mins Jonjo Shelvey's through
ball set Yoan Gouffran through on goal and he was tripped by Adam Legzdins for an obvious penalty. Matt Ritchie
converted his spot kick at the
Leazes End. 1-0
Some luck and some invention saw
Yoan Gouffran double the lead, after a foul on Yasin El-Mhanni
resulted in a free kick. Shelvey's delivery fell to the Frenchman, who kneed
the ball up into his own path and took a second touch as he turned before
firing home from 14 yards.2-0
United 2 City 0
mins Lukas Jutkiewicz's
cross from the left was nodded down by Maikel Kieftenbeld, into the path of
Cotterill who seemed to slice his shot but give it enough velocity to beat Matz
90+2 mins Shelvey and
Perez combined down the
left for the former to reach the byline, pulling the ball back for the unmarked Matt
turn home from three yards 3-1
Full time: United 3 City 1
"I don't like to lie and I will say we will try to use the squad and go
as far as we can, but using the squad because we know that we have so many games
in the league that it's important to have everyone ready and choose the best
players for every game without taking risks.
"We will try to win
against Oxford if we can do it. It is a tough competition in England, it is
"We will try to go through. When you play against any team in this stage of
the competition at home, it has to be difficult.
"I said in the press conference before
the game our fans have been amazing in the whole season. (In) the replay
of the FA Cup to have 35,000 means how good they are and how important it is for
"We will try to give them something. My idea is to try and win every game,
it does not matter which competition.”
the returning Shelvey, who was made Captain:
"It is always important to
have numbers in terms of players but especially someone like him who has quality
and can pass the ball and make the others play.
"It is a big boost for us to see Jonjo
dictating the tempo of the game. He was training really well. He needed to play
for his match fitness. He will show in the next games how important he is.”
Zola - whose winless run since taking charge is now seven games:
"Fair enough, they have a
very good team. But it is also fair enough to say we caused our own problems
first-half because we were playing very good football but made mistakes (for
"They were cheap and my players know that. That was disappointing.
"They went too easily through our defence on the penalty and we were
actually in good position. We should have reacted earlier. We have to be more
focused or you get punished like that.
"Second-half we were much better. We had better quality going forward, we
closed them down more.
"We scored the goal and created a few more chances. The header (from
Lukas Jutkiewicz that just went over the crossbar) I was jumping up because I
thought it was going in.
"That was the type of performance I wanted to see (during the second
half) because we need to be more brave and positive, like we were then.
"I know maybe we lack a bit of penetration. That is something we need to
"There were positives. When you lose a
game, it is difficult to be speaking about the positives. But I do see a lot of
good things happening and I am sure we will be winning soon."
Matt Ritchie became the first Newcastle player to convert from the penalty
spot in an FA Cup tie since Alan Shearer in 2003 (Wolves a). He's now scored
eight times in league & cup this season.
Yoan Gouffran netted his eighteenth goal for the club and sixth this season. His best tally was seven, set in the 2013/14 campaign.
Jonjo Shelvey made his FA Cup bow for United and there were senior debuts for
Dan Barlaser, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Stuart Findlay, who appeared in
squad numbers 35, 36 and 37.
Ayoze Perez completed a century of competitive senior appearances
Premier League: 47 starts +23 as sub
Championship: 13 starts +7 as sub
League Cup: 3 starts +5 as sub
FA Cup: 1 start +1 as sub
Second time lucky? Last 10 FAC home replays:
1992/93 Rotherham United won 2-0*
1995/96 Chelsea drew 2-2 (lost 2-4 on pens)
1996/97 Charlton Athletic won 2-1
1997/98 Stevenage Borough won 2-1*
1999/00 Spurs won 6-1
2006/07 Birmingham City lost 1-5
2007/08 Stoke City won 4-1
2008/09 Hull City lost 0-1
2009/10 Plymouth Argyle won 3-0
2016/17 Birmingham City won 3-1
(All Third Round replays except * Fourth)
Last 10 FAC Third Round ties:
2016/17 Birmingham City (a) drew 1-1, won replay (h) 3-1
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2
2012/13 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) lost 0-2
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (h) won 2-1
2010/11 Stevenage (a) lost 1-3
2009/10 Plymouth Argyle (a) drew 0-0, won replay (h) 3-0
2008/09 Hull City (a) drew 0-0, lost replay (h) 0-1
2007/08 Stoke City (a) drew 0-0, won replay (h) 4-1
2006/07 Birmingham City (a) drew 2-2, lost replay (h) 1-5
Blues in Toon - last 10:
2016/17 Won 3-1 Ritchie 2, Gouffran (FA Cup)
2016/17 Won 4-0 Gayle 3, Gouffran
2010/11 Won 2-1 Ameobi(pen), S.Taylor
2007/08 Won 2-1 Martins(pen), Beye
2006/07 Lost 1-5 Milner (FA Cup)
2005/06 Won 1-0 Emre
2004/05 Won 2-1 Ameobi, Bowyer
2003/04 Lost 0-1
2002/03 Won 1-0 Viana
1992/93 Drew 2-2 Cole, Lee
ended a five year wait for an FA Cup victory on Wednesday night, as a
much-changed line-up saw off Birmingham City at the second attempt.
Two ahead at the interval thanks to Matt Ritchie's penalty and Yoan Gouffran's
effort, an apparently routine success became a shade more doubtful following a
City goal from a rare forward move.
However the returning Jonjo Shelvey rounded off a classy display to provide
Ritchie with an unmissable opportunity to seal the tie and set up a visit to
League One Oxford United.
Shelvey's enforced five game absence had exposed our lack of midfield
creativity, but a timely trio of telling passes led to three goals and a first
FA Cup success since Blackburn Rovers were beaten here back in 2012.
A combination of injuries, international commitments and the unavailability of
players due to loan deals present and past saw Rafa Benitez raid the club's
Development side for a trio of debutants.
Stuart Findlay, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Dan Barlaser played for the U23s at
Gallowgate against Aston Villa in December in front of barely 500 fans, little
knowing that they'd be back at the same venue just weeks later to entertain a
crowd of almost 35,000.
The trio all had their moments, central defender Findlay the most experienced
after spending last season in the Kilmarnock first team and adjusting quickest
to his surroundings.
Occupying a central midfield berth, Barlaser won't forget his 20th birthday in a
hurry as he also played the full 90 minutes while El-Mhanni was given the
outside left role and showed no lack of adventure. Both were experiencing senior
football for the first time.
They were among six changes to the selection held 1-1 at St. Andrews, Gouffran
playing as the lone forward and Daryl Murphy part of a strong bench including
Rob Elliot for the first time since March.
Shelvey's first piece of magic set Gouffran away on nine minutes, only to be
upended by City goalkeeper Adam Legzdins for an obvious penalty. Legzdins was
booked and Matt Ritchie sent his spot kick straight down the middle into the
Gouffran came close to a second when cannoning Achraf Lazaar's left wing centre
off the near post, but the Frenchman's sixth goal of the season arrived just
after the half hour. Bought as a striker, those instincts looked somewhat rusty
at St. Andrews but tonight he was an able deputy.
Ritchie was unlucky to see his effort hit the inside of the post and Barlaser
scuffed the rebound wide near the end of a totally one-sided half, when the
visitors allowed Newcastle infinite time and space to retain possession and
dictate the pace of the game.
Referee Lee Probert ignored an obvious handball after the break when Legzdins
raced out of his box and blocked Ritchie's lob and Gianfranco Zola's side took
that as their cue to make a game of it, having introduced first-choice striker
He caused Findlay and Grant Hanley some problems but it was David Cotterill who
took advantage when United failed to clear, firing past Matz Sels.
Jutkiewicz then went close twice and United introduced Ayoze Perez, Isaac Hayden
and Jack Colback in an attempt to regain the initiative, the tiring Cheick Tiote
warmly applauded as he left the field on what may be his final appearance at SJP.
Halfway through four minutes of added time, Shelvey and Perez combined down the
left for the latter to reach the byline, pulling the ball back for Ritchie to
turn home from three yards and confirm our progression to Round Four.
A long way short of a classic then, but the novelty of actually winning one of
these damn things made it enjoyable and the return of Shelvey turned it into a
We'll inevitably come to grief against the first reasonable side we face, but if
nothing else we showed enthusiasm for this competition and gave a
convincing show of wanting to win the tie.
That's in stark contrast to previous seasons, when managerial decisions hinted
that wasn't the case and moribund team performances seemingly underlined our
worst fears and saw supporters begin to boycott these games.
Whether the trio of debutants will be seen again in a Newcastle shirt is open to
question, with what some see as a brave piece of management viewed by others as
mere opportunism and shirt-filling.
Regardless of recent press speculation about
youth recruitment though, their appearance looks to have been purely Rafa's decision.
He wouldn't be here now if the meddling was at that level - and equally this
didn't appear to be an attempt to show the powers-that-be that the cupboard was
bare and there's nothing coming through (El-Mhanni and Findlay were only brought
in this season).
Had John Carver or Steve McClaren picked similar sides for FA Cup ties though, they
would doubtless have attracted criticism for allowing loan players to become
cup-tied (something we never used to do), meaning that Sammy Ameobi and Jamie
Sterry were unable to feature tonight despite returning from their loan clubs
into our first team squad.
When messrs Diame and Atsu were signed, the African Nations Cup schedule was
known - and in addition to Mbemba, it was assumed that Lazaar would also be in
Gabon rather than here tonight.
Similarly, reserve regulars Callum Roberts and Sean Longstaff can count
themselves unlucky not to have played tonight, having gone out on loan to
Kilmarnock earlier this month - although they are yet to feature competitively
as the Scottish League is on a winter break.
Had that happened under a previous administration fingers would have been
pointed. Barlaser and El-Mhanni have four goals between them this season for the
stiffs; Longstaff and Roberts 17.
These aren't criticisms, just observations. As ever, perception is paramount and
by not explicitly saying that he disregarded cup competitions, Rafa succesfully
skirted round the issue of team strength. Actually winning the tie of course was
a big help, minimising any dissenting voices.
Tonight's trio of new faces may care to ponder on the fate of Lubo Satka, Curtis
Good and Haris Vuckic - brought in the last time that our recruitment drive went
from regional to global; a policy once again being pursued by the club.
They're all still on the books, but long since consigned to the same scrap heap
as former prospects such as Shane Ferguson. Hopefully the newest kids on the
block will be nurtured and cared for to a higher standard than they were, assuming that there's
enough raw material to work with.