james brown
james brown

THE scoreline was the same and, for the large part, so was the timid, toothless performance.

Beaten 2-1 by non-league Gateshead at Victoria Park seven days previous, Micky Barron’s second-string were locked in the home dressing room as manager Mick Wadsworth let his furious feelings be known.

The first-team boss was there again at the International Stadium for the opening group game of the League Cup.

And the only thing which spared Barron’s boys of another post-game tongue lashing was the late contribution from a trio of academy prospects.

Lewis Hawkins, Steven Snaith and Luke James were the three who managed to inject some passion into a previously lacklustre display.

It was Hawkins, the rangey midfielder, who bundled home a 74th-minute reply to spark hope of a comeback after Gary Mulligan had netted twice to put the hosts in a commanding position.

And Barron told SportMail: “I’m unhappy that we lost and I’m unhappy with the first-half display.”

Read Barron’s comments, plus a full match report, in today’s Sportmail.