Micky Quinn praises Newcastle United youngster Sean Longstaff

Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea is challenged by Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on January 12, 2019...

Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United lost to Chelsea on Saturday.

Ciaran Clark of Newcastle United (02) celebrates with teammates seen L-R Jamaal Lascelles, Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden after scoring the equalizing goal during the Premier League match...

Micky Quinn has praised Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff on Twitter for his performance against Chelsea.

Longstaff featured for Newcastle in their Premier League game against Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge in London on Saturday evening.

The 21-year-old midfielder started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Rafael Benitez’s side lost 2-1.

 

The youngster took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 84%, won one header, took 38 touches, attempted one dribble, and made two tackles and one interception, according to WhoScored.

Longstaff worked hard in midfield, was disciplined and gave a good account of himself, and former Newcastle centre-forward Quinn was impressed with the performance of the 21-year-old.

Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United (36) tackles Lewis Travis of Blackburn Rovers (27)  during the FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers at St. James Park...

Over the course of the 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge in London on Saturday evening, visitors Newcastle had 34% of the possession, took nine shots of which two were on target, and earned five corners, according to BBC Sport.

The defeat to Chelsea means that Newcastle are now third from bottom in the Premier League table with 18 points from 22 matches.

Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea is challenged by Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on January 12, 2019...

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