PETER Beardsley says Newcastle United’s youngsters were taught a harsh lesson in last week’s friendly loss to Gateshead.
And he is confident they will have learned from that experience heading into the Oberndorf Tournament, which starts in Germany today.
Newcastle are among eight teams competing in the Under-19 competition, and are expected to field a number of the youngsters who played in the 2-0 defeat at Gateshead last Friday.
At 4pm today, they will play their first game in the tournament, against Eintracht Frankfurt, before tackling Brazilian side Fluminense at 7pm.
Tomorrow, they will come up against Bayer Leverkusen, before concluding their involvement in the competition on Sunday.
Under-21 coach Beardsley is expected to take charge of the side in the youth tournament, which is being held in Oberndorf am Neckar, nine miles north of the German city of Rottweil.
And he is confident those who also played in the Gateshead defeat will be stronger for the experience.
Beardsley said: “You could see Gateshead were a bit ahead of us in terms of their preparation, so I wasn’t too worried.
“Gateshead were men, while we had five kids who can still play in the Academy for us.
“They gave us a lesson, but when we dust ourselves off, have a look at what we’ve seen and get back on the training ground, it will be good for them.
“We’ve got a young team and we understand.
“We’ve obviously got bigger things to come about a month down the line.
“Our club knows it’s not about winning at this level, certainly not in pre-season, and because of that, we’re not too disappointed.”