Florian Thauvin didn’t have a bad game at all tonight in Newcastle’s 4-1 win against Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup, and he scored after only three minutes and then set up the next three goals for Siem de Jong, Janmaat and the first goal for Mike Williamson – so one goal and three assists before he was replaced by Aleksandar Mitrovic after 65 minutes – what a start for Florian Thauvin – and he almost scored at Old Trafford in stoppage time on Saturday.
Florian Thauvin scored after 3 minutes from a Massadio Haidara cross
When he was taken off, Florian got a standing ovation from the appreciative St. James Park crowd of 26,923 for a wonderful first start for Newcastle United – if this is a sign of what we’ll see of this lad in the future – he could turn out to be fantastic player for us – and will open up Premier League defenses.
After three minutes Haidara sent in one of those great high crosses from the left, and it was Florian Thauvin who put the ball into the net, and he looked absolutely thrilled to have scored his first Newcastle goal.
And then a few minutes later (8 mins) it was the Frenchman who turned provider and from a set piece he put the ball into the box and it was Siem de Jong who was there to head the ball home and make it 2-0.
Siem de Jong heads home after 8 minutes
It looked like Newcastle had come to play tonight, and that this would be easy but before 10 minutes was up Northampton Town had scored and it was through a penalty given away by the Newcastle defense – as Cheick Tiote handled the ball.
Richards made it 2-1 from the penalty spot.
And then just a few minutes later he had another chance but just missed.
At half time it was 2-1 and certainly Northampton were coming to play and had played well after giving away two early goals.
Daryl Janmaat scores the third goal after 56 minutes
Ten minutes into the second half and Daryl Janmaat made it 3-1, as he was set up by Thauvin, and the Dutchman hit his right foot shot into the back of the net.
And then 7 minutes later it was Mike Williamson who headed the ball into the back of the net – from a Florian Thauvin free kick.
Mike Williamson heads home Newcastle’s fourth on 63 minutes
The game looked to be over as Steve McClaren replaced Florian Thauvin – the star of the show after 65 minutes and he had one goal and three assists – not a bad night’s work in his first ever start for Newcastle.
After 73 minutes on came Jack Colback for Ayoze Perez and then after 78 minutes Ivan Toney – the former Northampton Town striker came on for his debut replacing Massadio Haidara.
The second half was comfortable for Newcastle, after a more competitive first half, and we won the game fairly easily in the end.
Newcastle played this match in a professional way and it’s just a pity we conceded that penalty and couldn’t keep another clean sheet – but Steve McClaren will have been pleased with the way all the players applied themselves in this game.
So McClaren and his coaching staff are definitely starting to have a positive influence on the team – and that was our first win of the season.
Newcastle are now in the third round of the League Cup – a competition we could even win this season.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara (Ivan Toney, 79), Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran; Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong (c), Florian Thauvin (Aleksandar Mitrovic, 65); Ayoze Perez (Jack Colback, 72).
Northampton (4-5-1): Ryan Clarke, Jason Taylor, Ryan Cresswell, Joel Byrom, Nicky Adams, Alfie Potter (Lawson D’Ath, 62), David Buchanan, Rod McDonald, Ryan Watson (Sam Hoskins, 62), Adam Yates, Marc Richards (C) (Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 79).
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)