By Russell Edge
Newcastle United reserve coach Peter Beardsley has been singing the praises of midfielder’s Jack Colback and Henri Saivet after they played the full 90 minutes for his side.
The duo were named in a squad for Monday’s clash against Wolves which featured several players with first team experience, including Dwight Gayle, and both played the full ninety minutes.
The pair have both been cast out of the first team reckoning by Rafael Benitez this season, with Colback yet to see action, while Saivet has been used just once.
However, Beardsley has credited the pair for their attitude, which he feels was key for influencing the younger players during the Magpies’ narrow 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park.
He told the Chronicle: “Henri Saivet, Dwight Gayle and Jack Colback all came and put a shift in and did what they could.
“For the last 30 minutes Jack and Henri could not have done any more.
“All we ask is that they’re a good example. They were probably the big pluses.”
Beardsley also praised the duo for their dedication to the cause, revealing the fascinating insight that they played the full match despite being asked if they wanted to be substituted.
“I asked both Jack and Henri if they wanted to come off but they wanted to stay on,” said the former Newcastle midfielder.
“It was good for us because all of them were good examples to the younger players.”
Gayle’s appearance lasted 60 minutes, having played 15 minutes in the defeat to Brighton just over 24 hours previously, with a focus on building his fitness after an injury layoff earlier in the season.
He is set to fight Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic for a place in the starting XI when Liverpool visit St James’ Park on Sunday, as the Magpies look to return to winning ways.
In other Newcastle United news, tributes have been pouring in for former chairman Freddy Shepherd.