Newcastle got back to winning ways on Tuesday, thanks to an fairly routine EFL Cup win against last Saturday’s opponents Wolves.
Making 8 changes to the team that side that spluttered to a home defeat 3 days previous, full debuts were handed to DeAndre Yedlin, Achraf Lazaar and Daryl Murphy – all of whom posted encouraging displays.
Clearly lacking width in the full back areas, Rafa will have been heartened to see how willing his two new defenders were to break past their winger and get involved with play, even if their end product is best described as rusty at present.
Matt Ritchie confirmed his magic status with a delightful one/two on the edge of the box and neat finish, but once again Yoan Goffran attempted to take the net off with a certifiable thunderbastard. This time a chest-high volley…
The win gave Newcastle a 4th round home tie with Preston North End, and with a number of the so-called big boys drawing each other the competition could bear some fruit.
Staring XI (4-2-3-1): Darlow, Yedlin, Lazaar, Hanley, Clark, Shelvey, Colback, Ritchie (Lascelles 84), Diame (Perez 70), Gouffran (Atsu 74), Murphy
Subs not used: Woodman, Dummett, Hayden, Mitrovic
Goals: Ritchie 29 (jinking run), Gouffran 31 (WHOOOSH)