Newcastle last night had a chance to win the tie at the death, when in the 3rd minute of injury time, Andrew Carroll had his shot from a wide angle hit the side netting.
Kazenga Lue Lua – 17 year-old looked a decent player last night
But all in all we are pleased Newcastle are still in the Cup after some scary moments in the second half last night.
Sam said after the game:
“I think we could have won it in the first half and the beginning of the second half, we could have lost it in 15 or 20 minutes midway through the second and could have nicked it at the end,”
“Not scoring when we had clear-cut opportunities (in the first half) was the disappointing thing. It meant when the pressure did come we had a little bit more to withstand.â€
“It got a little bit desperate at one point but we got through that and then one of our local boys could have been the hero in the last minute, but Andy Carroll slid the ball wide of the far post instead of just inside it.”
The replay will be a week on Wednesday, 16th January, and Allardyce felt it was the least his side deserved as he continued:
“â€œIt was a horrible night weather- wise but a good performance from both sides,” “In the main we coped with most of what Stoke had to offer.”
“We controlled the game for long periods but couldnâ€™t find the cutting edge.”
We are hoping that Michael Owen will find some goals for Newcastle in the next few games, but heâ€™s out so much that almost every time he plays now he is short of match practice. But it was pleasing to see both Andrew Carroll and Kazenga Lua Lua introduced last night. Lua Lua was making his first team debut and looked a decent player. We’re glad Sam is giving a chance to some of our up and coming youngsters.
Comments very welcome.