Posh send Toon tumbling out of cup

22 September 2009 09:50
Posh should have won by a much wider margin after twice hitting the woodwork in a first half that exposed the inexperience of Newcastle's youngsters.[LNB]Only a stunning solo performance from goalkeeper Tim Krul saved Newcastle from a heavier defeat in their third-round tie.[LNB]Newcastle's caretaker boss Chris Hughton made it clear the Carling Cup was not his top priority when he named a side with just three players over the age of 23.[LNB]Hughton handed debuts to four youngsters and only Peter Lovenkrands and captain Steven Taylor remained from the side that defeated Plymouth in the Championship at the weekend.[LNB]It was a recipe for disaster for the Geordies and Peterborough, boosted by their first Championship win at the weekend, tore into United from the start.[LNB]Posh striker Aaron McLean hit the crossbar in the 10th minute but 10 minutes later the home side were in front thanks to some sloppy defending by the visitors.[LNB]George Boyd's corner rebounded to the Peterborough number 10 and when it cannoned back into the United six-yard area, Mackail-Smith was unmarked to head home from point-blank range.[LNB]Newcastle's youngsters offered little in reply and goalkeeper Krul was kept busy - saving from Toumani Diagouraga and turning a Boyd shot around the post.[LNB]But he was beaten again in the 31st minute when Ben Tozer gave the ball away and a shot from Posh left-back Tom Williams somehow squeezed in at the near post.[LNB]United continued to live dangerously and Mackail-Smith hit the bar again after a quick Posh counter attack left the visitors exposed at the back.[LNB]Seconds earlier United were unlucky not to earn a penalty when Williams appeared to foul Lovenkrands in the area.[LNB]Newcastle's woes continued in the second-half when Danny Guthrie was sent off for a second bookable offence.[LNB]He had already received a first-half yellow for kicking the ball away and he was given his marching orders for a foul on Boyd in the 54th minute.[LNB]Krul continued to keep the scoreline down with superb saves to deny Boyd and Mackail-Smith.[LNB]Peterborough's Dean Keates, on as a half-time substitute for Lee Frecklington, shot wide in the 70th minute when the midfielder only had Krul to beat.[LNB]Moments later a lighting raid from Peterborough's attack saw Krul deny McLean and Mackail-Smith before McLean's second effort was sent into the side-netting.[LNB]Newcastle sent on Alan Smith, Geremi and Kevin Nolan in a bid to get back into the tie but Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis never had a save of note to make.[LNB]Indeed, Newcastle's Smith had to clear off the line from Craig Morgan as Peterborough continued to search for more goals.[LNB]Krul again denied the dangerous McLean with eight minutes remaining as the home side easily secured a place in the fourth round.[LNB][LNB][LNB]

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