Newcastle eventually got through to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the second attempt last night with a helter-skelter 4-2 extra time win against Championship side Blackburn at Ewood Park last night.
The game saw the Magpies’ already thin squad hit by more injuries as they sacrificed a two-goal lead within the space of 23 minutes before having to win the game all over again.
It looked to be a straight-forward assignment ahead for Rafa Benitez’s side when they raced into a two-goal lead halfway through the first period.
Academy graduate Sean Longstaff got his side off to the perfect start, before fellow youngster Callum Roberts doubled the lead to put Newcastle in cruise control.
Injury chaos and a brief collapse followed before an extra time revival saw Joselu and Ayoze Perez win the day, but Newcastle fans were excited about the two goalscoring youngsters.
Both Longstaff and Roberts bagged their first goal for the club and with Benitez’s options dwindling, the supporters would love to see the academy products on a more regular basis to aid their survival bid.
2 goals from the academy.
— Dell 🏴 (@agbnufc) January 15, 2019
Well done Murphy and well done Callum Roberts.
Good to see young players working hard with enthusiasm.
Longstaff pushing to keep his first team place.
Right decision by Raffa to give the young ones a chance
— grumpy_old_sod (@AndyHarle1968) January 15, 2019
Puts the yougsters to play at least they run and care for the club
— canny lass (@mrsocinemodid) January 15, 2019
Beautiful finish 👌 good to see the young lads taking their chances ⚫⚪
— Ryan Wilson (@RyanWilsonJA) January 15, 2019
Two youngsters are making history!
— Win Tun Htwe (@WinTunHtwe99999) January 15, 2019
Like a new signing. Atleast they have better end product than the first team.
— Wayne Black (@blackster_2008) January 15, 2019
these young guns aint bad Roberts and Longstaff.
— Alex Maxwell (@MaxwellA98) January 15, 2019