The Newcastle reserves/Under 21s failed to lift any spirits on Monday night, a three goal defeat to Brighton on the south coast matching the first team’s scoreline at Goodison Park.

Just as Everton were in dismal league form ahead of Sunday’s match, the Brighton second string are the lowest scorers in the second tier of the reserve league with only twelve goals, though make that fifteen after last night.

Going into the game the home side had only registered three wins in sixteen reserve league matches.

Defender Danny Pappoe scored twice in the opening half hour to win the match and it could have been more but for decent saves from Freddy Woodman. Though Robin Deen still ensured Brighton went in three up with a late goal just before the break.

Newcastle did improve as Brighton coasted to victory, with Adam Armstrong the biggest threat in the second period, but it was too little too late.

You can’t judge younger players on one match but with now no wins in nine games, it is hard to see any players out there against Brighton becoming anywhere near good enough for the challenges of the Premier League any time soon.

Final Score: Brighton Under 21s 3 Newcastle United Under 21s 0

NUFC Under 21s: Woodman, Sterry, Williams (McKinnon 79), Gillesphey, Laidler (Heardman 63), Barlaser (Newberry 79), Kemen, Gilliead, Smith, Roberts, Armstrong

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