Newcastle United are out of the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout defeat to Leicester City.
Newcastle United have bowed out of the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout defeat to Leicester City on Wednesday night.
The Magpies were in high spirits after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, but couldn’t repeat that result as Steve Bruce made a host of changes.
James Maddison opened the scoring for the Foxes, as his free kick took a huge deflection off the wall and wrong-footed Karl Darlow.
However, Newcastle didn’t lie down and grabbed a second half equaliser as Jetro Willems latched onto a long ball, and whilst he executed a frankly comical dive, the ball fell to Yoshinori Muto to score.
The game went all the way to penalties, but Kasper Schmeichel was the hero for Leicester as he saved spot kicks from both Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden, knocking Newcastle out.
Bruce will have been pleased with how his side battled, and will hope that Muto’s goal will give him some confidence after a tricky first year in English football.
Signed for £10million from Mainz by Rafael Benitez last summer (Daily Mail), Muto was given a start against Leicester and grabbed a goal, leading to mixed reactions from fans on Twitter.
Some felt that Muto was ‘toothless’ and ‘absolutely garbage’ despite his goal, feeling that he shouldn’t be in the Newcastle starting lineup again based on last night’s performance.
Others felt that he was ‘different class’ with his energy absolutely vital, and believe that he can now play a major first-team role having picked up some confidence last night.
Obviously never nice to go out the cup but plenty of positives tonight. Matty Longstaff looks like he’s got some serious potential. We’ve got some great defensive options again this year, back 3 decent tonight. Muto lively and looks like he can contribute this season. #NUFC— Jordan Knill (@Kniller_) August 28, 2019
Far to negative the first half for me and 100% better when we pushed the full backs on as wing backs and played with longstaff and Atsu further forward like last year as opposed to out wide in the first half . Thought muto was excellent when he got support as well #nufc— ben sandell (@sandell84) August 28, 2019
Anyway, even with that loss I’m over the moon for Muto, got a goal and scored a cracking pen. Can only be good for his confidence.— Matthaus (@GeordieDubravka) August 28, 2019
No idea why but I just find the lad proper likeable. #NUFC
Can not fault the lads tonight really.. played some alright football, unlucky to lose on pens! Muto seemed toothless in attack, didn’t offer much until he got his goal!— Andy (@Andy_Walker96) August 28, 2019
optimistic for Saturday against Watford #nufc #NewLei
Muto did well tonight.— Another Me (@Another21773292) August 28, 2019
Muto just needs a chance his work.rate different class causes defenders problems— jonny ward (@wardy22589) August 28, 2019
Think hes 1 that we need to persevere with #NUFC
Muto may not be prolific but he’s bags of energy which is a joy to see #nufc— Dan Holmes (@DanToon4Life) August 28, 2019
Muto is still absolutely garbage tbf— Jack (@J_92__) August 28, 2019
I never ever ever want to see muto play again— Cam (@AshleyOoot) August 28, 2019
And on the other side…— Ben Spratt (@bensprattjourn) August 28, 2019
I don’t like Yoshinori Muto, he’s not a good player. He’s in danger of getting a reputation for doing nothing.