Accrington Stanley 2-3 Newcastle: Daily Mirror match report
Published 23:00 25/08/10 By Simon Bird
The Accrington club shop was selling T-shirts asking: "Newcastle United? Who are they?" turning the famous old milk advert on its head.
Stanley may be 65 places below Newcastle in the league pyramid, but they certainly let Chris Hughton's men know who they were last night.
It was a culture shock, as Newcastle's kids encountered tin roofed stands and an old school atmosphere - but Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands ensured the result eventually went to plan.
Chris Hughton sent out a team packed with his best young talent, and despite a battling performance from the home side, in which they grabbed a lifeline when Liverpool reject Ray Putterill scored just before half time and Sean Hessey crashed home in injury time, the Geordies won through.
Newcastle only took charge in the second half when long serving striker Shola Ameobi, was made captain for the night in his first start of the season, came up trumps with a 47th minute tap in.
Then with all 11 of Newcastle's 6-0 heroes from the Aston Villa match were rested, it was left to another ray of experience, Lovenkrands, to grab the crucial third on 66 minutes.
Yet this was no cruise. Tim Krul had to make three top class saves as Accrington had their moments at their neat ground, that was a world away from St James's Park.
Hughton said: "It was a tough test. With the ground and the atmosphere they have here all the players know they have been in a game. We knew there was an element of rick with the team we picked with such a young side there always is.
"But the result and the performance justified the decision. It shows there has been progress with our young players. Wil I do the same in the next round? It depends who we get."
It took a special strike from Ryan Taylor, one of the few Newcastle starters to break the deadlock.
Taylor's strike was a cracker from 30 yards out and gave Ian Dunbavin no chance. Accrington boss John Coleman was well aware of Taylor's long range talents.. the 47-year-old used to play Sunday league football with the Stanley boss on Merseyside.
United's goal came on 36 minutes but the home response was swift. Ray Putterill, an ex-Liverpool youngster, capitalised on a miss-kick on the edge of the area by Nile Ranger and planted his shot past Dutch U21 keeper.
Putterill is nicknames "razor" and his finishing was appropriately sharp.
This is the smallest town with a football league club, but the Crown Ground was throbbing as the locals made it an occasion. A giant banner was raised with a picture of a Magpie and the words: "One for sorrow." There was also a nice touch with a giant "RIP Sir Bobby Robson: Heaven's manager" flag.
There was plenty to celebrate with Stanley being bolstered by pds 150,00 tv money from the match, although a few youngsters got a free view by climbing on to the roof of neighbouring houses to peer easily over the two seat deep stand.
Ameobi's strike came when a long throw from Ryan Taylor, who had earlier scored a cracker from 30 yards, was flicked on by Nile Ranger. Lovenkrands then headed goalwards and Ameobi finished it off for his first of the season.
Lovenkrands then slotted home after good work from Kazenga Lua Lua.
Hessey's strike, a blockbuster from 18 yards, gave Accrington two minutes of injury time to grab a leveller but Newcastle killed the game. Hughton will be delighted with the performance of his youngsters especially LuaLua, Tamas Kadar and Ryan Donaldson.