Newcastle scraped through this game after extra time with the scores tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, and the spectacular winner came from a magnificent goal from Sammy Ameobi, his first for his local club, after 112 minutes, and Newcastle can also thank Tim Krul for two or three brilliant saves that kept Newcastle in this game.
In the first half Newcatsle were just hopeless, they just were not at the races at all, and that’s the third game in a row that’s happened.
And the side was rightly down by a score of 1-0 at half time, but as in the last three games, they were a different side in the second half and then missed a multitude of chances, and it was left to Ryan Taylor with another stunning free kick after 79 minutes to put Newcastle level.
Newcastle tried to win the game in the 90 minutes, after they had drawn level, but missed too many chances, and it was left to young Sammy Ameobi to win the game for Newcastle in extra time – the second period of extra time.
The two substitutes Sammy and Haris Vukcic gave Newcastle much more energy in the second half, and Alan Pardew will need to play these lads more often.
Demba Ba looked completely out of sorts tonight, and gave a good impression of a lazy Shola Ameobi, so you see what I mean.
And Leon Best missed too many chances he should have put away, and Newcastle must sign a striker who can put some of the chances into the back of the net.
Newcastle got the game going tonight and it was Scunthorpe who took the game to Newcastle immediately, and fter 13 minutes Cabaye uncharacteristically gave the ball away just outside the penalty area, but Eddie Nolan shot straight at Krul, who saved easily.
Then just one minute later a Dagnall shot was deflected just wide of Krul’s right hand post for a corner, as Scunthorpe were attacking Newcastle, and having much more of the early play.
Newcastle were not at the races in the first 15 minutes, and they paid for their lackadaisical start, when after just 15 minutes a cross came in from the right, and the ball was headed back into the middle, and a completely unmarked Dagnall put the ball past Krul.
Where was the defense? Nowhere to be seen.
After 22 minutes some nice individual play by Marveaux gave Newcastle a free kick 30 yards out in the middle of the park and Ryan Taylor hit his shot just left of the upright, but it was a decent effort, and then oOn 29 minutes a good cross from Marveaux was headed down well by Leon Best, but the goalkeeper made a decent save to his left – a good effort from Best.
Newcastle were trying to come back into this game, but seemed to have a huge hangover from the Sunderland game, and then Lovenkrands moved in from the right wing in threatening fashion, but his shot was well wide.
Then a couple of minutes later on 32 minutes, Cabaye tried a shot from all of 35 yards out, but it was easily saved by Scunthorpe goalkeeper Lillis, and just before half time Mike Williamson limped off with a leg injury, and Steven Taylor came on.
Mike has looked a good yard off the pace and a bit uncertain in the first half.
Newcastle had come into the game a lot more in the last 15 minutes of the first half, but then Cabaye went into the referee’s book for the second successive game just before half time, for a mistimed tackle in the middle of the park.
Scunthorpe have yet to win in League One this season but they went in at the break 1-0 up and were the better side in that first half, and rather easily too.
Alan Pardew would have given the lads a right rollicking at half time, and the Newcastle side would have to show a lot more energy in the final 45 minutes of the game, if the team was to remain in the Carling Cup this season.
Newcastle started unchanged in the second half, and on 50 minutes Lovenkrands had a good chance but the goalkeeper blocked the ball well, then Leon Best hit the rebound towards goal and that was also blocked, and then Peter Lovenkrands blasted over when it looked easier to score.
On 51 minutes Steven Taylor was booked and then Tim Krul made a good save from Dagnall as he broke free inside the penalty area. Then on 55 minutes Leon Best missed an absolute sitter when the ball came in from the left wing and he missed the ball completely 12 yards out – how embarrassing.
On 65 minutes Sammy Ameobi came on for Demba Ba, who was very poor tonight, and Sammy immediately made a difference with some good runs down the left wing. On 67 minutes a suicidal back pass the Tim Krul was well kicked away by the goalkeeper, and then Danny Simpson missed a high ball coming into the penalty area, but another good save by Krul.
On 68 minutes Ameobi went on a good run on the left and it was a great cross, but Dan Gosling couldn’t put it home from just 12 yards out – another chance missed. And then on 70 minutes Haris Vuckic came on for Dan Gosling.
Dan looked okay tonight but obviously needs more playing time to get his sharpness back.
And then on 72 minutes a magnificent save from Tim Krul kept Newcastle from going 2-0 down.
A cross came in from the left and a Scunthorpe player headed the ball goal wards, but it hit Coloccini and the ball changed direction, and how Krul kept it out with an unbelievable reaction save is a very good question.
Then on 79 minutes about 7 yards outside the penalty area, Lovenkrands was fouled and the referee gave a free kick. And up stepped Ryan Taylor to stroke a magnificent free kick home with his right foot, to the goalkeeper’s left, and Newcastle were level.
That right foot of Ryan’s is golden!
Vuckic was showing up well for Newcastle, and we noticed the TV commentator kept mentioning how good the young Slovenian looked, and in those last 25 minutes both Ameobi and Vckic energized Newcastle, and they should really have won the game in 90 minutes.
On 84 minutes Newcastle had a penalty appeal turned down when Ryan Taylor seemed to to be shoved in the box, but the referee would have none of it.
The game went to extra time and it was literally anybody’s game, and on 104 minutes Tim Krul made another stunning save as he brilliantly blocked a shot, and Tim was the savior of Newcastle in tonight’s game – he looked really impressive.
And then came the sensational goal from young Sammy Ameobi that turned the game for Newcastle, and fittingly it was at the end where the Newcastle supporters were. Sammy got the ball out on the left wing and moved inside and four Scunthorpe players were marking him, but he moved inside to his right and from about 18 yards out hit a stunning right foot shot past the goalkeeper to his left.
Sammy was mobbed by his team mates, and this lad looks a star in the making.
Newcastle dodged a bullet tonight, but again showed they can fight it out with the best of them, and somehow went on to win the game when it looked for long periods Newcastle would be the fifth Premier League team eliminated by a lower league side in the Carling Cup second round.
But we’re through to the third round, and the lads got the job done, although they may be a little knackered for Fulham.
Scunthorpe United (4-4-2): Josh Lillis, Andrew Wright, Eddie Nolan, Sam Togwell (c), Michael Nelson, Jimmy Ryan, Chris Dagnall, Oliver Norwood, Bobby Grant, Niall Canavan, Andy Barcham
Subs: Sam Slocombe, Garry Thompson, Mark Duffy, Michael Collins, Matt Godden, Ashley Palmer, Jordan Thewlis
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson; Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye, Dan Gosling, Peter Lovenkrands; Demba Ba, Leon Best
Subs: Ole Soderberg, Steven Taylor, Shane Ferguson, Alan Smith, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi