Newcastle United were made to pay for their profligacy last night as Manchester City sent them tumbling out of the Capital One Cup at St James’ Park.
If United are to end 59 trophyless years it will have to be in the FA Cup after a team missing some of Alan Pardew’s biggest hitters were ultimately undone by visitors who rode out a fierce first-half storm.
It meant that in the end, Pardew’s hopes of salving some of the wounds of Sunday’s Sunderland surrender were denied by two extra-time goals by their much-changed visitors – but it could have been a completely different story if Papiss Cisse had converted a glorious chance just minutes earlier.
Cisse’s struggles in front of goal are starting to become a problem for Pardew and United and they proved a turning point here as he prodded into the body of Costel Pantilimon after being teed up by Hatem Ben Arfa just two minutes into extra time.
Against such high-calibre opponents that was always likely to cost Newcastle and the visitors’ response was devastating. Newcastle had been robust in defence but Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was tricked as Edin Dzeko burst into the box before pulling back for Alvaro Negredo to convert past Tim Krul.
A second killed off the game shortly afterwards as Dzeko rounded Krul to double their advantage and leave Pardew’s struggling team fatally wounded.
United might have edged their way back into the contest in the second half of added time, but Joleon Lescott flicked the ball off the line from a Ben Arfa effort.
Pardew had promised before the game that his team would respond to their derby day disappointment and for 45 first-half minutes they were the better team against a much-changed Manchester City.
They had the ball in the back of the net just after the half-hour mark when Shola Ameobi directed Cisse’s effort past stand-in Manchester City keeper - only to be denied by an offside call. Newcastle had another goal chalked off in injury time when Newcastle’s off-colour number nine was denied by an offside call. Ultimately, though, it was missed chances.