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Season 2015-16
Northampton Town (h) Capital One Cup Second Round

In association 

Tuesday 25th August 2015, 7.45pm.

 St. James' Park

Conditions: untroubled 

Admission: £15


Newcastle United

Northampton Town

4 - 1




3 mins Massadio Haidara's centre from the left was hooked home by the outstretched leg of home debutant Florian Thavin at the Leazes End 1-0

8 mins Thauvin sent over a free kick from the opposite flank that Siem De Jong glanced in for only his second goal in our colours. 2-0

10 mins
A needless handball by Cheick Tiote was rightly punished with a penalty award as the ball passed harmlessly out for a goal kick - Marc Richards gave Karl Darlow no chance from the spot 2-1

Half time: Magpies 2 Cobblers 1

56 mins Ayoze Perez, Siem De Jong and Florian Thauvin combined for the latter to play Daryl Janmaat for a low finish across Clarke. 3-1

63 mins A run from Perez down the left channel was halted illegally and Thauvin swung the dead ball to the back post to where the unmarked Mike Williamson had a simple headed finish. 4-1

Full time: Magpies 4 Cobblers 1

We Said

Steve McClaren said after the game:

"To get almost 27,000 was a great crowd - they have probably gone away – like me – and been pleased with the attacking side of it.

"There were some great deliveries (from Florian Thauvin) and that is going to be vital. You can have people who are the best at heading in the world but it’s no good if the delivery isn’t right.

"Florian can score and assist and he showed what he can do.

"It was a relief (to get a first win). This was always going to be a difficult game. We started well and should have had three or four before half-time.

"We started well in the second half and overall it was a professional job. It’s nice win and score a few goals.

"I thought he (Thauvin) was very good - he had 20 minutes at Old Trafford but he showed his quality on the night and he has been terrific in training.

"You never know what to expect but we have seen a lot of him and he has great ability. The key thing is he can score and assist and that is going to be a big asset for us.

"I thought attacking-wise we looked more of a threat than we have done in previous games. The squad is coming together very nicely.

"It was good to see Ayoze up front with Papiss Cisse being ill - it was good as I have never seen him there before.

“The movement of the front four was great, you always want them to be a threat. There was good link up from Siem De Jong and great penetration from Ayo.

"Rolando’s (Aarons) pace also caused them problems. I was pleased with our attacking side.”

They Said

Chris Wilder said:

"I thought they paid us the ultimate respect in terms of the team they picked and the subs on the bench. Quite a lot of these early rounds are filled with under 21 players – and they certainly didn't have any of them tonight.

"We were up against it at times, but look at the unbelievable quality we're up against. The right winger they've just paid £12million for and they're bringing on players like Mitrovic and Colback. We were bang up against it.

"We had to have a lot of things go our way to get through, the biggest thing being the attitude of Newcastle and hoping that that's a little bit off. But I have to say that their attitude was absolutely spot on in taking us seriously.

"We got off to an awful start. But we got ourselves off the canvas and then had an opportunity to get back in the game with a fantastic free kick to make it 2-2. But we're a little bit disappointed in a couple of the goals we conceded, but you could also say that they were magnificent balls is.

"They are small margins. How the first goal is scored (by Thauvin) I'll never know, David Buchanan had him marked left, right and centre and the boy has done a Bruce Lee karate kick into the corner – that's the quality that they showed in the vital moments.

"We had our moments but didn't take advantage of them. We didn't quite pick that final pass – but I've got no complaints about my team and the way they went about it tonight.

"We looked more like a team than we did on Saturday, and we looked bright in certain areas and we had to withstand a lot of pressure, but we were in the game until the fourth goal.

"We've got a lot of spirit and hopefully Saturday was a one-off, because they've not shown signs of that throughout pre-season or tonight. We gave it a right go. Now we have to take that forward.

"We have to say a big thank you to the fans, and all our players to a man went over to the supporters at the end. It was an outstanding backing we had, and this is a hell of a long way to come on a Tuesday, so to take a thousand supporters was first class. And hopefully they go away with good memories as we gave it a go."


Cobblers in Toon - all time:

won 4-1 (League Cup)
won 2-1 (FA Cup)
1965/1966 won 2-0 (Division One)
1964/1965 won 5-0 (Division Two)
1963/1964 lost 2-3 (Division Two)
1910/1911 drew 1-1 (FA Cup)

Full record against Northampton:

  P W D L F A
SJP 3 2 0 1 9 3
SS 3 0 1 2 3 6
League 6 2 1 3 12 9
SJP(FA) 3 2 1 0 4 2
SS 0 0 0 0 0 0
SJP(LC) 1 1 0 0 4 1
SS 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 1 1 0 0 4 1
Tot 7 3 1 3 16 10

Three players made their senior competitive debuts in this tie after joining from lower league sides; Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles in the starting lineup and Ivan Toney from the bench.

United scored four goals in a game for the first time since a 4-1 Premier League win at Hull City in March 2014. The last instance at home was a 5-1 PL victory over Stoke City
in December 2013.

Having both scored their first competitive goals for the club against Crystal Palace at SJP in the Premier League last August, Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson repeated the feat tonight with their second ones.

Four different scorers
increased the number of NUFC players to have netted for
us to 122

League Cup Record - all time:
Played: 138   Won: 64    Drawn: 18    Lost: 56

Goals for: 222 Goals against: 19

Hey big scorer - biggest NUFC LC wins:

Doncaster Rovers (h) won 6-0
1974/75 Queens Park Rangers (a) won 4-0
1975/76 Southport (h) won 6-0
1987/88 Blackpool (h) won 4-1
1989/90 Reading (h) won 4-0
1991/92 Crewe Alexandra (a) won 4-3
1993/94 Notts County (h) won 4-1
1993/94 Notts County (a) won 7-1
1995/96 Bristol City (a) won 5-0
1995/96 Stoke City (a) won 4-0
2000/01 Bradford City (h) won 4-3
2001/02 Brentford (h) won 4-1
2001/02 Ipswich Town (h) won 4-1
2009/10 Huddersfield Town (h) won 4-3
2010/11 Chelsea (a) won 4-3
2011/12 Nottingham Forest (a) won 4-3

Since Round 2
went from a two-legged affair to a one-off match, we have a 100% win record*:

2001/02 Brentford (h) won 4-1
2007/08 Barnsley (h) won 2-0
2008/09 Coventry City (a) won 3-2
2009/10 Huddersfield Town (h) won 4-3
2010/11 Accrington Stanley (a) won 3-2
2011/12 Scunthorpe United (a) won 2-1
2013/14 Morecambe (a) won 2-0
2014/15 Gillingham (a) won 1-0
2015/16 Northampton Town (h) won 4-1

(* the "missing" seasons saw our European participation result in getting a bye to Round 2).

Northampton became the 62nd different side we've faced in the League Cup since
1960. Six of those sides are now in the National League, 56 in the Football League/PL.




United made comfortable progress into the Third Round of the Capital One Cup thanks to an inspirational display from Florian Thauvin that prompted Steve McClaren's first win as Magpies boss.

The French winger marked his home debut by scoring the opener, having another disallowed and supplying assists for the other three goals in his 65 minutes of action - an excellent night's work.

Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat also bagged rare goals and Siem de Jong got the other with Marc Richards replying from the spot for Town following an inexplicable handball by Cheick Tiote.

Making nine changes from the starting lineup that drew with Manchester United, McClaren retained only Massadio Haidara and Ayoze Perez and brought in six of Saturday's bench at Old Trafford. 

Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Gabriel Obertan were all left out (with Papiss Cisse reportedly ill) while Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson and Yoan Gouffran all made their first competitive appearances of the campaign. 

Attacking a sparsely-populated Leazes End, United scored from their first attack when Haidara's left wing centre was hooked home by Thauvin. And when scorer sent over a free kick from the opposite flank that De Jong glanced in then a landslide victory looked on the cards.

Town were then quite literally handed a route back into the tie by Tiote's bizarre handball as the ball passed harmlessly out for a goal kick - striker Richards giving Darlow no chance from the spot.

Thauvin was denied his second of the night by the outstretched boot of goalkeeper Ryan Clarke on 25 minutes before lashing home a rebound from a Perez effort 12 minutes later from an offside position and turning to see the linesman raising his flag.

De Jong spurned two decent chances within 90 seconds before the interval but our two goal lead was soon restored after the resumption when the move of the night saw Perez, De Jong and Thauvin combine well for the latter to play in the overlapping Janmaat for a controlled low finish.

It was soon 4-1 shortly when a run from Perez down the left was halted illegally and Thauvin swung the dead ball to the back post to where the unmarked Williamson had a simple headed finish - Town hardly helping their cause by making a double substitution before the free kick was taken.

A trio of Newcastle replacements then followed, with Aleksandsar Mitrovic claiming to have been elbowed within seconds of his arrival and former Northampton player Ivan Toney getting warm applause from both home and away fans when he made his entrance.

More goals should have followed, but we failed to bridge a 20 year gap since we last scored more than four times in this competition. And it's a ridiculous 40 years since we last notched five or more goals in a home League Cup tie - a tally we'll seldom have a better chance of beating than tonight.

Our main objectives here were achieved though: progression to the next round in 90 minutes with no injuries and some pitch time to help sharpen fitness and aid our aim of competition for places.

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