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Season 2022-23
Crystal Palace (h) Carabao Cup Third Round


Wednesday 9th November 2022, 7.45pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Laboured/Unprecedented

Admission: £20 adults, £10 concessions
(Advertised match day prices of £25/£15 proved
irrelevant when the tie sold out well beforehand)



 Crystal Palace


0 - 0





Half time: Magpies 0 Eagles 0

Full time: Magpies 0 Eagles 0

The shootout:

Wood scores 1-0
Milivojevic saved 1-0
Trippier scores 2-0
Hughes scores 2-1
Joelinton scores 3-1
Ward scores 3-2
Botman saved 3-2
Mateta saved 3-2
Guimaraes missed 3-2
Ebiowei saved 3-2

Newcastle win 3-2


We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"In these games the most important thing is that you're in the hat for the next round.

"Very difficult, tight game tonight: Probably everything we expected it would be. I donít think it was a great performance from us.

"We were a little bit disjointed. I think thereís valid reasons for that. A lot of the players hadnít played for a long period of time, I thought they gave everything, but we werenít particularly fluid in our play.

"We improved with the introduction of the substitutes, they made a real difference to the team, but we couldnít force a goal in normal time, so we had to do it the hard way.

"You prefer to do it in normal time, but if itís penalty shootout, youíve still got to find a way (to win). Weíre indebted to Nick (Pope) for some great saves.Ē

On his match-winning goalkeeper:

"I've got to say the first penalty save, I thought, was right out of the top drawer.

"There was actually a save in the first half that again I thought was right out of the top drawer as well, so it wasn't just in the penalty shoot-out. But he's been doing that for us all season.

"He's a very commanding figure but he's kept goal with such low fuss, it sort of goes unnoticed what a difference he's made."

On injuries:

(Fraser's) got a calf problem. Not sure how serious that is. I think everyone else, hopefully, has come through OK.Ē

They Said

Patrick Vieira said:

"It's a tough one, of course. When you lose a cup game it's not easy and of course it's difficult to accept. But we're out of the cup and we just have to trail back home.

ďWhen after 90 minutes it's 0-0 and it is a penalty shoot-out, the difference is of course the experience, the calmness of the players. Itís about (Newcastle) making those five changes that can have an impact on the penalties as well.

ďThe positive is we have a really clear identity about the way we want to play the game, regardless of the players on the field. Today we showed quality at times.

"Iím pleased because there are a couple of players who didnít play a lot and today I think they played fantastically well. Look at Sam (Johnstone) in goal, (James) Tomkins, look at Luka (Milivojevic) and Will (Hughes) in the midfield.

"Iím really pleased with the effect they had on the game today. Of course itís a difficult place to come, but managing not to concede a goal and to perform like that, Iím pleased with what we showed today.Ē


Eddie Howe's side are now unbeaten in their last ten league and cup fixtures and he now has a home cup success under his belt at the second time of asking, following our FA Cup loss here to Cambridge United in January.

Newcastle's ninth penalty shootout in the League Cup brought about their third victory by that method - and a first in six attempts at Gallowgate:

1979/80 mackems (h) Lost 6-7
1998/99 Blackburn Rovers (h) Lost 2-4
2002/03 Everton (h) Lost 2-3
2006/07 Watford (a) Won 5-4
2016/17 Hull City (a) Lost 1-3
2019/20 Leicester City (h) Lost 2-4
2020/21 Newport County (a) Won 5-4
2021/22 Burnley (h) lost 3-4
2022/23 Crystal Palace (h) won 3-2

In addition to the five LC failures at SJP, United had also lost the other three cup shootouts on home soil until tonight:

1991/92 Bournemouth (h) FA Lost 3-4
1995/96 Chelsea (h) FA Lost 2-4
2003/04 Partizan Belgrade (h) CL Lost 3-4

(For completeness, our other senior competitive penalty shootout was a 2-5 defeat away to Pecsi Dozsa in the 1969/70 Fairs Cup. We're ignoring the Zenith Data Systems Cup and Texaco Cup ones - the latter of which saw United beat Hearts 4-3 at SJP in September 1971)

Newcastle's previous two wins by this method had come after they took the opening penalty of the shootout. This time round the opposition went first.

Nick Pope is the first Newcastle custodian to make three saves in a shootout. Both Steve Harper (Watford away) and Mark Gillespie (Newport away) saved one each in those successes.

This was the eighth cup meeting of the Magpies and Eagles, with Newcastle victorious for the seventh time.

Palace's sole cup success remains a 1-0 FA Cup win on Tyneside in 1907 - the first-ever meeting of the clubs. Newcastle won each of the five subsequent FA Cup ties, all staged at Gallowgate.

That leaves two League Cup wins for United; this spot kick triumph and another Third Round victory back in 2014 at Selhurst Park (3-2 in extra time).

(For completeness, we'll mention the two-legged meeting in the 1972/73 Anglo Italian Cup; a 0-0 draw at Selhurst and a 5-1 home win at SJP).

Eagles @ Magpies - PL era:

2022/23 Drew 0-0 (LC) (Won 3-2 pens)
2022/23 Drew 0-0
2021/22 Won 1-0 Almiron
2020/21 Lost 1-2 Shelvey
2019/20 Won 1-0 Almiron
2018/19 Lost 0-1
2017/18 Won 1-0 Merino
2015/16 Won 1-0 Townsend
2014/15 Drew 3-3 Janmaat, Aarons, Williamson
2013/14 Won 1-0 Cisse
2009/10 Won 2-0 OG(Derry), Ranger
2004/05 Drew 0-0
2001/02 Won 2-0 Shearer, Acuna (FAC)
1998/99 Won 2-1 Speed, Shearer (FAC)
1997/98 Lost 1-2 Shearer
1994/95 Won 3-2 Fox, Lee, Gillespie

Full record v Palace:

  P W D L F A
SJP 22 13 5 4 27 13
SP 21 9 5 7 26 21
League 43 22 10 11 53 34
SJP(FA) 6 5 0 1 13 4
SP 0 0 0 0 0 0
SJP(LC) 1 0 1 0 0 0
SP 1 1 0 0 3 2
Cup 8 6 1 1 16 6
Tot 51 28 11 12 69 40

NUFC last 10 LC3 fixtures:

2022/23 Crystal Palace (h) drew 0-0 (won 3-2 pens)
2020/21 Morecambe (a) won 7-0
Wolves (h) won 2-0
2015/16 Sheffield Wednesday (h) lost 0-1
2014/15 Crystal Palace (a) won 3-2
2013/14 Leeds United (h) won 2-0
2012/13 Manchester United (a) lost 1-2
2011/12 Nottingham Forest (a) won 4-3
2010/11 Chelsea (a) won 4-3
2009/10 Peterborough United (a) lost 0-2



After our recent surge up to third in the Premier League, for 90 minutes on Wednesday night Newcastle fans really did "get their club" back, in all of its slipshod, dream-denying glory.

A record home crowd for the competition witnessed the sort of tedious. inert spectacle that in previous seasons had left some of them eyeing the exits and ignoring season ticket renewal letters.

Eight changes to the side that scored four at Southampton on Sunday inevitably resulted in a slow start and an absence of fluid pressing and passing - the only give and go's tonight were to ball boys.

As was so often the case, our success or lack of it revolved around whether Allan Saint-Maximin was in productive or wasteful mode. There was no lack of effort, but little end product and nothing to trouble the visiting defence.  Whoever chose not to put this tie on worldwide TV did us a good turn, while the abolition of 30 minutes extra time was equally fortuitous on this occasion.

Palace made their intentions clear by leaving top scorers Wilfried Zaha, Odsonne Edouard and Eberechi Eze in South London but still shaded the first half, before opting to successfully stonewall for penalties.

And then something happened, the sort of thing that only ever occurs elsewhere , for other fans. Newcastle won a penalty shootout on their own ground, after various failures over the past 43 years.

Even that milestone was laced with our own patented self-harming behaviour though; the stage seemingly set for people's champion Bruno Guimaraes to inflict the fatal blow and achieve immortality.

His penalty miss didn't look as bad on TV as it did in real time, but the elaborate, stuttering should really have been paired with the sort of xylophone soundtrack heard when cartoon characters tiptoe rapidly.

Thankfully though, Nick Pope assumed superhero status to make his third successful intervention of the shootout; denying
Malcolm Ebiowei as he had Luka Milivojevic and Jean-Philippe Mateta previously.

Aside from the goalkeeper, only Dan Burn and Sean Longstaff kept their place in the side, Burn reverting to central defence. The disjointed display that then followed brought only a quickly-taken Jonjo Shelvey free kick drifting just wide before things brightened up after the break.

Chris Wood and Burn both managed efforts on target before the arrival of Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman and Bruno midway through the half boosted team and crowd alike - noise levels raised as Trippier instantly set about cajoling and reorganising his colleagues.

Further chances for Newcastle to win in normal time did belatedly appear; Miggy Almiron with a weak effort on target Joelinton and Matt Targett both failing to trouble the 'keeper as the clock ran down.

For once though the usual shootout despair here was avoided; something that we firmly believed would haunt us for all eternity now just a footnote - much like something else hanging over us that we just don't speak of, for fear of renewing the apparent curse that has been in place since 1955.

That approach isn't mirrored at the training ground though, where the following message now greets players, staff and visitors alike:

Tonight's selection did seem over-cautious, albeit with Alexander Isak, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser's absence making Wood a shoe-in. The timing of the Fourth Round a week before the Premier League resumes should see our the strongest possible XI fielded though. In it to win it? that's a novelty.


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