Peter Beardsley was once again concentrating on the positives after Newcastle United’s second string took on Swansea.

The NUFC reserves (Under 21s) travelled to Wales on Monday night and took part in an eight goal thriller.

Talking about the attacking play by his team, Peter Beardsley said ‘there was some fantastic stuff’.

He also said he was very pleased with how the players did from the 46th minute to the final whistle, saying they ‘kept going and going’.

However, the only problem is that by this point (46th minute) Newcastle were already 4-1 down.

Swansea opened the scoring before Luke Charman replied for United, only for then the Welsh club to add three more without reply before the break.

A rout looked on when Swansea won a penalty early in the second period but Newcastle keeper Nathan Harker did really well to make a double save to keep the scoreline half respectable.

Newcastle had brief hope when Dan Barlaser scored midway through the second half to make it 4-2, only for Swansea to go back up the other end a minute later and restore a three goal advantage.

Winger Callum Roberts scoring late on to produce a 5-3 final scoreline.

Whilst it is understandable when Peter Beardsley wants to point to positives when dealing with young players, it does become a little pointless when defeat follows defeat.

The NUFC reserves (bearing in mind as well that they played in the second tier of the reserve/Under 21 set-up this season, unlike Sunderland who play in the top division) have won just once in the last four months and it is a similar story in the NUFC Academy (Under 18s) who have one win since 19 December 2015.

It almost makes the first team’s two wins since 13 December 2015 look decent!

This isn’t a criticism of any of our younger players, more a statement of fact that clearly there are serious problems right throughout the set-up that need sweeping changes.

If you are getting beat week in week out at any level, it will hardly put you in the right midset to progress and make the next step up and succeed.

We so much need Rafa Benitez to stay (whatever division Newcastle are in next season) and sort our rotten club out, from top to bottom.

Peter Beardsley:

“In terms of the attacking play, there was some fantastic stuff.

“I thought we played well in lots of the game and the amount of chances we created was really good, but defensively we were all over the place in the first half.

“Nathan (Harker – goalkeeper) played well again, which was massive for him and very pleasing, but there was a few that at times should have tackled, and I’ve told them. They should have tackled – they waltzed through us a few times a bit too easily, so that was a disappointment.

“I said to them at half time that it’s disappointing that we’ve conceded goals that we shouldn’t. But when you look at it, the amount of miles they would have ran in the second half was fantastic.

“Every one of them from minute 46 to the 90th minute kept going and going and going, and that was pleasing.

“But it’s disappointing that you have to wait until half time. They need to learn that they have to do it in the first half and if they can get in a position where they are the winning team, then it makes it a lot easier for them.”

Swansea Reserves (Under 21s) 5 Newcastle Reserves (Under 21s) 3

Newcastle United: Harker, Sterry, Gibson, Hunter, Williams, Good (Adu-Peprah 46), Roberts, Longstaff, Barlaser, Charman, Gallacher (Smith 55)