Newcastle were the better side in the first half of the game last night and should have been ahead at the break, but the chances we had we couldn’t put away.
In the second half Hull began to find their rhythm a little bit and came back into the game and it was much more even with Hull pressing for the winner late in the game, but Newcastle defending well.
Newcastle players cannot believe it during shoot-out
But then Newcastle were put in the ascendancy again by the sending off of Hull player Dieumerci Mbokani after he head butted Jamaal Lascelles after 89 minutes.
Hull couldn’t even freshen up their side in extra time because they had already used all their substitutes whereas Newcastle had used only one.
All the advantages in extra time were in our favor.
We went ahead after the impressive Achraf Lazaar had hit the cross bar, with a goal from former Hull player Mo Diame , his third of the season – all in cup games.
But then we went to sleep and conceded within 77 seconds of taking the lead after goalkeeper Matz Sels dropped the ball and Robert Snodgrass equalized.
With a one man advantage Newcastle dominated extra time but we couldn’t get the winner.
The penalty shoot-out was simply an embarrassment for Newcastle.
Only Christian Atsu scored from his spot-kick, goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was the hero for the home side and saved from Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouffran and Dwight Gayle hit the woodwork.
Hull scored from their three penalties and they should be given credit for the way they fought after going down to 10 men and they simply never gave up.
To be third bottom of the Premier League shows Newcastle still have some work to do to both get promoted and then to be a force in the Premier League.
It was a huge chance lost by this Newcastle side who have now suffered two sickening defeats in a row after winning the previous nine games.
It’s never been easy to be a Newcastle fan and that’s been demonstrated by these last two games – both of which Newcastle should have won.
In short, Newcastle simply blew it last night and we also gave up 3 points on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers – 3rd bottom of the league.
We have to get back to the real business of this season and that is winning Championship games and racking up the points.
We should never play a weakened side again this season in the league – the last thing we want is to have to be down below for a second season – that would be a real killer.
It’s going to be a tough test at Nottingham Forest on Friday night and Rafa has to get his troops back up to speed and ready for action.
We desperately need a win in that game and put these two sickening defeats behind us.