It was a heartbreaking defeat for Newcastle tonight as they bow out of another Cup competition in the early stages. Steve Bruce was forced to field a weakened side against Leicester City who made only two changes from the weekend.
The positives of this game are that the lads played well and fought hard. For the second match running, the lads put in a performance. The negatives are that three players were forced off with knocks including two left wing-backs in Matt Ritchie and Jetro Willems.
We saw some very good performances tonight from players who haven’t featured much. Matty Longstaff looks a player, and Jetro Willems had an excellent game. Though Jonjo Shelvey took a terrible penalty in the shoot-out, he was very good tonight.
The defense was excellent again with Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez, and Ciaran Clark all putting in shifts tonight.
Though he didn’t get many touches, Yoshinori Muto scored a poacher’s goal for his second as a Magpie. Hopefully, that will give him some confidence going forward.