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Season 2009-10
Peterborough United  (a) Carling Cup Third Round

In association

Date: Tuesday 22nd September 2009, 7.45pm

Venue: London Road


Admission: 22 seats, 17 terrace




Peterborough United

Newcastle United

2 - 0



20 mins A George Boyd corner was cleared back to the taker and when it was rebunded back into the six yard box, Craig Mackail-Smith was there to nod in from close range, before celebrating with jubilant home fans at the London Road end of the ground 0-1

31 mins Debutant defender Ben Tozer gave the ball away on the edge of the area and Tom Williams squeezed a shot between Tim Krul and his near post 0-2

Half time: Posh 2 Toon 0

Full time: Posh 2 Toon 0

We Said

Chris Hughton said:

"The performance was a disappointment. It was a big experience and learning curve for the youngsters, but we understand how our fans are feeling.

"It was my decision to do it, and it was a difficult one. It was difficult because we have so many fans who travel with us, but what we have at the moment is a small squad, and I think most of them understand that the league is a priority.

"It was a long way for them to travel, and what the ones who did travel saw were some of the players they won't have saw too much of. We're disappointed, but it was my decision to go with a young side.

"They were supported by some senior players in the two Taylors, Danny Guthrie and Peter Lovenkrands, but it wasn't to be. The squad we have at the moment is one we need to protect, and the most important thing is that we regroup. We must make sure we bounce back at Ipswich."

They Said

Darren Ferguson commented:

"I am not going to get carried away by two victories just as I wasn't when we were not picking up the results that we should have done earlier in the season. It is not my style to get emotional about results either way.

"But it was essential we picked up from where we left off on Saturday and that is exactly what we did. We performed very well and kept a clean sheet which was an important factor.

"It is not my concern what team Newcastle play. My side were outstanding and that is all that matters to me.

"We started with the formation we used in the second half on Saturday and played with the high-energy and tempo required against young opposition. There is no doubt this system suits the players at the club."

"It is about time the club had a good run in a cup competition. I am yet to have one as manager of the club so our progress in the competition is very pleasing.

"Burnley and Derby both both Championship clubs when they reached the semi-finals last season and that goes to show what is possible. But the Carling Cup goes on the backburner now because we have some very important league games coming up, starting with a very hard game on Saturday against a Blackpool team that are going very well."


Our 123rd match in this competition saw us fail to record victory number 55, meaning that we've now lost 51 and drawn the other 18 games (from the days when draws were possible).

A failure to find the net leaves our respective for & against totals at scored 191, conceded 165.

First team debuts for James Tavernier and Ben Tozer, while there were first competitive senior starts for Haris Vuckic and Ryan Donaldson.    

Mags @ London Road - competitive games: 

2009/10 lost 0-2 (League Cup)
2001/02 won 4-2 (FA Cup) O'Brien McClen, Shearer (pen), Hughes, 
1992/93 won 1-0 Sheedy
1991/92 lost 0-1 (League Cup)
1977/78 drew 1-1 (FA Cup) Hudson

Full record v Peterborough:

  P W D L F A
SJP 1 1 0 0 3 0
LR 1 1 0 0 1 0
League 2 2 0 0 4 0
SJP(FA) 2 1 0 1 2 1
LR 2 1 1 0 5 3
SJP(LC) 1 0 0 1 3 4
LR 2 0 0 2 0 3
Cup 7 2 1 4 10 11
Tot 9 4 1 4 14 11



Two first half goals were enough to dump United out of the Carling Cup at London Road on Tuesday evening, but while this a competition circumstances dictated we weren't in a position to push for, the bookings and dismissal of pivotal first team players may yet impact on our promotion hopes.

Chris Hughton made ten changes to the side that beat Plymouth, only Steven Taylor remaining from Saturday's starting XI (a groin strain ruled rookie Tamas Kadar out - presumably from left back).

Drafted in were goalkeeper Tim Krul, debutant defensive duo James Tavernier & Ben Tozer and midfield trio Ryan Donaldson, Kazenga LuaLua and Haris Vuckic. The three subs used on Saturday were also retained in the side, while four more untried reservists were on the bench. With Khizanishvili ineligible, messrs Harper, Enrique, Butt, Barton, Coloccini & Carroll were all rested.

That one match ban came as a result of Guthrie's second yellow card of the evening - a soft tackle to go with a thoughtless hoof of the ball that cost him a cheap booking. Quite why the seemingly obvious precaution of replacing him at half time was ignored is unclear, while Hughton's triple substitution after going down to ten men was equally baffling. 

The damage had already been done after an embarrassingly one-sided first 45 minutes against a full -strength fellow Championship side who could hardly believe their luck. Under pressure from the off, the Magpies survived several scares, including an almighty scramble that saw the ball rebound back off the bar and bounce around pinball style, before Posh inevitably opened the scoring and then quickly added a second. 

For anyone who didn't attend and only saw the BBC highlights, the lack of any Newcastle attempts on goal in the footage can be explained by the fact there weren't any. A strong first half penalty shout for a foul on Lovenkrands proved to be almost our sole riposte, with only an energetic display from Krul (aided by his goal frame) preventing a wider winning margin. 

It seemed to be only a question of when the home side would add to the score and they came close near the end when Alan Smith cleared from Craig Morgan, amid claims the ball had crossed the line. 
Krul saved from Aaron McLean once more in the dying seconds but there was never any danger of the home side not making it into the draw for the Fourth Round and their increasingly off-beam goal attempts meant that the score remained within non-headline making proportions. 

That will have come as little consolation to the travelling support however, who grumbled and moaned but to their credit, never collectively barracked the visitors. 

There were opportunities for various positive things to have come out of this tie, regardless of the final result. As it is, none of those were achieved, save for further pitch time for Lovenkrands and Krul wearing in his new gloves; certainly Geremi and Nolan could have done without playing in this one, while the logic of Barton and possibly Butt playing seemed obvious.  

One can only assume that this was Hughton's attempt at highlighting the paucity of his squad as Sam Allardyce did at Hull in a pre- season game two years ago. Trying to apply any other logic to his strategy is a fruitless task - assuming that the senior player "committee" weren't dictating who did what. 

Posh had beaten us 4-3 on Tyneside in this competition forty four years ago to the day, when two three divisions separated the sides. Despite a DVD of the 2009 game quickly going on sale though, this outcome was no cup giant-killing, merely a confirmation of the thinness of our current squad. 

As we've said before, giving young players squad numbers does not instantly make them first -teamers. and this is another wake-up call to the management that we may have a team to push for promotion, but certainly not a squad. 

This time last season, the promotion credentials of Burnley were sketchy, but the men from Turf Moor were to build up a head of steam that took them through the playoffs on the back of a morale-boosting run to the semi-finals.

Our absence from the Fourth Round denies us that, but does at least allow the first team squad to recharge their batteries after three league outings in eight days next month with a nine day break before their trip to Sheffield United. On a more instant level, we also avoided playing extra time and the substitutes avoided disciplinary or injury mishaps.

In a perfect world, our youngsters would have been blooded in this competition - but for other clubs. Unfortunately the club's current predicament means that they were virtual cannon fodder as we fulfilled our fixture commitment.

On the basis that this club has been in far better health on and off the field when calamity has struck it in this competition, we cannot get too worked up about this cup exit. It would be nice to think that we'd make more of a fist of the FA Cup, but in reality we'd rather come back here next April looking to complete a league double over Darren Ferguson's side.

PS: NUFC revealed on Thursday that Barton was carrying a foot injury that would rule him out of Saturday's trip to Ipswich and he was therefore unavailable for Peterborough. 

Confirmation of that makes the second half deployment of Nolan, Geremi and Smith following Guthrie's dismissal even more bizarre - running the risk of further decimating our midfield ahead of Saturday in a meaningless match we were going to lose.



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