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