Mehdi Abeid was delighted making a winning Newcastle United debut in their Carling Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

The game was a personal triumph too for Abeid, the 19-year-old former Lens midfielder, who suggested that his elevation from the development squad on a permanent basis might arrive sooner rather than later.

He told the club's official website: "Before the game, I was a little bit nervous because it was my first game with any first-team and my first game for Newcastle.

"But it was a good game. I thought I did well and I can be even better in the future, I hope."

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