Chris Hughton has to be pleased with the performance of his youngsters last night, as they played well to beat a dogged and good Accrington Stanley side 3-2 at the Crown ground.
Ryan Taylor – terrific first goal for Newcastle from 35 yards out
Manager Hughtonn was extremely pleased with the way his youngsters applied themselves to what was a difficult task last night, and they came through with flying colors, although a goal in injury time by the home side made the last two minutes a little hectic.
This is what Chris had to say about the boys:
“We came here with a young side and there was a risk in that but we felt we would have enough quality to get to the next round,”
“We could have made it more comfortable for ourselves, particularly in the second half but it was the cup tie we expected.”
Newcastle went ahead after 36 minutes with a terrific 35 yard right foot drive from Ryan Taylor that literally flew into the net.
Putterrill almost matched that with a very good first half injury time goal, with a great 25 yard drive that gave goalkeeper Tim Krul no chance, and had the scores level 1-1 at the half.
But a good opportunist goal from Shola Ameobi after 48 minutes and Peter Lovenkrands’ first goal of the season on 67 minutes made it reasonably comfortable for Newcastle, although Tim Krul had to make three good saves in the last 20 minutes to preserve the two goal lead.
But then after 3 minutes of injury time, Accrington did get their second goal though Hessey, and the last minute or so was just a little hectic for the youngsters, but they held on for a very good win and a good performance.
The only substitution was when Kevin Nolan came on in injury time for the injured Haris Vuckic, so the lads that started the game played the full 90 minutes, and it will do them the world of good as far as the experience goes.
Ryan Taylor, Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar and LuaLua all impressed in what was a solid performance from the Newcastle side.