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Scunthorpe 1 Newcastle 2 - AET

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
At Glanford Park

Scunthorpe United 1 (Dagnall 15)
Newcastle United 1 (Ryan Taylor 80, Ameobi 113)

A memorable first senior goal from Sammy Ameobi put Newcastle through to the third round of the Carling Cup, after they came from behind to force extra time at Glanford Park.

Ryan Taylor's late free-kick had spared United the embarrasment of joining the list of top flight sides to exit the competition at the hands of lower league outfits this week, after Chris Dagnall opened the scoring for the League One outfit.

Then in extra time, with penalties looming, substitute Ameobi - making only his second competitive appearance for the club - struck from 25 yards to ensure The Magpies a place in Saturday's third round draw after a pulsating cup tie.

Alan Pardew made six changes to the side which beat Sunderland on Saturday, but still fielded a strong starting XI as Sylvain Marveaux was handed a United debut and the likes of Dan Gosling, Demba Ba and Mike Williamson also came in.

It was Scunthorpe, though, who had the game's first shot, Jimmy Ryan attempting an effort with the outside of his right boot after Andrew Wright's cutback, but he was unable to get his effort on target.

Eddie Nolan then stung the palms of Tim Krul from 20 yards before Dagnall's deflected strike went narrowly wide of the diving Krul's goal.

But less than a minute later, the former Rochdale striker pounced to open the scoring. United failed to deal sufficiently with the resulting corner and when the ball was headed back in, Dagnall was unmarked to prod home from eight yards.

Dagnall - who scored twice against Sheffield Wednesday at this stage of the competition last year - was again loitering with intent as he almost reached Nolan's dangerous cross only for Ryan Taylor to scramble the ball behind as The Iron dominated the opening exchanges.

Newcastle registered their first shot after 22 minutes, when Marveaux was fouled by Wright and Ryan Taylor's dipping free-kick went just wide.

And, after Andy Barcham sent a thundering strike inches over the bar from the edge of the area for the hosts, Marveaux's perfect cross from the left was met by Best whose downward header forced Josh Lillis into a smart save low down to his left - then Gosling shot harmlessly across the face of goal.

Yohan Cabaye was next to test Lillis with a low 25 yard shot as Newcastle began to increase the tempo, but the Iron goalkeeper fielded it well.

Then Marveaux did well down the left but although Gosling, rushing into the box, connected with his low cross he was unable to turn it goalwards.

Five minutes before the break, Alan Pardew's side were indebted to Krul for a fine reaction save from Ryan, the Dutchman parrying the midfielder's shot.

Just before half-time, Mike Williamson limped off to be replaced by Steven Taylor but Peter Lovenkrands almost levelled in stoppage time, his powerful shot cannoning back off a Scunthorpe defender.

Newcastle needed a reaction in the second period and there was a marked improvement at the beginning of the half.

First Cabaye's pinpoint pass picked out Demba Ba, running the channels down the left, and his cross was headed inches wide by Best

Then Ba and Best were both denied in an amazing goalmouth scramble in front of the Newcastle fans in the AMS Stand, with first Lillis and then a defender making vital blocks.

And when Best did get the ball in the net, stroking home from a left wing cross, his celebrations were curtailed by an assistant referee's flag.

Peter Lovenkrands then fired over from inside the box as the visitors came out fighting, with Pardew's team-talk clearly ringing in their ears.

At the other end, Barcham came close to a Scunthorpe second, digging out a shot from just outside the area which curled wide, before Dagnall was thwarted by Krul after bursting through on goal.

But as Newcastle hunted for an equaliser, Best squandered a great opportunity as another raking Cabaye pass gave him time and space to shoot from ten yards, only for the Irish international to fire horribly off target.

The Iron withstood the early pressure, however, and Oliver Norwood, the midfielder on loan from Manchester United, shot just wide after good work down the right by Bobby Grant after 65 minutes.

Then Barcham took advantage of a slip from Danny Simpson to sprint down the left and cut in. He opened up his body but Krul got a strong hand to his shot.

Pardew brought on Sammy Ameobi for Ba in an effort to reinvigorate his team and Ameobi was involved immediately, providing a low cross for Gosling to shoot wide.

Gosling then fired over with his last touch before being replaced by Haris Vuckic, and Lovenkrands almost equalised when his shot from Ameobi's lay off was diverted wide by a claret shirt.

But Alan Knill's side continued to press for a second and would have got it but for a stunning save from Krul. Dagnall met Barcham's cross and his header hit Coloccini - but the Dutch keeper, going the wrong way, managed to throw up an instinctive hand to keep the ball out.

Coloccini headed wide from a Ryan Taylor free-kick with 75 minutes played - but it was from another Taylor set-piece which Newcastle equalised five minutes later.

Lovenkrands was fouled in a central position 20 yards from goal, and the man of the moment stepped up to find the top corner with a wonderful strike which went over the wall.

He had scored in spectacular style against Accrington and Chelsea in the Carling Cup last year and this was another for the Taylor scrapbook.

The goal gave Newcastle new impetus and they piled on the pressure in the final ten minutes. Best's lay-off teed up Cabaye, whose shot was deflected just wide and from the resulting corner Marveaux volleyed just wide.

Vuckic then shot straight at Lillis, before sending another effort off target, and the visitors were convinced they should have had a penalty when Ryan Taylor was sent tumbling in the box by Wright.

With The Magpies ending the game in the ascendancy, Cabaye almost won the day with a shot which flashed across the goal-line but, despite five minutes of added time - and Norwood lobbing the ball into the net just a couple of seconds after the final whistle - extra time was needed.

Garry Thompson tried his luck as extra time got underway but his ambitious effort was too high to test Krul - then sub Mark Duffy's lob after a rushed kick under pressure from the United keeper had to be headed off the line by Steven Taylor, who had read the danger well.

Best fired a half-volley agonisingly wide with Lillis beaten, then the former Coventry striker could only nod wide after Ryan Taylor's clever pass had caught out the home defence.

And at the end of the first half of extra time, Jimmy Ryan left fly from fully 30 yards, with Krul flying to his left to beat the ball away with another fine stop.

Norwood's free-kick two minutes into the second period of extra time evaded everybody, when a touch could have won the game for Scunthorpe, before Ameobi and Simpson combined down the right for Newcastle but Marveaux's goalbound shot was blocked by a defender.

Lovenkrands' low cross was just missed by Best at the far post but then Ameobi produced his moment of magic.

The youngster ran with the ball before unleashing a homing missile of a shot into the same top corner which Taylor had found half-an-hour or so earlier, to truly announce his arrival on the first-team stage in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Scunthorpe United: Josh Lillis, Andrew Wright, Eddie Nolan, Sam Togwell (c), Michael Nelson, Jimmy Ryan, Chris Dagnall (sub Mark Duffy 88), Oliver Norwood, Bobby Grant (sub Garry Thompson 67), Niall Canavan, Andy Barcham
Subs not used: Sam Slocombe, Michael Collins, Aaron Wint, Ashley Palmer, Jordan Thewlis

Newcastle United: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mike Williamson (sub Steven Taylor 45), Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye, Dan Gosling (sub Haris Vuckic 69), Peter Lovenkrands, Demba Ba (sub Sammy Ameobi 65), Leon Best
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Shane Ferguson, Alan Smith, Mehdi Abeid

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Attendance: 4,408

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