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Season 2022-23
Leicester City (h) Carabao Cup Quarter-Final


Tuesday 10th January 2023, 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Irresistible

Admission: £20 adults, £10 concessions



 Leicester City


2 - 0





Half time: Magpies 0 Foxes 0

60 mins: Dan Burn charged down Marc Albrighton's clearance on the touchline outside the City box and as Joe Willock pursued the rebound, Timothy Castagne's attempt to clear his lines fell to the Toon man.

He turned infield before sweeping the ball to Joelinton on the corner of the box. His first-time pass picked out Dan Burn, who held off two defenders before side-footing through the legs of a third and into the far corner of the goal.

Fans roared their delight as an ecstatic Burn celebrated with his team mates by the Gallowgate/Milburn corner flag before saluting the crowd, arms aloft. 1-0

72 mins: Kieran Trippier's throw-in from just inside his own half on the United right went to Callum Wilson, who touched it to Almiron. The Paraguayan raced across the field and supplied a perfect defence-splitting ball to Joelinton, who barely broke stride as he passed it into the corner of the net from the left side of the box. 2-0

Full time: Magpies 2 Foxes 0

We Said




Eddie Howe said:

"It was a similar feel to the Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday games. We had chance after chance and couldn't take them. The important thing is not to get impatient and not to over think things and be too extravagant.

"I thought we controlled things really well. The goals came at a good time. You are always looking for things to improve.

"Leicester are a transition threat, especially when Vardy comes on. The defenders concentration was very good. At 0-0, we limited them.

"The hallmark of our team is that they don't stop. The athletic capability of our team is very high. Allied to that is the mentality, to understand the need to work and run and our players understand that. To the end we were trying to push.

"You have to enjoy winning. It doesn't happen all the time. You work hard for the moments in the changing room and you want the players to savour it.

"It's been too long (for a trophy win), too long a wait. That's no criticism of anyone that's tried, but we're desperate to hurry up the processes and try to get the team successful as quickly as possible.

"That's easier said than done, and we now go to a semi-final. Getting to the semi-final is one thing, but you want to get into the final, you want to experience that.

"We know we'll have a huge test ahead of us whoever we get, but we're just delighted to be in there.

"Credit to the supporters for not getting anxious when we were missing chances. It certainly helped the players relax and get the goal in the end. I'm really pleased for the club and supporters to be through to a semi-final rather than for myself.

"We are delighted. It was what we wanted, the semi final. The performance level was excellent from start to finish and we created lots of chances.

"The emotions that come out in that state are relief. We are trying to be ambitious and take no backward steps. This team always focuses on what comes next. The FA Cup defeat could have shaken us but it didnít.Ē

"It was a brilliant moment for Dan Burn to score. A betting man would not put their money on Dan Burnís right foot but what a finish! It is moments like that make football.

"I am so pleased for him. This is his club and he has come back here and he is savouring every moment.

"I was actually asking him to speak and he stood up (in the dressing room) and danced. But when someone as popular as him has a moment like that then I think it's important we all share it with him.

"He moves quite well for a big man, doesn't he?"

he Geordie Dancer

(Sky Sports beamed out live post-match scenes from the home dressing room, eavesdropping on a brief message from Eddie Howe and then speaking to Burn after filming the now-traditional group victory photo:

This access all areas approach will doubtless be the norm if (or when) the proposed "fly on the wall" documentary series about NUFC becomes reality.

Burn added:

"I used to sit in the East Stand you always want to score in front of the Gallowgate end, to do that in front of my family was amazing.

"I like to get forward and it's entertaining watching a guy my size running into the box. It was exciting before the game.

"The gaffer made a big thing of going for a trophy this season, in previous years staying in the league was enough, but this year we want a cup.

"If weíre at this stage youíve got to have winning it as your goal. Weíll be disappointed if we donít at least get to the final. I remember Wembley Way and how disgusting the old Wembley was! I had my brand new trainers on and there was just wee coming down the stairs.

"I remember we scored and a lady in front of us kissed me. I remember that. I donít remember the disappointment, not at that age. That was to come!

"The longer it goes on (without a trophy), the more you think itís never going to happen but Iím sure it will. Iím hoping this season, but if not it definitely will happen.

"Growing up I went through a good bit of our history. There were the Champions League games, they probably made me fall in love with Newcastle United.

"I think thatís top like. I would say definitely. To score at the Gallowgate in the quarter-final of the Cup for Newcastle is what I dreamt of when I was a kid. It hasnít really sunk in.

"Since I joined last January itís been a surreal sort of 12 months and couldnít have got any better.

"My family are buzzing. My dad has the love back for Newcastle, which he probably lost for a long time watching me play wherever I was. Itís a good place to be at the moment.

"We are in a position we probably didnít see ourselves in at the start of the season so if anything we are probably overachieving. Itís not the pressure that City and Liverpool have, where they are expected to be up there and do it.

"I think that will come at some point just with the way the club is going with the ownership and the manager and the players we are bringing in. At the moment it is something we are enjoying and we just want to attack every team.

"It was disappointing watching from outside the club going out of the Cup every year. After a while you just accepted it.

"Since this manager has come in, that's not enough anymore. We want to have a go in all the Cups now Ė to make a semi-final, especially off the back of last season, means so much.

"You can dream of a final. We take one game at a time Ė it doesnít make a difference who we play because if we want to win it we have to beat the best teams Ė but itís an amazing achievement. We canít get distracted with it, we have a lot of important games in the league and want to stay up there as well.

"Even though weíve not won a trophy for that many years. It shows what kind of club and fanbase we are. We feel weíve got a real connection with the fans now and there probably wasnít that for a lot of years. We want to keep building it."

Burn's night


They Said

Brendan Rogers said:

"The best team won.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the two goals we conceded. The players worked hard and showed the effort and commitment but we lacked quality in our play. We didnít pass it how we would want to. Sure, the players gave everything but the best team won so congratulations to Newcastle.

"We had a few good chances that we could have scored from but if you donít take those opportunities, you know what happens. Patson
[Daka] had a chance in the first half and then if Jamie [Vardy] gets the goal, it's 2-1 and itís a different stadium with us having the momentum. But it wasnít to be.

We didnít start well at all (on Boxing Day against Newcastle). Tonight, we didnít show our strength. We got into some good moments, but we lost too many balls, we gave away the ball too cheaply and if you do that, then itís going to be tough for you.

ďI think the frustration is that the two goals that we conceded were disappointing. We had the ball, give it away, and then itís soft goals. Obviously the second goal, itís from a throw-in.

ďYouíve got to lead in those moments, youíve got to be stronger and it was two passes and too easy for them to get in.

On Vardy's miss:

"At 2-1 with 15 minutes to go, it would make it interesting. There would be a bit more nervousness in the ground, but he obviously just pulled it wide.

"It was a good move, a good opportunity, but that was probably what we were like throughout the evening.Ē

On the prospect of new signings and injured players:

"Iím only focused on players that are available. I'm sure the club will work hard to get some in. I think I'm a decent coach, but I'm not a magician.

"If you look at our net spend since I've been here, it's about £10m, in three-and-half years."


Excluding the Intertoto Cup, Newcastle qualified for their first semi-final since the FA Cup in April 2005, when they went down 1-4 to Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

In all competitions, this was our seventh successive clean sheet at SJP - four in the PL and three in the League Cup.

Since losing to Liverpool in the PL last April, United have gone 13 league and cup games without defeat at SJP, scoring 22 goals and conceding five. Those five were let in during just three games, which is another way of saying we've kept 10 clean sheets.

Nick Pope returned to the side after missing Saturday's FA Cup reverse at Sheffield Wednesday and extended his personal shutout record home and away in all competitions to 632 minutes.

Dan Burn's
first competitive goal for Newcastle was the 250th* that have been scored in our favour in this competition since Duncan Neale netted in a 1-4 home loss to Colchester United in 1960.

The 251st goal then came from Joelinton, his third in the League Cup and seventeenth in all competitions across four seasons at Gallowgate:

2019/20 4 (2 PL, 2 FA)
2020/21 6 (4 PL, 2 LC)
2021/22 4 (4 PL)
2022/23 3 (2 PL, 1 LC)

* (not including penalty shootouts)

Karl Darlow returned to the bench as Martin Dubravka was cup-tied following his loan spell at Old Trafford.

Foxes in Toon - PL era:

2022/23 Won 2-0 Burn, Joelinton (LC)
2021/22 Won 2-1 Guimaraes 2
 Lost 1-2 Carroll
2019/20 Lost 0-3
2019/20 Drew 1-1 (lost 2-4 on pens) (LC)
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 (Ch)
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

Hung, drawn & quartered - NUFC in last eight of all competitions:

1901/02 FA Sheffield United (a) lost 1-2 (1st replay)
1904/05 FA Bolton Wanderers (a) lost 0-2
1905/06 FA Birmingham (h) won 3-0 (1st replay)
1907/08 FA Grimsby Town (h) won 5-1
1908/09 FA mackems (a) lost 0-3 (1st replay)
1909/10 FA Leicester Fosse (h) won 3-0
1910/11 FA Derby County (h) won 4-0
1912/13 FA mackems (h) lost 0-3 (2nd replay)
1914/15 FA Chelsea (h) lost 0-1 (1st replay)
1923/24 FA Liverpool (h) won 1-0
1929/30 FA Hull City (a) lost 0-1 (1st replay)
1931/32 FA Watford (h) won 5-0
1946/47 FA Sheffield United (a) won 2-0
1950/51 FA Bristol Rovers (a) won 3-1 (1st replay)
1951/52 FA Portsmouth (a) won 4-2
1954/55 FA QF Huddersfield Town (h) won 2-0 (1st replay)
1955/56 FA mackems (h) lost 0-2
1960/61 FA Sheffield United (h) lost 1-3
1968/69 FC Vitoria Setubal (h) won 5-1 (n) lost 1-3 (qualified)
1969/70 FC Anderlecht (a) lost 0-2 (h) won 3-1 (eliminated)
1973/74 FA Nottingham Forest (n) won 1-0 (2nd replay)
1974/75 LC Chester City (a) lost 0-1 (1st replay)
1975/76 LC Notts County (h) won 1-0
1975/76 FA Derby County (a) lost 2-4
1994/95 FA Everton (a) lost 0-1
1995/96 LC Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
1996/97 UE AS Monaco (h) lost 0-1 (a) lost 0-3 (eliminated)
1997/98 LC Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
1997/98 FA Barnsley (h) won 3-1
1998/99 FA Everton (h) won 4-1
1999/00 FA Tranmere Rovers (a) won 3-2
2000/01 FA Arsenal (a) lost 0-3 (1st replay)
2001/02 LC Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2003/04 UE PSV Eindhoven (a) drew 1-1 (h) 2-1 (qualified)
2004/05 FA Spurs (h) won 1-0
2005/06 FA Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 LC Chelsea (h) lost 0-1
2012/13 UE Benfica (a) lost 1-3 (h) drew 1-1 (eliminated)
2014/15 LC Spurs (a) lost 0-4
2016/17 LC Hull City (a) drew 1-1 (lost 1-3pens)
2019/20 FA Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2020/21 LC Brentford (a) lost 0-1
2022/23 LC Leicester City (h) won 2-0

Getting a semi on - NUFC in the last four of all competitions:

1904/05 FA Sheffield Wednesday (n) won 1-0
1905/06 FA Woolwich Arsenal (n) won 2-0
1907/08 FA Fulham (n) won 6-0
1908/09 FA Manchester United (n) lost 0-1
1909/10 FA Swindon Town (n) won 2-0
FA Chelsea (n) won 3-0
1923/24 FA Manchester City (n) won 2-0
1931/32 FA Chelsea (n) won 2-1
1946/47 FA Charlton Athletic (n) lost 0-4
1950/51 FA Wolves (n) won 2-1 (1st replay)
1951/52 FA Blackburn Rovers (n) won 2-1 (1st replay)
1954/55 FA York City (n) won 2-0 (1st replay)
1968/69 FC Rangers (h) won 2-0 (a) drew 0-0 (qualified)
1973/74 FA Burnley (n) won 2-0
1975/76 LC Spurs (a) lost 0-1 (h) won 3-1 (qualified)
1997/98 FA Sheffield United (n) won 1-0
1998/99 FA Spurs (n) won 2-0
1999/00 FA Chelsea (n) lost 1-2
2003/04 UE Olympique Marseille (h) drew 0-0 (a) lost 0-2 (eliminated)
2004/05 FA Manchester United (n) lost 1-4
2022/23 LC ??


Blyth Power

Tuesday evening saw Newcastle manage something not seen for nearly 50 years; winning a League Cup quarter-final at a fervent St. James' Park.

Second half goals from Dan Burn and Joelinton dispatched Leicester, but had United been more clinical in front of goal then they could have exceeded their own rapid start at the King Power last month.

Eddie Howe's side found the City net three times in the opening half hour that day and could well have emulated that here; Sean Longstaff ending a flowing move by firing over the crossbar after just 40 seconds.

Reverting to the full-strength line-up fielded at Arsenal, the hosts wasted a succession of chances - Longstaff again, Bruno Guimaraes, Burn and Miggy Almiron all close as the City goal was besieged.

But having missed all of those, Patson Daka had the chance to give the visitors the lead on the break. He was clean through but elected to pass rather than shoot and saw his weak ball to Harvey Barnes cut out.

Newcastle's bombardment instantly resumed after the break, Joelinton's deflected shot striking an upright just 20 seconds from the restart.

Burn then headed over when well placed and Longstaff was again denied by Ward from inside the box as home fans raised the noise levels in an attempt to inspire their side. And it worked.

Burn's intervention outside the left hand side of the City box saw the ball come back to him via Willock and Joelinton, the defender striding forward to net in a manner that recalled the great Philippe Albert.

The scenes of celebration that followed also prompted memories for some of left back Frank Clark's first-ever Toon goal, against Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup. Unlike that night in 1973 though, there was no pitch invasion.

Brendan Rodgers immediately introduced Jamie Vardy (on the eve of his 36th birthday) and Kelechi Iheanacho to the Foxes forward line. Before they could do any damage though, it was 2-0 to United as Joelinton slotted home an imperious delivery from Almiron to ramp up the celebrations further.

That wasn't quite the end of the story; Vardy inexplicably missing from six yards when seeming a certain scorer and almost immediately firing wide from the other side of the goal - the home defence AWOL on both occasions.

Youri Tielemans also fired over in added time but by that stage victory looked assured as Howe's side saw out the final stages in familiar fashion; both Allan Saint-Maximin and Alexander Isak on by then - the latter finishing on the winning side for the first time in his Toon career at the fifth attempt.

After a second outing in four days, the Swede is back in contention at what looks to be an opportune point in our season; Callum Wilson looking off the pace and the goal threat from Chris Wood decidedly limited.

Vindication for Howe then; frustration at Saturday's FA Cup stumble giving way to thoughts of what is uncharted territory for a generation of Newcastle fans - or a couple of generations in the case of this particular competition.

And while he was quick to repeat his desire for the club to end their trophy famine, it's worth stating that this is a high water mark for Howe as a manager or a player. Even if we go no further, this is a genuine feather in his cap.


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