The losing culture that permeates throughout Newcastle United continued on Monday night.
A sparse St James Park crowd watched the NUFC reserves take on bottom club Brighton, who had won only one of their 20 matches this season.
Make that now two in 21 as yet another collapse by a United team saw the visitors run out easy 4-1 winners.
Bad luck and the age of the players are the constant excuses used by Peter Beardsley and Dave Watson, in charge of the reserves and Academy sides respectively – but there has to be something seriously wrong throughout the club when this failure is endemic.
This latest loss means that the reserves have won only four of their 24 matches this season and only one in four months.
The record throughout the club now stands as follows:
First Team: P32 W6 D7 L19
Reserves: P24 W4 D6 L14
Academy: P27 W7 D3 L17
A club total of P83 W17 D16 L50
At the weekend the three Newcastle sides went behind early (first team after four minutes, Academy after three minutes, reserves two down after nine minutes) and Monday night was no different – Brighton scoring two goals in 60 seconds to make it 2-0 with only just over 10 minutes on the clock.
Luke Charman gave temporary hope by quickly pulling one back but the positives in the remaining 75 minutes+ were few and far between.
Two further goals for Brighton in the final 20 minutes completed the job as Newcastle looked a forlorn sight by the end.
No criticism of these young players as individuals, or indeed as a team, but you have to seriously look at the processes inside the club that have led to such disastrous results at every level of Newcastle United.
A state of the art new training complex should have been put in place last summer but Mike Ashley cancelled it due to the relegation fight. Surely that very relegation fight should have hastened those new facilities as clearly the club needs every bit of help possible.
Whilst the likes of Saivet and Marveaux played at Arsenal on Friday night for the reserves, last night Rafa Benitez chose not to give anybody a run out.
I’m sure that there must be good reasons but it does seem strange that with talk of changes to the first team for Swansea, that at least one or two possibles didn’t at least get 45 minutes.
Obertan and Dummett returned to the bench at Southampton and you’d have thought it would have made sense to give them some football, the same with Seydou Doumbia who is perhaps the most bizarre aspect of yet another very bizarre season at Newcastle United.
Newcastle Under 21s 1 Brighton Under 21s 4
Newcastle United: Harker, Cobain, Gibson, Hunter (Laidler 64), Williams, Bailey, Roberts (Smith 66), Ward (Heaney 64), Charman, Barlaser, Longstaff.