NEWCASTLE reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the first time in nine years after a stunning shock win at holders Manchester City.
Goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko handed the Magpies a richly-deserved victory at the Etihad Stadium, as Alan Pardew’s side continued their dramatic recoverywith a third successive win.
Aarons gave a youthful Newcastle side a dream start when he opened the scoring in the sixth minute, and that gave the visitors the platform to defend deep, frustrate City and hit them on the counter-attack.
Both Paul Dummett and Adam Armstrong went close to doubling Newcastle’s advantage before the interval, with City faring little better in the second half.
Gabriel Obertan was denied what looked to be a blatant penalty by referee Stuart Attwell, before substitute Moussa Sissoko sent the Magpies through to the quarter finals with a superb individual goal.
Ryan Taylor made his first competitive appearance since August 2012 in a central midfield trio, as Pardew made six changes from the side which won at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
It was Taylor who helped Newcastle grab a shock six minute lead when he pressurised Fernandinho into a slack pass towards his own goal.
Rolando Aarons pounced onto it down the right-hand side of the area, burst away from Eliaquim Mangala with his first touch and then slid it right-footed through the legs of keeper Willy Caballero.
Moments later, City were forced into an early change after David Silva was unable to shake off what looked to be a knee injury, following Taylor’s foul on the edge of the area.
A smart save from Rob Elliot denied City a 20th minute equaliser after the hosts took a short corner and substitute Samir Nasri’s cross picked out Stevan Jovetic at the far post.
Jovetic should have scored, but his cushioned first-time volley was straight at Elliot who blocked well.
Moments later, Daryl Janmaat tested Willy Caballero’s reflexes with an angled drive from the right-hand side of the area, which the City keeper couldn’t hold first time.
Newcastle enjoyed a hefty slice of luck in the 27th minute when Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross from the left sliced off the boot of Fabricio Coloccini and clipped the outside of the far post.
But the Magpies should have doubled their advantage five minutes later when Taylor’s corner from the right found the unmarked Paul Dummett, six yards out, whose volley was saved by the legs of Caballero.
Three minutes before the interval, Yaya Toure tested Elliot with a left-footed shot from 20 yards which the Magpies keeper pushed away low to his right.
On the stroke of half-time Newcastle went perilously close again when Janmaat overlapped Gabriel Obertan down the right and crossed low into the area.
The ball cannoned between Martin Demichelis and Adam Armstrong before richocheting agonisingly wide of the post.
HALF-TIME Manchester City 0 Newcastle 1
Newcastle had coped comfortably with City’s lacklustre threat at the start of the second half, and should have been given the chance to put one foot into the quarter-finals in the 68th minute.
Substitute Sami Ameobi’s played a perfectly-weighted through-ball in behind the City defence for the onrushing Obertan, who was chopped down just inside the penalty area by Aleksandar Kolarov.
The Russian made no contact with the ball, but despite huge Newcastle appeals, referee Stuart Attwell waved play on.
However, justice prevailed in the 75th minute as substitute Moussa Sissoko doubled Newcastle’s advantage with a brilliant individual goal.
Sissoko wrong-footed Fernandinho on the edge of the area, knocked the ball through the legs of Bacary Sagna before delicately dinking the ball beyond Caballero into the far corner in front of the delirious Newcastle supporters.
With five minutes to go, it looked like City were certain to pull one back after carving Newcastle open down the right.
But when Jesus Navas’ cross landed on a plate for Edin Dzeko, the Bosnian’s shot was somehow blocked on the line by Taylor.
Moments later, City spurned another gilt-edged opportunity when Jovetic crossed low from the left into the path of Navas, in space nine yards out, but the Spaniard somehow sent his low shot wide of the far post.
FULL-TIME Manchester City 0 Newcastle 2
MANCHESTER CITY: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Milner, Toure (Navas 60), Fernandinho, Silva (Nasri 9, Aguero 70), Jovetic, Dzeko. Subs not used: Hart, Boyata, Zabaleta, Fernando. Booked: Mangala (69), Aguero (75), Milner (84)
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot, Janmaat (Sissoko 64), Coloccini, Dummett, Haidara, R Taylor, Abeid, Colback, Obertan, Armstrong (Riviere 65), Aarons (Ameobi 46). Subs not used: Krul, Cabella, Gouffran, Perez. Booked: Dummett (26), Ameobi (90)