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Season 2023-24
Chelsea (a) Carabao Cup Quarter Final


Tuesday 19th December 2023, 8pm 
Live on Sky Sports

Stamford Bridge

Conditions: Penalised





1 - 1
(4-2  pens)





16 mins A Chelsea cross from their right was over-hit and Levi Colwell gained possession on the opposite flank with his back to goal. Under pressure from Miggy Almiron, he sent the ball towards Moises Caicedo in the centre of the pitch but it passed his outstretched leg and fell into the path of Callum Wilson.

The visiting striker accelerated over the halfway line towards the Matthew Harding stand, intent on trying to barge his way between defensive pair Thiago Silva and Benoit Badiashile en route to goal. 

Tempting Silva into trying to tackle him, a deflection left Wilson one one one with Badiashile, but with his opponent half a stride in front of him. Reaching the edge of the box, the Chelsea player looked favourite to clear his lines, but the ball bobbled up and struck his shin, allowing Wilson to nip in, take a touch and hook it to the goalkeeper's right and into the far side of the goal. 1-0

Half time: Chelsea 0 Newcastle 1

90+2 mins A deep cross was sent over by Malo Gusto from the Chelsea right to nobody in particular, only for Kieran Trippier to misjudge the bounce and head the ball down back towards his own goal - presumably believing that Dubravka would come towards the edg of his six yard box to collect.

Instead though it fell into the path of the onrushing Mykhailo Mudryk, who had the simple task of hoofing it into the net.  1-1

Full time:
Chelsea 1  Newcastle 1

The shootout:

Palmer scores 0-1
Wilson scores 1-1
Gallagher scores 1-2
Trippier missed 1-2
Nkunku scores 1-3
Guimaraes scores 2-3 
Mudryk scores 2-4
Ritchie saved 2-4

Chelsea win 4-2

We Said


Eddie Howe - managing the Magpies for the 100th time (50 wins, 27 losses, 23 draws) - said:

"It hurts a lot - itís a very similar game to the Paris end-of-game feeling where the lads had committed so much, given everything and led for so long, defended really well but didnít get over the line.

"Whenever we concede, we concede collectively, we donít concede individually. As a team we were excellent, our shape was so good, it was a heroic effort. I canít praise the players enough.

"We probably werenít as good technically in the second half and we lost our threat.

"A tough ending to the game. It was a really good away performance until the last moments. I didn't see a goal coming at that stage. 

"It's just one of those things that can happen in a football match. We covered space well, limited them to half-chances. There are a lot of positives to take but we don't feel that right now.

"I don't think it's anything to do with anything catching up with us. We conceded late in a moment where we looked like we'd absorbed most of their threat and defended so well. 

"We have to take ownership of what happened but I couldn't be prouder of the players. (I'm) very disappointed to go out."

On Sven Botman:

"It was the plan for 45 minutes for Sven
(Botman), trying to build his load back up rather than pushing him too early. We were pleased with his contribution.

On Anthony Gordon:

"It was a shame to see such an important player for us leave the pitch due to a tackle. I haven't seen it again so don't know if VAR was in action whether it would have been a red card. (I'm) Disappointed for Anthony, who wanted to continue. 

"I thought it was a really poor tackle on him and the type of tackle you don't want to see taking one of our attacking players out of the game, and again he's very sore at the minute.

"I'm going on what other people's opinions are and not mine - I haven't seen it myself but people are telling me that they think it's a red card."

On Emil Krafth:

Emil (Krafth) was too sore to continue - he's got a nasty gash on his shin which is quite sore at the moment."

On Kieran Trippier:

"I'm sure he doesn't feel fantastic because he prides himself on his technical excellence and the quality of his defensive work. He's been a transformative signing for us and glued the dressing room together. He's been the heartbeat of our performances."

They Said


Mauricio Pochettino:

"It was a really good game. We suffered when we conceded, it was our mistake. 

"To concede the way we conceded, when we didn't deserve to, it can affect any team, but we reacted really well, dominated the game against a good team like Newcastle, kept pushing in the second half, made some changes and tried to provide the team some impact.

"The most important (thing) in football is to believe to the end. We kept believing. 

"We know penalties are a lottery, but of course talent and quality (matter). Our objective before the game was to go through and now we're in the semi-final.

"I said to the players to always believe until the end. The goal was possible because we believed. Sometimes in football you need some luck, and it came. Credit to the players because they were fantastic. We are so happy. The fans and the club deserve this sort of feeling. It's a big motivation. We are waiting for the draw tomorrow.

"These types of games and the way we went through are important for the development of the team. Itís the same as games when you donít play well. Both are really important for this group to evolve and develop.

"When you saw the whole squad, including players who were injured and wanted to share their happiness in the middle of the pitch, it looks like we are a healthy group of players that only need time.

"Our responsibility is to guide them and create a platform for them to really improve. With time we are going to create a very good team that can compete, increase the competition, and be in the place Chelsea should be in."


This was the eleventh time that the Magpies have made it to the last eight of the League Cup, but they've triumphed just twice - both on home territory:

1974/75 Chester City (a) lost 0-1 (1st replay)
1975/76 Notts County (h) won 1-0
1995/96 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
1997/98 Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
2001/02 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Chelsea (h) lost 0-1
2014/15 Spurs (a) lost 0-4
2016/17 Hull City (a) drew 1-1 (lost 1-3pens)
2020/21 Brentford (a) lost 0-1
2022/23 Leicester City (h) won 2-0
2023/24 Chelsea (a) drew 1-1 (lost 2-4 on pens)

Newcastle's tenth League Cup penalty shootout brought about their seventh loss by this method: 

1979/80 mackems (h) Lost 6-7 (Steve Hardwick)
1998/99 Blackburn Rovers (h) Lost 2-4 (Shay Given)
2002/03 Everton (h) Lost 2-3 (Steve Harper)
2006/07 Watford (a) Won 5-4 (Steve Harper)
2016/17 Hull City (a) Lost 1-3 (Matz Sels)
2019/20 Leicester City (h) Lost 2-4 (Karl Darlow)
2020/21 Newport County (a) Won 5-4 (Mark Gillespie)
2021/22 Burnley (h) Lost 3-4 (Freddie Woodman)
2022/23 Crystal Palace (h) Won 3-2 (Nick Pope)
2023/24 Chelsea (a) Lost 2-4 (Martin Dubravka)

This was United's second shootout defeat to Chelsea, both by the same margin:

1995/96 Chelsea (h) FA Lost 2-4 (Pavel Srnicek)

Hit or miss - last six NUFC LC shootouts:

Shelvey missed, Gayle missed, Atsu scored, Gouffran missed.

Muto scored, Shelvey missed, Schar scored,  Hayden missed.

Wilson scored, Joelinton missed, Schar scored, Shelvey scored, Murphy scored, S.Longstaff scored

Saint-Maximin missed, Willock scored, Joelinton scored, S.Longstaff scored, Almiron missed.

Wood scored, Trippier scored, Joelinton scored, Botman missed, Guimaraes missed

Wilson scored, Trippier missed, Guimaraes scored, Ritchie missed.

Callum Wilson
reached the landmark total of 100 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle (75 starts). His 46th Toon goal was the first not to have been scored in the Premier League.

NUFC at Stamford Bridge - cup visits:

1914/15 Drew 1-1 Goodwill (FA)
Lost 0-3 (FA)
Lost 0-3 (CS)
1992/93 Lost 1-2 Lee (LC)
1995/96 Drew 1-1 Ferdinand (FAC)
2001/02 Lost 0-1 (LC)
2005/06 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
2010/11 Won 4-3 Ranger, R.Taylor, S.Ameobi 2 (LC)
2017/18 Lost 0-3 (FAC)
Drew 1-1 (lost 2-4 on pens) (LC






Another midweek, another Cup calamity.

Newcastle were on the verge of a second successive Carabao Cup semi-final appearance, until Mykhailo Mudryk's added time strike salvaged a draw for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

That wiped out a lead gained through Callum Wilson's individual effort on 16 minutes; taking advantage of Benoit Badiashile's clumsiness to nip in and nonchalantly tuck his shot home.

That equaliser took the quarter-final tie to penalties and although winning the toss and shooting towards their own fans, United had no answer to the home side's ruthlessness from 12 yards.

Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher, Christopher Nkunku and Mudryk all emphatically beat Martin Dubravka, but although the trusty Wilson netted, Trippier skewed his kick wide before Bruno coolly converted a rather better penalty than his effort against Crystal Palace last season.

Matt Ritchie was then entrusted to keep his side in the competition but although he hit the target, the kick was easily saved by Djordje Petrovic - who like most goalkeepers, moved before the kick.

For Trippier it was a tragic conclusion to a night when he arrived as a half time substitute, only to extend his recent run of costly errors with a poor header in front of his own goal, turning an innocuous right wing cross from Gallagher into a yuletide gift for Mudryk.

Dubravka was then shoved by a home fan who ran off the pitch behind the goal with the aid of a steward - some things don't change around here.

The equaliser handed the initiative to Chelsea after an indifferent display when they'd seldom looked like scoring, nudging them into the last four at the expense of a Magpies side who by then were simply spent

The Blues now join PSG and AC Milan in inflicting an unwanted trio of recent cup setbacks on us, when we've suffered devastating late heartache after positive starts.

Where we paid the price for going in search of a winner against the Italians at Gallowgate though, tonight was akin to Paris as our lines were belatedly breached. 

Whether tonight's tie should ever have got that far is debatable though; referee Jarred Gillett keeping his red card in his pocket when he could easily have shown it four times to players in blue.

Moises Caicedo would surely have been off had VAR been in use; Gillett booking him in the second minute for a disgraceful scrape down the back of Anthony Gordon's calf when the ball had long gone.

Gordon eventually pulled up and limped away, as did Krafth following a nasty challenge from Colwill who left his studs on the Swede and requiring lengthy treatment: failing to return after half time.

Fortune also favoured Gallagher, who should have been booked for a dive in the box well before earning a yellow card for a cynical late foul. Mudryk meanwhile was leniently only cautioned after grabbing Bruno Guimaraes around the throat.

The early exchanges saw Gallagher hit the bar for Chelsea from the edge of the box and Gordon see a shot blocked - Bruno then similarly denying Raheem Sterling following the Newcastle goal.

More play-acting from Sterling before and after the break eventually saw him yellow carded and the linesman correctly denied substitute Armando Broja a goal for offside.

Nicolas Jackson shot narrowly wide in the second period as Mauricio Pochettino's side came forward in waves but Dubravka was rarely tested and a defence with Dan Burn replacing Sven Botman at the break, as planned, was equal to everything it encountered until that fateful late rick.

That second half though did see United defend deeper and deeper, failing to keep possession and with an outlet ball consisting of a hopeful punt in the general direction of the number 9. 

Agonisingly, it did appear that we'd got away with it, but our history is littered with similarly late and low blows at this venue; a similarly late and undeserved strike at the same time from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink winning another quarter-final here almost exactly 22 years previously

And there was nothing on the bench to turn to aside from willing but limited Ritchie, Alexander Isak not risked and only defender Alex Murphy drafted in from the U21s.

Chelsea had consented to Lewis Hall appearing against them but the loan lad spent all night warming up, overlooked again for reasons that presumably involve our unwillingness to trigger the permanent transfer that was agreed last August.

A second cup exit in less than a week further reduces our potential workload in 2024 and may also have some bearing on January's transfer business.

Before that though, the treatment room has more work to do with Gordon and Krafth added to a list that had already extended to include Joelinton and Fabian Schar after last Saturday.

This was an unfortunate game for Eddie Howe and Wilson to both reach 100 games for the Magpies - having looked like being a memorable way to bring up the double century until the 92nd minute.

Match 101 - a Premier League trip to Kenilworth Road on Saturday - is up next. Notwithstanding the evident fatigue, the final away game of 2023 would be a timely occasion to cure a travel sickness that is now start
ing to reach concerning levels. 


Page last updated 21 December, 2023