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Peterborough 2 Newcastle United 0

By Lee Ryder on Sep 22, 09 02:07 PM

A DISMAL match for the Toon saw them crash out of the Carling Cup at the hands of Peterborough.

Newcastle started the game with a 4-5-1 formation with Haris Vuckic playing in an advanced role supporting Nile Ranger.

Posh threatened early on with two minutes gone as Lee Frecklington stormed past Tozer but Ryan Taylor won the ball back and hooked clear for a corner, which Newcastle cleared.

Both teams these days playing in the second tier of course and the inexperience of United was certainly something Posh thought they could take advantage of.

And they nearly did when George Boyd bustled past Tavernier to roll it to Craig Mackail-Smith who saw his shot deflected past the post.

Mackail-Smith was a real thorn in the side of United and almost found a way through on 12 minutes only for a combination of Ryan Taylor and Krul to mop up the danger.

Moments later R Taylor lashed United's first goal attempt in from range but it whistled just inches wide of the post.

It seemed like the young United side were beginning to settle down and with the Toon Army backing them from behind the goal they were attacking, they tried to get back into it.

Donaldson then rattled another one just wide on 16 minutes exactly.

But after a Boyd corner Posh grabbed the lead.

R Taylor tried to lash clear but it struck Boyd and allowed Mackail-Smith scored on 20 minutes with a flicked header in front of goal for 1-0.

It was a really sloppy clearance from R Taylor and Boyd didn't know much about assist.

Posh could have extended their lead on 22 minutes when Frecklington hit one from range but it flew high and wide.

LuaLua made a bursting run down the left when Morgan upended him but the ref only pointed for a corner.

Newcastle fans weren't liking what they were seeing but nobody could say Posh didn't deserve their lead.

Newcastle were giving Posh plenty of encouragement and when LuaLua tried to clear from a corner but it hit Diagouraga and bounced off the base of the post.

It was comical moment for Newcastle but Peterborough were dominating in the possession stakes.

And they did doubled their lead on 31 minutes when Tozer made a hash of a clearance and could only play it to Boyd.

He slipped it to left-back Tom Williams who let fly from an acute angle and beat Krul at his near post.

The game was turning into a nightmare for the young Magpies with Posh all over the black and whites.

Moments later Krul handled a backpass outside the area with ref Stroud booking the Dutchman and awarded a free-kick on the 18 yard line on 32 minutes.

McLean drilled in the free-kick but it struck the Toon wall and Tavernier hacked it clear - it was a let off for Krul and United.

Seconds later United conceded another need-less free-kick and Guthrie was booked for kicking the ball away in frustration.

Boyd struck it but Krul held on firmly.

United ended the half when Lovenkrands was chopped down by Williams in the box.

It looked like a stonewall penalty but Stroud waved away the protests.

There was almost insult added to injury when Posh broke from the incident and Mackail-Smith cracked the bar as the home side hit the woodwork for a third time in the half.

At half-time Posh led 2-0 - it could easily have been six or seven.

In the second half, Krul had to be at his best to keep out Mackail-Smith once again.

But United went down to 10 men later on when Guthrie wiped out Boyd with a late tackle as his yellow card from the first half came back to haunt him with Stroud issuing him with his second caution of the night.

It was hardly the best example from Guthrie to his young colleagues.

Newcastle's next chance came from a free-kick just before the hour but R Taylor fired wide.

Hughton introduced Smith, Geremi and Nolan on 58 minutes when they replaced LuaLua, Vuckic and Donaldson.

But Newcastle United failed to rally and were not even second best against a Posh side who looked at times like a blue Brazil.

Whether that was Hughton's ill-advised team selection or the fact that Fergie Jnr had his troops up for it is up for debate.

However, had it not been for the woodwork and Tim Krul - this one could have been one of the heaviest defeats in the club's history.

In the end it turned out to be one of the most humiliating as United's stock continues to get lower during the Ashley era.

United finished with 10 men and looking punch drunk as Posh fans cheered every pass.

The final whistle could not come quick enough.

I reported from the ground and you can click below to see a replay of my live blog.

1 Comments

Ted Kane said:

I hope that kills off all that romantic drivel about giving the 'young guns' a go. Ranger got no service from a decidedly poor midfield. Lua-Lua was as bad as it gets. As for the first team players who lost their heads... Frankly, they hardly set an example. They ought to have started with Butt and Barton in the middle and given them a chance to redeem themselves. Instead, we got the 'not-so-great-Dane' (copyright the Chronic) who, yet again, had me wondering why we'd given him a three-year contract...

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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