Dennis Knight

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Cup hero Dennis Knight admitted his goal against Watford was the best of his young career so far.

With 26 minutes played at the Sports Direct Arena, and United already leading 1-0 through Michael Hoganson's accurate finish, Knight won the ball well inside his own half before surging into the Hornets penalty area and shooting hard and low past goalkeeper Jack Bonham.

It proved to be the winning goal as Michael Kalu pulled one back for the visitors deep into the second half, and speaking after the Magpies had secured their place in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup, the 17-year-old midfielder told nufc.co.uk that it was his finest yet.

"I would say so, especially with it being at the stadium," he said. "It was a good little run from the halfway line and the finish wasn't bad, so I was pleased with it.

"When I got the ball I was just hoping to leave the person I'd got the ball off behind, then kept going and kept going. I was looking for Adam (Campbell) but I couldn't see the pass so I just kept on going. Then eventually, I just had the shot.

"My dad and my mam and my aunties and uncles were there, so it was good. And to score at the stadium was an absolute dream come true."

With Knight, Brandon Miele and Ben Sayer all impressive in midfield, Newcastle dominated most of the game but were made to sweat late on following Kalu's 79th minute header.

However, former Throckley Magpies youngster Knight had no doubt that United deserve their place in the fifth round, where they'll host Queens Park Rangers.

"I thought we were class today," he said. "We worked really hard and the team's passing was good.

"We were a little bit careless with some passes, but we'll work on that on the training ground and hopefully be even better in the next round. But today I thought we were outstanding.

"It was nervous towards when they scored, because people were getting tired and everyone's legs were hurting but we held on tight.

"It's better to be at home, so now we'll just do our homework on QPR and try and beat them."