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:

Ben Cooper:

“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.”

David Punton:

“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.”

George Stainsby:

“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.”

Paul Lyon:

“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.”

Nat Seaton:

“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

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Sterry (Lazaar 58), Mbemba, Hanley, Gamez, Aarons (Ritchie 77), Saivet, Barlaser (Hayden 70), Murphy, Diame, Mitrovic (Joselu 105)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Lascelles, Manquillo

Crowd: 27,709 (approx 1,000 Forest)

Referee: Darren England

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  • benton mag

    Why can’t NUFC supporters be bothered to turn up for cup games howa man it’s£10 a ticket were crying oot for silverware yet some cannot be bothered to turn up even with a weakened team a nearly full st James would. Have pulled the toon through but I bet when we do do well In cup compitions people will be moaning about ticket’s let’s support our team GODS TEAM the team we were chosen hand picked to support we are Newcastle weil support you eva more so the song goes don’t sing it do it Geordies forever and ever NUFC

    • Gallowgate Dave

      I’m a season ticket holder and I “can’t be bothered” to go to cup games and I’m totally justified in my actions. I wouldn’t go if it was 10p admission. That team was an insult to the fans and the competition yet again. We haven’t cared about winning a cup for at least 10 years and I’m absolutely gutted about that as there’s nothing I’d love more than us giving it our full commitment, getting to Wembley and having the chance to see us lift silverware. Until we have an owner and manager that cares as deeply as I do about winning a cup I’m not putting myself through it. I suspect many fans feel the same.

  • Down Under Mag

    Didn’t understand the huge overhaul of the players for this. Given the start to the season, what was more important was getting a win on the board and trying to boost confidence. As much as I back Rafa and think he is a world class manager, I just didn’t understant the team selection. Rest some key players yes, BUT make sure at least some of the squad was settled and we could get the win. Unless it was a statement game by Rafa to try and effect some change from Ashley!

  • Jimblag23

    You just shouldn’t feel THIS bad 2 PL games into the season.
    I think I have NUFC fatigue right now, last year was draining and so far this is just demoralising.

  • Buck Blacket

    Never been more confident after this result. Rafa is clearly a genius. So many facets of win win. He has used this competition as an ace card. He picks a team that is weak but could win. The benefits of that is to put players in the shop window, if it goes well, then we shift players we don’t want. But if it doesn’t then hopefully it might scare the fat man to open his check book. Apart from that, it lowers expectation and lulls the opposition into a false sense of security. Rafa realises given the lack of ambition shown by Ashley, this particular competition is the least of our concerns and worth “manipulating” for his own ends. You watch Saturday, we will smash West Ham off the back of this!

    • Jimblag23

      I fear you’re reading too much into this and the truth is we’re just rubbish and couldn’t win, whichever team we put out.

      • Buck Blacket

        What do you think now then?

  • Hughie

    A crowd of 27,000– have a look at the other cup attendances over the two nights– the team picked was an insult to us once again. Barlaser and Sterry demonstrated how hopelessly inadequate the youth policy is. This team was not championship standard, which demonstrates how weak the club has become and the appalling misjudgement of the Board and manager. Only Diame, who was excellent in the second half when he was played in his preferred role, and Aarons in flashes justified wearing the shirt. Yet another year goes by when the trophy cabinet prospects rapidly disappear. Shambolic bunch of amateur accountants attempting to run a multi million business and conning us once again.

    • Fleckman hoop licker

      Spot on, pleased you gave a mention to the manager too. Have you seen his new clothes ?

    • Belfast Ali

      Barlaser had a good game in my opinion, second only to Aarons

  • Soldier

    once again the fans are treat with contempt

  • Steve Pearce

    I paid a tenner for my ritual humiliation and was ready to leave at half time only for us to score the equaliser. I wish that goal hadn’t gone in as I would have been spared the abject misery which was the second half. What left my blood cold was the announcement that the West Ham game was practically sold out. How long will the sheep run to the slaughter baa-ing the Blaydon Races? How long will they feed the fat slug who seems intent on destroying our club? Only when they turn their back on the slug and stay away will it hit him where it hurts – in the wallet.

    So I leave you with this thought – is a sheep aware that it is a sheep?

    • Gallowgate Dave

      You’re whining on about people going to the match after you erm went to the match? Aye that makes sense. Not only that but you were prepared to leave a game at halftime before we equalised so you feel justified abandoning your support with a full 45 minutes to go because we were one goal down?! There’s thousands like me who are season ticket holders who hate Ashley, I’ve been going to the match long before Ashley and I’ll be going long after he’s gone. I’m not prepared to just give up the team I love for 10 years plus because I hate the owner and I’m sick of sanctimonious “fans” thinking they are so wise by calling us “sheep”. Aye mate you’re the only one who sees Ashley for the parasite he is, course you are. Picking and choosing your matches is the easiest thing in the world to do, thousands inside the ground every game protesting against the owner with real determination to defend our club and humiliate him would have been the way to drive him out. However I did all the protests and most of the time it was hundreds, maybe a thousand or two. Staying away and making it easy for Ashley is just as bad as sitting on your hands at the match and accepting it.

      • Steve Pearce

        Yes – exactly! Where are the thousands protesting against the owner? I appreciate all you have said and your obvious passion and mean no insult – but I ask you this – when is enough enough? Is it when the best manager we have had in decades leaves with his entire backroom staff? Is it when no player worth his salt will even consider signing for us? Is it when we are dumped back in the Championship again? I’m not sanctimonious but simply angry and frustrated and am in no way suggesting we give up the team we love. But what we can do is unite, gain powerful support and work together to rid us of the parasite that is sucking the blood from our club!

    • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

      Strange, you went to the match but call others sheep? If you don’t like it stay away completely it’s the only way to hurt Ashley’s image. If people do want to go fair enough, it’s their team, their choice

    • Scottpaige

      You go but….. we are all sheep. Yep great opinion that.

  • Gallowgate Dave

    Depressed the minute I saw the teamsheet, even if we’d scraped through it was obvious we once again had no interest in trying to win the cup. At least we’re spared any hope with an early exit as we’re clearly not bothered about this competition. I genuinely can’t think of another sport where money takes complete priority over success and it’s ruined football for me. We’d rather scrape 17th and keep the gravy train rolling than try to achieve sporting glory. Knowing the price of everything but the value of nothing springs to mind.

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    The team sheet suggested Rafa had little interest in this cup, football politics, dreams are made of these

    • Jimblag23

      In the subject of football politics (kind of) why on earth was the league cup draw done at 4.30am in china?
      Well the answer is money, but that’s pathetic!