By Paul Reece
Joe Joyce says his young Newcastle side showed good character to continue their strong start to the season as they came from behind to earn a point against Sheffield United.
The young Magpies fell behind to a first half goal after Blades skipper Elliot Whitehouse headed the Blades in front, but Louis Storey levelled the scores in the second half.
In a quiet first half, United's best chance to take the lead came when forward JJ Hooper broke clear and squared the ball to strike partner Adam Campbell.
But the number 10's first time left-footed shot was brilliantly saved by Sheffield United's young shot stopper before the Blades finally broke the deadlock.
United's failure to deal with a Blades corner saw the ball slipped back into the box for Whitehouse to head past Newcastle keeper Alex Baird.
Joyce's young side went into the break a goal down but rallied after the interval and levelled midway through the half when defender Storey headed home from a Michael Hoganson cross.
Chances were few and far between for either side after Storey's equaliser with United coming closest when a ball was played across the six yard box, however Hooper and Campbell both failed to make any contact.
Speaking exclusively to nufc.co.uk after game, Joyce said: "I was pleased with the way the lads dug in and stuck together today, particularly after going behind in the first half.
"We know we can play better but we showed good character.
"I said to lads before the game that no two matches are ever the same. Some games we will play the attractive football and others we will need to battle a bit more and today proved to be the case.
"We will take it one game at a time. We missed Dan Taylor today to be fair but we created some half chances. We needed a little more quality and we could have finished the game off."
The Academy are now four games undefeated, with just one defeat all season so far against Aston Villa, as they prepare for Sunderland next weekend - a game Joyce says the players always await eagerly.
"I think it is a game that they will look forward to," Joyce said. "The players always do and it will certainly be competitive.
"We have the home advantage so we will certainly be confident of winning."
Newcastle United Under-18s: Alex Baird, Alex Nicholson, Michael Riley, Remie Streete, Louis Storey, Ryan McGorrigan, Michael Hoganson, Brandon Miele, Dennis Knight (sub Steven Logan 65), JJ Hooper, Adam Campbell.
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Lee Toland, Billy Ions.