Saturday 09 February 2013
Massadio Haidara scored in his first match in Newcastle United colours in the victory over a young Stoke City side in Group 2.
The left-back, who was signed from Nancy last month, gave the home side an early lead after an overlapping run and Adam Campbell and Jonathyn Quinn added the others to give Willie Donachie’s side their first win since October. Donachie also fielded Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger and James Tavernier, while Greg Olley and Rolando Aarons made their debuts.
After going 2-0 down at half-time a Stoke side containing a couple of triallists in midfield put up greater resistance in the second half but could not get on the scoresheet.
West Ham United returned to winning ways after a defeat by Tottenham Hotspur last week with an Elite Group victory over West Bromwich Albion at Rush Green.
Victory was secured with goals from Elliot Lee, the son of former Premier League player Rob Lee, and Wellington Paulista. The Brazilian’s goal was his third in three matches for the Under-21s. Nick Haycock, the West Ham Development Squad coach, was just as pleased with the clean sheet.
“I said I wanted a high intensity performance, play the game in the opposition's half and to make sure that we got a clean sheet,” he told the club’s website. “We gave a few loose goals away against Tottenham.”
David Oldfied, West Brom’s development coach, tried to draw comfort from the defeat. “We're disappointed with the result but we had a young group playing and they worked hard,” he told the club’s website. "We played well in patches, especially in the first half, and we were unfortunate to concede on the stroke of half-time.
"We didn't play so well in the second half but the boys keep learning."
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Newcastle (Haidara, Campbell, Quinn) 3-0 Stoke City
West Ham (Lee, Wellington) 2-0 West Brom
Manchester United v Arsenal, Altrincham FC 7pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur TG, noon
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton, AFC Telford United, 7pm
Blackburn Rovers v Chelsea, Leigh Sports Village, 7pm
Fulham v Everton, Motspur Park, 7pm
Sunderland v Aston Villa, Academy of Light, 1pm
Crystal Palace v Manchester City, Selhurst Park, 7pm
Reading v Norwich City, Reading FC TG, 1pm
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