Newcastle United – Dickman ‘disappointed’ after derby day drama
Newcastle United Under-21 head coach Elliott Dickman was disappointed as the young Magpies were held to a 1-1 draw, ending controversially late, against local rivals Sunderland.
The young Magpies led shortly after the half-hour mark in the Tyne-Wear derby thanks to Joe White’s strike as the Carlisle-born midfielder completed an impressive set-piece routine with Dylan Stephenson to score his third goal in as many Premier League matches 2. in front of over 2,500 spectators at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle youngsters, however, were reduced to ten men in the closing stages as Jay Turner-Cooke picked up two yellow cards in quick succession before the visitors leveled in the fourth minute of stoppage time through the keeper Sunderland’s Alex Bass, though the Black Cats shot-stopper was judged to head the ball into the net inside a crowded penalty area.
Reflecting on the late leveler, as well as the full 90 minutes, Dickman said nufc.co.uk: “We are very disappointed. It’s never nice to concede late, even if we didn’t lose the game. We drew again but because it’s so late we thought we could have seeing the game end but unfortunately we didn’t It’s a learning curve for the players and for all of us.
“I looked back and from my perspective I think it’s a handball. He (Bass) gets a free header, he hits the post, comes back and he bundles the ball with the use of his arm .
“It may have happened too fast for the referee to see but, looking at the footage, no matter how slow or real time it is, I’m not too sure they score. he does not group them together with his hand.
“We were good in the first half, looking dangerous during the break. I think some of the things we worked on revealed their weaknesses and we exploited them to a certain extent. A little more care in the last third would have helped us, knowing when to pass or shoot and we may have been a bit wrong tonight.
“The sending off disrupted us and made things really difficult, but as we had the advantage it was kind of to see if we could see the game over. I felt like we were going to manage that, but we didn’t.”
Despite the tough setback, Newcastle extended their Premier League 2 unbeaten streak to six matches and face a trip to Leeds United, currently top of Division Two, in their final league game of 2022 on Monday. November 7 before ending the calendar year with six successive Premier League Cup Group E matches.
As the young Magpies climb to fifth on 14 points, Dickman has reflected positively on the Under-21 campaign so far and hopes his side continue their stellar run by focusing on promotion to Division One, undoubtedly a key objective for the group this term.
He added: “We’ve done pretty well in the league and I’ve been relatively happy, but there are still a lot of areas we want to try and develop. We’re very committed to the games and working a lot harder, putting implemented a lot of things in terms of ballless.
“With the ball we’ve shown glimpses of good play at times and we want more of that. It’s something we’ll be working on between now and the second half of the season.
“Leeds is our last league game of the calendar year and we have a Premier League Cup competition we are in so it will be a good opportunity to reinforce the habits and behaviors that we want.”