McMahon hails young Rovers
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:38:00
Youngsters Conor Newton and Yven Moyo are among a 20-man Newcastle squad which belatedly left Tyneside for Bordeaux on Wednesday afternoon.
Midfielders Newton, 21, and 20-year-old Moyo are yet to make a senior appearance for the club, and have been included along with the slightly more experienced Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid and Adam Campbell as manager Alan Pardew uses the depth of his squad.
Senior striker Shola Ameobi is available after recovering from a groin injury and he was joined on the plane, which was delayed by snow, by keeper Tim Krul, defenders Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson and frontman Papiss Cisse.
But there were no places for injured trio Davide Santon (groin), Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba (both hamstring).
Bordeaux, like Newcastle, have already sealed their qualification to the next round and need only to avoid defeat to finish top of Group D.
Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Simpson, Ferguson, Tavernier, Coloccini, Williamson, Perch, Anita, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Amalfitano, Abeid, Newton, Moyo, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Campbell, Ranger.
A number of academy graduates including Cole Stockton, Max Power and Jake Kirby have all played a part in Rovers' rise to pole position in League One this season.
And McMahon says all the hard work from their young charges is beginning to pay dividends.
"We've got good listeners, I think that's the difference from this season to the past," he told the club's official website.
"We've got young lads who are keen and enthusiastic. If you can give them the right advice and they believe in what we're doing they'll take it on board and listen more.
"They're not going to be the finished article; they're still young and learning their trade. But they're going about things in the right way. Their attitude is fantastic."
He added: "It's still a development phase for them, they're still babies in terms of learning the game and going in and doing a job on a regular basis. But I'm sure with the way we're going about things they'll get there."