Tom Allan shot. 1-0
Villans 0 Magpies 1
47 mins Kadan
Young shot. 1-1
Adam Wilson cross/shot. 2-1
Full time: Villans 1 Magpies 2
PL2 scorers 2021/22:
Dylan Stephenson 12
Jay Turner-Cooke 7
Charlie Wiggett 6
Elliot Anderson 5
Isaac Westendorf 5
Adam Wilson 4
Cameron Ferguson 2
Tom Allan 1
Niall Brookwell 1
Nathan Carlyon 1
Lucas De Bolle 1
Santiago Munoz 1
Josh Scott 1
Joe White 1
Jack Young 1
The Magpies utilised 40 players during their 26 PL2 games.
Newcastle's U23 side concluded their PL2 season with a victory
at Villa Park on Monday afternoon - ending a run of four successive
defeats that had torpedoed their hopes of a promotion playoff place.
The Magpies went ahead four minutes before the interval thanks to a
spectacular effort from Tom
Allan, who beat home 'keeper Oliwier Zych from level with the centre
circle just into the Villa half.
Villa made it 1-1 on 47 minutes when Kadan Young took a centre from
Frankie Ealing and fired in from close range.
Adam Wilson's cross from the left then ended up in the net in the
81st minute - and that proved enough for the visitors to claim all
Elliot Dickman's side finish in eighth position - three shy of a
playoff spot - and while they've tailed off disappointingly and conceded an
unacceptably large number of goals, there has been an upturn in our fortunes
compared to the position we were in 12 months ago:
2021: 13th of 13, 25 points from 24 games -16 GD (scored 31 conceded 47)
2122: 8th of 14, 38 points from 26 games -5 GD (scored 51 conceded 56)
Putting results aside, progression to the senior squad remains an aspiration
rather than a clearly-defined pathway - and the policy of loaning players to
Football League clubs remains of dubious value, boosting some careers
(Elliot Anderson) but just a waste of time for others (Matty Bondswell).
Ultimately though, a lack of strength throughout the academy undermines the
U23s; filling the side with trialists in the closing weeks of the season and
those who already know they won't be getting a new contract is proven to not
to be successful season after season when he screw up promotion.
There's a larger issue with age specific football as compared to the
previous all age reserve league, but for evidence that we continue to punch
below our weight at the level, look no further than teams from Championship
sides like Nottingham Forest and Stoke City who finished above us.