Alan Hansen wouldn’t like the defending (or the fact that defenders scored)but this was a rollicking good cup-tie in front of 10,000 fans. A much-changed Newcastle team scrapped home in the end in a fairly evenly-fought contest.
Newcastle went ahead just before the break when Peter Lovenkrands met a gorgeously-whipped cross from new signing Marveaux. From that moment you feared for Forest and McClaren who’ve started the season poorly conceding too many at the back while Newcastle look pretty tight in that department.
McClaren must have said something because after the break, a real see-saw battle commenced and Forest showed real fight and pride. Findley raked in the equaliser before I’d finished my half-time pie (which was mildly upsetting) as the Newcastle defence backed off . Lovenkrands converted a penalty after 66 minutes after Marveaux was clipped in the box before Derbyshire rounded Newcastle débutante keeper Elliot (where the hell is Steve Harper?) just minutes later to make it 3-3.
Extra time kicked off with a bizarre twist. The Ameobi brothers (Shola and Sammi) to were both on to add some bandy-legged entertainment and were soon celebrating the bizarre when Simpson’s cross drifted over the Forest keeper to send us all dancing (I’d finished my pie). But Forest kept pressing and after some good work down the left, Tudgay tapped in the cross as the Newcastle defence stood watching.
Penalties were seemingly on the cards but Sammi Ameobi and Obertan combined to provide the cross for Captain Coloccini (on loan from The Killers) to head the ball home. The away end exploded in celebration at winning another 4-3 away from home in the League Cup 3rd Round. Forest can take some consolation from this. They take heart but the failings in the league were still evident here. McClaren is running out of time.