Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 3 (AET) – Wednesday 23 August 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“There have been times over the last 10 years when we have had a good team and we couldn’t be bothered to have a go at this competition so I am not going to go overboard here.
“Shame really because we don’t have much else.”
“A night when the manager opted to make ten changes to his team, and it showed.
“That was was agonising loss that does little to lift spirits.
“The only positives are the Mitrovic and Aarons goals, though the latter departing with an injury.
“Hope it’s not too bad for the player as he looked sharp and scored a nice goal from long range.
“Rafa is a respected coach and manager, but that many changes is a recipe for defeat, and it’s just deepened the sense of worry among fans about where the first win is going to come from.”
“Good things: We showed that we can come back from being a goal behind.
“Bad things: We also showed that we really need someone who can score goals.
“By supply and demand, we just made a striker cost more. Because we need one. But we won’t buy one because… this just goes around in circles.”
“Proper hard work that.
“Got off to a great start then just played within ourselves before we managed to sneak one before half time.
“Lots of bluster without causing any real damage against an opposition that took heart from our misgivings.
“Realistically, a word seldom associated with NUFC, a Cup run with the current squad was always going to stretch us.
“So we dust ourselves down amd get on with trying to get our first 3 points of the season this Saturday.”
“Reality check time.
“Yes 10 changes, but it is there for everyone to see – our squad is simply not good enough for the Premier League.
“Rafa said it yesterday, he bought players to get us out of the Championship with the inference that this is all they were/are good enough to do – on this performance he is being proved correct…
“3 defeats on the bounce makes it vitally important that we get something out of the game on Saturday before the international break.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 3
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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