In a surreal night for Newcastle United fans, we pulled off our biggest away win EVER as we obliterated Morecambe 7-0 (yes, SEVEN!) in tonight’s Carabao Cup 3rd round tie on the West Coast.
Joelinton bagged two – including a 30-yard screamer – Jacob Murphy scored in an outstanding display and other goals arrived from Miguel Almiron, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie in one of the most comprehensive NUFC wins you’re ever likely to see!
The resounding win sends us into the last 16 of the competition, with us set to face Newport County next week for a place in the Carabao Cup quarter finals following their surprise win over Watford on Tuesday night.
Steve Bruce started with a pretty strong team in comparison to the side fielded against Blackburn. Skipper Jamal Lascelles started alongside last week’s standout performer Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden kept his places after Sunday’s slaughtering and the in-form Miguel Almiron started in behind Joelinton up front.
There were also starts awarded to Jacob Murphy and DeAndre Yedlin – players who Bruce has openly spoken about moving on.
(4-4-1-2): Gillespie – Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Yedlin – Murphy, Hayden, S Longstaff, Ritchie – Almiron, Joelinton.
It was a terrific start for us and we immediately looked like we wanted to prove a point from the off. Just before the five minute mark, some great play from Jacob Murphy released Emil Krafth down the right, who found Miguel Almiron just inside the oppositions box. The Paraguayan then swept the ball across the box towards Joelinton – and the Brazilian placed the ball into the Morecambe goal with a smart first time finish. 1-0.
Soon after, the Brazilian should’ve had two – allowing the ball to strike the post from a Jacob Murphy cross instead of tapping it in himself. It was pretty baffling and showed his lack of goalscoring instinct inside the box, yet he’d soon make up for it!
We persisted with a ferocious attacking onslaught and in the 20th minute Jacob Murphy played a delicious through ball into the feet of Almiron, who easily rounded the keeper before smashing the ball into the visitor’s net.
The flood gates then opened (if they hadn’t already!) and it was suddenly raining goals from a Newcastle stand point.
Murphy – who’s first half performance was sublime – won the ball from a 50/50 just past the half way line, drove at the Morecambe defence and buried an effort into the met with his left foot from the edge of the box. 3-0 within the first half hour!
Then a moment of brilliance occurred from our number nine – something we’ve all been waiting for.
He won the ball on the left hand side, beat his man with a clever turn, burst into space, composed himself, and struck an absolute beauty into the top corner from a long way out.
Finally a moment worthy of a £40m player – whether it be against League Two opposition or not!
We had completely ran away with the game and the hosts grew frustrated. Their midfielder Diagouraga was sent off for an incredibly reckless challenge on Sean Longstaff, who was thankfully left sore but un-injured.
I was almost losing track of the goals by this point but Isaac Hayden certainly startled me with a thunderous strike from distance which flew past the helpless goalkeeper. Five, yes FIVE goals for us in just one half!
A top quality first half performance from us, with us playing with pace, quality and intensity. We also had 74% of the ball and passed it around with zip – which was nice to see when we spent most of last week’s tie with Blackburn chasing the play and giving it away cheaply when we got it!
So many players who are under pressure came out guns blazing and our attacking play has never looked as threatening. There were some brilliant goals and both Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almrion were everywhere. Joelinton’s confidence looked to be at an all time high too, with him putting his bizarre miss behind him in some style!
Ryan Fraser replaced Ciaran Clark at the break and the destruction resumed soon after, with our captain Jamaal Lascelles heading home from a Matt Ritchie corner. A SIX goal lead for Newcastle, and we were only 50 minutes in.
There were a few more changes in the second half, as Andy Carrol and Dan Barlaser replaced Miguel Almiron and Isaac Hayden as we entered cruise control.
The match almost looked like a training routine by the 75th minute as we completely dominated the ball, knocking it around with ease. We came close to a seventh as Emil Krafth had an effort blocked off the line and Andy Carroll miscued two close-range headers. If there’s any negative from tonight, it’s that he didn’t break his duck and score his first competitive goal since returning!
Last but not least, a Dan Barlaser through ball found Matt Ritchie in added time, and his flicked effort deflected in to make it SEVEN with a few minutes to spare.
League Two opposition or not, there are a plethora of positives to take from tonight’s performance. Joelinton looked a different man throughout. He was physical, tidy on the ball, drove forward with it well, created chances for others and scored twice – including one stunner.
Similarly, Jacob Murphy has given Steve Bruce a lot to think about. He surely can’t ship him out on loan after a performance like that? His pace was devastating, his did things quickly and showed his ability to cut in and shoot or go down the outside and hang up a good cross with his right. As for Miguel Almrion, he surely has to start in the Premier League – that’s a goal and 3 assists in three games for him!
After tonight’s resounding win, we look forward to Newport County in the fourth round. Win that and we’ll be in the quarter final!
A welcome performance and result after Sunday’s shambles at St James’ Park.
What a funny old year 2020 is turning out to be…