Newcastle 2 Cheltenham 0 – Wednesday 22 August 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Scored at the right times in a game that certainly wasn’t a classic, although we had numerous chances for a third.
“Could see Rafa’s frustrations in the 2nd half from my seat in the Milburn.
“Happy with the win, hopefully the lads that went off are OK for the weekend.”
“Into the next round of a cup competition – haven’t been able to say that too often in the last few years!
“Bring on Brighton…”
“Three head injuries in one game?
“Looks like Cheltenham really came for a fight.”
“Great to see Ayoze getting on the scoresheet again, really hoping he can kick on for this season now.
“Nice to see that Rafa can rotate and still win comfortably.
“Although not a priority, a league cup run this season could set up a really intriguing tie against a PL team.”
“With a cup-tie like, this you want two things: progress and no damage to the squad.
“One out of two ain’t bad.
“Gayle’s removal seems to have been a precaution but Mitrovic looks set to stall again on his start to the season, as a concussion would keep him out against Brighton. Aarons’ story is sadly a familiar one.
“Some knackers saying to the Chronicle they want the mackems next round….
“Bollocks, we want the lowliest team left, at home, to cause as little disruption as possible to the main business of the Championship.”
Leazes Park Ender”
“I had a daft feeling this game was going to be a banana skin but I never expected so many players getting head injuries. Truly bizarre.
“You can never take a chance with those sort of knocks but it’s a small set back for Mitrovic. We await the update in hope he is good to go at the weekend.
“I’d suggest he won’t make the starting line up though. A bad night for him.
“These early season cup games against minnows are never attractive encounters and credit to Perez for being so clinical. We’re in the draw and face has been saved.
“Really feel for Aarons. Poor lad. It looked nasty.
“What we can take from tonight is that we’ll have to be so much better against an in-form Brighton at the weekend.”
“Never before has a match had a helicopter gunship swoop down and napalm the pitch.
“Still hasn’t like, but with scenes at SJP resembling Platoon, it was the only thing missing!
“Players carried off, patched up, bandaged and battered. I’m sure a couple were carrying limbs shorn off under their good arms.
“A good old fashioned cup tie in which we seemed to need the dose of smelling salts to get going.
“Fortunately the witch that cursed us to concede 44th minute goals from now until eternity has been poached by Charnley and lured onto the board on a lucrative zero hours contract. Having only moved into a ginger bread house on the outskirts of Darras Hall this week, the reward was reaped immediately! Resulting in a possibly undeserved half time lead through Ayoze.
“I think he has massively underperformed this season. Hopefully this is a spark to get him to wake up and roll his sleeves up.
“He’s no Alan Shearer in a bloodied bandage but we need players like him to stand up and take responsibility.
“Second half decent, could have had another two or three on the top of the 2nd Perez slotted. But in the end, it’s another win, another clean sheet and a ball in the bag awaits to be plucked for the next round.
“‘Winning breeds winning. More winning please!’
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Cheltenham 0
Newcastle: Perez 45, 47
Possession was Cheltenham 37% Newcastle 63%
Total shots were Cheltenham 9 Newcastle 15
Shots on target were Cheltenham 5 Newcastle 6
Corners were Cheltenham 3 Newcastle 5
Team: Darlow, Sterry, Hanley, Lascelles, Gamez, Shelvey, Colback, Aarons (Gouffran 24), Perez, Diame, Mitrovic (Gayle 38 (Anita 59))
Unused Subs: Sels, Hayden, Dummett, Mbemba
Referee: Steve Martin