Football: Cort lays down law to Newcastle

Newcastle United 1 Barton 32 Wimbledon 3 Cort 2, Perry 59, Ekok u 75 Attendance:36,526

While the Toon Army waited to pay homage to the pounds 400m pride of Catalonia, the cut-price Dons snatched their chance to humble the pride of Tyneside at St James' Park yesterday. Wimbledon started the day bottom of the Premier League but ended it with the scalp of a club that will be in the same league, in the literal sense at least, as Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Jose Mourinho, the Barca scout in the 36,000 crowd, had reason to be encouraged by what he saw. Twice the Newcastle defence played set-piece statues, allowing Wimbledon players to pick off the easiest of goal-scoring headers. Then Efan Ekoku fired the third that sealed Newcastle's fate.

It was the first time the Champions' League hopefuls had been beaten at home since the last European night at St James', when Sonny Anderson scored for Monaco in March. The Brazilian will be back on Tyneside on Wednesday, as pounds 13m worth of a Barcelona squad which has been officially valued at pounds 400m. Wimbledon found their winning touch yesterday courtesy of two homegrown products, Carl Cort and Chris Perry, and Ekoku, at pounds 900,000 a rare luxury item in Joe Kinnear's low-budget brigade. "Victories don't come any sweeter than this," Wimbledon's breadline boss crowed. "It was one of the best performances since I've been at the club."

Kenny Dalglish saw it differently, and with good reason. "Without being disrespectful to Wimbledon," he said, "we contributed to our own downfall. But it won't affect the way we approach Wednesday night." The Newcastle manager warned in his programme notes: "When the first whistle blows Wimbledon are potentially as dangerous as Barcelona." But his defenders failed to recognise the imminent aerial threat when Neil Ardley clipped the ball into the Newcastle goalmouth two minutes after the opening blast of Mike Reed's whistle.

The unchallenged Cort, with just one substitute appearance behind him, could scarcely believe his good fortune as he planted a firm header past the stretching Shay Given. It was not the 19-year-old forward's first goal in senior football but it made a greater impact than the one he scored at Sincil Bank in April, on loan to a Lincoln City team beaten 3-1 by Wigan. The Toon Army was temporarily silenced.

Newcastle started without the leader of their forward line, despite having gone to elaborate lengths to ensure Faustino Asprilla was not delayed in transit from World Cup qualifying duty in Venezuela. The Colombian had been flown by private jet from Biggin Hill at lunchtime and rushed from Newcastle airport by police escort but Dalglish chose to keep his South American maverick alongside him on the bench until the final 25 minutes. Instead, Ian Rush assumed pole position up front, and the veteran Welshman and the debutant John Barnes fashioned the few half-chances Newcastle squandered before they drew level in the 31st minute.

Neil Sullivan saved Keith Gillespie's angled drive but failed to hold on to the ball. Warren Barton, salvaged from the non-league scrap-heap by Wimbledon and sold to Newcastle for pounds 4m, was quick to bite the hand that once fed, lashing in from close range. Newcastle, though, were unable to exercise their customary home stranglehold. Two minutes before the hour-mark they allowed Wimbledon to get ahead again. From Alan Kimble's corner, Perry rose unchecked to head in at the far post.

Ekoku delivered his coup de grace with quarter of an hour remaining, twisting Alessandro Pistone first left, then right before crashing a right foot shot into the roof of the Newcastle net. "I think he turned Pistone's shirt inside out," Kinnear ventured. Newcastle will be hoping to avoid a similar fate on Wednesday night.

News
Jennifer Lawrence was among the stars allegedly hacked
peopleActress and 100 others on 'master list' after massive hack
Sport
Radamel Falcao
footballManchester United agree loan deal for Monaco striker Falcao
Sport
Louis van Gaal, Radamel Falcao, Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Javier Hernandez
footballFalcao, Hernandez, Welbeck and every deal live as it happens
Voices
A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a shooting range in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv
voicesIt's cowardice to pretend this is anything other than an invasion
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Arts and Entertainment
booksNovelist takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
music
News
Fifi Trixibelle Geldof with her mother, Paula Yates, in 1985
people
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Primary Teacher

£100 - £130 per day + Excellent rates of pay, Free CPD: Randstad Education Sou...

Supply Teachers Required

£100 - £130 per day + Excellent rates of Pay, Excellent CPD : Randstad Educati...

NQT and Experienced Primary Teachers Urgently required

£90 - £150 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: NQT and Experienced Primary Teac...

Year 1 Teacher

£100 - £130 per day + Excellent rates of pay, Free CPD: Randstad Education Sou...

Day In a Page

Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor