ADAM Armstrong is putting his best foot forward for Newcastle United in New Zealand.
The teenage striker scored in yesterday’s convincing 4-0 win over Sydney FC in Dunedin.
Armstrong came off the bench against the A-League side at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, and scored with a neat finish after being played in by midfielder Jack Colback.
New signings Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere – and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – also found the net in the game, which saw tribues paid to Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who were killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine last week.
And United manager Alan Pardew was heartened by the performance of England Under-17 international Armstrong – and the club’s other young players – in the friendly, the first of two tour games in the country.
“In the last friendly at Oldham, they didn’t do so well,” Pardew said.
“But they all showed up well. I was really pleased. Armstrong got a fantastic goal.
“He won the European Championships with (England’s) Under-17s, and you could see he’s got real quality.It was a good night and a great crowd.”
Armstrong made his first-team debut last season, and he was handed a long-term professional contract in February in recognition for the progress he had made at the club.
Meanwhile, Pardew and his players are now preparing for Saturday’s game against Wellington Phoenix in the capital.
“We’ve really enjoyed it so far,” said Pardew. “We can only sum it up at the end.
“We’ve got five or six days left. We’re looking forward to going to Wellington now.
“Dunedin have been fantastic hosts, and the stadium is terrific.
“The town can be really proud of the stadium.”The people have been so friendly.”