23rd August 2016, 7.45pm
Venue: St. James' Park
2 - 0
to the field with a bandaged head, Ayoze Perez was in the right place
when a Jesus Gamez shot rebounded to him, curling home an excellent effort at the Leazes End
Half time: Magpies
1 Robins 0
47 mins Substitute
was alert enough to profit from a wayward Easah Suliman back pass, advancing
into the box before setting up Ayoze Perez to shoot into the empty goal.
Full time: Magpies 2 Robins 0
"We are really pleased
with the result because we won and go through, but we are disappointed because we
have injuries - three concussions - but I don’t think they will be a problem.
"Rolando (Aarons) has a
problem with his foot so we have to wait to see what the doctor says. That is
the most serious of the injuries.
"I spoke to them (Mitro and
Gayle) at the end of the game and they were feeling better and (I am) hoping
they are OK for Saturday.
"I was worried during the game because
we had three substitutions and at 2-0 if they pull one back in a cup
competition anything can happen. I didn’t want extra time or anything like
"We were trying to protect Dwight Gayle
because he’d played the last few games and Mitrovic needed match fitness .
We had to change it around quickly.
"We won though and hopefully they’ll
be fine. We are really upset for Rolando though.
"I think it’s important for
him (Perez) personally, but also for the team to have different players
who can score goals.
"It is easier for opposing defenders
when they know who gets the goals because they can control him, and it reduces
the chances to score.
"In this case when there are more
players scoring goals it’s always good for the team and the manager. It’s
actually a problem for me but I like this type of problem.
"When you change the team and win,
the squad is stronger - if you lose you have concerns about the level of the
"In this case I am pleased because
Jesus did well and Sterry and Grant Hanley had not played so a lot of players
who had not played many games done well.
"They have more minutes in the bank.”
was a magnificent performance by the club and our supporters out-sang 20,000
"We showed a passion and commitment on
the pitch and we have got our club back.
"I need to see that desire and
commitment, beyond the call of duty. I've been a bit down and I've had to work
hard to drag them up to that kind of performance so I am proud of them.
"The first goal was disappointing
because they allowed an injured player to come on just as they were crossing it
to the far post for him to score. Until then I thought our tactics worked well.
We let them come on to us and we had some good opportunities and play.
"The goals either side of half-time
killed us, but we had that team energy we needed.
"Danny (Wright) might not have played because he was ill on the bus
and we had to keep him in a room on his own at the hotel, but he has done a
great stint. He will score for us this season and if you put that sort of work
in and the others do he'll pick up goals.
"Give me Ł55 million and I'll find you a striker to score goals, although
we have one who is injured (Dan Holman).
"We have had heart to hearts this week
and they have all come up trumps. I am not a deluded manager, I am truthful one.
It was good to see Morgs (Amari Morgan-Smith) come on and nice to have him back
"When the players see the review of the game they'll understand why I am
happy with the performance. I hope it's a confidence boost as we have matched a
team who are Premier League standard basically."
Cheltenham Town made their first-ever
visit to Gallowgate in any competition.
There was a competitive bow at left back for 31 year-old Jesus Gamez,
who became the oldest Newcastle debutant since 36 year-old Sol Campbell
lumbered on to the field at Chelsea in another League Cup tie back in
Fellow full back Jamie
Sterry made the first senior start of his career following a substitute
appearance against Spurs in the final PL game of last season.
Ayoze Perez's first League Cup goals were his 14th and 15th for United in all
competitions, as he scored more than once in a game for the first time as a
The Spaniard became our 123rd different League Cup scorer (excluding OGs) and his goals
the 223rd and 224th scored for Newcastle in their 140th League Cup fixture.
United have now emerged unscathed from their last 16 Second Round ties (six on
a two-legged basis) and last lost in this round to the smoggies back in 1990:
Middlesbrough lost 1-2 (on agg)
1991/92 Crewe Alexandra won 5-3 (on agg)
1992/93 Middlesbrough won 3-1 (on agg)
1993/94 Notts County won 11-2 (on agg)
1994/95 Barnsley won 3-1 (on agg)
1995/96 Bristol City won 8-1 (on agg)
2000/01 Leyton Orient won 3-1 (on agg)
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
2016/17 Cheltenham Town (h) won 2-0
Bandages - not headbands
It was more Vietnam than Cheltenham at St. James' Park on Tuesday night, as a
brace from Ayoze Perez handed Rafa Benitez victory in his first cup tie since
becoming Newcastle Manager.
Progression came at some cost though for United, injury sidelining Rolando Aarons and Aleksandar Mitrovic before half
time and both Perez and substitute Dwight Gayle sporting bandaged heads.
Had Siem De Jong still been here, the air ambulance may have been required....
Recalled to the side, Aarons went to ground with a foot injury midway through
the first half and was stretchered off and
replaced by Yoan Gouffran. He later left the ground wearing a protective
Mitrovic's first outing of the season meanwhile was curtailed after taking a
blow to the face in his own box - continuing for a few minutes before leaving
the field with a suspected concussion.
(A similar situation last season in the derby saw Mitro play in United's next
game - but that was 13 days later following an international fixture break).
Perez also joined the walking wounded after suffering a head wound but played
on complete with a bandage - and substitute Dwight Gayle was then involved in
a clash of heads and similarly patched up before the decision was made to
withdraw him from combat.
United's League Two opponents were by no means rough and the misfortunes that
befell home players seemed more unlucky rather than malevolent.
However the visitors weren't overawed by their first visit to Gallowgate and
had created the better goal chances before Perez expertly curled in the opener during first half added time.
Within two minutes of the second period the tie was then secured, as Gayle
latched on to a loose back pass before unselfishly squaring the
ball to provide Perez with a tap-in for his second.
Gayle then played on after a clash of heads before Vurnon Anita took his place
and United looked to increase their goals tally. However it remained at two, Momo
Diame jinking into the box and shooting - only for Daniel O'Shaughnessy to
hack clear off
the line after Griffiths failed to block the effort.
Anita's header then flashed across goal with Gouffran following in at the far
post and Perez missed two chances to
complete his first Toon treble - one shot cleared out of the six yard box
following a corner and another blazed harmlessly into
the Gallowgate End.
Some late pressure from Town saw them threaten a consolation but Karl Darlow recorded a clean sheet and United progressed to Wednesday's Third
Quite how tonight's events will impact on Saturday's team selection remains to
be seen, with possible ramifications for our mooted loan departures. Will Adam Armstrong and Yoan Gouffran now be allowed to complete loan moves as
had been forecast, or does that rely on yet more arrivals?