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Jacob Murphy 8, Jonjo Shelvey 6, Andy Carroll 5: Newcastle United player ratings against Newport

Premier League club survive scare to beat fourth-tier side in penalty shootout and reach League Cup quarter-finals

Newcastle United survived a huge League Cup scare to reach the quarter-finals on penalties after drawing 1-1 at Newport County in normal time.

Steve Bruce's side won the shootout 5-4 after Jonjo Shelvey spared their blushes three minutes from the end of normal time by cancelling out Tristan Abrahams' early strike.

Even in the spot-kick contest Newport held the edge after Joelinton saw his effort saved by home goalkeeper Nick Townsend.

But Mark Gillespie saved Ryan Taylor's effort and Brandon Cooper blazed over the bar to hand Newcastle the tie after Callum Wilson, Fabian Schar, Shelvey, Jacob Murphy and Sean Longstaff had converted from the spot.

Newcastle had swatted aside League Two opposition in the previous round when winning 7-0 at Morecambe.

Magpies manager Steve Bruce said: "I have to credit Newport, you can understand now how they’ve beaten Watford and Swansea this year and in the past Middlesbrough and Leeds and they took City all the way. They beat Leicester as well, you can understand why.

"They’re a decent football side, congratulations to the manager and players; they threw everything at it, particularly in the last 10 to 15 mins.

"It looked like we wouldn’t get the breakthrough for a long time and we understand that’s our Achilles heel.

"We had 27 attempts on goal, 10 on target but until you get a goal it's always in the balance and they got one after five minutes which disturbs you and it gives them even more belief than they already had."

Above is a gallery with the player ratings for the match. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.

Updated: October 1, 2020 06:55 AM

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