TOM Heardman reacted in the right way to being left out of Newcastle United’s Under-21 team – by coming off the bench and netting an equaliser.
The striker scored in last night’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City at St James’s Park.
Heardman’s 78th-minute strike cancelled out a goal two minutes earlier from Robbie Parry.
The 19-year-old – who is out of contract in the summer – had been left out of Peter Beardsley’s starting XI to accommodate forward Callum Roberts, back from a loan spell at Gateshead.
But Heardman was brought off the bench, and he prodded the ball home after Adam Armstrong crossed from the left.
Beardsley said: “Tom got a tap-in, but Arma did fantastically well to create it.
Tom was unlucky to not be in the team. I explained that to him, and being the type of kid he is, he showed the right character and wanted to get the equaliser.Peter Beardsley
“Tom, to be fair to him, has a decent scoring record for us, and he managed to keep that going.
“We had Callum Roberts in the first half, and because of that, Tom was unlucky to not be in the team.
“I explained that to him, and being the type of kid he is, he showed the right character and wanted to get the equaliser.
“He could have had another goal. He did well.”
Newcastle dominated the first half, but they couldn’t put away their chances.
“I thought it was a good game,” said Beardsley.
“I thought we played some really good football in the first half, but to be fair to them, they scored a good goal.
“The pleasing thing for me was that we came back. They showed good character.”
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman, Sterry, Laidler, Williams (Heardman, 68), Satka, Gillesphey, Barlaser, Kemen, Armstrong, Smith, Roberts (Gilliead, 60). Subs not used: Newberry, Woolston, Quinn.