Newcastle finally edged the fighting spirit of Coventry City with a 3-2 win at Ricoh stadium tonight. It was the game in the League Cup 2nd round that brings the extra time after a very late-late equaliser from the Sky Blues skipper Scott Dann in the injury time.
Newcastle took the lead in 21 minutes, thanks to Charles N’Zogbia effort, although the goal was later being describe as an own goal, but Zog deserves the credit in the process.
17 minutes later, James Milner doubled the Magpies lead with a shot from the right which catches out keeper Marshall with the ball bouncing beyond his dive and into the far corner.
The home side get one goal inside the injury time before the half-time break through Clinton Morrison from a swift City breakaway.
In the second-half we look comfortable to get through to the third round as we control the game much, and have Michael Owen coming into the field in the 75min replacing Geremi. But the referee seems not in the rush to blow the final whistle even the clock get runs into the 3rd minutes into the injury time that was scheduled for just two minutes.
Desperately looking for the equaliser, City win a throw in on the right into the penalty area, where their skipper Scott Dann arriving with pace to head low into the bottom corner with Shay Given rooted to the spot.
In the first half of the extra time, Newcastle took the second advantage in 97minutes when City players fail to clear N’Zogbia corner. And just like the Bolton match, this time Enrique took the loose ball 40 yards out before sending a delightful pass over the top for Owen to race on to before finishing side-footed past the on-rushing Marshall. 3-2 for Newcastle!
The City players then keep rushing to get back into the game and force it into penalty shoot-out, and they almost got it when in two minutes before the end of extra time Shay Given saves Simpson’s low strike, and rebound to safety before Morrison can take the loose ball.
Coventry City FC:
Andy Marshall, Marcus Hall, Danny Fox, Elliott Ward, Scott Dann (c), Guillaume Beuzelin, Aron Gunnarsson, Leon McKenzie, Michael Mifsud, Clinton Morrison, Jay Tabb
Subs: Danny Ireland, Michael Doyle, Julian Gray, Ben Turner, Robbie Simpson, Kevin Thornton, Jordon Clarke
Newcastle United FC:
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Jonas Gutierrez
Subs: Michael Owen, Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, David Edgar, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger
Referee: A Bates