Ayoze Perez scored two goals last night and then missed a wonderful opportunity to get his hat trick in the second half when he was straight through on goal but hit the ball over the bar when it looked much easier to score.
But the Spanish U-21 International will take the two goals to get off the mark this season.
Ayoze Perez and Alan Shearer wearing that magic bandage
Ayoze got a knee in the ear just before he scored after 44 minutes.
Perez had to go off the pitch for treatment and when he came back on he was wearing that magic bandage.
That allowed him the score almost immediately and then score again two minutes into the second half to give Newcastle a comfortable 2-0 win, but we missed several chances in the final 45 minutes to make the score even more emphatic.
We’ll have to do better with our finishing against Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion side on Saturday if we are the make it four wins in a row before the two week International break.
This is what Ayoze said to the BBC after the game:
“It’s a strange one.” “But I have to say it’s painful.” “The defender caught me with his knee. It’s painful, but I am happy with the game.
“We can now focus on the Brighton game and try to win it.” “It was a tough game and we knew we had to be focused.”
“But thank God we are through to the next round.” “I am happy to score twice.” “We had some injuries but the gaffer looked after us.”
“Now we have time to recover and make sure we are ready for the next game.”
“I might wear it every game because it gave me some luck.”
“I am just really happy to be on the score sheet and we are in the next round.”
It was great team work from Dwight Gayle early in the second half when the striker was straight through on goal after one of the Cheltenham defenders has kindly passed the ball to him.
But rather than shoot and maybe get his 5th goal of the season, he unselfishly gave the ball off to Ayoze on his left for what was a certain goal, as Perez tapped the ball in.
Good work by Dwight.
We show the picture above of Alan Shearer wearing a bloody bandage when he scored against Sunderland.
He had picked up the head injury against Dinamo Kiev in a previous game and had to wear the bandage in the next few games.
We need to wait and see if Ayoze wears the head bandage again Brighton on Saturday.
Come to think of it we need some magic in that game.