Five things we learned from Newcastle's heartbreaking loss to Hull City on penalties

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United were left disappointed as Hull City moved in to the semi-final of the EFL Cup.

The Magpies loss against 10-man Hull on penalties in the EFL Cup last night, but proved that they are very much capable of competing against a side from the Premier League.

Here's a look at five things we learned about Rafa Benitez' men

Newcastle ARE Premier League ready

The Magpies proved that they are ready to mix it with the big boys by taking the game to the hosts, and dictating the tempo of the game.

They had 61 per cent possession of the football, and had nearly three times as many shots as Hull, racking up an impressive 32 attempts on goal.

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle looks dejected after the gameNewcastle United's Dwight Gayle looks dejected after the game

Dwight Gayle is NOT infallible

As impressive as the 26-year-old has been for Newcastle this season, he was equally unimpressive last night, as he missed some big chances.

His miserable night was capped off with a penalty miss in the shoot-out.

Gayle's performance was a warning for Benitez that his side must not become overly reliant on the striker.

Matz Sels is NOT on the same level as Tim Krul

Despite a fair performance for the majority of the game, the 24-yar-old Belgian was at fault for Hull's equaliser, after failing to hold on to Markus Henriksen's shot, allowing Robert Snodgrass the easy task of slotting home.

Sels failed to shine during the penalty shoot-out, and didn't get near any of Hull's three attempts.

Much improvement is still required from the Belgian.

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles warms up before the matchNewcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles 

Jamaal Lascelles is good enough for an international call-up

The 23-year-old centre-back put in another commanding display as his stock continues to rise within the game.

From the first whistle, he was dominant in the air, quick along the ground, and incisive in the tackle.

His importance to the Newcastle team must not be underestimated.

And with the current options in central defence for the England national team, why shouldn't Lascelles be given an opportunity for the Three Lions?

Achraf Lazaar is a long way off being ready for the intensity of the Championship

While the Moroccan is undoubtedly talented, he was not at the races yesterday, and looked off the pace from the first whistle.

With the Championship having a reputation as one of the most intense league's in the world, Lazaar's fitness and effort levels must be something that Bentitez keeps a close eye on over the coming weeks and months.

Newcastle United's Achraf Lazaar in action with Hull City's Robert SnodgrassNewcastle United's Achraf Lazaar in action with Hull City's Robert Snodgrass

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