Dennis Knight, Michael Hoganson and Brandon Miele

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Michael Riley insists Newcastle can still win the Premier Academy League Group D, despite suffering narrow defeats in their last two matches.

The young Magpies were beaten 2-1 by Leeds last weekend having lost by the same scoreline at Manchester United seven days earlier, and have seen their lead cut to just three points.

So they're determined to get back to winning ways when they travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday at the Owls' Middlewood Academy (kick-off 12 noon).

Left-back Riley played in the reverse fixture at Little Benton in October, when United eased to a 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Marcus Maddison, Dan Taylor (2) and Brandon Miele, but he's rested on this occasion after playing 90 minutes for the Reserves against Arsenal in midweek.

He told nufc.co.uk: "We've been top all season but we've slipped lately.

"Saturday was a poor result but I feel as though we can win every game. We've got the players to win most games - and this is certainly one that we're looking to win."

Alex Gilliead returns after representing England under-16s in the Montaigu Tournament in France while Louis Storey remains on course to start every Academy game this term.

The squad is: Ryan McGorrigan, Dan Taylor, Michael Hoganson, Marcus Maddison, Brandon Miele, Alex Nicholson, Jamie Smith, Louis Storey, Alex Kitchen, Steven Logan, Jonathan Mitchell, Freddie Woodman, Alex Gilliead, Liam Smith, Macauley Booth, Tom Heardman.