Tuesday night saw a dismal performance from the young Newcastle United stars.
Needing to win against League One outfit Oldham, instead they found themselves on the end of a hammering.
The game ended 4-1 but watching the highlights below, it could have been far far worse. The woodwork and Nathan Harker in the Newcastle goal keeping the scoreline almost respectable.
The defeat means that Newcastle exit the Checkatrade Trophy at the first attempt, with Port Vale and Oldham progressing from the group.
On a wider point, serious questions surely need to be asked of Peter Beardsley and the reserve team set-up, with only one win since August and that came against dubious quality of a visiting Slavia Prague young team in the Premier League International Cup.
The reserves have now lost all of their last seven games in domestic competitions, including conceding 18 goals in only the last four of those.
Rafa Benitez can only do so much in the short time he has had at the club so far but surely there has to be the major investment in the Academy, and state of the art new training complex, which were promised years ago by Mike Ashley, to allow Rafa to take the club forward.
The only very small consolation last night was a rare headed goal from Rolando Aaron, left totally unmarked on a corner – watch it below.