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.....
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
1-2 Shelvey saved
1-3 Tielemans scored
2-3 Schar scored
2-3 Barnes saved
2-3 Hayden saved
2-4 Vardy scored
Leicester win 4-2
Steve Bruce said:
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
"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
"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
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
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
"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
1970/71 Pecsi Dozsa (a) FC Lost
1971/72 Hearts (h) TC Won
1979/80 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
Cup, TC=Texaco Cup, LC=League Cup, ZDS=Zenith Data Systems Cup, FA=FA Cup, CL=Champions
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
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).
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
Of those 66 different sides, four in the current top flight have evaded us
so far: Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and West
Last 10 League Cup Second
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
2018/19 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,
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
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"
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