Accrington Stanley 2 Newcastle 3 – Magpies Through

Newcastle got through this round a little easier than the 3-2 score-line would suggest, as Newcastle hit the post from LuaLua in added time, and then Accrington broke away and scored late into added time.

Newcastle started with their youngsters and manager Chris Hughton made a full 11 changes from the side that beat Aston Villa 6-0 on Sunday afternoon, and Newcastle kicked off to a decent start in front of just over 4,000 crowd at the Crown ground tonight.

After 14 minutes only an excellent save from Stanley captain Sean Hessey denied a lively looking Ameobi from scoring from eight yards out, after the Newcastle striker had jinxed his way into the box, as Newcastle were slowly increasing the pressure against the home side in the opening period.

Ryan Taylor was getting forward from the right-back position all the time, and he nicely played in Haris Vuckic  from just outside the penalty box. The Slovenian 18 year-old steadied himself,  before taking a shot at goal,  but it was easily saved by the Accrington keeper.

After 36 minutes into the game Newcastle finally went ahead with a terrific goal from Ryan Taylor. The right full back had played really well so far in the half, and the player then hit a terrific shot from all of 35 yards out,  that just flew  into the top corner of the goal, and that silenced the crowd. What a goal.

But then just before half time Accrington drew level just as the linesman indicated there would be one minute of added time.

Ray Putterill put the home side level with a terrific shot from 25 yards out that just flew past Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, to send the Accrington wild as half time came with the scores level at 1-1. Two great goals in the first half – to be sure.

But then after just 3 minutes of the second period Newcastle were ahead again, as Peter Lovenkrands flicked the ball onto Shola Ameobi, and the 6’2″ striker turned quickly in the box and then hit a nice low shot which easily beat goalkeeper Dunbavin.

On 67 minutes Newcastle went further ahead and seemed to put the tie beyond doubt,  when Peter Lovenkrands scored his first goal of the season.

Young 19 year-old winger LuaLua was the provider, and he caused problems for Accrington all night long, and Kazenga got in a good cross from the left byline,  and while the goalkeeper did well to block what would have been an own goal from one of his defenders, the Dane was alert enough to scissor kick the rebound into the back of the net. A good opportunist goal from Lovenkrands.

On 73 minutes goalkeeper Tim Krul made a great save from James Ryan’s 25 yard shot, as he tipped the ball around the post at full stretch, and then from the corner Krul saved again as he got a crucial block at the feet of an Accrington forward.

And it was Tim Krul to the rescue again on 82 minutes, as Putterill looked a certain scorer from just six yards out, but the Dutchman somehow denied the Stanley striker with another great reaction save by the Dutchman, who seems to be improving very quickly at Newcastle – and he had another fine game tonight in the Newcastle goal.

And when everything seemed to be ending at 3-1, with nothing too much going on and a full 3 minutes into injury time,  LuaLua seemed to almost score as he hit the foot of the post.

And then would you believe it, but Accrington broke away and scored their second goal with just seconds remaining on the clock, to give the score a little bit of respectability at 3-2.

But the Newcastle youngsters got the job done tonight and advanced the club into the next round of the Carling Cup.

Ryan Taylor, Kazenga LuaLua, Tamas Kadar  and Tim Krul with three good saves in the second half, all had good games for Newcastle, and there were a lot of positives manager Chris Hughton would take out of this match, as the youngsters applied themselves to the game tonight.


Accrington Stanley: Ian Dunbavin, Jonathan Bateson, Dean Winnard, Sean Hessey, Andrew Procter, James Ryan, Charlie Barnett, Ray Putterill, Sean McConville, Philip Edwards, Andy Parkinson.
Subs: Alex Cisak, Leam Richardson, Luke Joyce, Rory Boulding, Christopher Turner, Peter Murphy, Andrew Owens.

Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Kazenga LuaLua, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger.
Subs: Kevin Nolan, Mike Williamson, Joey Barton, Wayne Routledge, James Perch, Alan Smith, Ole Soderberg.

Referee: Rob Shoebridge

Attendance: TBC

24 comments so far

  • a.l 9

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #1

    The did well stanley and it was a good game, thought the fans we’re playing up a bit too much though for the sky cameras…

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I was highly impressed by Kazenga Lua Lua

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes a.l.9
    I agree I thought the Accrington fans were a little infantile !
    Someone must have stolen a few boxes of till rolls ?!!?

  • Edd Case

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #4

    I was highly impressed by Kazenga Lua Lua


    Also thought Kadar was good, Ferguson did well and Ranger also caught my eye.

    Was a little dissapointed by Vuckic though, could easily have seen red.

  • newcastle29

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #5

    C.H just on skysports saying he hopes the yaylor situation can be resolved!! he wants him to stay.

  • newcastle29

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #6

    * taylor!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #7

    A very enjoyable game, it will give Chris Hughton an idea as to the readiness of the youngsters.
    However well they played, most of these boys are not up to scratch yet.

  • jimiley

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #8

    We should focus on the league. We cannot win this cup unless the big boys play their junior team in the semis and final. Nobody cares about it apart from the weaker teams. It is a distraction.

  • thud and blunder

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #9

    aye, id say tavernier, lua-lua, ranger and ferguson did really well from the youngsters….vuckic didnt really get involved for some reason….bit of a let down. but its only one match maybe im expecting too much from him

    but this is against a 2nd division team, whether they can do it against premier opposition I dont know. Defo Kadar, Krul and Ranger can.

    Lua-Lua deserves a decent chance. pacey, direct and has a decent shot.

  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #10

    jimiley – i am not bothered about the cup but i enjoy the opportunity the fringe and young players get to prove they have what it takes, not just for newcastle but we could end up making some money selling to lower league clubs.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Jim@8 ‘Nobody cares about it apart from the weaker teams. ‘

    Not true, they just don’t care until the quarter finals and they suddenly see an easy way into Europe, then the teams put out are strengthened dramatically… Who are the current holders? Who were the runners up? Weaker teams, eh?

  • Edd Case

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Five days of frantic transfer activity coming up now, with a win (hopefully) at Wolves on Saturday.

    Howay The Lads

  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #13

    i think alot of people got really offended when arsenal started picking kids in this cup. but most prem teams realise its a good opportunity to see the kids play and i dont think theirs much price money involved especially compared to staying in the prem.

  • tdt

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Welldone to the youngsters for gettting a win 2nyt, AS were up for it but the quality shown through in the end. Shame we didnt take our chances, could have been well out of sight, but I suppose a wins a win.

    Most of the players showed they are useful one way or another, but I think lua lua stands out as the one from that bunch that could make the step up in the near future.

    I didnt think ranger would work well in the midfield and that was proved correct. He’s great in the air and holding the ball up, but he isnt skillful enough to create from midfield.

    Not sure if the defenders did much to impress 2nyt, maybe kadar was efficient but thats about it. Krul was good as even.

    I think the best thing about tonight is that the 1st team got a rest! Hope we win at Wolves on saturday, think we can.

    Got my tickets for the Blackpool game after that, should defo beat them too!


    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Nice to see our young guns go trough the 3rd round 🙂

    Best 6 players for NUFC tonight :

    1: Lualua
    2: Krull
    3: Tavarnier (this players is going to be a real star)
    4: Ranger
    5: Ameobi/Ferguson

    Hope the situation on Steven Taylor will be resolved quickly.Taylor always gave the 100% so I would like to see him stay,He’s talented and still young.He’s a GEORDIE


  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #16

    the first team got a rest but some of them will have piles after sitting on the bench lol

  • Szarka

    Aug 25, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #17


    About Krull: He’s a very talented keeper, but lacks matches, and this match proved it. Had a 1-2 bad run-outs, wasnt really brave at situations, but made a few great saves. He got potencial, but will loose it, if he only sit on the bench. I say, if Harper is no1 for this season, then let him go an a loan.

    Today LuaLua and Ranger were great, they deserve a few EPL matches, Tavernier was good more alike, Kadar was decent, but don hes work 100%. Vuckic was a disapointment for me, did nothing for 90 min. 🙁

    Kadar, Tavernier, Lualua and Ranger are ready for first class, at least for a few games ot subs, i would see them on the bench, rather then Campbell, Perch, R.Taylor ( good shoot, but nothing more ) or Ameobi.

  • toon18

    Aug 25, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Ranger was brilliant. Good pace, great in the air and very strong. Impressed me a lot. Lualua was great as well. Ryan Taylor ahould definitely be first choice right back if only for that right foot of his.

  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #19

    ranger got my vote on eds poll for man of the match. i know he played on the wings a lot today but he needs to start banging the goals in to push his way into the team in the future. its good to know he is capable of playing other positions though.

  • slazberger

    Aug 26, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #20

    i stated earlier that i was impressed with krul tonight but just watched the highlights and thought he should have saved their second goal at the near post, still think if we keep krul and forster we will be ok in the future . i will look foward to seeing the young players again in the next round regardless of who we draw

  • Brutooon

    Aug 26, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Krul: did couple of good shots but the two goals are premierleague type of goals
    Tavernier: involve a lot to stop accrington from attacking
    Kadar: Did ok.
    Shane Ferguson: he can be a backup leftback if Jose or Kadar injured
    Vuckic: did do much, some poor passing. was expecting more from him
    Donaldson: same as vuckic
    Lua Lua: one of the best player last night, can cross with both feet. Good enough to cover Jonas/Routledge if injured
    Ranger: play at right midfield but good going forward. he is good enough to be a backup in the premierleague

  • geordielad880

    Aug 26, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Krul proved what i have been saying for weeks, he isnt ready, and it should have been him that went out on loan, forster is a much better keeper, and will gain alot more experience.
    Tavernier looked solid tonight, kadar done alright, same with ferguson.
    I think ranger and lua lua both played really well, but still dont think lua lua is up to prem level, but he deserves a chance.
    Vuckic was poor, but i think that was because of where hughton played him, he is best as a second striker.
    All in all, a very good fact finding game, and good result

  • Sav

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #23

    “I can’t be disappointed in any way with that performance,” said the Stanley manager, John Coleman. “I couldn’t have asked for much more. We pushed them all way.”
    Both The Mail and The Guardian say Coleman said that – but that’s exactly the opposite of what he told SSN – he said he wouldn’t mind losing if Accrington played to their potential but then, if they had done that, they’d have won, so, no, he was NOT happy.

  • moonraker

    Aug 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #24

    Sav, how wrong can the reporting be. I too saw the interview on Sky and the manager said he was disappointed with his team as they hadn’t played to their potential!

    Makes you wonder how many reports they just make up as they go along!


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