Magpies handed Spurs cup trip

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Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Newcastle will head to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup after dumping holders Manchester City out of the competition with a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Rolando Aarons and substitute Moussa Sissoko got the goals against a lacklustre City side who looked out of sorts for a third straight match and also lost David Silva to injury with only days to go before the derby against Manchester United.

It was another big result for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who is feeling the pressure ease after back-to-back league wins, and the reward is a trip to White Hart Lane, where the second of those vital Premier League victories came on Sunday.

Chelsea will travel to Derby, while Liverpool have been drawn away to Bournemouth, who knocked out West Brom on Tuesday night.

Southampton will travel to Sheffield United as reward for their second victory over Stoke in the space of five days.

Wednesday’s match was much more eventful than Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League victory, with Graziano Pelle netting his second goal to make it 3-2 two minutes from time at the Britannia Stadium.

Saints looked in control at half-time at two up through Pelle and Shane Long’s first for the club, but Stoke levelled through Steven Nzonzi and Mame Biram Diouf.

However, moments after Stoke substitute Peter Crouch was sent off, Pelle grabbed his second to earn Southampton their ninth win in 10 games.

Tottenham advanced with a 2-0 victory against out-of-form Brighton at White Hart Lane.

It was just a fourth win in all competitions since August for Mauricio Pochettino’s side but they made heavy weather of progressing into the quarter-finals as substitute Erik Lamela and top goalscorer Harry Kane struck in the second half to see off their Sky Bet Championship opponents.

But there was no question that the result of the round had come in Manchester, where the buoyant Magpies added to Manuel Pellegrini’s worries as City’s winless run extended to a third match.

Although Pardew made a number of changes to his line-up with Liverpool due at St James’ Park on Saturday, Newcastle looked sharper than their hosts and made it count with goals in either half.

But the Newcastle boss was keen not to get too carried away, all to aware that after Sunday’s 2-1 win at White Hart Lane, the draw will give Tottenham the opportunity for revenge.

” They’ll be fired up for us coming back after getting a win there but if we’re going to win this competition we’re going to have to do it the hard way because we’ve done an outstanding job tonight and that’s really what I want to talk about,” he said on Sky Sports 1.

Newcastle have not won a major domestic trophy since 1955 – and have never won the League Cup – but Pardew insisted it was far too early to speculate how far they could go in this year’s competition.

“It’s important for us that we just keep this momentum going,” he said. “We saved a couple (of players) tonight on purpose for Liverpool so we look forward to that. They’ve won as well so that makes for a really good game at the weekend and we aren’t looking any further than that.”

The quarter-final ties will be played in the week commencing December 15.

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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