Archive for tag: Carling Cup.

Toon dodge the bullet! Accrington Stanley 2-3 Newcastle.

August 26th, 2010 | 145 Comments |

Ryan Taylor after his wonder strike.
Ryan Taylor after his wonder strike.
Newcastle safely negotiated a potentially hazardous passage through to round three of the Carling Cup last night as they beat Accrington Stanley 3-2 at The Crown Ground.

The catchy advert once said ‘Accrington Stanley….. Who are they?’, and I can pretty much safely say that a largely second-string Newcastle side will know full well just who Accrington Stanley are now.

A decent game with chances at either end probably yielded the correct result come full-time, although if it wasn’t for a combination of poor finishing, the woodwork and some good goalkeeping then the score could have been much higher, for either side in fairness.

Newcastle made most of the running as the game got underway, something you would expect a Premier League team to do against opposition that sits a full three leagues below them, with Nile Ranger looking particularly lively. (more…)

Kids to get their chance against Accrington.

August 24th, 2010 | 103 Comments |

Andy Carroll - In his earlier early days.
Andy Carroll - In his earlier early days.
It looks like Newcastle will be turning to the younger players in the Carling Cup tie against Accrington Stanley on Wedenesday.

Players like Haris Vuckic, Ryan Donaldson and Kazenga Lua Lua among others will get their chance to shine as Chris Hughton rings the changes.

That should please a lot of fans, particularly those fans who want to see more of young Haris Vuckic and to see if he really does live up to the big billing he is currently recieving. Now we know the kids and fringe players will feature think it is fair to say that Newcastle aren’t taking the Carling Cup too seriously again this season. (more…)

Newcastle drawn against Accrington Stanley in League Cup.

August 12th, 2010 | 125 Comments |

The Crown Ground - Luxury at it's best.
The Crown Ground - Luxury at it's best.
Accrington Stanley……. Who are they? Exactly. That one line will mean something to a certain age group of people, me included unfortunately.

It’s not that often that we get the chance to say it these days, but given that Newcastle have been drawn away to Accrington Stanley in the League Cup it gives us the ideal chance to roll the clock back to the 1980’s and have a look at just where that very famous phrase came from.

The tie will be played in the modest surroundings of Accrington Stanley’s 5,000 capacity ground, The Crown Ground on either the 24th or 25th of August. The chances are that the match will also be on TV as Sky will no doubt be eyeing up a shock result that they can beam across the world. (more…)

Posher than us: Peterborough 2-0 Newcastle.

September 23rd, 2009 | 3 Comments |

Guthrie red-carded
Guthrie red-carded
Newcastle were beaten by Peterborough and dumped out of the Carling Cup last night. It’s probably for the best given our small squad and the higher importance of the Championship but, despite such pragmatism, it still stings to lose.

I wasn’t at the game, didn’t see it on TV and didn’t listen to it on the radio – I simply followed it on the BBC web site – so I’m not really in a position to write much of a match report. The Telegraph has a reasonable report and I’ll just make a few comments and leave it at that.

One of the things I did notice while following it on the BBC was a very telling statistic: Peterborough had 28 attempts on goal (21 on target) to our 7 attempts on goal (2 on target).

When I prepared that match preview yesterday I mentioned their potent, 3-pronged strike force and they certainly seem to have taught us a thing or two about attacking the goal. With those stats I’m surprised they only got 2 goals and at least Tim Krul must have had a reasonable game to keep more out. (more…)

Posh v Toon Carling Cup R3 – match preview.

September 22nd, 2009 | 5 Comments |

Carling Cup Round 3
Carling Cup Round 3
Tonight’s Carling Cup 3rd round tie with Peterborough is likely to see a few of Newcastle’s youngsters get an outing.

It’s partly forced on Hughton as Ameobi, Gutierrez and Simpson are injured and Khizanishvili is cup-tied, but I think Hughton will also see this as an opportunity to rest a few players anyway. We’ll certainly want to win of course but in the grand scheme of things promotion is far more important to Newcastle than Carling Cup progress.

On paper we’re 16 places and 12 points better than recently-promoted Peterborough in the Championship, although Peterborough are unbeaten in their last 5 games.

We’ve never managed to beat Peterborough in the two previous League Cup meetings between the clubs and the last time Newcastle met Peterborough in the League Cup was in 1991 when Ossie Ardiles was manager and Justin Fashanu made an appearance for the Toon. (more…)