Thursday, March 30, 2023

Burn and Joelinton hearth Newcastle into League Cup semis

Second-half objectives from defender Dan Burn and Brazilian Joelinton helped Newcastle United beat Leicester Metropolis 2-0 on Tuesday to earn a spot within the League Cup semi-finals.

Missed probabilities have plagued Newcastle’s current type and once more it was wasteful in entrance of objective within the first half in opposition to Leicester, mustering 12 pictures with out discovering the web, with Sean Longstaff the responsible get together on two events.

The host virtually edged in entrance instantly after the restart, however Joelinton’s prodded effort got here out off the submit, by way of a Marc Albrighton intervention.

It was left to Burn to lastly break Leicester down, with the Newcastle-born fullback ending nicely on the hour mark to lift the roof at St James’ Park.

The house supporters didn’t have to attend lengthy for a game-clinching second, as Joelinton made one rely to verify of the win and preserve Newcastle within the hunt for his or her first main home trophy since 1955.

“It would mean everything to win a trophy but we just need to focus on the next game, take it one game at a time and now we look to the Premier League,” defender Kieran Trippier advised Sky Sports activities.

“We knew this was important because we went out of the FA Cup, the lads were brilliant tonight.”

Leicester arrested a run of three successive defeats with victory over fourth-tier Gillingham within the FA Cup on the weekend, however they by no means seemed like making it successive wins.

“The best team won,” coach Brendan Rodgers advised the BBC. “We are disappointed with the goals we conceded. We gave away two soft goals. We lacked quality in our play if I’m honest but the players gave everything.

“We had a few chances in the game, good chances we could have scored from but if you don’t take those opportunities it is tough. I am focussed on the players that are fit and available. That is where we are at.”

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