Newcastle scraped through in the second round of the Capital One Cup tonight at Morecambe, and it was another good goal from Shola Ameobi after 84 minutes – our first goal of the season – that finally put Newcastle ahead, and then deep into injury time Shola and Sammy combined for Sammy to score Newcastle’s second goal right at the death, to make the score look respectable but this was a rough game for our lads. But we’re through.
Rom Elliot saving well in the first half
Shola Ameobi was introduced at the beginning of the second half and the 31 year-old made all the difference, as Newcastle’s superior fitness seemed to get them out of trouble, and they increased the pressure on the home side in that second half.
The first half was a completely different affair , with Morecambe the better side, and Newcastle had to thank goalkeeper Rob Elliot for making some good saves to keep Newcastle in the game, as the back four often looked all at sea.
Again Rob had a very good game for Newcastle, and this lad will keep Tim Krul on his toes this season.
But in the end the lads got the job done, and these games are never easy and full credit to Morecambe, who had a record crowd of 5,375 to see the game.
So Newcastle survived and we’re though to the next round and another clean sheet too.
This is how we saw the game as it happened.
The game kicked off and Morecambe took the game to Newcastle from the off.
After 22 minutes Morecambe who were attacking Newcastle had the ball over the line, as a Padraig Amond header was blocked by Sammy Ameobi on the line, and it looked even as though Sammy may have handled the ball – that was close.
Six minutes later Debuchy put in a good right cross and Dan Gosling headed the ball, but it was easily saved by Roche.
After half an hour Newcastle went to sleep, and a ball down the line was collected by Amond, who shot towards goal and Elliot had to make a good save after the Newcastle players thought he was offside.
And then three minutes later it was Elliot again from Amond, who hit the ball from just 12 yards out, and the Newcastle goalkeeper blocked the shot and then punched it away to safety – it was a good job Elliot was awake in goal for the Magpies.
After 35 minutes Bigirimana took a free kick about six yards outside the penalty area, and the 19 year-old got the ball over the wall and forced Roche to tip the ball over the bar – a good effort from Bigi.
Then on 41 minutes Marveaux was booked as he put in a wild tackle, which looked to be out of complete frustration, as Newcastle were finding it difficult to get going against a lively Morecambe side.
Newcastle started to come more into the game before half time, with a couple of Marveaux corners ,but at the half Morecambe were the better side, and at times Newcastle looked all at sea against the fourth tier English side.
Alan Pardew would need to read the riot act at the half, for a lackadaisical performance from his side, and but for Rob Elliot , Newcastle would (should) have been behind at the half..
In the second half Shola Ameobi came on in place of Haris Vuckic who had struggled throughout that first half.
And five minutes into the half Shola should have scored when he was through on goal, with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he hit the ball over the bar – Newcastle should have been one nil up.
Dummett made a good run down the left wing but his cross was too easily cleared by the Morecambe defense.
And after 60 minutes Newcastle had another good chance, but Marveaux fired wide from a good position, as Newcastle were starting to get on top, and then Sammy Ameobi tried his luck from distance but shot wide again.
Then a couple of minutes later Shola had a shot which went wide, and then Curtis Good did well to head a dangerous cross well clear of the penalty area, as Newcastle were increasing the pressure.
Ben Arfa was brought on for Yoan Gouffran after 72 minutes.
A good left-wing cross from Paul Dummett was headed just wide by Shola Ameobi, and then Dummett came through and had a good shot that was only just wide.
Both sides were gong for the winner and the game was end to end.
And then Shoal Ameobi scored after 84 minutes, when a quick breakaway caught Morecambe short at the back, and it was Ben Arfa who put a great ball through to Shola who turned on his man and put a beautiful low shot into the corner of the net – another good goal from the big man.
And as Morecambe tried to get the equalizer deep into injury time, Shola and Sammy combined for Sammy to score Newcastle’s second right at the death to make the score look respectable.
But this was a tough game for Newcastle, but they pout in a good second half display after being decidedly second best in the first half.
In the end the lads got the job done.
Morecambe (4-3-3): Barry Roche; Andrew Wright, Andy Parrish, Mark Hughes (c), Tony Diagne; Ryan Williams, Stewart Drummond (Joe Mwasile 88), Andrew Fleming (Alex Kenyon 77); Padraig Amond (Marcus Marshall 57), Jack Sampson, Kevin Ellison
Subs not used: Andreas Arestidou, Robbie Threlfall, Chris McCready, Joe McGee
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (c), Curtis Good, Paul Dummett; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling; Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic (Shola Ameobi 46), Sylvain Marveaux (Moussa Sissoko 88); Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 71)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Remie Streete, Vurnon Anita
Referee: Mark Haywood