Toon 3 Luton 1

Last updated : 07 January 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor


Woodman, Manquillo, Lascelles (Hayden 30), Clark, Dummett, Murphy, Shelvey (Diamé 71), Merino (Saivet 81), Ritchie, Pérez, Gayle
Subs: Aarons, Joselu, Haidara, Darlow

Toon fans were in fine spirits as Rafa put together a strong team, which hasn't always been the case in the FA Cup in recent years.

Image result for Newcastle 3 Luton 1Freddie Woodman made his debut, but that apart, the side looked very strong (on paper).

However, Luton planned to pile the pressure on the young goalkeeper, and it was a system that almost worked.

Newcastle’s first opportunity of the match came mere minutes into the first half when Jacob Murphy’s shot deflected to Dwight Gayle, who couldn’t convert the chance.

Ten minutes later, Murphy had another chance when he cut in from the right flank and tried an ambitious long shot.

The home side finally broke through thanks to Ayoze Perez. Gayle’s freekick was stopped by goalkeeper Stech who fumbled the ball right into the path of Perez to give him an easy tap-in.

The home side then doubled their lead thanks to Ayoze Perez again.

Ritchie’s cross took a deflection, Murphy headed to Gayle, who then hit his effort right at the keeper, who could only parry and leave Perez an empty net to tap in to.

Then Newcastle sealed the win with a beautiful passage of play.

Perez bringing the ball down, playing in Gayle to set Shelvey free who slotted his shot past the keeper.

Newcastle went into the break 3-0 up and firmly in control.

During the first half, Jamaal Lascelles went off with a knock which would prove to make things interesting in the second half.

To the shock of Newcastle, Luton managed to grab a goal in the first five minutes of the half.

A long ball pierced through the home side and Woodman rushed out the box to deal with it, only to miss the ball and leave Danny Hylton with an open net.

A bad mistake but the young keeper said after the game he wanted more first team games, so obviously the blunder didn't seriously damage his confidence.

Later on, Perez really should have picked up the match ball when Murphy beat his man and put in a low cross, only for Perez to strike straight at the keeper.

The home side had their blushes saved thanks to the linesman after Hylton raced through and slotted past Woodman, only for the flag to be raised ... and Luton rattled the bar soon after.

The final chance came to Luton when Woodman parried a long shot and Perez hacked away a clearance.

A routine win that sees Newcastle through to the next round of the cup but also highlights just how crucial Lascelles is.