Newcastle United will need to win their last Checkatrade Trophy group game to progress in the competition after losing to Port Vale.
Peter Beardsley’s Under-21 side were beaten 1-0 by the managerless League Two club at Vale Park last night.
A first-half goal from Tyrone Barnett decided the Group D fixture.
Newcastle – who beat Crewe Alexandra in their first Checkatrade Trophy game – are third in their group.
United play second-placed Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on November 7.
Beardsley, as at Gresty Road in August, did not name a senior player in his starting XI.
Midfielder Jack Colback – who played for the club in a Premier League 2 fixture last week – was not included as an over-age player, while winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni was an unused substitute.
Only defender Jamie Sterry and midfielder Dan Barlaser had played a first-team game for the Newcastle, who went behind in the 21st minute.
Barnettt opened the scoring with a header.
United, backed by more than 100 fans at Vale Park, pushed for an equaliser after the break, but they couldn’t take the game to penalties.
The crowd – 824 – was the lowest-ever for a first-team fixture at the ground.
Former Newcastle striker David Kelly took charge of Vale – who lead Group D with five points – for the game.
The club is set to appoint Gateshead manager Neil Aspin as successor to Michael Brown, who left his post last month.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Harker, Sterry, Yarney, Gillesphey, Cameron, O’Connor, Barlaser, Fernandez (Gallacher, 72), Charman, Sangare (McNall, 78), C Smith. Subs not used: Woolston, Bailey, Kitchen, El-Mhanni, Heaney.