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Villa Setback Frustrates Beardsley

Written by Newcastle Utd

Peter Beardsley couldn't hide his disappointment after Newcastle United Under-23s were beaten 4-0 at Aston Villa

By Tom Easterby - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Football development manager Peter Beardsley couldn't hide his disappointment after Newcastle United Under-23s were beaten 4-0 at Aston Villa on Monday.

A hat-trick from Libor Kozak after Johan Abdoul's opener sealed the points for the hosts at Villa Park.

Centre half Abdoul was later red-carded, but the Magpies were unable to claw their way back into the game as they suffered back-to-back Premier League 2 defeats.

And Beardsley said that his youngsters failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage after Abdoul's dismissal, conceding that his team had left themselves with far too much to do as they went in 3-0 down at the break.

"In the first 20 minutes of the second half, we looked like we were going to create chances and maybe score a goal, but we were never going to come back from 3-0," he told nufc.co.uk.

"In reality, that probably happens once in a hundred games, maybe even less that that. In that sense, it was just damage limitation, but the disappointment for me is when the boy gets sent off - and I don't wish anybody to get sent off - we were worse then, in the second half. It looked like they had 11 men and we had the ten.

"They scored a breakaway goal, which was poor from us, and overall, it was very disappointing."

He added: "The good news is Curtis Good got 90 minutes, so that's a bonus for us, but the bad news is we were beaten by a very young Aston Villa team. The centre forward scored a hat-trick, he's obviously 20-plus, but other than him I don't think they had too many that were over 20.

"I'm disappointed overall. We've been looking to get players on loan, but there wasn't many who covered themselves in glory today."

The Magpies now have a two-week break from competitive action before they host Stoke City on Monday, 12th September.

And Beardsley believes the international break has come at an inopportune time for his side, with the Potters clash in 14 days' time their next chance to put things right.

"For me, you want to get it out of your system, Sometimes people talk about it when you're winning, it's great - if you look at the first team, they've had four great wins and it's got them a bit of momentum. People say it's great news to have a break, but if I was in the first team I'd want to keep going, because they're going really well," he explained.

"For us, for me, we want to try and get that out of our system as quick as we can. All of a sudden there's a different kind of pressure against Stoke, where they're expeted to win. It'll be a different game. Ben (Dawson, professional development phase coach) and Billy (Coulston, analyst) sort out all our clips and (the players) will have to look at them and be realistic and be honest with themselves, because what we saw doesn't lie."

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