By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
Newcastle United Under-21s 4 (McNeil og, Bigirimana, Gutierrez, Quinn)
Norwich City 1 (Morris)
Jonas Gutierrez had a hand in all four Magpies goals as Newcastle came from behind to convincingly beat Norwich at Whitley Park.
Featuring as an overage player, the Argentine was one of five men with first-team experience to line up against the Canaries, with Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell and Curtis Good the others.
After hitting the post through Campbell, United surprisingly fell behind when Curtis Good lost possession and Carlton Morris beat Jak Alnwick.
But five minutes later, Ewan McNeil put through his own goal from Campbell's cross after good work from Gutierrez and Rolando Aarons.
The man from Buenos Aires was then fouled for a free-kick which Bigirimana curled past Ben Killip.
And in the second half, he slotted home after a one-two with Campbell to make it 3-1.
Substitute Jonathyn Quinn then added a fourth late on, stabbing home from Bigirimana's corner which came after Gutierrez had a shot saved, and coach Donachie was particularly impressed by the ex-Real Mallorca winger's contribution.
"He was very good," Donachie told nufc.co.uk. "He showed a great attitude; this is somebody who has played at a World Cup but on a bobbly pitch in December playing for the under-21s, he was a superb example to the younger players.
"You could understand if he was disheartened about not playing but he was fantastic and Steven Taylor was the same.
"It was a good win and improves our chances of finishing in the top half of the table, which is important because our league position will determine which group we're in for the second half of the season.
"Adam Campbell and Gael Bigirimana worked hard for us too, and Rolando Aarons was one of several younger players who did well.
"Norwich are quite a strong and well-organised side so I'm pleased with the team."
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jonathan Mitchell, Kevin Mbabu (Jonathyn Quinn 46), Lubo Satka, Steven Taylor, Curtis Good, Paul Dummett, Rolando Aarons, Gael Bigirimana, Callum Roberts (Olivier Kemen 61), Jonas Gutierrez, Adam Campbell
Subs not used: Brendan Pearson, Macaulay Gillesphey, Tom Heardman
Norwich City Under-21s: Ben Killip, Ewan McNeil, Harry Toffolo, Reece Hall-Johnson, Adel Gafaiti, Kyle McFadden, Harry Barker, Cameron McGeehan, Carlton Morris, Jamar Loza, Rod Young
Substitutes: Harvey Hodd, Aston Oxborough, Cameron Norman, Ben Wyatt