Newcastle Get Bizarre Draw In The League Cup

The EFL Cup (League Cup) is known this year as the Carabao Cup due to the start of a sponsorship deal with Carabao Energy Drinks.

The tournament was unsponsored the previous year.

They have also decided to split the ties into a northern division and a southern division to save on travel costs.

Newcastle drew Nottingham Forest at home in the second round of this competition last night, after two strange games against them last season.

The most bizarre of those being when we were at the City Ground and were down to 9 men by half time and a penalty was awarded each time a red card was given.

But goalkeeper Karl Darlow brilliantly saved both penalties.

After being ahead 1-0 at the half, we lost 2-1 with a late Forest goal.

That was maybe the worst refereeing performance we have ever seen.

But there again there was that home game against Burton Albion when the referee didn’t know the rules and gave a free kick to Burton after a Newcastle player had encroached into the area for the penalty Matt Ritchie had just taken.

The referee and his three officials didn’t know that the penalty should have simply been retaken.

Such were the adventures last season in the Championship.

Here is the draw for the second round of the League Cup with the ties to be played during the week of Monday 21 August.

We should be able to reach the next round.

Southern section:

Birmingham City v Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove Albion v Barnet
Cardiff City v Burton Albion
Cheltenham Town v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town
Fulham v Bristol Rovers
MK Dons v Swansea City
Norwich City v Charlton Athletic
QPR v Brentford
Reading v Millwall
Southampton v Wolves
Watford v Bristol City

Northern section:

Accrington Stanley v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Barnsley v Derby County or Grimsby Town
Blackburn Rovers v Burnley
Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday
Carlisle v Sunderland
Doncaster Rovers v Hull City
Huddersfield Town v Rotherham United
Leeds United v Newport County
Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest
Sheffield United v Leicester City
Stoke v Rochdale

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #1

    North of Watford and all that!

  • Veltman

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Was wondering what Carabao is all about.
    This article solved it well.Cheers!

  • Jib

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    An unnecessary distraction this season

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4

    “”Since they became a serious team under Mauricio Pochettino, one of Spurs’ biggest problems has been slow starts – they have won just once in seven August league matches in the past two seasons.””

    I am tamely pawing at the odd straw here, but the first game of the season is always a bit of an unknown quantity due to the switch from meaningless friendlies to competitive league games.

  • Reilly

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #5

    play the kids

  • Wayayman

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Forest are in the Northern section yet Burton are in the Southern?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Spurs are in meltdown at the moment no investment at all , star players wanting to leave and lots of injuries!

    Perfect time to play them if we can get the first goal we could knock the stuffing out of them

    Rose’s interview was Sissoko esque when he played for us ! Think Moussa will be playing right wing back against us hopefully Dummett lets him have it early doors with a fair tackle 🙂

  • dannitoon

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Whats bizarre about the draw?

  • Bambams

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    I still cannot get over some of those refereeing decisions last season. We tend to forgive/forget because we were promoted but the sooner third referee video is added to the game the better.

    On a separate note I can’t see any transfers coming in until after Spuds game. Hope I am wrong.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #10

    I think the first managerial sacking will be between Hughes and Shakespear. Or if W.Ham fail to start well they could make a quick change based on last seasons turbulence, although they won’t be playing at home for the first few weeks.

  • Jib

    Aug 11, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Achraf Lazaar was touted at €1.9 million
    NUFC are prepared to accept €700,000 from Goztepe with more depending on games played

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Lazaar looked potentially like he would be a good signing when we got him!!

    Good on the ball and loves to attack but incredibly for a defender based in Italy looked soft in the tackle?!

  • geordiesteve520

    Aug 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Not sure how he draw has been done as burton is 20 mins from Derby and Notts and is in different section and West Brom are in the north despite being further south than Birmingham and Burton who are in the southern draw. Another well thought out EFL plan.


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