Joey Barton finished his second competitive match training in great result, scoring the first reserve goal against Wigan reserve and completed 65 minutes of play with no feel of pain from his past injury.
Joey Barton showing another good form in action for Newcastle United reserves team on Monday night and scoring in 19 minutes to bagged the reserves win 3-1 over Wigan. He managed 65 minutes of play yesterday, 20 minutes longer than his first game against the City reserves last week.
Sam Allardyce would be more pleased to see his second signing of the season playing with no side effect of his injury. Barton is one step closer for his first full Premier League debut for Newcastle when we entertain Tottenham at St James’ Park in two weeks time.
Frank Wiafe Danquah doubled the advantage in 31 minutes. The Ghanaian-Dutch striker converting from close range Mark Doninger’ squaring ball after got away down the left-side of Wigan defence.
Matty Pattison’s left-footed strike from the edge of the area past despairing Wigan’ goalie Pollitt after deflecting off full-back Moore to give three goals lead for Newcastle second-string.
Forster, again making another impressive performance to denied Matthew Hampson in just seconds after the restart of the second period, as the Latics winger clean through on one-on-one situation with the Toon stopper.
The visitor made a consolation goal seven minutes before the end through McCaughtrie.
NUFC: Fraser Forster, Mark Bertram, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger, Matthew Grieve, Callum Morris, Kazenga LuaLua, Matty Pattison, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Joey Barton (James Marwood, 65m), Jonny Godsmark
Subs not used: Kieran Wrightson, Alex Patterson, Patrick McLaughlin, Jeff Henderson
WAFC: Mike Pollitt, Peter Moore, Kris King, Tomasz Cywka, Andrew Pearson, Luke Ashworth, Matthew Hampson, Lewis Montrose, Craig Mahon (Scott McCardle, 59m), Chris McCaughtrie, Rachid Bouauzan
Subs not used: Joe Holt, Tim Horn, Jonathan Routledge, Jordan Mustoe
Referee: J Waugh