Nottingham Forest Carling Cup Tuesday 20th September 2011 KO 7:45pm
By Dean Farley
Saturday 24 Sep 2011 11:34:00
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Forest 3-4 Newcastle (AET)

Attendance- 10,208

Referee- Lee Mason


Well it has happened again! For the second time running in the cup, Newcastle could only take the game into extra time. We went ahead four times in this game, but once again Pardew’s men showed the determination that fans love.

    Coloccini had to save the magpies with a very late header from an Obertan cross, to fire Newcastle into the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

    It was an enthralling game in the end, but both teams came out very slow from the kick off. The first real chance fell to Forest in the 28th minute. Moloney burst down the right wing and provided the cross to Tudgay, who could only fire wide.

    Then the game went quiet again. But it was six minutes before half time that Newcastle took the lead. After a perfect ball from the lively Ben Arfa picked out Marveaux, the cross landed perfectly for Peter Lovenkrands to head the ball home. It was great build up play between the two French lads, who look like they have lots to offer Pardew on the pitch.

    Coming out from the break, Newcastle looked half asleep. Lee Camp made a hopeful clearance that was picked up by Findley. After we failed to close him down, he struck the ball sweetly into Elliot’s bottom right hand corner. Although their were defensive changes with Perch coming in for Taylor, the Newcastle defence should have prevented this goal from occurring.

    Peter Lovenkrands could only fire his shot straight at Lee Camp after dazzling work from Ben Arfa.   

   It was on 60 minutes that we regained our lead. Marveaux broke into the box and was dragged down by Moloney. Lovenkrands stepped up and just squeezed the ball into Lee Camp’s net.

    Yet again, Forest equalized just seven minutes later; Matt Derbyshire received a good through ball and he rounded Rob Elliot and slotted the ball home. I have to praise Forest for their persistence.

    Lee Mason blew for full time, and the game was set for extra time.

    Three minutes into the first half of extra time, Newcastle took the lead for the third time. Danny Simpson broke down the right wing and then his cross turned into a shot. His cross lofted over Lee Camp into the top corner of the net. As the old saying goes, it doesn’t matter how they go in!

    Wes Morgan then rattled the bar for Forest. His header was the last piece of action before half time. Could we hold on?

    Once again, Forest equalized. Ishmael Miller broke free from Danny Simpson down the right wing. His cross was blocked but and when he received the ball again, he crossed it in for Tudgay to hit the ball home- 3-3.   

    Finally, Newcastle got the winner. Forest failed to clear a corner and when Obertan made a run down the right wing, his inch-perfect cross fell to the captain. Coloccini was unmarked on the back post and he headed the ball into the back of the net to finally get the goal that would win the game for Newcastle.

    It was a great game that just emphasises what the cup is all about. We will just have to wait and see who we get in the next round. We are definitely becoming a hard team to beat.


Dean Farley

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