Newcastle 1-1 Leicester (2-4 on penalties): Foxes reach Carabao Cup third round after Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden miss spot-kicks
- James Maddison broke the deadlock for the visitors in the 34th minute of match
- Yoshinori Muto scored for Newcastle eight minutes after restart on Wednesday
- Jonjo Shelvey missed a penalty in the shootout and so did Foxes’ Harvey Barnes
- Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden missed from spot as Jamie Vardy scored crucial one
Steve Bruce, upon his arrival at Newcastle this summer, said he did not understand why managers rested players in the cup competitions, yet he made seven changes here, and lost.
In fairness, his much-changed side did well to take the tie to penalties – that is further than they normally go in the Carabao Cup – and were undone by two fine saves from Kasper Schmeichel during the shootout, Jamie Vardy netting the winning spot-kick.
But the team-sheet did not go down well with supporters who had listened to the head coach’s vow to try and win a cup.
Leicester forward Jamie Vardy scores the winning penalty against Newcastle on Wednesday
Leicester players celebrate following their penalty-shootout victory over Premier League rivals
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers celebrates after reaching the third round of the Carabao Cup
Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey looks dejected after missing a penalty in the shootout
Isaac Hayden also missed for Newcastle as the Foxes came out 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday
Bruce will argue his changes were enforced but, had this been a Premier League fixture, you feel at least five of those players would have started.
Switching goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for back-up Karl Darlow said a lot about where Bruce’s priorities lie, especially with Watford next up in the Premier League on Saturday.
‘It was difficult with the problems we had,’ said Bruce, who left out his £61million strikeforce of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron. ‘I was forced to make five, six changes, which I didn’t want to do.
Newcastle’s Yoshinori Muto (No 13) equalised eight minutes after the restart in normal time
Muto is joined by his Newcastle team-mates after scoring their first goal of the game
Muto celebrates scoring in the second-round tie with team-mate Ciaran Clark (right)
Newcastle: Darlow, Krafth (Manquillo 50), Clark, Fernandez, Schar, Willems (Dummett 78), Shelvey, Matthew Longstaff, Hayden, Ritchie (Atsu 45+3), Muto.
Subs not used: Dubravka, Dummett, Ki, Lascelles, Sean Longstaff.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Morgan (Evans 57), Soyuncu, Fuchs, Barnes, Choudhury (Praet 45), Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Vardy.
Subs not used: Justin,Gray, Albrighton, Ward, Mendy.
Referee: Tim Robinson
‘I think Joe and Miguel will be OK for Saturday though. It would have been worse if I’d lost them, I hope they will win us the game on Saturday.’
Previous bosses, including Rafa Benitez, have been heavily criticised for refusing to prioritise a shot at silverware.
Indeed, the Magpies have exited at this second-round stage in each of the past three seasons now and are yet to make it beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup in 11 seasons of Mike Ashley ownership.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers, though, had kept his promise of naming a strong XI and made just two changes from the team which won at Sheffield United on Saturday.
His argument is that Leicester should be able to compete on multiple fronts given they are not in European competition. And he is right, especially with the season in its infancy – why should players need a rest in August?
The only notion of rotation for Leicester was when Rodgers sent out assistant Chris Davies to fulfil his post-match press commitments.
He said: ‘That’s the intent we showed with the line-up. It sent a strong message out that we want to do well in this competition.’
James Maddison (centre right) is joined by his Leicester team-mates after scoring the opener
Maddison broke the deadlock against Newcastle with a free kick in the 34th minute
Maddison gives a thumbs up after scoring the first goal of the Carabao Cup tie on Wednesday
And the visitors looked like a side who had played together at the weekend, enjoying nearly 70 per cent possession during a first half in which James Maddison’s deflected free-kick gave them a 34th-minute lead.
Newcastle were level eight minutes after half-time. Fabian Schar loaded a ball into the area from deep and Jetro Willems, getting the wrong side of Ricardo Pereira, chested into the path of Yoshinori Muto who tucked home from close range.
The hosts had lost Matt Ritchie to an ankle injury after a strong challenge from Hamza Choudhury. And Bruce was furious.
‘Matt is a mess,’ he said. ‘He’s got three cuts that need stitches. It’s a horror challenge. The ref is five yards away… It wasn’t good. It was awful, over the top.’
The loss of Ritchie – and Willems and Emil Krafth to muscle injuries – compounded a frustrating night for Bruce.
Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden were the fall guys in the shootout, leaving Tyneside to reflect on yet another early exit in a cup competition.