By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Ryan Taylor's second delicious free-kick in two games helped Newcastle overcome Scunthorpe after extra time, and the left-back believes The Magpies deserved their Carling Cup victory at Glanford Park.
United were trailing to Chris Dagnall's 15th minute goal when Taylor struck to equalise with ten minutes to go, and Sammy Ameobi won the game in the 113th minute with a stunning first senior goal.
And Taylor, who also scored the derby decider against Sunderland on Saturday, believes Newcastle's display in the second half and in extra time warranted a place in the third round of the competition after the League One outfit had the better of the first period.
Speaking exclusively to nufc.co.uk, man of the moment Taylor said: "It was tough. We knew how they played but we didn't adapt to it early on. They turned us a lot and put us on the back foot.
"Fair play to them - they deserved their 1-0 lead.
"But then the spirit came out in the second half with the bunch of lads that we've got, and we ground out a result. Extra time isn't what we needed but at the end of the day we got through and hopefully we can continue this cup run.
"I think the chances we made in the second half were a lot more than what they made in the first half but we just couldn't find a way through. But any free-kick around the box, after Saturday's game I'm full of confidence and I think it showed.
"We took the game into extra time and to be honest I think there was only going to be one winner after that - and that was the outcome in the end."
Taylor scored in the same stage of the Carling Cup last season - a spectacular strike against Accrington - before netting in the third round win over Chelsea with one of his trademark free-kicks.
But although he clearly has a taste for the tournament, he insisted:"To be honest, I didn't think about that before the game or anything like that.
"But to score in any competition for a club like Newcastle's a great moment. and the fans enjoyed that one behind the goal too."
Those two cup goals were high-points in what was an otherwise frustrating season last time out for the former Wigan man, but he is enjoying the way the current campaign has started for both him and the team.
"Last season sort of has to get cancelled out now, because I missed four-and-a-half months through injury and six weeks through suspension, so that was basically the season gone," he said.
"I played the last handful of games and that was it, so I've got to cancel that one out. I was injured from September and didn't get back in until April time so it was a season missed and one I'll forget.
"But I'm looking to the future - and the future's looking bright now."