A goal down after two minutes and two goals conceded in as many minutes at the end culminated in another dismal affair for Newcastle United as they fell at the feet of Championship side Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup 2nd round.
The Magpies faced Forest in the same round of the tournament last year, where a 97th minute winner from Tyler Walker saw the men from Tyneside exit the competition early. Newcastle came looking for revenge this time around, but ended up failing once again in eerily similar circumstances.
Former Magpie Daryl Murphy gave the hosts the lead after just 90 seconds as he headed home from Sam Byram’s cross. Forest nearly added a second early in the second half as Gil Dias’ strike from the edge of the box was parried by Karl Darlow and collected by Murphy for Forest, but after rounding the Magpies’ keeper he saw his opportunity to finish in an empty net blocked by Federico Fernandez. Newcastle hung on as chances from Dias, Michael Hefele and Carvalho went begging.
At 90 minutes the game was still 1-0 and seemed to be getting further and further out of reach for the visitors. That was until substitute Salomon Rondon headed home after 92 minutes.
However the away fans’ jubilation was short lived. Just two minutes later the ball dropped for Forest’s Matty Cash who fired home a rocket to send the home fans into a frenzy. That wouldn’t be the end of the late drama though, Newcastle were quickly back in the final third as Ayoze Perez was the first man on to Rondon’s flicked header. United seemed to be denied a stone-wall penalty in the 95th minute as Luke Steele wiped out Perez in the Forest penalty area after the Spaniard was first on to the loose ball. The referee waved play on despite the appeals from Newcastle players and fans. Forest were quickly up the other end to see the game off as Gil Dias capitalised from a defensive lapse and dinked the ball over Karl Darlow.
On the whole the performance from the Magpies was disappointing and uninspiring, although Newcastle fans may feel extremely hard done by to have not been given a penalty while the game remained 2-1. The Magpies will now prepare for their next game against Manchester City as Rafa Benitez’s boys continue to fight for their first win of the season.
Another second round exit from the Carabao Cup means the Magpies’ wait for a domestic trophy continues.
Nottingham Forest line-up: Steele; Byram (Darikwa 39’), Hefele, Fox, Robinson; Bridcutt, Watson, Dias, Carvalho (Cash 82’), Lolley (Osborn 58’); D. Murphy.
Newcastle line-up: Darlow; Sterry, Fernandez (Perez 69’), Schar, Clark; Atsu, Longstaff, Ki, Kenedy; Muto (J. Murphy 77’), Joselu (Rondon 82’).