Thursday, August 27, 2009

A win, but at what cost?

Newcastle Utd 4 -3 Huddersfield Town

Newcastle managed to overcome a spirited Huddersfield side last night by the odd goal in seven to progress to the third round of the Carling Cup.

Having taken the lead following Danny Guthrie's shot from the edge of the box, Newcastle promptly conceded two quick goals, the second a questionable penalty following an apparent foul by Tim Krul to see us trail 2-1 at the interval.

With Huddersfield capitalising on our new look back four (which featured debutant Tamas Kadar playing alongside our new loan signing Danny Simpson at the heart of our defence) Lee Clark's visitors managed to go 3-1 up at the start of the second half.

With Big Lad on for Nicky Butt at half-time, the two goal deficit saw Jonas Gutierrez replace Kazenga LuaLua and with the added class and experience, Newcastle began to force their way back into the match. Firstly, some neat interplay saw Geremi played in to slot home our second, before Shola was able to get past his man only to then be fouled in the box. Big Lad duly got back to his feet to slot home his fifth of the season.

With extra time looming, Big Lad's header back across the box from a free kick was knocked home by Kevin Nolan (who Bolton are reportedly keen to take back to the North West) and give us a win.

However, aside from keeping our winning run going, the fact that the squad looked threadbare, and with Big Lad, Gutierrez and Nile Ranger hobbling towards the end (so much so that Haris Vuckic replaced Ameobi with a couple of minutes to go) reinforces the point that we need to be trying to strengthen the squad before the transfer window shuts next Tuesday.

Other report: BBC


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