Dennis Knight

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Dennis Knight revealed how Newcastle played Darlington at their own game to knock the Quakers out of the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night.

Midfielder Knight laid on United's third goal for Adam Campbell with a clever set-piece routine - which was copied from their opponents!

In their 2-0 win over Shrewsbury in the previous round, the Quakers had utilised a similar free-kick to good effect, but they were on the receiving end at the Sports Direct Arena as Campbell wrapped up a 3-0 win in the 74th minute.

Knight, one of several impressive performers on the night for the Magpies, told nufc.co.uk: "To be honest, we'd been watching Darlington on video and we kind of pinched it off them!

"I saw Adam in a good position so I thought 'why not?' and it was a good finish by the lad."

Former Walbottle Campus Technology College pupil Knight was unlucky not to score himself, too, as he saw one piledriver superbly tipped onto the woodwork by Quakers keeper Jordan Nixon and a free-kick curl inches wide.

"I was gutted with the one that hit the bar," he said. "I was just unlucky - it was a good save by the keeper.

"Then for the second one, I saw he'd left the near post wide open so I tried to bend it in, but it went just wide."

Remie Streete and Marcus Maddison scored Newcastle's other goals to seal their place in the fourth round of the competition, and Knight said: "It was a hard match but I think we deserved the win.

"I thought Marcus was brilliant - their left-back must have been dizzy after trying to deal with him all night.

"We'll take anyone in the next round - we don't fear anybody."