Teenager Callum Roberts reflects on a remarkable few days at Newcastle

CUP OF JOY ... Callum Roberts.
CUP OF JOY ... Callum Roberts.
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CALLUM Roberts told of his joy after capping a memorable few days with a match-winning performance for Newcastle United’s Under-21s.

Teenager Roberts netted both goals in last night’s 2-1 Under-21 Premier League Cup win over Crewe Alexandra at Whitley Park.

The teenage forward had been called into Alan Pardew’s first-team squad for last weekend’s Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers after a catching the eye playing for Peter Beardsley’s reserve team.

And North Shields-born Roberts, 17, is keen to build on the progress he has made in recent weeks.

“Things are going well at the minute - it’s been a good couple of weeks,” Roberts told the Gazette.

“I’ve had a regular place in the Under-21s team, and it was good to go with the first team as well.

“I was buzzing that I got chosen to be with the first team, and to score two goals is always good.”

Roberts put Newcastle into a 39th-minute lead after good work from Alex Gilliead on the right.

Crewe’s George Cooper race clear midway through the second half to put the game into extra-time with a neat finish past Freddie Woodman at his near post.

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

“It was a good cut-back from Alex (Gilliead), and I was just glad to score,” said Roberts.

“And it was a good ball in from Olivier (Kemen) as well.

“Hopefully, we’ll get a good draw in the next round. We’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Gael Bigirimana and forward Haris Vuckic both played 90 minutes for United.

The pair are candidates to go out on loan before the Football League’s emergency loan window closes on Thursday.

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