In what was a second successive loss after nine wins in a row, Newcastle were defeated 3-1 on penalties at the KCOM stadium tonight by Hull City after the score had ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
We missed three of the four penalties we took in the shoot-out!
In the last minute of normal time after a closely fought contest it looked like the fortunes had turned for Newcastle when Dieumerci Mbokani was sent off for head-butting Jamaal Lascelles in an altercation.
And then early in extra time Newcastle went ahead with a goal from Mo Diame after Lazaar had hit the cross-bar.
Rafa Benitez – after the loss tonight
And it looked like we were heading into the semi-finals, but then Hull equalized only 77 seconds later when Matz Sels couldn’t hold a shot and it was Snodgrass who equalized in the melee that followed – a poor goal to concede.
It was another case of lack of professionalism and concentration to concede a goal just over a minute after we had gone ahead.
Newcastle couldn’t get the winner in the remainder of extra time and near the end it was Snodgrass who almost scored for Hull.
The least said about our penalty shoot out the better – Shelvey had his shot saved and then Dwight Gayle hit the bar with his penalty, but Atsu scored with his and then Gouffran’s penalty was saved by the goalkeeper.
Snodgrass, Dawson and Huddlestone showed how it should be done and scored their side’s first 3 penalties so Hull won 3-1 on in the penalty shoot-out.
Newcastle missed three of our four penalties – do we practice these?
In all honesty the penalty shoot-out from Newcastle was pathetic – we didn’t give ourselves a chance to win this game at the death.
We had a great opportunity tonight to win this game when we played 10 men in extra time but we threw it all away and we had some very decent chances in the first 90 minutes and we were much the better side in the first half but we couldn’t get that vital goal.
Now after playing extra time tonight and losing – it’s just about the worst possible result for our game at Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
The lads need to pick themselves up and forget about this league cup game and try to get back to our winning ways in the league.
This was a very hard game to watch tonight – it was torturous when we lost again – this time at the death.
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We MUST get promoted this season and that must be the priority – not the cup games.
There’s a case to be made that we lost 3 points on Saturday because we played a weakened side in readiness for tonight’s game and now after playing extra time we will have a challenge to be ready for the game on Friday night.
We cannot throw any more Championship points away this season.
The game at Forest on Friday could become a difficult game for us.
Bottom line – we must win it.