Mark Warburton claims that such was the superiority of Nottingham Forest in the first-half, it could/should have been ‘at least 4-1’ by the break, rather than the 2-2 that it was.
Newcastle scored after three minutes but rather lost their way, they did have some decent attacking play but defensively it was shocking at times.
The weakest link by far was Grant Hanley who was shocking, he looked like he had come back from two weeks on the hoy with the lads, rather than a couple of weeks into a Premier League season.
Hanley was puffing and panting that much, Mitrovic would have almost outpaced him…
Mark Warburton talked up the hosts in terms of it being ‘an iconic stadium with a world class manager and players’.
On this showing you would have to question many of the players.
“It was an outstanding performance by the players.
“I thought first-half we were way ahead of Newcastle because we were 2-1 up but it could have been 4-1 at least.
“It was a terrific strike for their second goal (by Aarons) but I’m sure they’ll agree we were dominant in the first half.
“We lost our midfield because we’ve had to ask a boy (Ben Osborn) who played wide left at the weekend to come and play defensive midfield for us but he did it.
“This is an iconic stadium with a world-class manager and players so we knew it would be tough but it’s a great night’s work for us.
“We had a couple of injuries with Cohen and Vaughan missing and Andreas Bouchalakis having to come off with a little niggle so we didn’t really have a midfield. But a mention to Ben Osborn who was outstanding and covered so many metres of the pitch it was unbelievable.
“It was a superb effort all over the pitch from so many players.
“It is about the squad and I’m so delighted with the effort they put in this evening. For example, Joe Worrall made a mistake early on but he picked his head up, wanted the ball and responded wonderfully.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 3 (AET)
Newcastle: Mitrovic 3, Aarons 45+1
Forest: Cummings 29,31 Walker 97
Possession was Forest 51% Newcastle 49%
Total shots were Forest 16 Newcastle 29
Shots on target were Forest 7 Newcastle 7
Corners were Forest 9 Newcastle 11
Darlow, Sterry (Lazaar 58), Mbemba, Hanley, Gamez, Aarons (Ritchie 77), Saivet, Barlaser (Hayden 70), Murphy, Diame, Mitrovic (Joselu 105)
Woodman, Lascelles, Manquillo
Crowd: 27,709 (approx 1,000 Forest)
Referee: Darren England
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