Just over a hundred hardy souls were there to see it but Elias Sorensen rewarded them.
At a point somewhere in between Newcastle United’s two goals at Burnley, the 19 year old prolific Danish striker was making it 16 goals for the season at a chilly Whitley Park.
Coming off the bench this time, Elias Sorensen quickly forced the keeper into a smart save from a header and then with only five minutes remaining, he lashed in yet another excellent winner.
Man of the match though goes to Callum Roberts, the 21 year old winger is also in brilliant form this season and last night summed it up.
Twice Stoke took the lead and twice Roberts produced excellent individual goals to equalise in each half.
Indeed, he almost got the hat-trick he deserved, only to be denied by a smart save from the visiting keeper.
Achraf Lazaar got a rare game, playing the first 81 minutes of last night’s victory.
The impressive stats are building up for both Elias Sorensen and Callum Roberts, as well as the young NUFC second string.
As well as 16 goals altogether this season, Elias Sorensen now has 12 goals in his last nine appearances.
Whilst for Callum Roberts, it is now 11 goals in total, with eight in his last eight matches.
For the team, the last nine games in all competitions show seven wins, one draw and just the single defeat. In the process scoring an impressive 26 goals in the nine games.
Rafa Benitez will surely need to allow both Elias Sorensen and Callum Roberts to go out on loan in January to ensure they can progress, with the only downside being that the reserves will be deprived of such in-form players.
However, the only goal for the Academy and reserve set-up is to try and produce first team players and so they must be allowed to play at a higher level to see if they can start making the step up.
Newcastle United Under 23s 3 Stoke City Under 23s 2
Newcastle United Under-23s: Otto Huuhtanen, Liam Gibson, Oliver Walters, Owen Bailey, Stefan O’Connor, Kelland Watts, Cal Roberts, Sean Longstaff, Yannick Toure (Elias Sorensen 65), Mo Sangare (Tom Allan 59), Achraf Lazaar (Adam Wilson 81)