Ole Soderberg

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Ole Soderberg has mixed memories of cup football over the last two seasons, but is hoping United will progress in the Carling Cup against Scunthorpe tonight.

With Steve Harper not travelling due to a knock, the Swedish goalkeeper, 21, is on the bench at Glanford Park with Tim Krul starting between the posts against the League One outfit.

His very first taste of senior football with The Magpies came in this competition, when he was an unused substitute as United lost to Peterborough in the third round two years ago.

Last season he was involved in all three of United's Carling Cup ties but didn't see any action as they beat Accrington and Chelsea before losing to Arsenal, while he helped Peter Beardsley's Reserve team lift the Northumberland FA Senior Cup without conceding a goal.

"At Peterborough, we lost 2-0 and we lost against Stevenage too, but we have a strong team now and we're hoping we win this game to qualify for the next round," he told nufc.co.uk.

"Cup games - like all games - are important, of course. We just have to wait and see how it goes in the cup because we didn't do so well last season.

"We did okay in the Carling Cup but we lost against Stevenage in the FA Cup so everybody at the club and on the pitch will give 100 per cent to go through to the next round."

Soderberg still awaits his Newcastle debut but was on the bench on a number of occasions in the Barclays Premier League last term, providing back-up for Krul when Steve Harper was injured.

And he admitted:"It's always a big thrill to be with the first-team. You know that something could happen at any time and you could get subbed on. 

"It isn't a new experience for me now - last season I was on the bench for about 15 games in the Premier League - but you get experience every game you go with them and you see how it is in the top leagues."