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Newcastle 2-3 Forest

23 August 2017

Nottingham Forest produced a brilliant display against Newcastle United as Tyler Walker’s extra-time winner helped them progress in the Carabao Cup.

Jason Cummings' brace had given Forest the lead after Aleksandar Mitrovic's early opener and Rolando Aarons levelled things up to take the game into extra time.

But substitute Walker hit the winner to book The Reds' place in the draw for the third round tomorrow morning.

Mark Warburton made six changes to the side which defeated Middlesbrough on Saturday, with Eric Lichaj, Michael Mancienne, Danny Fox, Zach Clough, Ben Brereton and Jason Cummings all coming into the starting line-up.

The home side started strongly and it took just three minutes for them to take the lead through Mitrovic. Aarons ran at the Forest back line and squared the ball to the Serb who blasted home from just inside the area past a helpless Jordan Smith.

Forest responded well to the early setback, dominating possession early on and getting in behind the Newcastle defence on multiple occasions without threatening former Reds number one Karl Darlow.

But they got their reward on 29 minutes when, after patient build-up play, the ball found its way to Lichaj who squared the ball to Clough and after the midfielder chipped the ball into the area, it was Cummings who got the better of Darlow with a neatly-placed header.

The former Hibs man wasn't done there and two minutes later he put The Reds in front. Danny Fox hit a superb long-field pass to send Cummings through on goal and the striker delicately lifted the ball over Darlow to score his third goal in the competition.

Forest were deservedly in front and continuing to create chances, troubling the home side's defence constantly with their neat passing and movement.

However, against the run of play during stoppage time in the first half, Aarons' superbly hit shot found the top corner to level the scores. The winger picked up the loose ball and surged toward the Forest goal before unleashing a thunderbolt from distance, leaving Smith with no chance.

The home side took control early on in the second half with Aarons and Mitrovic in particular looking dangerous. The latter came closest on 63 minutes when he twisted and turned in the visitors' penalty area but could only fire over from close range.

Chances were limited for both sides as the half wore on but it was the Premier League side that looked the most dangerous. Jacob Murphy, on more than one occasion, caused Lichaj problems with his pace and the introduction of Matt Richie with 10 minutes to play was a sign of intent by Rafa Benitez.

It nearly paid off when the substitute's curling effort grazed the outside of the post and The Reds came even closer as Cummings was denied his hat-trick by the crossbar after an expertly hit injury-time free kick.

Neither could find a winner in normal time as the match headed into extra time and both sides looked leggy in the opening exchanges, before Forest struck the killer blow in the first period.

Jack Hobbs rose highest from a Forest corner to direct the ball towards goal and it was Walker who steered the ball past Darlow from inside the six-yard box to put the visitors 3-2 up.

Mark Warburton's men had to deal with an onslaught on the goal in the closing stages, with Diame and Ritchie both going close with efforts, but The Reds' defence held firm to seal a brilliant win and their place in the draw for the third round.

Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Mancienne (c), Worrall, Fox, Bouchalakis (McKay 46'), Osborn, Dowell (Hobbs 62'), Clough, Brereton (Walker 77'), Cummings (D. Murphy 97')

Unused subs: Evtimov, Traore, Darikwa

Goals: Cummings 29', 31', Walker 98'

Bookings: Worrall 83', Mancienne 111'

Newcastle: Darlow (c), Gamez, Hanley, Mbemba, Sterry (Lazaar 58'), J. Murphy, Saivet, Barlaser (Hayden 70'), Aarons (Ritchie 76'), Diame, Mitrovic (Joselu 105')

Unused subs: Woodman, Lascelles, Manquillo

Goals: Mitrovic 3', Aarons 45'

Booking: Hanley 85'

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 27,709 (1,059 away)


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