Well would you believe it – Newcastle went ahead four times in this game, and it was 2-2 after the 90 minutes and the game, for a second time running for Newcastle in the Carling Cup this season, went into extra time.
But when Newcastle scored their fourth goal very very late in the extra time period, from a brillaint Coloccini header from an Obertan cross, a gallant Forest couldn’t respond and our lads are through to the 4th round.
Well done in what was a thrilling game at the end.The game kicked off and both teams made a slow start , and it wasn’t until 28 minutes had gone by in the game, that there was a clear cut chance for either side.
Moloney made progress down the right wing but Tudgay backheeled the ball wide, but then just six minutes before half time Peter Lovenkrands produced a quality finish and had Newcastle in front.
The two French lads, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux combined well and Marveaux but in a perfect cross and Lovenkrands lost his marker, and headed past Camp in great style for an excellent goal.
It was 1-0 at the break in a fairly even game.
But calamity struck for Newcastle inside a minute of the restart, when a hopeful punt forward by goalkeeper Lee Camp was not played by James Perch, who seemed to mistime it, and Findley shot the ball home.
It was a bad goal for Newcastle to concede and poor defending from James Perch.
And then Peter Lovenkrands had a great chance to score his second goal in the 52nd minute, but he shot straight at Camp, after mesmerizing work from Ben Arfa who beat Forest men in the box to set up the chance.
After 60 minutes Newcastle regained the lead and it was Peter Lovenkrands who got his second goal of the game and the season.
Sylvain Marveaux was brought down inside the penalty box by Moloney, and from the penalty spot, Lovenkrands shot to the goalkeeper’s right, and although Camp got to the ball, he couldn’t stop it going over the line and it was 2-1 to Newcastle.
But would you believe it, Nottingham Forest came back and equalized again just seven minutes later.
Matt Derbyshire, who was looking lively for Forest, latched on to a through ball, and he went around the goalkeeper easily before slotting the ball home.
Almost immediately, Alan Pardew introduced the Ameobi brothers for Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa, as he tried to get the winning goal and avoid another extra time game.
And Sammy Ameobi went close near the end of the 90 minutes, when he connected with a Shane Ferguson cross, but he couldn’t get enough power on his header.
But then right before the end, Gabriel Obertan badly mistimed his shot and another chance went begging.
The referee blew for the 90 minutes being up, and for the second consecutive Carling Cup game, Newcastle were taken to extra time by a lower league side.
For the third time in the game Newcastle took the lead after only a few minutes into extra time (93 mins), when a good move with Danny Guthrie and Obertan ended with Danny Simpson’s deep cross somehow finding a way over goalkeeper Lee Camp and into the far corner of the net.
It was poor goalkeeping by Lee Camp but Newcastle were again in the lead 3-2.
But Forest kept coming and Wes Morgan header bounded off the woodwork, but it was still 3-2 at the half of extra time – could Newcastle hold on?
Forest attacked Newcastle in what was turning out to be a pulsating game to watch, with both sides determined to win. And Shola Ameobi almost got a goal, but his left foot shot was deflected wide.
But then Forest equalized for the third time on 115 minutes and it was a bad mistake by Danny Simpson, that had Ishmael Miller free down the right wing, and his cross was blocked but the ball went to Miller, who crossed th ball and Tudgay hit the ball home – 3-3.
And then Tudgay was close to getting Forest’s 4th goal with a good volley which only just missed.
And then Newcastle got their 4th goal and what turned out to be the winner from – who else – their captain Fab Coloccini – with the emphasis on Fab!
Forest failed to clear a corner just before the 120 minutes were up, and Obertan put the ball in from the left wing, and Coloccini powered a magnificent header past Lee Camp and the Newcastle fans went absolutely crazy.
Newcastle are through to round four, and Coloccini is the hero – and he happens to be the captain too.
Hail to Coloccini.
But the lads made hard work against a team who have looked hopeless in the Championship this season – and the defense lokked more than a little leaky.
But hey – a win is a win – and Newcastle are still unbeaten having won four and drawn three of their first 7 games of the season – not too shabby at all.
We’ll take it and now we need to get all 3 points against Blackburn at home on Saturday, and the Toon will be rocking.
Nottingham Forest (4-3-3): Lee Camp (c); Brendan Moloney, Wes Morgan, Joel Lynch, Chris Gunter; Jonathan Greening, Guy Moussi (Radoslaw Majewski 76), Lewis McGugan (Andy Reid 88); Robbie Findley, Marcus Tudgay, Matt Derbyshire (Ishmael Miller 85)
Subs not used: Paul Smith, Kieron Freeman, Patrick Bamford
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Shane Ferguson; Mehdi Abeid, Danny Guthrie; Dan Gosling (Shola Ameobi 70), Hatem Ben Arfa (Sammy Ameobi 70), Sylvain Marveaux; Peter Lovenkrands (Gabriel Obertan 80)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Paul Dummett, Jeff Henderson, Leon Best
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Attendance: 10,208 (2,187 Newcastle)