Young Michael RileyBy Paul Reece

Newcastle United Academy's disappointing end to the season continued as they suffered their sixth straight defeat.

The Magpies were hoping to bounce back from their recent winless run which continued on Wednesday with a 2-0 loss at home to arch rivals Sunderland.

However, United could not break down a resolute Forest defence as they were beaten by an early second half goal.

Joe Joyce's side looked comfortable in the first half but leading scorer Dan Taylor and Aaron Spear both spurned chances.

Taylor failed to finish one-on-one twice for Newcastle, first firing wide of goal before seeing his low effort well saved.

Former Plymouth trainee Spear then curled his effort wide of the right hand side of the post as United looked the more likely to score.

After the break, however, it was the home side who took the lead, United again punished for their inability to deal with a corner.

Forest's powerful centre-half rose above the black and white shirts to produce a bullet header which left United number one Jak Alnwick with no chance.

After the goal Forest looked more of a threat but were restricted to a handful of long range efforts which failed to trouble Alnwick.

At the other end it was Taylor's strike partner, Sammy Ameobi, who had The Magpies' best opportunity to level the scores. He created a great chance for himself with a surging run before firing inches wide of the post.

Forest hung on for all three points leaving Academy boss Joe Joyce frustrated.

Joyce said: "I felt like we should have got something today and I am disappointed we left without a result.

"It has been a frustrating spell for us but I can not question the players' commitment or effort today.

"There has never been a lack of effort or commitment from the side all season and despite the result, overall I was pleased with the performance.

"We are going through a difficult period at the moment but this is an important learning curve to the players.

"They need to learn to carry on and get out of this hole and get back to winning ways.

"Hopefully we can pick ourselves up for Barnsley next week. We were hard to break down again, and just need to get rid of the naive defending."

Newcastle United Under-18s: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Michael Riley, Remie Streete, Stevie Folan, Aaron Spear (sub Marcus Maddison 60), Patrick Nzuzi, Ben Sayer (sub Brandon Miele 80), Michael Hoganson (sub Adam Campbell 70), Sammy Ameobi, Dan Taylor.

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Smith.