Luke Charman scored a spectacular strike against Macclesfield Town, but it was ultimately not enough to prevent Newcastle United U23s losing 2-1.
The game came in the young Magpies’ maiden EFL Trophy group game of the season, with their other two coming against Port Vale and Shrewsbury Town.
Speaking after the match, Charman said: “The first half we didn’t do very well, we were a bit slow out of the blocks.
“We weren’t getting tight enough and didn’t keep hold of the ball as well as we should have, but when we came out in the second half I thought we were a lot better, we were on the front foot.
“Obviously we got the goal and we should have really tried to push on from that and unfortunately they get the next one and from there it’s just all about game management.”
For Charman’s goal, he drove with the ball, cut across the defender and sent his effort flying into the top corner from range with what was a superb strike.
There were promising signs outside of that from the 21-year-old, as he completed 6 of his 8 attempted dribbles, won 7 aerial duels and 7 ground duels, while he also made 1 clearance, as per SofaScore.
However, he does need to work on his ball retention, as he had a pass success rate of just 62%, while he lost possession 23 times in total.
He was noted as Newcastle’s best performer on the night by SofaScore with an overall rating of 7.7.
There were definitely positive signs from Charman – especially that goal – but there are certainly things that he can work on to help himself have a better chance of breaking into the first team.
Newcastle U23s now need positive results against both Port Vale and Shrewsbury if they are to make it out of the EFL Trophy group stages.
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