Adam Armstrong

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

When he was a young boy, Adam Armstrong dreamed of playing - and scoring - at St. James' Park. On Saturday, that wish became a reality.

The forward, still only 16 years old, stepped out onto the hallowed turf for the very first time for Newcastle's under-21s against Wolves and, on the stroke of half-time, his big moment came.

Kevin Mbabu picked out his run and the teenager simply had to keep his head and slide the ball past Jon Flatt to give the Magpies a 2-1 lead in a match they eventually won 3-1.

And, speaking to nufc.co.uk, the England under-16 international beamed: "I'm really pleased. The lads played well and then I'm happy to get a goal, especially at St. James' Park.

"If I wanted to score a goal at any place, it's got to be St. James' Park so I loved every minute of it.

"I've grown up supporting Newcastle so it's always where I've wanted to score and it's happened. I'm so glad I've scored here.

"Kevin got the ball out wide and there was loads of space on the left, so I just thought 'I'm going to go for it.' I sprinted, Kevin gave me the through-ball and I just put it past the keeper.

"I used to sit in the Platinum Club, watching all the games. You look at it thinking 'I want to play here' and today I actually played here, and got my goal, so there's nothing better.

"I haven't spoken to my family yet but they'll be thrilled that I scored."

It may have been his first game and goal at St. James' Park, but it wasn't the first time the former Walbottle Campus Technology College pupil has scored at under-21 level - he was also on target in last Monday's 4-2 defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

"The lads did really well there but it was difficult with them being a lot more older than us," he said. "But I was really glad to score.

"Hopefully I can keep it going. We go onto Friday's game against Middlesbrough, if I'm in the squad. I just need to keep training hard and working hard.

"There are much bigger players than me at under-21 level but I just need to keep working hard at everything."