It was supposed to be the night when Chelsea's young starlets stepped out of the cobwebbed shadows in the old folks' home.
It did not go quite according to plan and for once, Carlo Ancelotti lost his cool, waving an imaginary red card to demand the dismissal of Ryan Taylor in the first half.
Life of Ryan: Taylor celebrates after scoring Newcatle's second goal
Ancelotti became agitated as hewatched his young team crash out of the Carling Cup in bruisingfashion, surrendering their 100 per cent record for the season andlosing Salomon Kalou, Yossi Benayoun and Gael Kakuta to injuries.
All this after taking a sixth-minutelead through Patrick van Aanholt. Nile Ranger, Taylor and Shola Ameobithen hit back for Newcastle.
Two late goals from Nicolas Anelka,one a disputed penalty, seemed to rescue Chelsea, who fought leveldespite playing the last 25 minutes with 10 men because Benayoun wasinjured after Ancelotti had used his three substitutes.
But Ameobi headed the winner in the90th minute to spark unbridled joy for Newcastle, more commonly on thewrong end of seven-goal thrillers, as they won for the first time atStamford Bridge since 1986.
Two much: Ryan Taylor scores his second
Like Chelsea, the visitors restedsenior players, making 10 changes, yet Chris Hughton will swell withpride when he recalls the spirit they summoned.
Many players remain the same but, interms of bottle and desire, this team bear no comparison to the sidewho slid into the Championship last year.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, will steelhimself for his first real test of his second campaign in Englishfootball. There will be no fanciful talk of the quadruple and perhapsit will not be the cakewalk it promised to be after a goal-fuelledstart.
With a slender senior squad at hisdisposal, the fresh injuries will be felt as Chelsea prepare for gamesagainst Manchester City, Marseille and Arsenal.
Slippery slide: Campbell challenges Anelka
And Ross Turnbull's wobblyperformance in goal comes as a reminder that the champions are not thesame team without No 1 goalkeeper Petr Cech.
It had all started so well, whenVan Aanholt, on loan at Newcastle for a month last season, slammed thefirst goal of the night past Tim Krul, a Holland Under 21 team-mate,after a pass delivered by Kakuta with delicious disguise.
Kakuta had looked in sublime touch until he was fouled by Taylor, which earned the Newcastle defender a booking.
When Taylor then clipped Van Aanholtbefore the break, Ancelotti wanted him off. He leapt up waving animaginary card incessantly at fourth official Tony Bates, then atHughton who sat down unimpressed, then to no-one in particular.
Last-gasp: Ameobi (hidden) scores the winner
'That is football, Italianfootball,' said Ancelotti after the game. He was apologetic but refusedto apologise. 'Maybe this is the last time I do it,' he added.
By this point, Newcastle wereahead. Ranger, casual in defence for the opening goal, was untracked byVan Aanholt as he scored from Shane Ferguson's cross.
MATCH FACTS Chelsea (4-3-2-1): Turnbull 4; Ferreira 4, Bruma 6, Terry 6 (Alex 46min, 6), Van Aanholt 6; Benayoun 6, Ramires 6, Zhirkov 6; Sturridge 5, Kakuta 7 (Kalou 46, 6; McEachran 54, 7); Anelka 7. Subs not used: Cech, Clifford, Mellis, Chalobah. Booked: Bruma.
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Krul 7; Taylor 6 (Tiote 64, 6), Coloccini 6 (Williamson 64, 6), Campbell 6, Ferguson 7 (Barton 90); Ranger 6, Smith 7, Vuckic 6, Gutierrez 6; Lovenkrands 6; Ameobi 7. Subs not used: Soderberg, Nolan, Carroll, Ben Arfa. Booked: Taylor, Tiote, Ameobi.
Man of the match: Shola Ameobi.
Referee: Phil Dowd 6.
Newcastle's second wasn't far away.Jeffrey Bruma hauled down Ameobi on the edge of the penalty area andTaylor whipped the free-kick beyond Turnbull, who should have donebetter.
John Terry came off as planned athalf-time. Kakuta also came off with a sore back as Alex and Kalou weresent on but the situation got worse before it got better when Ferreiraproduced a terrible pass.
It was aimed by the right backtowards his central defenders but never got close. Ameobi picked it upand took aim as Alex backed off.
Again, the shot should not havebeaten Turnbull, a boyhood Newcastle fan, but he was slow to get downand it squirted into the bottom corner.
To darken Ancelotti's mood further,Kalou pulled a thigh muscle in the 54th minute and was carried off andreplaced by 17- year-old Josh McEachran, who performed brilliantly onhis home debut.
Then Benayoun pulled a calf muscle as he chased a long ball, immediately signalled to come off and hobbled down the tunnel.
With three subs used, Chelsea wouldplay the rest of the game with 10 men. But Anelka sparked a comeback,with a clinical first and a dubious penalty.Sub Cheik Tiote was judged to have pulled Alex.
'Soft as you will see,' was Hughton's description. 'It would have been a travesty if that had cost us.'
Ferreira then fired a volley againstthe post before Ameobi leapt to head a corner beyond Turnbull and thevisitors survived six nervous minutes of stoppage time to reach thefourth round.
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