The U23s suffered a setback to their hopes of claiming a
PL2 playoff place on Monday, beaten by promotion rivals Stoke
at the Bet365 Stadium.
Seeking their fourth successive
away win in the league, Elliott Dickman's side were instead two goals behind
and a man short by the interval.
Adam Porter gave City the lead on the half hour,
before Douglas Taylor doubled the lead with a confident finish after 44 minutes -
Charlie Wiggett shown a straight red in between for fouling Taylor en route
And the Potters almost ended the game as a contest early in the second half,
when Will Forester's header rebounded off Jake Turner's near post.
The Magpies did pull a goal back when Tommy Simkin impeded
striker Isaac Westendorf in the box on 69 minutes.
Home goalkeeper Simkin was shown a yellow card and Jay Turner-Cooke fired
home the resultant penalty.
History then almost repeated itself in the second minute of added time, when
Newcastle's Kyle Crossley broke into the box and came up against Simkin.
The pair had faced each other at U18 level on Friday night with Crossley
netting a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw; sadly this time the City custodian
blocked his shot and Dylan Stephenson fired the rebound over.
This defeat and results elsewhere saw United drop to seventh:
just six points now separating eight teams in the hunt for one of the four