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Season 2023-24
Manchester City (h) Carabao Cup Third Round


Wednesday 27th September 2023, 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

St. James' Park

Conditions: Varied

Admission: From 20 (Cup scheme), 25 (member sale)




Manchester City


1 - 0





Half time: Magpies 0 City 0

53 mins Jacob Murphy smartly gained ground before finding Joelinton, who manoeuvred into the area and centred for Alexander Isak to convert at the Gallowgate End. It's difficult to know what Rico Lewis was trying to achieve when he skipped over the ball as it skidded across the six yard box, but it ended up being the perfect dummy. 1-0

Full time: Magpies 1 City 0

We Said


Eddie Howe - joined again by Jason Tindall in the technical area under EFL rules - said:

"Pre-game, the run last year was in our thoughts. It was an inspiration to us and helped our season, albeit the final maybe affected our league results. We look back on it with real pride.

"We want to try and go one further if we can but there is a long way to go at this stage. We are still there fighting.

"We were slightly imbalanced so we made changes at half time and were much better. The second half display was very, very good. I don't know whether we deserved it because it was a game of few chances but the players' attitude was first class.

"It was a game of two halves The first was tough and City played well. We didn't but defended well as we didn't have the ball.

"Second half we were excellent in most aspects, defensively and offensively. We attacked well and probably deserved to win in the end.

"There were tactical changes but the biggest thing was in belief. This is not a reflection on the lads we took off but the lads we brought on made a big difference. 

"With the ball we were a better team completely."

On Tino Livramento:

"He's trained really well. He's got great competition with Kieran Trippier for Premier League and Champions League time but we're going to have so many games this year. It was such an impressive performance...a great full debut for him."

On Joelinton:

"He was excellent in the second half and epitomised the improvement in the team's performance. For fitness levels and the fact he hasn't trained or played that much in the last few weeks, full credit to him."

On Paul Dummett:

"I thought Paul was absolutely outstanding. When you see him behind the scenes every day, his commitment to Newcastle, the professionalism that he shows, his standards have been exemplary since Ive been here. Thats why I was so determined to keep him in the summer and he can still play an important role on the pitch. Hes got real experience and a really good defensive mindset.

On Lewis Miley:

"He's a player of outstanding talent and real potential. That's why I trusted him to play today - I don't just give opportunities for the sake of it. He's earned it - he'll grow from it."

On the Fourth Round draw:

"Its another top team but weve proved tonight that weve made changes to the group and weve won a very difficult game so Im sure Manchester United will be equally as difficult but well try and win.

Its the only way that we can view it. Well get to that game when we get to it, we dont know where well be in terms of our team, players and the selection of players well have available.

"The way were going and the competitions were in, were playing elite teams all the time and we have to get used to it. Its the only way we improve ourselves.

"Its not maybe the draw we wanted but we respect Manchester United and how they do things but well have to face it.

They Said


Pep Guardiola said:

"First congratulations to Newcastle, for going through. We were brilliant first half, and of course for the way we played.

"I think Newcastle couldn't accept
(our first half dominance), they increased the rhythm and aggression and kicking, and they were there, more aggressive. We struggled a little but thats normal. I said at half time the second half will not be like the first.

"I dont know how many fouls they did and how many we did but we had double yellow cards. It is what it is. I said to be there in the bad moments and we were there. At the end we could not win, with the crowd. Congratulations to Newcastle. 

"We have incredible positive things for many, many players for their good play.
We played an incredible game. Really good in the first half, in the second they were more aggressive, they scored but we were there all the game. 

"Comparing last season when we were out to Southampton we were not there and today we were.  It was a tight game and the players we played were really good. One mistake and we were done, the only chance they had. But the way we played in the first half was amazing."


Newcastle won a first home game in all competitions over City in six attempts and only the second victory in 18 meetings at SJP. The visitors failed to score here for the first time in 18 visits.

2023/24 Won 1-0 Isak (LC)
2022/23 Drew 3-3 Almiron, Wilson, Trippier
2021/22 Lost 0-4
2020/21 Lost 3-4 Krafth, Joelinton(pen), Willock
2019/20 Lost 0-2 (FAC)
2019/20 Drew 2-2 Willems, Shelvey
2018/19 Won 2-1 Rondon, Ritchie (pen)
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Drew 1-1 Anita
2014/15 Lost 0-2
2013/14 Lost 0-2
2013/14 Lost 0-2 (LC)
2012/13 Lost 1-3 Ba
2011/12 Lost 0-2
2010/11 Lost 1-3 Carroll
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Ameobi, og(Dunne)
2007/08 Lost 0-2
2006/07 Lost 0-1
2005/06 Won 1-0 Owen
2004/05 Won 4-3 Robert, Shearer, Elliott, Bellamy
2003/04 Won 3-0 Shearer 2, Ameobi
2002/03 Won 2-0 Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 Won 1-0 Solano (FAC)
Lost 0-1
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand 2, Beardsley
1994/95 Drew 0-0
1994/95 Won 3-1 Gillespie 2, Beresford (FA)
1994/95 Lost 0-2 (LC)
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole 2

The fifth pairing of these sides in the League Cup saw Newcastle victorious for the second time: 

2023/24 R3 won 1-0 (SJP) Isak
2014/15 R4 won 2-0 (Etihad) Aarons, Sissoko
R4 lost 0-2 (SJP)
R4 replay lost 0-2 (SJP)
1994/95 R4 drew 1-1 (Maine Road) Jeffrey
1975/76 F lost 1-2 (Wembley) Gowling

The Magpies have now won their most recent five League Cup home ties - matching their best run in the competition between 1975 and 1976.

Following previous substitute outings in the Premier League, there were first competitive starts for Tino Livramento, Lewis Hall and Lewis Miley.

Nick Pope
kept his fourth successive clean sheet in all competitions. He's now unblemished in 380 minutes - his best run since racking up ten consecutive shutouts last season totaling 931 minutes.



Already bemoaning the fact that his side had to travel home by coach due to an absence of flights, Pep Guardiola saw his hopes of Carabao Cup glory grounded at St. James' Park on Wednesday night. 

A 53rd minute strike by Alexander Isak ensured that Manchester City exited from this competition in the round that they entered for the first time since 2012 - and also surrendered their unbeaten domestic record this season. 

Before Pep & Co. had even begun their journey though, the draw for the Fourth Round draw sent Newcastle across the M62 to the red half of Manchester, in a repeat of last season's Final.

A Red Devils reunion is scant reward for a fabulous second half display from United, who struggled in the opening 45 minutes to feed on non-existent scraps, but emerged revitalised after the interval and set about City with some pressing that verged on the manic. 

Isak was one of ten changes from Sunday's eight-goal record breakers, only Nick Pope remaining from the starting line-up at Bramall Lane.

As well as first club starts for Tino Livramento, Lewis Hall and Lewis Miley, Paul Dummett featured for the first time in over a year and there was a rare start for Jamaal Lascelles alongside him in central defence.  

There was also an unexpected and most welcome return from injury for Joelinton - a timely boost following the Harvey Barnes news and Joe Willock's slow road to recovery. 

The Brazilian's strong forward run eight minutes after the restart was crucial; Jacob Murphy smartly gaining ground before finding Joelinton, who manoeuvred into the area and centred for Isak to convert at the Gallowgate End.

An uncomfortable opening period for the hosts had seen them struggle to retain possession and they took 41 minutes to create anything meaningful; Joelinton's tackle igniting a counter-attack and Isak playing Jacob Murphy in, only for him to be denied by the foot of goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. 

A slicker and more composed City side dominated and racked up a vastly superior pass total, but were only an intermittent threat to Pope's goal - the custodian earning his fourth successive clean sheet by sticking out a boot to deny Julian Alvarez.

With Anthony Gordon and Bruno Guimaraes on for Hall and Miley, Eddie Howe's side were simply unrecognisable from the opening half; their energy and industry prompting roars of approval from the crowd as home players threw themselves into tackles, blocks and clearances both before and after what proved to be the winner. The galvanising effect that support had on Isak was clear to see. 

Gutsy displays from Dummett and Lascelles plus a man of the match showing from Livramento and a committed performance from Matt Targett saw an unfamiliar back four collectively defend superbly - Hall having swapped with the latter at full back for part of the first half. 

They kept out a strong, if not first choice, City forward line who never looked like fashioning an equaliser. Their manager meanwhile broke off from moaning about motorways to talk his way into the referee's notebook after an unscheduled visit to the home technical area.

A tight calf saw Isak withdrawn as a precaution, while Dummett went off with cramp and Bruno remained on following treatment for an ankle knock. It was later confirmed that illness kept Martin Dubravka and Dan Burn out, while Callum Wilson and Sven Botman were both carrying knocks. 

An unexpected and welcome win over the toughest of opponents was deservedly celebrated on and off the field at full time, as the upward trajectory of this season continues. Still fighting on four fronts....


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