Callum Roberts double sends Newcastle through in cup

NET GAIN ... Newcastle's Callum Roberts.
NET GAIN ... Newcastle's Callum Roberts.
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CALLUM Roberts capped a memorable few days by firing Newcastle United into the next round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup.

The forward netted twice in tonight’s 2-1 extra-time win over Crewe Alexandra at Whitley Park.

The match-winning performance from North Shields-born Roberts, 17, followed a call into the first-team squad for the weekend’s Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers.

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Roberts put Peter Beardsley’s side into a 39th-minute lead after good work from Alex Gilliead on the right.

George Cooper levelled for Crewe midway through the second half to put the game into extra-time.

But Roberts decided the Round of 32 tie with after expertly taking down a left-wing cross from subsitute Olivier Kemen and beating Scott Shearer.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman, Olley, Gibson, Bigirimana, Gillesphey, Satka, Gilliead, Barlaser, Heardman (Kemen, 83), Roberts, Vuckic. Subs: McKinnon, Pearson, Ward, Longstaff.