Headlines under first team level at Newcastle United have been anything but positive recently.
Reserve team manager Peter Beardsley facing accusations of bullying & making racist comments and currently off work, after agreeing to stay away from the training ground/work until an outcome on the accusations is reached.
In his absence, the Newcastle United Under 23s (reserves) travelled to Burnley on Thursday.
A group game in the Premier League Cup, with both teams joint top of Group D on six points apiece.
A win on today would have meant Newcastle going clear at the top of the group, leaving them in pole position to qualify for the last 16. With two group games still to come, against Swansea City and Colchester United.
It ended up being a resounding result for the Magpies, with two goals in each half for the visitors.
Dan Barlaser and Luke Charman both scored in each half, as United ran riot, unwanted first team squad defender Jamie Sterry involved in three of the four goals.
A strange season for the Newcastle United second string as after a few wins in August, they then went on a run of only one win in 12 weeks.
That run ended with a 4-1 win over Reading at the end of November and now they have won six of their last eight matches (all competitions), scoring 28 goals in the process.
Peter Beardsley’s main accuser, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, was a second-half substitute today and in the closing stages of the game he missed a glorious chance to get on the scoresheet.
Earlier today there were media claims that a number of clubs are looking to sign the young attacking player this month.