Josh Scott is determined to ensure that Newcastle United’s Under-23s score maximum points when they host their Birmingham City counterparts in the Premier League Cup group stage on Monday night (kick off 7pm BST).
Young Magpies, who reached the 2019 Premier League final before suffering a 1-0 defeat to Everton, face City’s second string at Whitley Park, in a bid to keep their hopes of qualifying for the round of 16 with a victory in group G.
After losing their first group game at Watford last month (2-0 loss), Scott – who signed his first professional contract with his childhood club in June – believes the youngsters at United can trust their recent meeting against Birmingham, a 4-0 away in August.
“It’s a very important game,” said the 19-year-old Gateshead-born. nufc.fr. “We lost our first game in the squad (against Watford) but hopefully we can win the next one and give ourselves a strong chance to make it through the round of 16.
“We’ve beaten them already this season so we know we can start over. It will give us a boost before the game and trying to get the points to progress in the cup.
“Beating Birmingham 4-0 away gives the team a lot of confidence and all the guys are looking forward to it.
“We reached the cup final a few years ago. If it has already been done, we can do it again. If we all come together we know we can go a long way in the competition.
“These games give us experience. Championship games are important to us, but so are Cup games.
Newcastle’s Under-21 team took part in Papa John’s Trophy action on Tuesday night, coming out of competition in the group stages with one game to go after a 2-0 loss to Harrogate Town.
Scott, who played the full 90 minutes of the North Group H meeting, admitted it was a tough night, but one from which the team could gain a lot of valuable experience.
“It was a good game, a good experience, against a Ligue 2 team,” added the versatile left-back. “The guys have dug in, playing good football, but there have been some sloppy mistakes from individuals, but they can be easily corrected, so we’re ready for Monday night.
“They are big and physical, which is not what we usually face in the league, so it’s a very important experience for young people.
“A lot of players have signed their first professional contracts and it’s a step up from under-18 football. It’s more demanding and physical, but I think these are doing well, breaking through this next step. “