It’s the same old story and Newcastle are out of the League Cup at the very first attempt beaten by Nottingham Forest 3-1 on a poor night for Newcastle United – a night to forget.
With 3,000 fans traveling to Nottingham for tonight’s game, Newcastle were very poor and it was easily the worst performance of the season.
The game didn’t start well for Newcastle and we were 1-0 down after only two minutes through former Newcastle striker Daryl Murphy.
And Forest continued to dominate the game in the first half but it was still 1-0 at the half, but there was not much change in our fortunes when play resumed in the second half.
And the next goal wasn’t until two minutes into injury time and it was the first goal at Newcastle for new signing Salomon Rondon – a good goal for the Venezuelan – and it looked like it would go to penalties.
But then two minutes later Cash scored for the home side and it was 3-1 a short three minutes later with a good goal from Bastiao Dias – as Newcastle collapsed
So we are out of the League Cup the same way we went out last year at this time – the second round – with a 3-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest after extra time.
This is now three defeats in four games and our only point came at Cardiff City in a 1-1 draw when we missed a last-gasp penalty.
Rafa made 7 changes to the side and had injured players Shelvey, Lascelles, Manquillo, and Ritchie out – but we should have done a lot better against a well-organized Forest side.
Former Newcastle player Daryl Murphy congratulated after his second-minute goal
Newcastle had very few shots in this game and we only showed any real urgency when stoppage time started when Salomon Rondon scored after he had just replaced Joselu.
But then Newcastle went back to concede two goals in the four minutes to ensure we have made another terrible start to Cup competitions this season.
When will it ever end?
Newcastle now need to quickly get our act together before we face Manchester City away and Arsenal at home in our next two games.
Sean Longstaff had a decent game and that was one of the few positives coming out of this game – but it yet another horrendous performance in a Cup tie by Newcastle.
Wonder if we can beat Manchester City on Saturday to make up for this – otherwise, it could be four defeats in the first five games this season.
Nottingham Forest: Steele, Byram (Darikwa, 39), Hefele, Fox, Robinson, Bridcutt, Watson, Lolley (Osborn, 58), Carvalho (Cash, 82), Dias, Murphy.
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Figueiredo, Goncalves, Appiah.
Newcastle: Darlow; Sterry, Schar, Fernandez (Perez, 68), Clark; Atsu, Ki, Longstaff, Kenedy; Muto (Murphy, 77), Joselu (Rondon, 82).
Subs not used: Elliot, Yedlin, Dummett, Diame.
Goals: Murphy 2, Rondon 90+2, Cash 90+4, Dias 90+7
Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)