Ahead of their visit to Manchester City, Newcastle United Under 18s coach Dave Watson claimed the NUFC kids were improving with every match.

This despite losing six and drawing one of their eight games and being bottom of the table.

The previous four matches reading:

Middlesbrough 4 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3

Liverpool 4 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 0 Blackburn 2

Manchester City Under 18s were top of the league going into today’s match but had lost to Everton in their last game.

What could possibly go wrong…

Whereas last weekend it was a dramatic early second half collapse, this time sadly the Newcastle kids didn’t wait that long.

Within the first four minutes the Manchester City 15 year old debutant Jadon Sancho scored twice to put Manchester City 2-0 up.

Paolo Fernandes then added a third on 24 minutes to leave a half-time score of 3-0.

Two second half goals from Lukas Nmecha then put Manchester City five up, before Newcastle substitute scored a very small consolation goal with four minutes remaining.

The final blow though fell to the Manchester City kids who in the final seconds ensured parity with their senior team when Isaac Buckly-Ricketts made it a 6-1 final score.

This morning Paul Merson accused Newcastle of having no young players coming through, something which is wide of the mark with odd players such as Armstrong and Woodman looking possibles to make it.

However, this latest sorry result for Newcastle’s Under 18s sadly typifies the shocking state of the reserves and academy this calendar year, mirroring the first team in their losing mentality.

Final Score: Manchester City Under 18s 6 Newcastle United Under 18s 1

Newcastle United Under 18s: Pearson, Aziakonou, Trodd, Suddick (Donaghey 60), Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Long, Lowther (Johnson 60), Charman (McNall 72), Heaney, Smith