Carabao Cup 2nd Round
Newcastle United 2-3 AET Nottingham Forest
Mitrovic 3 Aarons 45+1 Cummings 29,31 Walker 97
Two goals in two minutes from Jason Cummings and an extra time header from Tyler Walker was enough to send Nottingham Forest to the third round of the Carabao Cup at the expense of Premier League side Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rolando Aarons contributed with goals for the hosts, Mitrovic taking the lead three minutes in before Rolando Aarons equalised for Rafael Benitez’s side on the brink of half time.
Newcastle United had a dream start to the game at St James’ Park with Aleksandar Mitrovic taking the lead just three minutes in. Rolando Aarons made a good run on the left-hand side before playing a good ball in towards the striker who sent the ball on its way into the top-right corner in what was his first shot of the game.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Nottingham Forest however, as four minutes later Ben Brereton found himself through on goal only for his effort to be stopped by keeper Karl Darlow on the edge of the box.
Newcastle almost doubled their lead in the ninth minute however. Nottingham Forest keeper Jordan Smith was off his line and Mohamed Diame tried his luck from long range, only for his shot to go just over.
Both defences looked relatively open, and as a result Nottingham Forest nearly came close through Jason Cummings fifteen minutes later. The forward however had his effort pushed away by Darlow.
Cummings managed to get Forest back into the game six minutes later, heading home from close range on the end of Kieran Dowell’s cross.
Two minutes later, Cummings got a second goal – taking the lead for the East Midlands side. He found himself one-on-one with Karl Darlow and managed to lob the former Forest keeper to find the net.
It was almost 3-1 to the visitors in the 33rd minute as Ben Osborn capitalised on a defensive error only for his shot to go over the bar.
Nottingham Forest continued to dominate the rest of the first half, with Newcastle looking very uneasy at the back. Zach Clough got through the defence with ease in the 40th minute only for his shot to be blocked by the keeper and then Cummings’ shot was deflected over and out for a corner.
Despite Forest’s dominance, it was Newcastle who got the next goal of the game on the brink of half time. The impressive Rolando Aarons made a selfish-looking run, as Jacob Murphy was free on his right, but his selfishness paid off as he struck the ball in the top corner to beat Smith and equalise for Benitez’s side at the best possible time.
The hosts started the second half well too with winger Jacob Murphy looking very lively. He forced a good save from Smith, who punched away to the left and out for a corner, and then the former Norwich man cut through with ease five minutes later only for his shot to go over the bar.
Jason Cummings almost had his hat-trick for the visitors in the 60th minute cutting in from the right only for his shot to go over the bar.
Twenty minutes later Newcastle came close as Mitrovic took the ball off Worrall and laid the ball off to Murphy but he could only hit the ball wide.
In added time, Nottingham Forest had a free kick in a very threatening position. Cummings stepped up, and he narrowly missed out on his hat-trick by hitting the bar. With the scores still level after 90 minutes the game went to extra time.
Five minutes into extra time, Mitrovic found the ball in space but failed to take a shot shortly before Jacob Murphy’s shot was blocked on the follow up.
Nottingham Forest found themselves in front again in the 98th minute. Joe Worrall’s header around ten yards out on the end of a corner was met by the head of Tyler Walker at the far post on its way in to send the away fans wild.
The home side were therefore playing catch-up for the rest of the game. Mohamed Diame headed just over from a corner in the 99th minute before Henri Saivet’s volley went just wide four minutes later.
Diame came close again in the second-half of extra time, and he was especially frustrated when he headed just over from a corner in what turned out to be the last kick of the game – failing to send the game to penalties.
Nottingham Forest’s win means that they head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the third round of the Carabao Cup (w/c 18 September).
Newcastle United: Darlow (c), Sterry (Lazaar 58), Hanley, Mbemba, Gamez, Murphy, Saivet, Barlaser (Hayden 70), Aarons (Ritchie 77), Diame, Mitrovic (Joseulu 105).
Subs not used: Lascelles, Manquillo, Woodman.
Nottingham Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Mancienne (c), Worrall, Fox, Osborn, Clough, Bouchalakis (McKay 45), Brereton (Walker 77), Cummings (Murphy 97), Dowell (Hobbs 62).
Booked: Mancienne and Worrall.
Subs not used: Traore, Evtimov, Darikwa.