Red cards are in fashion throughout the Newcastle United set-up.

The reserves and academy sides have followed up the first team’s disaster against Arsenal by similarly shooting themselves in the foot.

Friday night saw a rare appearance for the Newcastle United Under 21s (reserves) at St James Park.

A promising display saw a young Newcastle team more than match their Arsenal counterparts, only for Callum Williams to unhinge all the good work when he was red carded with half an hour left.

Ivan Toney had gone close several times to breaking the deadlock but after the sending off it was pretty much one way traffic, with two goals in the final twelve minutes winning the game for the visitors, despite Alex Gilliead scoring a consolation in the dying seconds.

Saturday saw the Newcastle Under 18s take centre stage as they travelled to Middlesbrough.

Like the Under 21s they opened up well and were the better team before taking the lead a few minutes before half-time thanks to an own goal, then a little unlucky to go in level as Boro equalised right on half-time.

Making it three in a row, the NUFC Under 18s got their red card only a couple of minutes after the restart, Gideon Adu-Peprah the culprit this time.

Not only was he sent off but his illegal challenge resulted in a penalty and Middlesbrough taking the lead.

The home side added two late goals to give a scoreline of Middlesbrough 4 Newcastle 1.

With five red cards in the last seven away matches for the first team, as well the Mitrovic one at St James Park, let’s hope that on Monday night they can show a better example to the junior teams and keep eleven on the pitch, as well as bringing home three points.