Newcastle wait on latest defensive casualty

Curtis Good
Curtis Good

Newcastle United are assessing the injury which forced Curtis Good out of the club’s Premier League Cup defeat to Reading.

Peter Beardsley’s Under-23 side were beaten 1-0 at a windswept Whitley Park yesterday in front of first-team manager Rafa Benitez.

Andriya Novakovic put Reading into the last four of the competition with a second-half penalty after Luke Charman brought Omar Richards down in the box.

Good limped out of the game early in the second half.

And football development manager Beardsley is waiting for news on the 24-year-old defender, who missed almost two years of football with a hip problem and made his first-team return in January’s FA Cup defeat to Oxford United.

“I’m hoping it’s minor,” said Beardsley. “I know he’s obviously got a knock, but I don’t know how bad.

For us in this team, he’s been outstanding. What he’s been through in the last two years in terms of injury, he’s come a long way. Fair play to him.

Peter Beardsley

“He’s been outstanding, to be fair to the boy. He’s played in the cup, which wasn’t a great day for the team, but the manager said he did well.

“For us in this team, he’s been outstanding. What he’s been through in the last two years in terms of injury, he’s come a long way. Fair play to him.”

Newcastle had beaten West Ham United in the previous round of the competition thanks to a strike from Charman and two goals from Sammy Ameobi.

But Stuart Findlay, Good’s defensive partner, felt United fell short of the standards they set for themselves.

“In the last game against West Ham, the boys gave everything they had,” said the 21-year-old. “It was a great victory against a really strong team.

“Maybe we didn’t do ourselves justice. The wind wasn’t ideal, but it was the same for both teams. Overall, we probably wish we should have done better.”

Beardsley felt Reading deserved their place in the last four after coping better with the wind and creating more in the final third of the pitch.

“The best team won, and we can’t argue with that,” said Beardsley. “They deserved to win, and if I’m being totally honest, possibly by another goal or two.”