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Season 2022-23
Southampton (h) Carabao Cup Semi-final Second Leg


Tuesday 31st January 2023, 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Emotional

Admission: £20 adults, £10 concessions





2 - 1






5 mins: An aimless clearance from the right side of defence by Lyanco fell to Bruno Guimaraes, who advanced in possession down the left hand channel and swapped passes with Joelinton before heading infield. Some fancy footwork deceived Mohamed Elyounoussi before Ibrahima Diallo intervened to floor Bruno, just as he pushed a pass on to Sean Longstaff.

Evading former colleague Adam Armstrong (who then opted not to track back), Lobby picked out the overlapping Kieran Trippier on the Newcastle right. He shrugged off the attentions of Kyle Walker-Peters and tracked infield to his left before playing in Longstaff. He took a steadying touch
shot before shooting low into the Gallowgate net from about 12 yards. 1-0

21 mins: A picture book goal began in the home box; Sven Botman finding Dan Burn on the left touchline with a simple pass. He wasted no time in playing it forward to Joe Willock and a slick exchange between him and Joelinton wrong-footed two opponents and saw the former player streak forward and get ahead of Lyanco.

Drawing level with the visitor's area, Willock checked back and slipped a pass to the onrushing Almiron. He adeptly clipped the ball across the box for Sean Longstaff to confidently side-foot home from 12 yards.

29 mins: A similar passing move to the second goal broke down when Burn's ball to Willock saw him over-hit it backwards, giving Bruno no chance of intercepting. It fell for Che Adams, who was far enough away from Botman and Fabian Schar to take a couple of touches before hitting a rasping drive from outside the box that flew past Nick Pope into the Leazes goal. 2-1

Half time: Magpies 2 Saints

Full time: Magpies 2 Saints 1

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"It was an intense game. At 2-0, we were playing really well – and their goal changed the dynamic. Part of our problem was the psychological aspect. Southampton had nothing to lose – and we were feeling the pressure.

"Now we're there, we want to win. We don't want to go there and just participate in the final; we want to compete to try and win. That's what we'll do.

"You want to be in finals of competitions to increase your status – and make yourself more desirable for people to join. This is a club on the up.

"It feels really good. I'm delighted for everyone at the club. It really was a tense night. A great atmosphere and a brilliant environment for the players to play in. For the first 20 minutes we were every aspect.

"Team spirit and togetherness carries you a long way and we do have that at the moment. It's my job to try and protect it, encourage it and increase it. I've got some brilliant professionals in that dressing room who have done the club proud this season."

On the goalscorer:

"(Sean Longstaff) is pivotal as he is Newcastle through and through. He's an excellent player and only adding goals will increase everyone else's awareness of that. I'm so pleased for him as he's deserved the accolades.

On the Bruno dismissal:

"(The red card) was a huge blow for us and it will take time for it to sink in. He's a huge player as everything goes through him - we'll miss him. But it will be an opportunity for someone else.

"I  thought it was harsh. In slow motion it probably looks bad, but take into account the speed of that attack - Bruno's going for the ball, he's mistimed it but there's no intent there whatsoever."

On Alexander Isak:

"He felt a big groggy taking the ball to his head. I don’t know how bad that is, and I don’t know the concussions protocols.

"We didn't know what was going on, but we made a sub as soon as we knew Alex wasn't feeling great."

On transfer window departures:

"We’re disappointed to lose Chris Wood and Jonjo Shelvey, but you have to respect players’ wishes as well, and it’s not always about what the club wants.

"You have to look at things from a position of everybody’s needs and wants. So we may be slightly light in a couple of areas, but we do have a lot of quality in that squad.”

Dan Burn:

"I've never played in an atmosphere like before. I could feel myself getting emotional before the game. The atmosphere was that good.

"It's hard to sum it up. I've never played in an atmosphere like that. I was getting emotional and had to hold myself together.

"We had to hold our nerve after letting them back in. It was disappointing to concede, he struck it well to be fair. They were always going to come at us second half but we stuck it out."

Sean Longstaff:

"It's been a long time since there's been a night like this in Newcastle. Just an unbelievable night. It's amazing what's happened in a year. It's really special what we're building here.

"It’s a really special night, not just for me but for every Newcastle fan. All the energy left my body celebrating that second goal – I was knackered after that, but it’s not about me, it’s about the team.

"Luckily I've scored a few tonight. it's not about me it's about the team and the manager has put a great one together. It's amazing what can happen in a year.

"If you said 12 months ago that something like this could happen then people would laugh at you. It's special and really emotional. We don't want to stop we want to keep going and this is just the start."

They Said

Nathan Jones said:

"I was really disappointed with the first 20 minutes. We were really passive with what we wanted to do. We weren't aggressive, and the goals were really bad. We let runners go.

"The two opportunities we gave them. It was
(defensive) suicide really. But the reaction after that was fantastic. We got a goal back, and second half we were excellent. We were really positive, the only thing we lacked was a little bit of cutting edge. We had a glorious chance but we couldn't take it.

"If we defended better we could have got more from the tie. It was three crosses and midfielders arrive in the box and score. It’s stuff we’ve identified, stuff we’ve worked on, so you can talk about systems, you can talk about everything, but it’s poor.

“One, we’ve got to defend the cross better, but two, you can’t let runners go into your box and they’ve done that. That’s how we’ve been undone, three goals from midfield players arriving in the box. It’s poor.

"On the whole I think they probably edged it in terms of everything but we’ve shown we can take a quality side right to the wire. I’m very happy with that.

"Alright, there’s a lot of positives to take from it, but we have to defend a little bit better in moments and then continue that and grow in these performances because ultimately it will stand us in good stead.

"Congratulations to Newcastle. They’re a fantastic side and on the whole over the two legs they probably deserved it. We were really disappointed with the first 15, 20 minutes because we’ve gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

"We got the goal and were probably the better team from then on in but to score three goals at St James’s Park to take the game to extra-time is a big, big ask because they don't concede goals.

"Whoever Newcastle play in the final, they have got an opportunity: they are a good side. They are third in the Premier League at just over the halfway stage so they must be doing something right.

"In terms of the recruitment they have done, in terms of the time that Eddie has had here, he's done a wonderful job and they are a very difficult side: big, strong, athletic.

"They run, they can handle the football, they have got some wonderful players in certain areas. You look at
(Miguel) Almiron, Bruno (Guimaraes), Joelinton. Plus they work hard and are very systematic so they are a tough side to play in any competition."


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
1910/11 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 Southampton (a) won 1-0 (h) won 2-1 (qualified)

This was our first competitive two-legged cup tie since the UEFA Cup Quarter Final loss to Benfica in 2013 (1-3 away, 1-1 home).

The last time Newcastle won a two-legged game before tonight was the UEFA Cup Last 16 win against Anji Makhachkala in 2013 (0-0 away, 1-0 home).

In this competition tonight was our first two-legged tie since our League Cup Second Round victory over Leyton Orient in 2000 (2-0 home, 1-1 away).

Sean Longstaff's seventh and eighth senior competitive goals as a Magpie in all competitions were his first at SJP since netting at the Leazes End against Burnley back in February 2019:

Jan 2019 Blackburn Rovers (a) FA
Feb 2019 Burnley (h) PL
Feb 2020 Oxford United (a) FA
Jul 2020 Bournemouth (a) PL
Sep 2021 Watford (a) PL
Oct 2022 Fulham (a) PL
Jan 2023 Southampton (h) LC
Jan 2023 Southampton (h) LC

This is only the second time that United have reached the League Cup Final since it was established in 1960. That came in 1976, when Gordon Lee's Magpies lost 1-2 to Manchester City at Wembley, Alan Gowling on target.

Nick Pope's shutout run ended at the eleventh time of asking, after 931 minutes in all competitions. Newcastle also conceded a goal in the opening 45 minutes for the first time in 22 league and cup fixtures this season.

Che Adams became the first opposition player to score during a game at SJP since Brentford's Ivan Toney back in October - a total of 785 minutes

Saints in Toon - PL era:

2022/23 Won 2-1 S.Longstaff 2 (LC)
Drew 2-2 Wilson, Saint-Maximin
Won 3-2 Willock, Almiron 2
2019/20 Won 2-1 Shelvey, Fernandez
2018/19 Won 3-1 Perez 3
2017/18 Won 3-0 Kenedy 2, Ritchie
2015/16 Drew 2-2 Cisse, Wijnaldum
2014/15 Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2013/14 Drew 1-1 Gouffran
2012/13 Won 4-2 Sissoko, Cisse, Cabaye(pen), OG
2005/06 Won 1-0 Dyer (FAC)
2004/05 Won 2-1 Shearer (pen), Bramble
2003/04 Won 1-0 Shearer
2002/03 Won 2-1 Sh.Ameobi, Hughes
2001/02 Won 3-1 Robert, Shearer 2 (1 pen)
2000/01 Drew 1-1 Gallacher
1999/00 Won 5-0 Ferguson 2, Solano, OG x 2
1998/99 Won 4-0 Shearer 2 (1 pen), Ketsbaia, OG
1997/98 Won 2-1 Barnes 2
1996/97 Lost 0-1
1995/96 Won 1-0 Lee
1994/95 Won 5-1 Watson 2, Cole 2, Lee
1993/94 Lost 1-2 Cole


jumpin' and bumpin' and movin' all around

Almost a quarter of a century after Alan Shearer struck twice to send Newcastle to Wembley, another local lad repeated the feat on Tuesday night to seal an overdue cup return to the national stadium for the black and whites.

Wor Al bagged his brace at a neutral Old Trafford in 1999, but the ice hockey player's son from North Shields had the distinction of doing it on home turf in 2023, to the delight of almost 50,000 Geordies infected with cup fever.

Fittingly, that Toon faction included the former number 9, who took time out from twirling a black and white scarf dating back to his own testimonial to offer some scoring advice to our current number 36 - which certainly did the trick.

There have been some epic nights on this ground since the bloke who got Bournemouth relegated arrived in the North East, but this one eventually surpassed them - albeit after some scenes of mild peril that seemed to underline that winning ties of this stature doesn't come easy. At least to us. 

In classic Magpies style, fans were put through the wringer after Lobby's two swift strikes gave his side a commanding three goal advantage in the tie - and the resurgent midfielder came mighty close to bagging another between his eighth and 21st minute efforts after another flowing forward move.

However that lead was reduced by one within eight minutes, Che Adams bagging an effort from distance to remind those present that Nick Pope is actually human rather than a supernatural goalkeeping deity. 

There were further chances for a home side unchanged for the fifth successive game, but they were in short supply after the break, giving Southampton renewed hope of forcing extra time and potentially, penalties.

Pope played his part in soothing the disquiet when denying SJP old boy Adam Armstrong on 72 minutes. A VAR-inspired straight red card ten minutes later though sent Bruno Guimaraes to the dressing room, after leaving his mark on substitute Samuel Edozie's ankle.

James Ward-Prowse took the resultant free kick from just outside the box, but the defensive wall did its job: "tell me ma" chants returning following a collective exhalation of relief.

That seemed to be it, but nerves jangled again during a frenetic finale that saw two home substitutes replaced; Alexander Isak with suspected concussion after taking the full force of that free kick and Elliot Anderson for Jacob Murphy as United sought to run the clock down - Murphy being the farthest away from the bench at that moment and joining Miggy in failing to exit via the closest touchline, to the evident frustration of the visiting staff.

An indicated seven minutes of added time extended to 11 before the sound of Paul Tierney's whistle was drowned out by a deafening roar of relief that gave way to a earwax-dislodging PA rendition of Doris Day's "Que sera, sera."

Players and staff took the applause of an ecstatic home support; thoughts of Bruno's suspension, Isak's possible absence, concerns over central midfield and everything else on hold. The moment was simply to be savoured - we've waited bloody long enough for it all to come around again.

In our minds, tonight is destined to be remembered for the goals, the noise, the colour - and not much else. After a sensational opening spell that proved pivotal to our ultimate success, much of what followed was uncomfortable.

That's no different from previous games of this stature; recollections of 90 (and 120 minutes) of the 1998 and 1999 Old Trafford triumphs distilled down to pleasurable seconds of Wor Al and the big stand bouncing up and down to an alarming extent.

This could have been the night when we reverted to type and gave the sort of non-performance served up on too many occasions, be it promotion playoff failure or European capitulations.

Not for this squad or manager though; instead they're making history
and rewarding those who stuck by their club through sour times, not to mention a whole new generation of followers blissfully unaware of what preceded them.

We started this waffle by harking back to 1999 and a semi-final success that by implication lessened the successive body blows of Wembley 2000, Marseille 2004 and Cardiff 2005. 

An arch may have replaced the twin towers, but the mix of nervousness, anticipation and excitement ahead of the final is unchanged, as is the demand for tickets and the uncertainty of their distribution.

With regard to that, there's sympathy for those at the club tasked with formulating a plan, given that the last time they were in that position, arrangements were made with the football authorities via fax....

We couldn't conclude without returning to SJP five years ago tonight, for the visit of a Burnley side featuring Nick Pope. The Wor Flags display then referenced this quote from Kevin Keegan:

Making it to a final again is welcome, but for that "everything you wanted it to be" line to come true really requires us to win more than praise this time round.

Trophy parades on Barrack Road may be commonplace one day given our financial backing, but the act of finally ending that barren sequence and moving on from being the "nearly" club fixates and consumes us. And we're not alone.


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