Accrington Stanley 2 Newcastle Utd 3

26 August 2010 10:58
Chris Hughton admitted he "took a chance" playing his reserve side against minnows Accrington Stanley. But let's put this performance into perspective . ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 NEWCASTLE UTD 3 ACCRINGTON STANLEY: Stanley Dunbavin, Bateson (Turner 66), Hessey, Edwards, Winnard, Procter, Barnett, Ryan, Putterill,McConville, Parkinson. Subs Not Used: Cisak, Richardson, Joyce, Murphy, Boulding, Owens. NEWCASTLE UTD:  Krul, Ryan Taylor, Kadar, Tavernier, Ferguson, Ranger, Donaldson, Vuckic (Nolan 90), LuaLua, Ameobi,Lovenkrands. Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Williamson, Barton, Routledge, Perch, Smith. Att: 4,098 after watching the most dire World Cup in living memory (far worse than anything I have ever seen) during the summer . it was such a pleasure to watch two teams giving 110% in an effort to WIN a game. No holding back; neither side did any less than work their knackers off; and this was just as refreshing to watch as the 6-0 against Villa last Sunday. Thank God we are back to reality after a summer of watching shit. Goals from Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands ensured Chris Hughton can hold his head up after taking a little bit of stick for not treating the Carling Cup (and Accrington Stanley) with respect. The npower League Two side battled well and went in level at the break after a wonderful effort from Ray Putterill cancelled out Taylor's equally impressive opener. But the Magpies moved two goals ahead in the second half thanks to finishes from Ameobi and Lovenkrands before Sean Hessey's late consolation for Stanley. Newcastle boss Chris Hughton named an entirely different starting line-up from the one which had beaten Aston Villa 6-0 on Saturday, with Ameobi captaining a side which featured youngsters James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson and Kazenga LuaLua. Apparently Ameobi was no way overcome with emotion when handed the armband, saying "ah well, it will make a change". The Stanley fans showed us an amazing banner before the start, a tribute to Sir Bobby Robson, and full marks to them because they sang for the entire 90 minutes backing their side. Lovenkrands looked to take advantage of a weak defensive header back towards Ian Dunbavin in the second minute, but goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin dived on the ball to avert the danger. At the other end, James Ryan's shot did little to trouble Newcastle stopper Tim Krul and the Premier League side were soon back on the attack, with Nile Ranger earning a free-kick after being clattered by Charlie Barnett which Taylor hit into the wall. In the space of a few minutes Dunbavin did well to save Lovenkrands' header, Donaldson drilled wide and Ameobi nodded a corner high over the bar. The Magpies skipper then twisted and turned in the box before unleashing a shot which was blocked. The visitors had produced virtually all the forward play, but they were almost caught out at the back when Krul got his timing wrong as he rushed out and was fortunate to see the ball cleared away. Newcastle then created their best chance yet as Ranger headed Taylor's corner towards goal, but Andrew Parkinson was on hand to clear off the line. Haris Vuckic, another youngster brought into the side by Hughton, was next to try his luck but his low effort lacked power. Ranger showed far more menace with a snap-shot after connecting with LuaLua's cross, but Dunbavin again got down to save. The goalkeeper was well and truly beaten in the 36th minute though as Taylor fired the ball into the top corner from 25 yards to put Newcastle ahead. It was a blow for the hosts, but Accrington refused to crumble and found an equaliser in first-half stoppage time as Putterill curled a beauty past Krul. Stanley had their tails up and emerged after the restart looking as if they believed a giant-killing was within their grasp. The Magpies could only partially clear a free-kick from Sean McConville in the 47th minute and the ball fell to Barnett, who fired a strike off-target. The home supporters were lifted by their side's momentum, but only a minute later, Newcastle were ahead again as Lovenkrands headed to Ameobi, who poked the ball beyond Dunbavin. Accrington's players complained that there had been an infringement in the build-up, but referee Robert Shoebridge judged the effort should stand. Shortly after, it should have been 3-1 as Dunbavin's save from Ameobi fell to Ranger, but the striker saw his shot blocked on the line. It did not take long for the goal to come though, and Lovenkrands extended Newcastle's advantage by hooking the ball in with a little over 20 minutes remaining. Ranger then shot wide as the floodgates threatened to open, but Accrington refused to lie down and came close to pulling a goal back with a quarter of an hour to go. First Krul tipped Ryan's shot around the post, then Phil Edwards was denied from the corner that followed and finally Putterill attempted one from distance which went well over. Putterill looked set to net his second moments later as he met Parkinson's cross, but Krul once again kept Stanley at bay. LuaLua was then inches away from making it 4-1 with a strike that came back off the post and Sean Hessey rifled in at the death, but it was too late for the hosts to salvage anything. It was a joy to watch, make no mistake about it. A class game that didn't deserve a loser.