Great excitement (relief) on Friday night as striker Ivan Toney helped Newcastle reserves to their first win of the season at Craven Cottage.

The former Northampton striker scored with three minutes remaining to make the game safe, his third goal in the last three games for the second string.

Gael Bigirimana had broken the deadlock with ten minutes left, curling a superb free-kick over the wall.

The 2-0 win at Fulham marked the first win for Newcastle reserves since May and only their third this calendar year, having a record of played 20, won 2, drawn 7, lost 11 going into last night’s match.

A bright opening saw chances at both ends and Ivan Toney could have given United the lead in the opening seconds only to be denied by the keeper.

The woodwork foiled both teams with Newcastle’s Callum Roberts seeing his shot rebound back off the post after 12 minutes.

Ivan Toney could have had a hat-trick on another night with better finishing and a less inspired goalkeeper but he got that reward in the closing stages.

Hopefully the first team can find some inspiration from seeing the second string getting their first victory since May, one small step away from the losing culture that appears to have permeated the club all year.

Newcastle United Under 21s/Reserves: Pearson,  Sterry, Williams, Satka, Gibson, Longstaff, Bigirimana, Barlaser, Smith (Ward 60), Roberts, Toney