thing is that the players are getting games, and it's a big learning curve
for everybody. We are playing against top class opposition and against
players who have had good experience of playing in the Premier League, but
if you give good players time on the ball then they will punish you."
Newcastle Reserves extended their unbeaten start to the season by recording a highest away goal tally since 2007 at Llanelli's Parc y Scarlets Stadium on Wednesday night - an appropriately large scoreline at this rugby venue.
On a fine night in West Wales, it quickly rained goals with the orange-clad Magpies three goals ahead by the 22nd minute and a Swans side boasting a 100% record from their opening two home games in some disarray.
United went ahead on ten minutes when a corner dropped at Michael Richardson's feet and he couldn't miss from six yards out. Shane Ferguson then netted with a low shot from 12 yards five minutes later, as Swans defence featuring two trialist centre halves creaked alarmingly in the face of United's pace and movement.
With Nile Ranger, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid and Davide Santon all registered goal attempts further goals looked inevitable and two soon became three when Magpies captain Gosling was fouled on the edge of the box.
Abeid's free-kick was spilled by Swans 'keeper Jose Moreira and Gosling was on hand to knock the ball home from close range for his third goal in two reserve games. However, the visitors went a little gung-ho in search of more and Luke Moore pulled one back after 34 minutes - having earlier spurned a decent opportunity at 0-0.
The ex-Aston Villa striker beat United 'keeper Rob Elliot to the ball on the edge of his box and steered it into the unguarded goal, despite the attentions of Paul Dummett. And two minutes before half-time Stephen Dobbie fired the Swans back into the game after a quick counter attack, Elliot wrong-footed as a low shot snuck past him.
And it was Dobbie who got City back on level terms at 3-3 two minutes after the restart, strolling through the United defence to convert via a post, after more good work from the dangerous Moore.
Within a minute though Newcastle regained
their lead, when Ranger took a tumble in the penalty area under the
slightest of challenges and converted the resultant spot kick to put Peter
Beardsley's side 4-3 ahead.
David Cotterill then somehow contrived to miss the chance to make it 5-4 from underneath the United crossbar before things at last started to settle down - Elliot and Moreira both making stops in the closing stages to partially atone for some of their earlier misadventures.
For United, Santon completed 90 minutes at left back and with Swansea showing little down their right, the Italian defender got upfield at every opportunity, looked confident in possession and had three decent attempts on goal.
And while Mehdi Abeid also caught the eye with some neat touches and control, another industrious display from Dan Gosling confirmed that he's on course to challenge for a first team berth at SJP.
That's now eleven goals in two games for
the reserves and including last season, Newcastle's second string have now
scored sixteen times in their last six away reserve games.