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Young Magpies hotshot praised by boss

Newcastle United Under-18s manager Dave Watson has heaped praise upon striker Lewis McNall after the player netted two goals in The Magpies’ 5-3 FA Youth Cup Quarter Final defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park.

The Gateshead born hotshot went into the match having netted in each of the previous three rounds of the competition and the youngster added a further two goals to his tally against Spurs to end the cup run with total of six goals.

McNall had little service during a first half which was dominated by Tottenham Hotspur but in the second half, the striker proved just how clinical he can be in front of goal by firstly keeping his cool to net from the penalty spot before lashing a loose ball past Spurs keeper Brandon Austin for his second goal of the match late on.

The player has netted nine goals in all competitions this season and after his two-goal performance against Spurs, Newcastle United boss Watson paid tribute to the young forward.

“I thought he was magnificent” Watson told The72.

“We didn’t have a massive target man and Tottenham Hotspur had two very strong centre halves and he (McNall) gave as good as he took.

“He tried to get his body in to hold the ball up, he’s all about scoring goals and there he goes again tonight with a couple of goals and although one’s a penalty, it’s a great finish for the second goal.”

Newcastle United’s appearance in the FA Youth Cup Quarter Finals was their third at that stage of the competition in four seasons. The Magpies last won the competition in 1985.

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