Newcastle United's Under-23s suffer another agonising final defeat
Newcastle United's Under-23s were denied promotion by Southampton tonight.
Ben Dawson's side were beaten 2-1 at the St Mary's Stadium in the Premier League 2 Division Two play-off final.
The defeat followed last week's 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League Cup final.
Dan N'Lundulu gave Southampton a 39th-minute lead with a looping header.
And Tyreke Johnson doubled the home side's advantage nine minutes after the break.
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Dawson then sent on Callum Roberts, who will leave the club in the summer.
And the winger set up captain Owen Bailey, who gave the team a lifeline in the 81st minute with a goal from the edge of the area.
Newcastle pushed for an equaliser – Roberts had a shot blocked and Elias Sorensen put another effort over – but Southampton held on to claim promotion.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Harker, Sterry, Walters, Bailey, Cass, Watts, Allan (Roberts, 56), M Longstaff, Sorensen, Sangare (Charman, 64), Longelo (Toure, 56).