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Scunthorpe 1 Newcastle Utd 2 AET
Published : 26 Aug 2011 11:25:32Rss feed
It took a world-class performance from Tim Krul and a piece of genius from Sammy Ameobi to keep us in this competition ... and boy did Scunny give us a shock! SCUNTHORPE 1 NEWCASTLE UTD 2 SCUNTHORPE: Lillis, Wright, Nelson, Canavan, Nolan, Ryan, Togwell, Norwood, Barcham, Grant (Thompson 77), Dagnall (Duffy 88).Subs Not Used: Slocombe, Collins, Wint, Palmer, Thewlis. NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson (Steven Taylor 45), Ryan Taylor, Marveaux, Gosling (Vuckic 70), Cabaye, Lovenkrands, Best, Ba (Sammy Ameobi 65).Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Abeid, Smith, Ferguson. Att: 4, 408 We questioned if Alan Pardew was going into this tie with 100% commitment, considering his earlier press conference didn't fill any of us with any hope. The man waffled his way through it suggesting a good run in the competition would bring us Armageddon - "look what happened to Birmingham last season!" God forbid! Is that seriously what the players want to hear before a cup tie? Chelsea (twice), Manchester United (three times) and Spurs won it the previous six years, and it hardly threatened those clubs with relegation. The fact is - Pardew has never won a cup in his life (as player or manager) and he doesn't seem to have the belief his luck is going to change. Let's be honest here - we were RUBBISH in the first-half - outplayed by a club 6th off bottom in the old Third Division. Scunny dominated the midfield for the first half-hour, as Pardew went with the two Frenchmen and Dan Gosling in the middle with Peter Lovenkrands wide on the right. It didn't work. Sammy Ameobi spared Pardew's blushes with a 113th-minute winner to take us into the next round ... but it was Krul's heroics that kept us in it. Scunthorpe, without a win in League One, looked like pulling off a shock when they led deep into normal time due to Chris Dagnall's 14th-minute opener. But after Newcastle had spurned chance after chance in the second half, most notably Leon Best - Ryan Taylor fired in his second free-kick in as many games on 80 minutes to force extra time. Substitute Ameobi then proved the match winner with a stunning 20-yard goal to the delight of the Magpies fans behind the goal. Pardew made six changes from the 1-0 derby win over Sunderland at the weekend. Mike Williamson came in for Steven Taylor while Joey Barton was replaced by Gosling. Without Barton dominating the centre-circle, Newcastle failed to get to grips with Scunny in a first half when they could have been more than a goal behind. Dagnall had already given a warning of his threat before his opener when he arrowed a drive just past the left-hand post. He proved more deadly from close range after 14 minutes. After the Newcastle defence failed to clear the initial danger the diminutive striker was perfectly placed in the six-yard box to receive a knock down and turn in from close range. While it was the first time Newcastle's defence has been beaten, it was striker Demba Ba who looked most at fault after he played Dagnall onside. Newcastle's first shot did not arrive until the 22nd minute, when Ryan Taylor fizzed a free-kick wide, and it preceded a good spell for the visitors. Peter Lovenkrands and Yohan Cabaye tried their luck from distance, but the pressure subsided too easily and the visitors were lucky not to go 2-0 down on 40 minutes. Goalkeeper Tim Krul made a fine reflex save above his head to deny Jimmy Ryan after he had been found unmarked by Dagnall's cut back. The Magpies were dealt another blow just before the break when Williamson limped off with a leg injury and was replaced by Steven Taylor. It was arguably the worst half the Magpies have played under Pardew. So much so it was embarrassing! But tea-cups must have been flung because Newcastle completely dominated the second half but spurned chance after chance, with Best and Lovenkrands the main culprits. Lovenkrands had a glorious chance when he ran onto an ungamely header back that sent him through, but his shot was blocked by Josh Lillis who was off his line in a flash. Best then had a goal ruled out for offside and Lovenkrands shot over after racing into the area. With the tempo rising Scunthorpe reminded of their threat and Dagnall forced Krul into a hurried stop. Krul was Newcastle's best player by a country mile, and his save to deny Dagnall on 70 minutes underlined his growing stature on Tyneside. Dagnall's header looked destined for the net when it deflected off Fabricio Coloccini at close quarters but the Dutchman somehow clawed it away. The save was made all the more vital when Ryan Taylor equalised 10 minutes from the end with his second memorable free-kick in as many games. The full-back crashed in the winner against derby rivals Sunderland at the weekend and it was another unerring set-piece from 20 yards that levelled matters. Newcastle went for a winner in normal time and while they were denied a penalty when Steven Taylor went crashing down in the area they had to be content with extra time. Newcastle initially failed to take the momentum into extra time as Scunthorpe re-established their threat. Steven Taylor had to get back on his line to head away a 35-yard Mark Duffy shot, while Krul made another spectacular save to keep out Ryan's long-range effort. The match looked destined for penalties when Best somehow failed to get the final touch before Ameobi opened his Newcastle scoring account in fine style.
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