By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Bradden Inman shrugged off a bout of "man flu" to score the crucial second goal for Newcastle Reserves in their 3-1 win over Wigan.
The Australian midfielder came off the bench for the injured Sammy Ameobi after 56 minutes and put United in front for a second time as he stroked the ball home from Haris Vuckic's pass.
Trialist Jason Prior added a third - Remie Streete had opened the scoring for Newcastle before Jordan Rugg equalised - as the Magpies won for the first time in the Barclays Premier Reserve League since a 2-0 win against the same opponents in early November.
Speaking to nufc.co.uk, Inman revealed that he had not been well with "man flu" but admitted to being pleased to have scored his first league goal of the season, having grabbed a brace in the Sage Northumberland FA Senior Cup win over Ashington.
"I came on hoping just to do well, but obviously they scored so it was important to score as soon as possible to get back on top," he said.
"I was going to take it past the keeper, but the touch was under my foot so I just slotted past him. Normally I would have went past him so it was kind of lucky, but a goal's a goal isn't it?
"We dominated the first half and deserved to win the game - and that's what you play for, to win."
Inman has started six of United's Reserve league games this term - only Michael Richardson and Tamas Kadar have started more - but a combination of his illness and the presence of first-team stars like Ameobi, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic saw him named among the substitutes.
But the 20-year-old said: "It's good to be playing with that lot, and I was glad to come on and hopefully impress, so I hope to get a start in the next game.
"We've got a few Reserve games coming up, including a couple of friendlies, so hopefully I'll get back into playing games and get match fit again."