By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Sylvain Marveaux scored twice for United Reserves on Tuesday in front of Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone as the Magpies ran out 3-0 winners over Bolton.
And Assistant Manager Carver revealed that the French winger has been putting in extra work in training to prepare himself for Barclays Premier League football after missing most of last season for Rennes through injury.
Marveaux finished off a sublime passing move with a glorious finish from the outside of his left boot before sliding home to convert Shane Ferguson's left-wing cross, and even before his two goals the 25-year-old had shone under the floodlights at the County Ground, Leyland.
The summer signing has yet to start in the top flight, but has impressed in the Carling Cup against Scunthorpe and Nottingham Forest and has played a part in United's last five games as he gets closer and closer to his best form.
Speaking to nufcTV, Carver explained: "When Sylvain came to us, he wasn't up to speed and every single week he's been working harder and harder - and doing some extra work - and he's had more football.
"He's a guy who'll be knocking on the door and that's what we want. We want to give the manager problems in selecting a team.
"The good thing is, we're winning at the moment so these guys have got to make sure when their opportunity comes along, they can take it.
"I thought the attitude and the application of the senior players was fantastic. We passed the ball really well, scored three good goals and got a good result but the most important bit was the senior lads getting football and the young kids developing with those senior players so it was a good mix.
"We said to them at full-time that this is about a group of players, in the Premiership, making sure that they're ready - and they all did that."
Carver was in the dugout for the Reserve game alongside First-Team Coach Stone and Goalkeeping Coach Andy Woodman, as manager Pardew watched from the stands.
And he explained why, with so many senior players on show, the management team were so keen to make the trip to Lancashire.
"We thought it was very important," he said. "We really treated it like a first-team game because, let's be honest, a few weeks ago at Nottingham Forest most of these guys were playing.
"So I think it was only fair that we were here as well and wanted to be part of it."
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