Newcastle Reserves arrive at Central Station

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

After losing each of their last two matches, Newcastle United's Reserves are hoping to get back to winning ways against Fulham on Tuesday (kick-off 2pm).

The Magpies take on the Cottagers at their Motspur Park training ground behind closed doors - although nufc.co.uk will be there to provide exclusive live coverage of the match. 

With a host of injuries and a handful of players out on loan, Willie Donachie has a squad of just 14 - ten of whom are Academy players.

Irish youth international defender Jamie Smith could make his second-string debut for the club if he plays a part against Ray Lewington's side, who beat Norwich 5-1 last week.

The party travelled by train on Monday afternoon and are staying overnight in Surrey ahead of the Barclays Premier Reserve League fixture.

And winger Michael Hoganson - who made his Reserve team bow against West Brom last Thursday - believes the trip will be a good bonding exercise for the young Magpies squad. The oldest player is Michael Richardson, who turned 20 last month.

"It'll be really good to go away with the lads and have a couple of days down there," Hoganson said. 

"With it being a young squad and a young group, we've all got to get together and try to stick together and win the games, so this will be good."

The squad is: Jak Alnwick, Jonathan Mitchell, Patrick Nzuzi, Alex Kitchen, Louis Storey, Jamie Smith, Michael Hoganson, Steven Logan, Ben Sayer, Michael Richardson, Brandon Miele, Marcus Maddison, Yven Moyo, Dan Taylor.