Watch all the goals from Newcastle v Northampton in HD Video below.
Newcastle United: Thauvin 3, de Jong 8, Janmaat 56, Williamson 63
Northampton Town: Richards 10 (pen)
It might only have been the League Cup second round but Florian Thauvin made it a memorable night.
Making his first start for United and on his home debut, the French winger dazzled the 26,000+ who were inside St James Park.
The third minute saw Haidara’s deep cross reach Thauvin and he made no mistake with a far post volley (watch it here).
Five minutes later and the former Marseille winger turned provider, his free-kick glanced in by Siem de Jong.
However, Northampton then went straight up the other end and a Tiote handball saw the ref point to the spot and Marc Richards scored the penalty – 2-1 after only 10 minutes.
However, 11 minutes into the second period and Thauvin picked up his second assist, with Janmaat firing home inside the box.
The Frenchman completing his night’s work with another excellent free-kick that even Mike Williamson couldn’t miss at the back post.
These are the key stats as provided by BBC Sport;
Possession was 60% Newcastle and 40% Northampton
Total shots was 13 for Newcastle and Northampton 5
Shots on target was Newcastle 8 and Northampton 2
While corners was Newcastle 4 and Northampton 3
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Team: Darlow, Janmaat, Williamson, Lascelles, Haidara (Toney 78), Tiote, Gouffran, Thauvin (Mitrovic 65), de Jong, Aarons, Perez (Colback 72)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Mbemba, Dummett, Wijnaldum
Ref: David Coote
Crowd: 26,923 (989 Northampton)