Aarons intercepted a stray pass from Joe Worrall down the United left and
skipped infield, laying the ball off to his right as he reached the Forest
area. Aleksandar Mitrovic took a touch before arrowing home a right
footed shot into the left side of the Leazes goal 1-0
Erich Lichaj and Zach Clough swapped passes before the latter chipped the
ball into the area for the unmarked Jason Cummings
to head home a cross from the right - with Newcastle captain Karl Darlow
motionless in the Gallowgate goal. 1-1
player Cummings anticipated a through ball
from Danny Fox over the defence and strode past Hanley and Mbemba before
lifting the ball over the advancing Darlow. 1-2
A fortunate deflection off referee Darren England in the centre circle
allowed United to attack through Jacob Murphy and Mo Diame. The former was
tackled but the ball fell to Diame, who accurately threaded a pass to Rolando
The winger turned his man well before slamming a right-footed
effort from the edge of the box into the top left corner for the goal of the
Half time: Magpies 2 Forest 2
Full time: Magpies 2 Forest 2
Clough's outswinger from the South West Corner
reached Jack Hobbs, who outjumped Chancel Mbemba to head the ball goalwards.
Substitute Tyler Walker was first to react, glancing home from close range. 2-3
time: Magpies 2 Forest 3
Rafa Benitez (as transcribed by the
Did you take a risk by making 10 changes to your team?
"No. I am disappointed because we
couldn’t win, but after creating - I don’t know - 10 chances, maybe, clear
"We were doing what we had to do in
terms of attacking and pushing and going to the final third, and we have to
improve in this area because that’s where you make the difference.”
Why did you make so many changes?
"Because you play two days ago and you
have to play two days after. At this stage of the season, the players have to be
ready for playing in the cup against a Championship team. If you cannot, then it
means that something is wrong.
"I thought we could do it and watching
the team, watching the number of chances that we had, I think we deserved to go
Does this show that the squad is not
"It means what I have said so many
times: if you are going to go through in the cups, you need to use the squad. If
you cannot, it means that you have to improve.”
Should the players be disappointed with
"Yes, for sure. Everybody was expecting
that we have to beat Nottingham Forest, but at the same time, they are doing
well in the league, they have some confidence, but the game was more or less as
we were expecting.
"They could pass the ball, the could
move the ball, but we had the chances. I don’t remember too many saves from
Darlow and I remember a lot of chances that we didn’t take.”
Did that prove the squad isn’t strong
"No, it proved that we have to improve
in some areas.”
What was the extent of Rolando Aarons’
"I think it was cramp, so I think he’s
Can you draw any positives from the
"Rolando, some play from Murphy, the
work-rate of Saivet, Mitrovic, even Diame, Barlaser. A lot of players
were trying and you have to take that as a positive. Still, as I said
before, to have more accuracy in the final third and in the box can make the
Do you have any updates on incoming
"No. I don’t have official news.”
How do you keep spirits up after three
"We knew that to going into the Premier
League, a new division, a new competition, another level, you can win games or
you can lose games. In this case, we lost this one. It was a game that we were
expecting to win – we didn’t do it and we have to be ready for the next one.
"I have said that this team will
improve and I am convinced that we will do it."
What about outgoing business, anything on
"We have a couple of players in
conversations with different clubs, but today, still nothing.
Is Siem De Jong (linked with Ajax) expected to leave?
"He is one of the players that is
talking with another club. We are waiting."
Only 10 days ago Mike Ashley said that
this club were strong enough to challenge for a cup and stay in the Premier
League - it didn’t feel like that tonight?
"Yes, it’s true."
Do you feel that anyone put themselves in
the shop window?
"I think so. In terms of the number of
chances we created, I think so. Some players maybe played better, some players
not at the same level But for some of them, we are talking about the
Championship and they proved last year – we won the Championship, so they are
good enough for that.”
What is the message to the fans after
"The fans know we are not happy with
that, so we will try to change things in the next game."
Can you understand why they are
"We are disappointed.”
"It was an outstanding performance by the players and I thought first half we
were, in a respectful way, way ahead. At 2-1 I thought we had three or four
chances to put it to bed.
"The second goal was a wonder strike. But I thought we were dominant in the
first half. Saturday is obviously in our minds and once Andreas Bouchalakis had
gone off at half-time, with a little stiffness, we had no midfield. We had no
Chris Cohen and no David Vaughan.
"I have to make a special mention to Ben Osborn, because he was outstanding. I
don’t know what distance he covered, but we asked him to play out of position
and he was outstanding.
"All over the park – we saw Jack Hobbs come on, Danny Fox played 120 minutes.
There were so many positives from the team. I am delighted with the effort
"It is an iconic stadium and we were playing a world class manager and squad –
so we are really pleased with our night’s work.
"Everything is now geared towards Leeds on Saturday. We lost our midfield and
had to ask a player who had played wide left at the weekend to play defensive
"Tyler put in a tireless shift in pre-season to get to where he is now – and
that resulted in the quality performance you saw from him.
"Jason Cummings rarely misses the target. He tested the keeper in the first half
and hit the bar with a free-kick. He is a goalscorer. He has had to be patient,
even after only four games of the season.
"But there is no doubt that he will be a tremendous asset for Nottingham Forest.
He will make an impact on the Championship.”
Forest ended United's run of 16
Second Round ties without defeat that stretched back to 1991:
Middlesbrough lost 1-2 (on agg)
1991/92 Crewe Alexandra won 5-3 (on agg)
1992/93 Middlesbrough won 3-1 (on agg)
1993/94 Notts County won 11-2 (on agg)
1994/95 Barnsley won 3-1 (on agg)
1995/96 Bristol City won 8-1 (on agg)
2000/01 Leyton Orient won 3-1 (on agg)
2001/02 Brentford (h) won 4-1
2007/08 Barnsley (h) won 2-0
2008/09 Coventry City (a) won 3-2
2009/10 Huddersfield Town (h) won 4-3
2010/11 Accrington Stanley (a) won 3-2
2011/12 Scunthorpe United (a) won 2-1
2013/14 Morecambe (a) won 2-0
2014/15 Gillingham (a) won 1-0
2015/16 Northampton Town (h) won 4-1
2016/17 Cheltenham Town (h) won 2-0
Forest (h) lost 2-3 (aet)
Aleksandar Mitrovic netted his third goal in this competition
sixteenth as a Magpie.
Rolando Aarons netted his second goal in this competition and
fourth as a Magpie - making his first competitive appearance for exactly a
year, injuring himself during the League Cup victory against Cheltenham
Town at SJP.
The jonah that is Jesus Gamez was sighted for the eighth time as a
Magpie. Since beginning his career with back to back home wins against
Cheltenham in the League Cup and Brighton in the Championship, we've
failed to win in any of his six subsequent appearances (Blackburn home,
Oxford away, Reading away, Fulham home, Ipswich away, Forest home).
Following starts in the FA Cup last season at home to Birmingham City and
away at Oxford United, Dan Barlaser made his third appearance for
United and his first in the League Cup.
Jamie Sterry's second start for the Magpies came a year after the
first, at home to Cheltenham Town in the same competition. He's also made
a trio of substitute appearances, one in the Premier League and two in the
Returning to the fold was Henri Saivet, making his fifth
competitive appearance and his second start as a Magpie. On loan at
St.Etienne last season, the midfielder was last involved as an 89th minute
substitute when United beat West Brom in the Premier League at SJP in
Making his 10th - and probably final - competitive senior appearance for
the club was Achraaf Lazaar. His ninth came in the 0-3 FA Cup
defeat at Oxford United in January.
There were home debuts for Jacob Murphy and Joselu.
Tricky Trees in Toon - last 20:
2017/18 lost 2-3 Mitrovic, Aarons
2016/17 won 3-1 Ritchie, Gayle 2
2009/10 won 2-0 Ameobi, Enrique
1998/99 won 2-0 Shearer 2
1996/97 won 5-0 Asprilla, Ferdinand 2, Shearer, Elliott
1996/97 lost 1-2 (FAC) Ferdinand
1995/96 won 3-1 Lee 2, Ginola
1994/95 won 2-1 Fox, Lee
1990/91 drew 2-2 (FAC) Quinn, McGhee
1988/89 lost 0-1
1987/88 lost 0-1
1986/87 won 3-2 Wharton, A.Thomas, Beardsley
1985/86 lost 0-3
1984/85 lost 1-3 (FAC) Waddle
1984/85 drew 1-1 Wharton
1977/78 lost 0-2
1974/75 won 3-0 (LC) Macdonald, Burns, Keeley
1973/74 won 4-3 (FAC) Tudor, McDermott, Craig, Moncur (ordered to
1971/72 won 2-1 Macdonald 2
1970/71 drew 1-1 McNamee
Full record v Forest:
A Magpies side showing ten
changes from that which lost at Huddersfield lost to Championship
opponents at Gallowgate on Wednesday - the club's first defeat in the Second
Round since 1990.
The presence of rookie pair Dan Barlaser and Jamie Sterry made it plain
where our priorities lay lie, but the opportunity of a
morale-boosting victory was wasted despite the best possible start.
And if this was an exercise in showcasing unwanted players, then the values
of Achraaf Lazaar, Grant Hanley or Jesus Gamez will hardly have been boosted
following defensively inept displays.
The first start of the season for Aleksandar Mitrovic saw him shoot home
within three minutes of the first whistle, Rolando Aarons with the assist.
Mo Diame then came close to doubling the lead with an audacious effort
from inside his own half but the back-pedalling Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith was relieved to
see the effort clear his crossbar.
Mark Warburton's side may have been slow out of the blocks, but soon got the
measure of a creaking back four and began to make inroads through and round
A deserved equaliser arrived just before the half hour when Jason Cummings had plenty of time
to head home a cross from the right with Newcastle captain Karl Darlow
motionless. And barely two minutes later Cummings had his and Forest's second, lifting the ball over Darlow.
A fortunate deflection off referee Darren England then kept the move leading
to our equaliser in first half added time alive, Diame slotting in Aarons who turned his man well and slammed a right-footed
effort from the edge of the box into the top left corner.
Level at the break despite a wobble, most of the crowd probably
anticipated that the hosts would warm to their task and go on to win the tie.
But although United's tempo did improve slightly, their passing and shooting
accuracy was little better - Jacob Murphy marking his first start with a fine strike tipped away by Smith, but guilty of two later efforts that
flew harmlessly into the crowd.
Attempting to force a winner, Rafa Benitez brought on Isaac Hayden and Matt
Ritchie, but a curling effort by the latter in the 89th minute was an
all-too-rare moment of excitement as United toiled against a Forest side who
were anything but full strength.
2-2 then and extra time brought the opportunity of a first-ever fourth
substitute (a new competition rule coming into force if a tie goes past 90
minutes). Forest were first to use theirs and ex-Magpie Daryl Murphy trotted on amid
generous applause, as his current side prepared to take a corner kick.
Murphy's next act was to congratulate the scorer, as substitute Tyler Walker
reached a goalbound header and glanced home from close range.
Half time of extra time saw
Joselu become United's first ever fourth substitute in place of Mitrovic,
but the recently-arrived striker had few opportunities to impress on his home
There was one last chance to level that would have led to a
penalty shootout for our second successive League Cup tie - Diame
unmarked but heading Ritchie's 122nd minute corner over.
That meant that United missed out on the chance to try the new ABBA format
shoot-out, but given our laughable attempt at spot kicks against Hull in 2016,
that was probably a merciful release.
Our exit from the competition meant that lost interest
in the ludicrous 4.25am slot for the Third Round Draw on Thursday - and given
that Forest landed a trip to Chelsea, that's no bad thing.
The prospect of business in both directions over the next week or so remains,
with Siem De Jong absent tonight as he nears a return to Ajax. The situation
regarding Jack Colback's future at the club remains unclear though, with no
sign of him tonight.
As at Oxford in January, our fixture commitment was fulfilled, but it's hard
to see what else we can take from this tie, aside from some match
practice. Certainly the "make cups a priority" line spouted by the owner
recently was disregarded...
Regardless of the personnel deployed, an
uninspiring display did nothing to lift the prevailing mood of uncertainty,
with nobody posting a performance demanding of a place in Saturday's starting
Our next opponents West Ham boosted their spirits by beating Cheltenham Town
and now head to Tyneside looking for their first league points of the season.
A fourth successive defeat in all competitions for Newcastle wouldn't be
fatal, but would increase the pressure on what remains a relatively
inexperienced squad in Premier League terms.