Tuesday 20 September 2011 7.45pm
Nottingham Forest 3
NUFC 4 (AET) (Lovenkrands 39, 60pen, Simpson 93, Coloccini 120)
“We are unbeaten, we showed great spirit to come back again, get a knock-back, come back, knock-back, come back, knock-back and still get the winner”. Alan Pardew
Against a dispirited Forest team, Newcastle made it ten games unbeaten in all competitions and went through to the last sixteen of the Carling Cup, though it did take a mad mad seven goal feast to get them through
A poor crowd (just over ten thousand) had next to nothing to cheer until Peter Lovenkrands got on the end of an excellent Sylvain Marveaux cross to head us into a 39th minute lead.
Alan Pardew made sweeping changes to the side that drew at Aston Villa, with only Danny Simpson and Fabricio Coloccini surviving. Making their debuts were goalkeeper Rob Elliot and midfielder Mehdi Abeid but centre of attention was given to Hatem Ben Arfa’s first competitive kickabout for a year.
The sweet left foot came off with twenty minutes (of normal time) left with Newcastle drawing 2-2. Peter Lovenkrands had restored our lead from the penalty spot but again Forest had come back to level it only a few minutes after Lovenkrands’ strike.
Pardew took the initiative and brought on (2 x)Ameobi and Obertan to try and put the tie to bed. However, that didn’t come and thirty minutes of extra time arrived, with almost instantly Dannt Simpson restoring the lead. A shot (cough cough) from the right somehow eluded their keeper as it fortunately drifted into the net.
Surely United would see this one out now with their Premiership pedigree…
With only five minutes to play penalties beckoned as the Toon conceded, 3-3 with only minutes left.
Seconds left and with penalties only moments away, after a bit of concerted pressure the ball was delivered from for ‘Love Of Our Life’ Colo to head home Obertan’s cross in front of the celebrating away following.
Of course we still had time for a last minute/second scare but this time Elliot was equal to it.
Nottingham Forest: Lee Camp (c), Brendan Moloney, Wes Morgan, Joel Lynch, Chris Gunter, Jonathan Greening, Guy Moussi (Radoslaw Majewski 76), Lewis McGugan (Andy Reid 88), Robbie Findley, Marcus Tudgay, Matt Derbyshire (Ishmael Miller 85).
Subs not used: Paul Smith, Kieron Freeman, Patrick Bamford.
Newcastle United: Rob Elliot, Danny Simpson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Danny Guthrie, Dan Gosling (Shola Ameobi 70), Hatem Ben Arfa (Sammy Ameobi 70), Sylvain Marveaux, Peter Lovenkrands (Gabriel Obertan 80).
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Paul Dummett, Jeff Henderson, Leon Best.
Referee: Lee Mason
Attendance: 10,208 (2,187 away fans)