morecambeI don’t like these games against so-called “lesser sides”. The premier league giants against the lower league minnows – as the media like to portray it.

It never works out that way does it? And it didn’t here either!

As usual, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew took the opportunity to rest some of our “stars” and chuck some kids and reserves in. So Good got his first start in a United team and the likes of Gosling, Dummett, Bigiramana and Vuckic got a run out.

Morecambe, of course, played their hearts out against so-called “superior opposition” – and the predictable result when you added all these factors together was the usual close-fought game between two sides which did not look leagues apart.

To be honest, Morecambe could have been two goals up by the break. One effort in particular which was adjudged to have been cleared off the line by Dan Gosling, looked in to me! Of course, when I say that, I had the benefit of slow motion TV replays which the referee and his assistant do not have.

It was a scrappy game which looked to be heading for extra time when up popped our secret weapon Shola Ameobi to score with only six minutes left on the clock.

As Morecambe pushed forward in search of an equaliser it left gaps at the back, and right on the 90-minute mark brother Sammy Ameobi was put through to make the tie safe.

I was going to put a highlights video about here – but to be honest I’ll do the reader a favour by desisting. Highlights? What Highlights!

There were however creditable individual performances – Sammy Ameobi in particular catching the eye.

The travelling United fans weren’t slow in providing chants asking Joe Kinnear where the signings were and telling our owner to spend the money. And on this showing, the depth of our squad does indeed look a bit thin going into a long hard season in the English Premier League.

The draw for the next round was made after the game. Next in the League Cup will be a home tie with Leeds United. That should prove an stiffer test but at least we’ve been drawn at home. Maybe manager Alan Pardew’s luck is changing!

After the game, Alan Pardew said:

“I said to the players in there, the club owe a big thanks to Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling … to get us a win because it will raise everyone’s spirits in the first team. It’s now taken a bit of pressure off them to get the first win.

“If we win on Saturday against Fulham that’s an OK start for us because it would mean we had four points from three games and we’re in the next round of the cup.”

“My old mate Brian McDermott is at Leeds – so I’m looking forward to welcoming him to St James’ Park more than he will be looking forward to coming to us in the next round. I’m relieved we’ve got a home tie. I think it’s the first one since I’ve been here!”

Morecambe: Roche, Wright, Parrish, Hughes, Diagne, Amond (Marshall 57), Williams, Fleming (Kenyon 77), Drummond (Mwasile 87), Ellison; Sampson. Booked: Fleming, Sampson.

Newcastle United: R Elliot, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Good, Dummett, Marveaux (Sissoko 88), Bigirimana, Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic (Sh Ameobi 46); Gouffran (Ben Arfa 71). Booked: Marveaux.

Goals: Sh Ameobi 84, Sa Ameobi 90.

Referee: M Haywood (W Yorkshire).

What do you think? As ever, comments, opinions and views welcome below.

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