In a game where once again Rolando Aarons showed he is a great prospect for the future for Newcastle, the Magpies got through 1-0 tonight at Gillingham with a John Egan own goal after 25 minutes following a Gabby Obertan cross, and that was enough to advance to the third round of the Capital One Cup, and the lads put in a good professional performance tonight.
The game got under way at the Priestfield Stadium and there was very little to report in the first 10 minutes, as the teams were getting into the game.
There was a minute of applause after 17 minutes for Liam Sweeney and John Alder, and to their credit all the Gillingham fans joined the Geordie supporters in their applause for our two fallen fans.
On 24 minutes Gabriel Obertan crossed the ball, and would you believe it but John Egan put the goal into his own net – Newcastle’s first goal of the season and it’s an own goal – and Newcastle lead 1-0, after a decent start from the lads.
And yes – Egan was released by Sunderland in the summer.
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Three minute later it was Stephen Bywater who made the save from a good right footed shot from striker Emmanuel Riviere.
Newcastle were pressing for a second goal and on 35 minutes a Massadio Haidara cross found the impressive Rolando Aarons, who hit the ball straight at the goalkeeper.
At halftime it was 1-0 for Newcastle, who were playing well and fully deserved their lead.
Rolando Aarons in action tonight – impressive again
After an hour of play with the score still 1-0 to Newcastle, 18 year-old Aarons was taken off after a good game from the 18 year-old winger – and it was Remy Cabella who replaced him.
Aarons surely must be given a chance on Saturday and make the bench against Crystal Palace after having such a good game tonight.
Newcastle were in control of the game, and simply trying to see the game out, but these game are never easy, and on 68 minutes 21 year-old Ayoze Perez was brought on for Siem de Jong.
With just four minutes to go on came Yoan Gouffran for Manu Riviere, and Newcastle were able to see out the four minutes of added time for a good win at Gillingham, and into the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Well done – lads – and Newcastle have replicated their start of last season when we lost the first game to Manchester City – drew the second game 0-0 (West Ham at home last year) – and then won in the second round of the Capital One Cup with another clean sheet – we won 2-0 at Morecambe last year at this time.
While Aarons caught the eye (again), it was captain Fab Coloccini who followed up his good performance on Saturday with another very competent performance at the back for Newcastle United.
It’s two clean sheets on the trot for the Magpies – but we wonder when a Newcastle player will score a goal this season?
And there is a huge shock in the offing as with 9 minutes to go MK Dons are 3-0 up against Manchester United – with reports saying the Dons been the better team tonight.
More headaches for Louis van Gaal – where is Alex Ferguson when you need him? 😀
Update – MK Dons won 4-0.
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