Newcastle United's Under-23 side were knocked out of the Premier League Cup this afternoon.
A second-half penalty from Andriya Novakovic at Whitley Park gave Reading a 1-0 win over a below-par Newcastle at a windswept Whitley Park.
Stuart Findlay and Tom Heardman had late chances to equalise for United, but they couldn't get their efforts on target.
Newcastle lost defender Curtis Good to injury early in the second half, where Rafa Benitez was among the spectators.
Football development manager Peter Beardsley said: "I'm hoping it's minor. At this level, if they get injured, we take them off. We don't hesitate."
Good – who returned from a long-term hip problem this season – was replaced by Michael Newberry.
Beardsley felt Reading deserved their place in the last four after coping better with the wind and creating more in the final third of the pitch.
“The best team won, and we can’t argue with that,” said Beardsley
“They deserved to win, and if I’m being totally honest, possibly by another goal or two.
“We had one or two chances, but they weren’t real chances. A lot of it was scrappy play.
"I wouldn’t say there was any period of the game where we were really in control of it. I thought they played well, managed it well and thoroughly deserved the win."
Novakovic scored from the spot after Luke Charman brought Omar Richards down in the box.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Harker, Williams (El-Mhanni, 73), Good (Newberry, 49), Findlay, Gibson, Hunter, Barlaser, Holmes, Charman, Wilson (Fernandez, 88), Heardman. Subs not used: Huuhtanen, Ward.