Loan Update – Young Protector Does His Part As Plymouth Down Sunderland – The Newcastle United Blog
Newcastle’s Kelland Watts got his wish and a little bit of redemption on Tuesday night. The regional protector was handed his 28th start for Plymouth last night at the Stadium of Light. He did his part in sending Sunderland to a 2-1 defeat.
On Monday, the 21-year-old was talked to about playing Sunderland and he revealed how ecstatic he was for this match. This is what he said at the time:
” I was speaking to a few of the lads and they discovered it weird when I was saying I can’t wait to dip into the Stadium of Light.
” They thought I would not desire to, however I want to play in those games and beat them on their grass.
” Hopefully, one day, I can play in derby matches for Newcastle versus Sunderland, but to play versus them for Argyle, I can’t wait. I’m actually eagerly anticipating it.
” I played there when for Newcastle’s under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy.
” We caused 4,000 mad Geordies and they sang for 90 minutes. It was a fantastic experience. Hopefully, it’s not the same score on Tuesday!”
Kell was referencing the 4-0 EFL Prize beat the Newcastle U23s suffered at the Stadium of Light just over two years ago. In that match, Watts had actually scored an own objective.
Well last night, Watts assisted his loan club get a huge win with an outstanding protective efficiency. He had 10 clearances, 3 takes on, and won 6 of his aerial duels. He did battle with the precision of his passes but the Pilgrims were under pressure for much of the match.
Plymouth’s Adam Lewis got the visitors off to an early lead in the 11th minute. Sunderland’s Aiden O’Brien leveled the match early in the 2nd half with a glancing header into the far corner. Simply 5 minutes later, Joe Edwards gave Plymouth the lead with a close-range strike.
In part due to Kelland’s efforts, Sunderland could not catch Plymouth despite having 14 shots, over 60% ownership, and 10 corners. This was an important win for Plymouth who are now 11th in League One.
They have actually turned the corner after 6 straight defeats last month getting 11 points from their last 6 matches. The defeat has actually dropped Sunderland to 9th on 33 points simply 3 points ahead of the newly-promoted Pilgrims.