Alan Pardew, reprieved as Newcastle United manager by two late goals at the weekend, was given another boost here when full-back Paul Dummett headed a winning goal in the second period of extra-time to carry the club through an open and even Capital One Cup tie. It came after midfielder Mehdi Abeid was sent off for a second yellow card and was a triumph for the team's spirit after conceding an equaliser right at the end of normal time, as well as that of the 2,100 supporters who had made the arduous trip to deepest south London. In the circumstances a trip to Manchester City in the fourth round is poor reward.
Newcastle, whose board have publicly stated that the club's priorities each season do not include domestic cup competitions, could take a number of other positives from the evening: Emmanuel Riviere scored his first goals since arriving for £6 million in July; the 17 year-old Adam Armstrong, in his first start, looked a real prospect and made the winning goal; and Pardew, scorer of one of the most famous goals in Crystal Palace's history - to win the 1990 FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool - seemed to have found a better balance than Neil Warnock, who made 11 changes.
Urged by many of Newcastle fans beforehand to field a strong side, he had kept three of the back four from Saturday's 2-2 draw against Hull that gave him a stay of execution, adding the experienced Steven Taylor in place of Mike Williamson. Alas, there was no Pappis Cisse, scorer of both goals as a late substitute in the Hull game and now suffering from a virus, but the consolation was a pair of goals and therefore a more confident performance from the previously struggling Riviere.
Palace's wholesale changes included full debuts for Zeki Fryers at left-back and Kevin Doyle in attack, while Wilfried Zaha, who scored the late equalising goal in the 3-3 draw between the teams in Warnock's return to football recently, was restored to the side, having been an unused substitute at Everton on Sunday. So was Dwight Gayle, who scored a hat trick in the last round at Walsall and it was his penalty kick after a foul on Zaha that put the home side in front after 25 minutes.
The Dutch right-back Daryl Janmaat, another of Pardew's summer signings, clearly clipped Zaha without taking any of the ball and Gayle, who had sent one early low drive just wide, put his spot-kick just inside the same post.
As Newcastle improved, Riviere, part of Monaco's summer fire sale, wasted two crosses from the left by Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi, and could not make contact with two more from the other flank by Gabriel Obertan. But in the 36th minute he took possession as Brede Hangeland slipped just outside the penalty area and left Wayne Hennessey rooted to the spot with a precise low drive.
With his tail up, the Frenchman had sufficient self-belief to take the penalty awarded to his team only two minutes into the second half. It was another straightforward decision for referee Robert Madley as McCarthy lunged at Ameobi in an almost identical spot to Janmaat's earlier foul. Riviere's effort was high to Hennessey's left, offering the goalkeeper little chance.
Gayle wriggled through to shoot over the bar before Warnock stoked up the home crowd with a substitution: the hugely popular Andrew Johnson returning in place of Doyle, eight years after leaving Selhurst for Everton. Young Sullay Kaikai made a greater impression as a substitute with a dramatic late goal after Adrian Mariappa's effort was not cleared and when Newcastle went down to ten men, Palace looked the more likely winners. But with Rob Elliot making a fine late save from Mariappa, it was not to be, Dummett, who had moved from left to right at half-time, popping up to head in Armstrong's cross and make Pardew's night.
“The desire and the character in the group was tremendous,” the Newcastle manager said. “I think our fans made a conscious effort to support the team. It's a tough game next because Man City's third team is pretty strong. But we'll give it a good old go when we get there.”
Warnock said of his team: “I'm really proud of them and I thought it was a cracking game. I wanted to have a look at the lads I haven't seen and they came up trumps.”
Man of the match Riviere.
Match rating 7/10.
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