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Newcastle 1 Leicester 1 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Wednesday’s defeat (4-2 on penalties)

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Newcastle 1 Leicester 1 (4-2 win on penalties for the Foxes) – Wednesday 28 August 7.45pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle losing at the first attempt in the League Cup, as usual.

Steve Bruce having made seven changes to last weekend’s Premier League team as compared to Leicester’s two.

Maddison putting the visitors ahead just after the half hour mark, before then Muto equalised in the second half.

Hayden and Shelvey seeing their spot-kicks saved, Schar and Muto scoring theirs. Leicester scoring four of their five to go through.

Brian Standen:

“Very encouraging performance with a very much second string team against full strength Leicester.

“Sure our goal was lucky but so was there’s.

“Forget the shootout and take the positives.”

Jamie Swan:

“Yet another exit at the earliest available opportunity in the League cup.

“Don’t worry it’s not like we only get three chances every year to win something of which we have 0% chance in one of those three.

“Looking forward to us repeating the trick in January to cement another barren year, ensure that the standards of (we) the most demanding fans in the Universe are met.

“Look, it was a B team. They didn’t do that bad and we have picked up more injuries on top of our other injuries (if the others are genuine injuries). Ritchie is a real worry and it was a bad tackle.

“Bruce made a statement about being serious about the Cups.

“Well he can be serious about the Cup now and soon be serious about something else.

“Not slating the team, it’s just frustrating – but not surprising.

“I’d have been very surprised if we’d progressed tonight bearing in mind the annual routine.

“In fact I’d have been less surprised tonight had Keegan, Shearer and Jimmy Nail abseiled in through the Milburn windows like the SAS at the Iranian embassy to take the club back and assassinate Charnley in the process, than being in the hat.

“PS. Shelvey does my head in. Lazy player. Lazy penalty.”

Lewis Jones:

“Steve Bruce playing ‘on the front foot’, yet again shown to be a total lie.

“The percentage possession figures for the first four games show NUFC having the ball 38%, 37%, 20% and tonight 32%.

“The stats show very few efforts on target (three between the two teams) but Leicester were well on top and should have won comfortably.

“Steve Bruce will no doubt claim that this was a moral victory considering the two teams on show but the truth is that the NUFC Head Coach made seven changes compared to two for the visitors, massively contributing to the limited display tonight.”

David Punton:

“I guess we have to try and take something positive following this latest exit from the League Cup.

“We have managed a 1-1 draw in normal time despite seven changes, some enforced, versus a good Leicester side with only two changes showing from the weekend.

“We’ve had three strikers out injured and have had to go with poor Yoshi Muto up front on his own.

“It would have been great to get through but Shelvey and Hayden have fluffed it in the shoot out.

“As soon as this game came out of the hat it was a tough test for the early rounds.

“It feels like a cursed cup competition for NUFC.”

Nat Seaton:

“I’m not going to say it’s probably for the best that we are out of the cup, otherwise what is the point in even going?

“We get knocked out by a team who had one shot on target all game, mind you, we were not much better having only 2 as the home team.

“Sitting there for the penalties you just knew the way it’s going to go before a ball was even kicked…and it did! Same old NUFC.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Leicester 1 (NUFC lose 4-2 on penalties) – Wednesday 28 August 7.45pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Muto 53

Leicester:

Maddison 34

Possession was Leicester 68% Newcastle 32%

Total shots were Leicester 10 Newcastle 7

Shots on target were Leicester 1 Newcastle 2

Corners were Leicester 3 Newcastle 2

Referee: Tim Robinson

Newcastle team v Leicester:

Darlow, Krafth (Manquillo 50), Schar, Clark, Fernandez, Willems (Dummett 78), Shelvey, Matty Longstaff, Hayden, Ritchie (Atsu 45), Muto

Unused Subs

Dubravka, Ki, Lascelles, Sean Longstaff

Crowd: 22,727 (Approx 800 Leicester)

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