Thursday 25 August 2011 7.45pm
Newcastle United 2 AET (Lovenkrands, Sammy Ameobi)
“It would have been worth being stranded in Scunthorpe to see Sammy Ameobi’s goal! I hope they (the fans) had a few beers after the game to celebrate it”. Alan Pardew
A dank and dreary night was accompanied by aNewcastleperformance that bore the same description. A team with few changes from the euphoria of beating the mackems should have seenNewcastlewin this comfortably but in the end it was a game we should have lost.
Marveaux and Gosling made their first competitive starts in aNewcastleshirt. It really should have been the ideal opportunities for these players to stake their claim for regular football ahead of the looming deadline day (not so merry for us) merry go round.
Scunthorpecame out brightly and their play merited a goal which was scored in the 15th minute. Chris Dagnall beat the offside trap and volleyed home past Krul who had little chance. The game continued in this fashion as Newcastle were cut open by their lower league opponents but were unable to add to their tally. Tim Krul once again proving his worth as he keptNewcastle in the game with a string of good saves.
The second half started with Newcastle coming out and actually trying to prove they were a Premier League team and not succumb to another lower league cup exit. Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best both wasted glorious opportunities to level the match and one might wonder that they will struggle to score League goals on this evidence.
With only 10 minutes remaining, Newcastledrew level as our leading scorer Ryan Taylor stepped up and dispatched another wonderful free kick to the delight of the travelling hordes. An audible sigh of relief was heard as the ball crashed into the net. As extra time loomed large, Taylor was brought to ground in the box but was denied what appeared to be a stonewall penalty. Hopefully this one, along with the hand of Larsson, will even themselves out over the course of the season.
With the end of the game in sight and penalties looking like they would be needed, an unlikely saviour popped up. Sammy Ameobi came on and scored the injury time winner as he embarked on a mazy run which saw him finish by hammering home an unstoppable strike from outside the box.
The final whistle blew andNewcastlewere just relieved to have made it into the next round and avoid an embarrassing defeat like our near neighbours.
Scunthorpe United: Josh Lillis, Andrew Wright, Eddie Nolan, Sam Togwell (c), Michael Nelson, Jimmy Ryan, Chris Dagnall (sub Mark Duffy 88), Oliver Norwood, Bobby Grant (sub Garry Thompson 67), Niall Canavan, Andy Barcham.
Subs not used: Sam Slocombe, Michael Collins, Aaron Wint, Ashley Palmer, Jordan Thewlis.
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mike Williamson (sub Steven Taylor 45), Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye, Dan Gosling (sub Haris Vuckic 69), Peter Lovenkrands, Demba Ba (sub Sammy Ameobi 65), Leon Best.
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Shane Ferguson, Alan Smith, Mehdi Abeid.
Referee: Graham Salisbury