With the League Cup fourth round wrapping up last night, Damien Morris takes us through last night’s action.
Newcastle United’s recent form continued in some style tonight after they beat holders Manchester City 2-0. Dutch striker Rolando Aarons opened the scoring for Newcastle United as early as the sixth minute when he fired a low shot past stand-in goalkeeper Wily Caballero.
Newcastle managed to wrap up the match late on when substitute Moussa Cissoko fired in another low shot past Caballero to send the away fans into delirium with the Newcastle fans even having time to show the City fans how to do the Poznan.
Manchester City had plenty of possession on the night but they were unable to make the most of their opportunities. They will be heading into the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday lacking in confidence after the manner of the losses they have had against West Ham and Newcastle.
Newcastle United on the other hand will be pleased with their recent form after beating Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and now Manchester City. They played with such determination and passion. It was also great to see Ryan Taylor put in such a great display for the Geordies after been missing for two years from the game.
Southampton continued their super form under Ronald Koeman by edging past Stoke City 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium. Southampton took the lead when in-form striker Graziano Pelle curled a super effort past the stranded Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Irish striker Shane Long then scored his first goal for Southampton to make it 2-0.
Stoke City then pulled a goal back in the second half through Steven N’Zonzi before Mame Biram Diouf levelled the match up for Stoke City. Peter Crouch was sent off late on after being shown a second yellow card after a poor challenge on N’Zonzi. Pelle then scored from the resulting free kick to put them through to the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere Tottenham Hotspur eased past a struggling Brighton and Hove Albion team, managed by former Liverpool player Sami Hyypia, 2-0 at White Hart Lane. Erik Lamela and Harry Kane scored the goals for Tottenham who have really been struggling for form in the Premier League so far this season.
Damien Morris, Pundit Arena