The 23-year-old was one of three players recalled by the Magpies (Newcastle official website), along with Elias Sorensen and Cal Roberts, all of whom were barely used by their loan clubs.
Sterry played just one game at Crewe, while Sorensen played 32 minutes at Blackpool and Roberts managed 37 minutes of action at Colchester United (Chronicle Live), which prompted some Newcastle fans to bemoan the experience on Twitter, including one calling it a "waste of time".
what a waste of time that was— ASHLEY OUT (@Ashley__OUT) March 13, 2019
The right-back, along with Sorensen, were named by Dawson in the squad for Friday night's Premier League Cup tie away at Reading, Woking’s Kingfield Stadium hosting the game.
Sterry opened the scoring with a fine effort from 20 yards out on 22 minutes and although Reading hit back four minutes later with a free kick, Tom Allan grabbed the Magpies' winner on 37 minutes for a 2-1 win.
The result saw Newcastle through to the last eight and Dawson was pleased with Sterry, telling the club website: "I'm pleased for Jamie as he has had a tough time recently. We've made the decision to bring him back to the club and it was nice to see him score a well worked goal."
Sterry has made three first team appearances under manager Rafael Benitez this season and had rejoined the Railwaymen for a second spell after spending part of last season at Gresty Road (Newcastle official website).