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Newcastle hit Morecambe for 7 to ease into 4th Round of the League Cup

Morecambe 0-7 Newcastle United

Carabao Cup - Round 3

Seven (7) goals from Newcastle United without return, five in the first half that also saw the home team reduced to 10 men, were no more than the Premier League side deserved in a dominant performance at League 2 Morecambe.

Joelinton got his first on the evening on 5 minutes before Almiron and Murphy both got in on the act before the 30 minute mark. The games fourth and Joelinton's second, was something to savour. Picking up the ball from almost 30 yards out, he strode forward before unleashing a brilliant dipping effort that any top striker would have been proud of (think Henry, you won't be far wrong). A red card for Diagouraga was swiftly followed by United's fifth goal, this time Hayden, again from distance.

United would add just the two goals in an equally dominant second half. A Ritchie cross headed in by Lascelles early in the period and Ritchie himself with a flick in injury time.

Job done!

Newcastle United had travelled to Morecambe on sea this evening in their bid to reach Round 4 of the competition and what would be another away trip, this time to Newport County. Steve Bruce and his men going into this one knowing that, with what should be two regulation wins ahead of them, they were as little as 180 minutes away from the tantalising prospect of a League Cup Semi Final.

Bruce would ring the changes again for the relatively short trip to the West Coast, with a number of players being left at home. Those left out all together would include Saint-Maximin (knock) and Jamal Lewis (face / eye), whilst Saviet and Atsu in particular would be conspicuous by their absence. It wouldn't matter.

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On pleasantly warm, but very wet, Wednesday evening it would be United who would make the perfect start. Some good early pressure culminating in Murphy making a surging run into the right side of the box, pursued by 3 home defenders. His lovely cut back was swept into the box by Krafth before Almiron squared to Joelinton who tapped home.

Newcastle ahead within 5 minutes and within another 5 they should have been two ahead. Murphy again the chief protagonist, weaving into the box and his lofted cross/shot hit the post and came back out with Joelinton assuming it was going in, so leaving it well alone. Inexplicable!!

In the 17th minute Murphy would come close to scoring again, this time with a lovely cut in from the right wing and a fierce curling effort that would fly narrowly wide of the keepers right post.

And the young winger would be at again minutes later, with United firmly on top, this time Almiron feeding Joelinton who in turn fed Murphy who fired past the keepers other upright this time.

United wouldn’t be denied however as moments later a lovely through ball by Murphy would set Almiron clean through with the Paraguayan rounding the keeper before taking his time and smashing into the roof of the net with a defender on the line. 2-0 after 21 minutes.

Mark Gillespie would be called into a action at 2-0 with one smart save from Diagouraga. But that would be about the only action the big man would see.

But any forward intent from the home side was fleeting.