Aarons is the real deal!
Rolando Aarons had to wait a long time for his second Newcastle goal. His first came in the 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace, when the Magpies were still without a Premier League win. Now, they have three in a row in all competitions, having knocked the defending champions of the Capital One Cup out to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
In terms of playing time, however, Aarons has taken no time at all to net his Newcastle second. He has been injured since that Palace game but you couldn't tell against Manchester City. The 18-year-old took his chance with aplomb to set the tone in the early stages at the Etihad Stadium. And, if he can prevent getting carried away, Aarons is looking like the real deal.
Pardew is taking the cup seriously
At the start of the current campaign, the pages of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and Shields Gazette were filled with debate about whether Alan Pardew should take the cups seriously this season. So far, the answer from the man himself has been a resounding yes.
When Newcastle were struggling to find a result in the Premier League, their first win came in the Capital One Cup. Now, they have produced a comfortable victory at the home of the competition's defending champions. A tough draw faces Pardew's men in the next round (away to Spurs) but anything can happen once you've reached the last eight.
Liverpool can be beaten
Away from the cup for a moment, Newcastle face Liverpool in their next Premier League clash this Saturday lunchtime. On current evidence, the Magpies can quite easily win that match.
Supporters may call for a dose of realism but, after three wins out of three in both the league and cup, there is absolutely no reason Pardew's side can't beat the Reds. Brendan Rodgers' men are out of form - despite a memorable cup win of their own - and Newcastle have just hit their stride.
As good as it was for Newcastle fans to see a side that has struggled for goals this season score twice against the Premier League champions, the most impressive aspect of this win was a newfound defensive solidity.
After going 1-0 up so early, the visitors were under pressure from the off. But, despite close calls and shattered woodwork, Newcastle kept a clean sheet in style.
What's more, the comeback of Ryan Taylor after 26 months of injury will have Magpies fans smiling all week. He was as good as anyone when it came to defending.
A tight unit are backing their manager
Before this cup tie, Daryl Janmaat declared that the Newcastle players 'do not want another manager.' In his mind, Pardew has his side's full backing.
In truth, it showed. Every time a player was substituted, the 53-year-old would pat them on the back and they would look completely in sync with their manager. On the pitch, meanwhile, the Newcastle team put their hearts and souls into the occasion.
It looked like they were doing it for the club; it looked like they were doing it for the fans; and it looked like they were doing it for their manager.