Newcastle 3 Luton 1 – Saturday 6 January 2018 3pm
Newcastle were well on top in the first half and once the opening goal went in for Ayoze Perez after a horrific mistake by the visiting keeper, the result didn’t appear in doubt.
Perez quickly added a second before Shevey made it three in nine minutes when finishing off a very good team goal.
It looked as though Newcastle would go on and score five or six but as often happens it didn’t work out that way.
United relaxed/sat back, either consciously or subconsciously, and the second half was far harder than necessary.
The visitors pulled a goal back four minutes after the break due to sloppy play from Newcastle, then went on to hit the bar and have a goal disallowed.
Newcastle could and should have scored more but still did enough to be deserved winners.
Rafa put out more or less a first choice team and no surprise that equals a rare progression to the fourth round.
Go here to watch the goals and highlights courtesy of BBC Sport.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Luton 1
Goals – Newcastle Perez 30, 36 Shelvey 39
Goals – Luton Hylton 49
Possession was Luton 51% Newcastle 49%
Total shots were Luton 9 Newcastle 25
Shots on target were Luton 2 Newcastle 7
Corners were Luton 7 Newcastle 7
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Woodman, Manquillo, Lascelles (Hayden 31), Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Merino (Saivet 80), Shelvey (Diame 71), Murphy, Perez, Gayle
Darlow, Joselu, Haidara, Aarons
Crowd: 47,069 (Approx 7,500 Luton)
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