Remie Streete

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Under-18s captain Remie Streete praised the spirit which saw Newcastle come from behind to reach the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals with an extra-time win over Queens Park Rangers.

Time after time this term, Dave Watson's juniors have scored late goals to gain vital points as they continue to set the pace in the Premier Academy League Group D.

And on Thursday night, under the floodlights at the Sports Direct Arena, they had to keep on going until the very end against a QPR side who had knocked out Everton in the fourth round.

Having seen numerous chances go begging - mainly due to the performance of R's keeper Gareth Deane - Adam Campbell scored from the penalty spot with just seven minutes remaining to force extra-time, after the visitors had taken a first-half lead through Ben Brown.

And in extra-time, JJ Hooper headed home the decisive goal to turn the game on its head and set up a last-eight home tie against Blackburn Rovers.

Streete spoke exclusively to afterwards, and said: "It's a great achievement to get into the quarter-finals.

"We've still got a lot of work to do yet, but it was a tough game tonight and we managed to get through it.

"We dominated the game and their goal came about due to a couple of wrong decisions from us, but those things happen in football. Even when you're on top, you can always concede but we had to kick back.

"I never thought that we wouldn't score.

"There's only been one game this season that we've failed to score in, so we knew we were going to get one. And once we did that, we kept on going to get another and that came in extra-time.

"We've got a good team spirit around the place. Last year, a few of the lads perhaps didn't get on as well but this year everyone's good mates and that shows on the pitch.

"We all get on and help each other out, and when we go behind we've always got the character to come back."

Since beating Darlington on Tyneside in the third round, United have gone on to beat Watford and now QPR on home soil, and another date at the Sports Direct Arena now awaits in the quarter-finals.

And with several of the side having played in last season's win over Grimsby and turned out for the Reserves at the stadium, they are starting to get a real feel for the hallowed turf.

"I think it'll be the sixth or seventh time most of us have played here, so it's almost becoming natural to us," he admitted.

"Obviously it's going to be another hard game but hopefully we can play like we have tonight and get another result."