Newcastle put in one horrendous first half showing in tonight’s Carabao Cup 4th round tie at Newport County, and we were 1-0 down at halftime.
That was due to a 5th minute goal from Abrahams, when the Newcastle team looked asleep.
But with only 3 minutes to go in the game, and after wasting many chances in the second half, we pulled level with a simply brilliant goal from Jonjo Shelvey to make it 1-1.
And although we had lost 10 of our last 11 penalty shootouts, we held on to win the penalty shootout in South Wales 5-4.
Phew – that was close!
And once again, like last Sunday – we were so lucky.
This luck is not sustainable.
And despite the drama tonight, which nearly ended in disaster for the Magpies, we are indeed through to quarter-finals of the League Cup.
Steve Bruce – Look – we’re through
This is what manager Steve Bruce said after the match as reported by the Chronicle:
“We knew after watching them how they were.”
“You can see how they beat Watford, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Leicester – they have turned them all over.”
“You can understand why.” “They perform so well for a lower division team.”
“They got the early goal and if they didn’t have belief, it gave them more.”
“We found it difficult, hats off to them.”
“I didn’t think with the way it was going we’d get the breakthrough.”
“Look, we’re through. We are through in the cup, and we played well in the last half hour. But we needed to score.”
“We had 27 attempts and 10 on target.” “But when you don’t take your chance it’s hard.”
“It will be more difficult with a crowd in. They are a hostile lot.” “The whole thing is difficult from top to bottom.”
“I don’t think our lads enjoyed the cold showers afterwards.”
Well, our lads didn’t deserve hot showers – that’s for sure.
Other teams through to the last 8, apart from Newcastle are Tottenham, the two Manchester clubs, and Everton.
So the next round should be a lot easier.