A miserable 22 hours in the life of Newcastle United kicked off at 7pm on Friday night.
Despite the inclusion of first team squad players Henri Saivet, Curtis Good and Sylvain Marveaux, Newcastle United’s second string were comprehensively taken apart by Arsenal’s Under 21s at the Emirates.
A final scoreline of 3-1 flattered Newcastle, as the Gunners scored all four goals, including an own goal after they had taken a two goal lead after only nine minutes.
The action then moved to Manchester, where the Academy (Under 18s) team were taking on Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime.
The game took place at Man Utd’s training complex and Newcastle were a goal behind after three minutes.
They actually gave a spirited first half display and after going 2-0 down on 35 minutes, Callum Smith pulled one back four minutes later to make it 2-1 at the break.
Things then quite literally fell apart as after Manchester United made it 3-1 on 58 minutes, they then added a further four goals in the final 18 minutes to give a final scoreline of Manchester United Under 18s 7 Newcastle United Under 18s 1.
The final blow of this feeble 22 hours arrived with the first team’s ‘performance’ at Southampton.
Shane Long walking through the Newcastle midfield and defence before slotting it past Darlow after only four minutes, Pelle and Wanyama adding further goals to make it 3-0 with 35 minutes remaining – before Newcastle made a very half-hearted attempt to get back into the game and Townsend grabbing a solo goal out of nowhere.
End result was a very easy win for the Saints and an embarrassing 22 hours for Newcastle United Football Club brought to an end.
Three matches, three defeats, no points, 13 goals conceded and 3 scored.
The stats this season for the three teams show:
First Team: P32 W6 D7 L19
Reserves: P23 W4 D6 L13
Academy: P27 W7 D3 L17
A club total of P82 W17 D16 L49
Maybe one of the most telling things was just how quickly each Newcastle United team conceded over the course of this weekend: Academy a goal down after three minutes, reserves two down after nine minutes and then the first team one behind after four minutes.