MATCH REPORT: West Bromwich Albion Foundation 7 Newcastle United Foundation 4
Newcastle United Foundation will go back to the drawing board ahead of this month’s cup semi-final clash with Carlisle United following a free-scoring fixture in the West Midlands.
Terry Mitchell’s side scored four goals at mid-table rivals West Bromwich Albion in an impressive show of attacking strength.
But the Foundation side conceded seven – bringing to an end a three-game winning run and allowing the Baggies to leapfrog United into seventh place.
“When you lose 7-4 it’s never a good day,” admitted Mitchell. “Unfortunately, we didn’t play anywhere near the standard we’ve achieved in recent weeks.
“In this league you need to be on top of your game every week otherwise something like this can happen.
“But I’ve got to try and take the positives and scoring four goals away from home is something I’d be more than happy with on another day.
“As long as we learn from our mistakes and learn from the experience then that’s all I can ask of the lads.
“We have to move on. We have to get back on the training pitch, pick ourselves up and go on another three-match winning run.”
The Foundation side – dominated by Newcastle College students studying for BTEC qualifications as part of a groundbreaking post-16 education partnership – went into the West Brom clash full of confidence following last week’s derby win against Sunderland.
But the writing was on the wall for Mitchell’s men midway through the first half as the hosts hit four goals inside six minutes.
United went behind in the 16thminute and in the 22ndminute the visitors trailed 4-0.
“We had a nightmare start and couldn’t look after the ball,” added Mitchell. “We just didn’t retain possession and we were punished time and time again.
“Once we settled down it was a different story but by then West Brom were in complete control.”
Newcastle halved the deficit by the break thanks to goals from Newcastle College’s Alan Thomson – from a Jack Stewart assist – and Antonio Agostinho.
And midway through the second half the comeback was on as Dan Marriott played in Agostinho for his second of the game.
“After going four goals down we got a good response from the lads and at 4-3 I felt we had a chance,” added Mitchell. “But we’d given ourselves a mountain to climb and there were always going to be gaps as we pushed on looking for the equaliser.”
Albion extended their lead with two goals in two minutes and although Stewart made it 6-4 in the 85thminute there was still time for the hosts to add a seventh.
“We’ve got a couple of weeks before we face Carlisle in the cup and that gives us time to get back to doing what we do best,” added Mitchell.
Newcastle tackle their Cumbrian rivals in the week beginning April 22.