Date: Tuesday 31st January 2023, 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
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
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.
time: Magpies 2 Saints
Magpies 2 Saints
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
"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 excellent...in
"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.”
"I've never played in an atmosphere like before. I
could feel myself getting emotional before the game. The atmosphere was that
"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
"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."
"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
"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."
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
"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.
"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.
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
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
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
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).
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
Saints in Toon - PL era:
2022/23 Won 2-1 S.Longstaff 2 (LC)
2021/22 Drew 2-2 Wilson, Saint-Maximin
2020/21 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
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,
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.