We must say we were a little bit shocked at the team tonight but no need to worry as Newcastle – with 8 changes from the side that beat Brentford 2-1 on Saturday basically cruised through this FA Cup tie and won 3-1. although we may hard work of things when Birmingham got their goal after 71 minutes to make it 2-1.
It was two goals from Matt Richie with a penalty after 9 minutes and a bonus goal on 92 minutes that did the trick but the goal of the night was a fantastic goal strike from Yoan Gouffran after 34 minutes.
It was enough to take Newcastle through to meet Oxford United a week n Saturday.
Jonjo Shelvey – in good form for Newcastle
It was 2-0 at the half and it wasn’t until Cotterell scored after 71 minutes that Birmingham showed anything at all, but then they came back at Newcastle and we hung on – but the late goal from Matt Ritchie sealed a good win on the night.
Captain for the night Jonjo Shelvey put in a tremendous through ball for Gouffran after just 9 minutes and he was brough down by goalkeeper Adam Legzdins and referee Lee Probert immediately gave the penalty.
Matt Richie put the ball home with aplomb right down the middle to put the Magpies 1-0 up and calm the nerves a bit.
It was all Newcastle in the first half and after 34 minutes another terrific ball from that man Shelvey found Gouffran on the edge of the box, but with his back to the goal.
The Frenchman flicked the ball over his head and hammered the ball into the net – what a show-off.
But it shows you what confidence can do for a player – Yoan Gouffran has been a revelation for us this season and that was his 6th goal.
We could have had more goals before half time but the Magpies were comfortably ahead 2-0 at the break.
Gianfranco Zola sent out a more determined team in the second half and they scored with about 20 minutes to go to make it a nervous 2-1 shoreline as Coterill put a nice effort past goalkeeper Matz Sels.
But Newcastle hung on but still managed to made a hard work of it – but hey – we are through to the next round and that’s the first time in the last five years we have won third round FA Cup tie.
Who’s the manager again at Newcastle?
It’s great to get our second win in a row but we must beat Rotherham United on Saturday.
The crowd was around 35,000.