Football: Newcastle wounded again by Woan

Newcastle United 1 Nottingham Forest 2

Tyneside groaned again yesterday as Ian Woan revisited Kevin Keegan's worst managerial nightmare upon the new man in the uncomfortably hot seat at St James' Park.

Keegan's Premiership title dream disappeared into the Trent End net when Woan struck his late equaliser on Newcastle's visit to Nottingham in May. Yesterday, Kenny Dalglish was the manager left suffering on the Newcastle bench as Woan rediscovered his particular Forest fire with a vengeance.

Up to the final 15 minutes, the midfielder's measured prompting seemed the only thing likely to open up a tightened Newcastle defence. Ultimately, his shooting power did more than that.

Twice in three minutes the Merseysider let rip with his lethal left foot. And on both occasions he found the back of the Gallowgate End net.

Thus Newcastle's pragmatic passage into the FA Cup fifth round became a knockout blow instead. The Toon Army would not have appreciated the irony, but Woan had not scored since that fateful May night at the City Ground.

It was evident by the silence which accompanied much of yesterday's Sunday service at St James' that the locals did not appreciate the markedly different vision they beheld in their beloved black and whites.

The cavalier approach of the Keegan days was conspicuously absent from the home ranks. In its place was a roundheaded caution reminiscent of how so many defensive holes were covered up in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Instead of the attacking licence they enjoyed under Keegan, Peter Beardsley and Robert Lee were clearly under instructions to err on the side of defensive protection in their midfield duties.

It was such an emphatic departure for Newcastle that their attacking endeavour before the break amounted to two headers, one each by Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand, both of which looped wide of Mark Crossley's goal.

There was even the novel sight of Newcastle's back four successfully indulging in a little defensive formation dancing, as they advanced together to play Bryan Roy offside.

The objective, of course, was to subdue the opposition and Forest were duly restricted to one half-chance in the first 67 minutes, Roy lobbing Shaka Hislop but missing the target after Woan's slide-rule pass found him unmarked on the left angle of the Newcastle box.

Openings, however, were at an unfamiliar premium for Newcastle. Crossley, apart from an early deflected David Ginola shot that would have been ruled out for an off-the-ball infringement, did not have a save to make until the 51st minute.

The Forest goalkeeper got his right hand to the header Ferdinand despatched from Warren Barton's cross from deep on the right nine minutes later but it was not enough to keep the ball out of his net.

Had Shearer beaten Crossley when he was put clear two minutes later, the outcome might have been different. As it was, with Newcastle threatening a clean sheet and 13 minutes remaining, Woan swung his left boot from a range of some 30 yards and his low shot was deflected by both Barton and Keith Gillespie on its way into the bottom right corner of Hislop's goal.

If his first goal was more than a touch fortunate (two, to be precise), Woan's second was in the clinical class. After Barton skied an attempted clearance, the Forest midfielder controlled the ball with his chest and struck it on the bounce over Hislop and into the net off the underside of the bar.

Only then did Dalglish throw caution to the Tyneside wind, withdrawing Barton and ushering black and white bodies up-field. Lee and Ferdinand both went close but the cause was already a lost one for Newcastle.

"How do I explain it?" Dalglish retorted in the press room. "It's a bad question to start with.

"I thought we did more than enough. You can't legislate for two ricochets and a wonder goal.

"Defensively, apart from those two instances, we had not too many problems. Every successful team has a slice of luck and we aren't getting any at the moment."

Forest had theirs yesterday but they earned it. Unlike Dalglish, their manager was in a position to lead from the front line and the clenched fist raised by Stuart Pearce to his colleagues after Ferdinand's goal was the signal for Forest's fightback.

They have now won six of their eight games under the England left-back's player-management, five in a row, and Woan attributed their mid-season revival to Pearce's fighting qualities. "It's the Psycho attitude he's brought into the dressing room," Forest's goalscoring hero said.

And the Psycho analysis? "It's just a little bit of confidence," Pearce said. "The lads are gaining it by the week."

Goals: Ferdinand (60) 1-0; Woan (77) 1-1; Woan (80) 1-2.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Hislop; Barton, Elliott, Peacock, Beresford (Watson, 19); R Lee, Beardsley, Batty, Ginola (Gillespie, 63); Shearer, Ferdinand. Substitute not used: Clark.

Nottingham Forest (4-4-2): Crossley; Lyttle, Chettle, Cooper, Pearce; Phillips, Haland, Bart-Williams, Woan; Roy (J Lee, 82), Campbell. Substitutes not used: Gemmill, Fettis (gk).

Referee: G Ashby (Worcester).

Bookings: Forest: Cooper, Haland.

Man of the match: Woan.

Attendance: 36,434.

On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
voicesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping the First Minister up at night?
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo

Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style

ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
travelWhy Japan's love hotels are thriving through an economic downturn
Life and Style

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Life and Style
Alexander McQueen A/W 2014
fashionPolitics aside, tartan is on-trend again this season
Arts and Entertainment
Rapper Jay Z performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2008
musicSinger sued over use of the single-syllable sample in 'Run This Town'
Joel jumps over the board...and into a giant hole
footballFrom joy to despair in a matter of seconds
Arts and Entertainment
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse on CBBC

Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason

Arts and Entertainment
Meera Syal was a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me

Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama

Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

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

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Volunteer your expertise as Trustee for The Society of Experimental Biology

Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Promising volunteer Trustee op...

Email Designer

£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...

Psychology Teacher

£110 - £130 per hour: Randstad Education Reading: Psychology Teacher needed fo...

Food Technology Teacher

£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Randstad Education are curren...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week