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Season 2019-20
Leicester City (h) Carabao Cup Second Round


Wednesday 28th August 2019, 7.45pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Predictable
Admission: £10 adults, £5 concessions
(£20 and £10 on match day)



Leicester City

1 - 1




34 mins Youri Tielemans was knocked off the ball some 25 yards from goal. James Maddison drove the free kick straight at the defensive wall and the ball deflected off the unwitting Ritchie, totally bamboozling the helpless Karl Darlow in the Gallowgate End goal 0-1

Half time: Magpies 0 Foxes 1

A Flying Dutchman.....

53 mins Fabian Schar's free kick into the box from the right flank found Jetro Willems running in from the left. And although he theatrically tumbled in an attempt to win a penalty under pressure from Ricardo Pereira, the ball ran across the six yard box for Yoshinori Muto to tuck home. 1-1

....and a Nippon tuck

Full time: Magpies 1 Foxes 1


0-1 Fuchs scored
1-1 Muto scored
1-2 Maddison scored
Shelvey saved
1-3 Tielemans scored
2-3 Schar scored
Barnes saved
Hayden saved
2-4 Vardy scored 

Leicester win 4-2

We Said


Steve Bruce said:

"It's frustrating. We have to accept it and get on with it. It's been cruel to us. I can't do anything but the problems we had, the way we went about our work, I was delighted. 

"Defensively we've looked rock solid at Spurs and Arsenal and today. I just hope the attacking side comes now, which I think it will.

"Players are disappointed, especially the ones who missed penalties - itís a dark and lonely place - but they can take positives out of the performance. I canít really remember my goalkeeper making a save in the 90 minutes.

"The injury problems have been huge for us and Iíve been forced to make changes with the injuries we picked up at the weekend. The team we put out, after seven changes, I thought were terrific in their work.

"Itís disappointing, with the changes we had to make and weíve lost two or three players out there tonight. A very good Leicester team but there was nothing in the game at all.

"The challenge on Matt Ritchie - if VAR was in operation today, it was a red card; it was a horror challenge. The referee missed a blatant red card - and he was five yards away.

"Heís in a mess, Matt Ritchie, at the moment. We hope he hasnít done ankle ligaments but it certainly looks that way. Heís got cuts where he needs stitches and two or three wounds on his leg."

(Bruce revealed pre-match that he'd been a ball boy at Wembley in February 1976, when Newcastle lost 1-2 to Manchester City in what remains our only League Cup Final appearance. Sitting a few rows behind him in the Milburn Stand was our centre forward that day, Malcolm Macdonald.

Jonjo Shelvey - who also missed in our last penalty shootout, at Hull City in 2016:

"I just want to apologise to the fans for missing the penalty because it was a shocking penalty on my behalf and I don't think I'll be taking any more."

They Said

Saint Brendan ducked post-match media duties, leaving assistant boss Chris Davies to comment: 

"Yes, job done. I think our line-up was a sign of our intent. We wanted to come up here and win the game and get through to the next round and it took us penalties to do it, but it was a good night.

"Newcastle played a 5-4-1 shape, which is what theyíve been doing recently and against Spurs at the weekend, so it was a case of us trying to break them down for most of the game.

"Although we had a lot of controlled possession, we didnít create an awful lot, we didnít penetrate an awful lot, but at the same time we didnít give hardly anything away.

ďThe game pattern was exactly how we expected it and we knew it could go to penalties because with it being at the end of 90 minutes, we were prepared for that as well. We practiced penalties yesterday, in preparation for that, and thankfully that helped us.

"Itís the pressure penalties, you canít prepare so much for them, but you can certainly pick your side and work on that technique and thatís what youíve got to try and focus on and block out everything else.

"Itís easier said than done, but they were good penalties. We obviously only missed one but sometimes the Ďkeeper guesses the right way.

"James Maddison with his clever penalty as well, which came off, so that was great. Obviously Vards being our final taker in that pressure moment to win it for us, it was a really good penalty.Ē


NUFC Competitive shoot-out record:

1970/71 Pecsi Dozsa (a) FC Lost
1971/72 Hearts (h) TC Won
mackems (h) LC Lost
1991/92 Tranmere Rovers (a) ZDS Lost
1991/92 Bournemouth (h) FA Lost
1995/96 Chelsea (h) FA Lost
1998/99 Blackburn Rovers (h) LC Lost
2002/03 Everton (h) LC Lost
2003/04 Partizan Belgrade (h) CL Lost
2006/07 Watford (a) LC Won
2016/17 Hull City (a) LC Lost
2019/20 Leicester City (h) LC Lost

(FC=Fairs Cup, TC=Texaco Cup, LC=League Cup, ZDS=Zenith Data Systems Cup, FA=FA Cup, CL=Champions League)

Matty Longstaff made his competitive debut, having appeared for the first team during pre-season. Brother Sean stayed on the bench meaning that the pair didn't play together, but nevertheless, they became only the fourteenth set of brothers to have ever played competitively for United. 

In the post-WW2 era, the Longstaffs (Sean and Matty) follow Robledo (George and Ted), Guthrie (Ron and Chris), Kennedy (Keith and Alan), Withe (Peter and Chris), Appleby (Matty and Richie), LuaLua (Lomana and Kazenga), Ameobi (Shola and Sammy) and De Jong (Luuk and Siem).

Karl Darlow played his 60th competitive game for Newcastle almost a year to the day since the 59th one - the 1-3 League Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest. Since going between the posts for a 1-0 victory over Burton Albion in April 2017, he's now gone eight home games without a victory.

Yoshinori Muto scored his second competitive goal for the club, having got off the mark in the Premier League at Old Trafford last season. His first goal at SJP came during his ninth appearance at home in all competitions (four starts).

The Foxes made it four successful trips to Tyneside in a row, following Premier League wins at SJP in the 2015/16, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. Their previous best was a run of three league successes between 1960 and 1965.

The Magpies had never faced our opponents in this competition previously, Leicester City becoming the 66th different side we've been drawn against. Our most frequent pairing has been with Chelsea (five times), followed by Arsenal, Barnsley, Manchester City and Nottingham Forest (four times).

Of those 66 different sides, four in the current top flight have evaded us so far: Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and West Ham. 

Last 10 League Cup Second Round ties:

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
2017/18 Nottingham Forest (h) lost 2-3 (aet)
2018/19 Nottingham Forest (a) lost 1-3
2019/20 Leicester City (h) drew 1-1 (lost 2-3 on pens)

Foxes in Toon - last 20:

2019/20 Drew 1-1 (lost 2-4 on pens)
Lost 0-2
2017/18 Lost 2-3 Joselu, Gayle
2015/16 Lost 0-3
2014/15 Won 1-0 Obertan
2009/10 Won 1-0 Guthrie
2003/04 Won 3-1 Ameobi, OG, Jenas
2001/02 Won 1-0 Solano
2000/01 Won 1-0 Cort
1999/00 Lost 0-2
1998/99 Won 1-0 Glass
1997/98 Drew 3-3 Barnes, Tomasson, Beresford
1996/97 Won 4-3 Shearer 3, Elliott
1994/95 Won 3-1 Albert 2, Howey
1992/93 Won 7-1 Kelly 3, Cole 3, Lee
1991/92 Won 2-0 Hunt, Clark
1990/91 Won 2-1 McGhee, Sloan
1989/90 Won 5-4 McGhee 2, Quinn 2, Gallacher
1986/87 Won 2-0 Goddard, Wharton
1985/86 Won 2-1 Clarke, Beardsley


Wednesday night saw Newcastle exit the League Cup at the first hurdle for a third successive season, eliminated on penalties following a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

Kasper Schmeichel was the Foxes' hero; blocking spot kicks from Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden before Jamie Vardy blasted home the decisive penalty, adding yet another entry to our scandalous shootout record in the process.

A much-changed side including senior debutant Matty Longstaff trailed to a 34th minute free kick that James Maddison took but Matt Ritchie unfortunately and unwittingly got a crucial touch.
It was a bad night for Ritchie, who was booked before limping off with suspected ankle ligament damage after a challenge from Hamza Choudhury that saw the Foxes player lucky to just be booked. That came just on half time and significantly, Choudhury was replaced before the second half.

There were to be further injury concerns for Steve Bruce, with both Emil Krafth and Jetro Willems forced off during the second half - meaning that he was unable to alter his midfield and curtail Shelvey's contribution, something that was to prove significant.  

Although they initially tried to play on the deck, Newcastle sadly resorted to pumping fruitless high balls to the diminutive Yoshinori Muto - something exacerbated by the loss of Ritchie, who was playing as a number 10 but running around the pitch like a human dynamo.

For the second time in four days, Christian Atsu was hastily prepared to come off the bench and on those occasions when we did threaten the final third, formed a front trio with Muto and Matty. For any devotees of Father Ted, this threatened to become a "far away cows" moment.....  

It was difficult to see where an equaliser would come from, but just eight minutes into the second half one appeared: Willems attempting to win a penalty by flinging himself to the floor - and managing to divert a cross into the path of Muto, who did the rest.

Scoring opportunities at both ends were in short supply, but the returning Ayoze Perez - inexplicably booed by home fans - came close to scoring in both the opening and closing seconds of the tie.

Less than 20 seconds were on the clock when he burst into the area only for his shot to be blocked and the game was in second half added time when the Spaniard's effort grazed the crossbar.  

With extra time now dispensed with, the tie went straight to penalties and City's Christian Fuchs scored before Muto leathered his home stylishly.

Maddison then chipped his spot kick home - stifling cheers from those in the Gallowgate End who initially thought he'd cleared the crossbar. A rotten effort from Shelvey then handed the initiative to Leicester before Youri Tielemans gave Darlow absolutely no chance for 1-3.

Next up was Fabian Schar with a calm low finish before Darlow denied Harvey Barnes to raise hopes that our long-running record of home shootout failures could finally be about to end. Reality sadly intervened though, as Hayden made a hash of his and Schmeichel claimed it. 

And that miss was to be our fourth and last penalty of the night, Jamie Vardy finding the corner of the goal with Darlow close to reaching it - but not close enough. 

City's reward in the Third Round draw was an unenviable trip to Championship side Luton Town, with that Kenilworth Road tie scheduled for the midweek before we go to Leicester in the league.

So, another League Cup exit ends in the school holidays, amid grumbles about our alleged tilt at the cups proving to be nothing of the sort.

This was a pig of a draw - the only all-Premier League tie of the round - and it's difficult to be too critical of the side selected following the efforts of Sunday and another vital league game looming.

In addition to the injuries and ailments sustained at Spurs, our lack of striking options severely limited what could be achieved here - Muto the last man standing, Ritchie a makeshift number 10 and Atsu the nearest thing to a forward on the bench.

With Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle nowhere near available and concerns over the length of time that Allan Saint-Maximin will be out, to have fielded Joelinton would have been beyond brainless. There's a bigger picture element to this about recruitment and the U18 and the U23 sides, but that can hardly be laid at the door of the Head Coach.

This wasn't a side picked to lose, unlike those selected by Rafa Benitez including the likes of Curtis Good and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni. And save for the complete absence of a goal threat and some passing and control that was painful to watch, this was one of our more enjoyable League Cup ties - that's how desperate our record in cup competitions has become. 

In terms of the penalties, sadly we've seen it all before with the glorious exception of one night at Watford in 2006. That several of our previous home failures took place with Alan Shearer in the side makes the fact we've never, ever won one at SJP even more ridiculous.

Regardless of the outcome though, tonight was a success for 19 year-old midfielder Matty Longstaff, who didn't look out of place in his first senior competitive game. Far better to see a prospect get a go than the likes of Jack Colback dragged out of obscurity simply to make the numbers up.   


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