Barton scores consolation as Tiote sees red for MagpiesGoals by Michael Bostwick and Peter Winn as well as an own goal by defender Mike Williamson proved to be the difference as Stevenage became the biggest giantkillers of the third round as they knocked Premier League side Newcastle United out of the FA Cup.
The League Two side, some 73 places below the Magpies, produced a battling display to gain revenge on the club they nearly knocked out in 1998, to secure a place in the fourth round draw, winning by a 3-1 scoreline.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew made a number changes for the clash with the League Two outfit- many forced by injury- but striker Leon Best retained his place in attack after his hat-trick against West Ham on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Tim Krul replaced Steve Harper between the posts, and Alan Smith and Wayne Routledge starting in midfield, coming in for the injured Jonas Gutierrez and Cheik Tiote – the latter only making the bench.
As expected, the Premier League side, started in dominating fashion, and were the first team to create a decent chance on goal on five minutes. Wayne Routledge fed Danny Simpson down the right and his cross found Joey Barton, however his volley was beaten away by Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day at his near post.
But the home side, were almost in front just three minutes later. A corner on the right by Peter Winn, was met by the head of captain Mark Roberts, but the ball landed in the arms of keeper Tim Krul.
The game soon settled down after a frantic opening 15 minutes, and it was Newcastle who seemed the more settled, their pace and passing on the attack a highlight, despite not creating a threatening chance on goal.
However as the half progressed, the game turned into somewhat of a midfield battle- thus the game lacking in any chances- with Stevenage looking get in the faces and of their Premier League opponents although the home side did create a decent chance on goal but Newcastle keeper Tim Krul dived down well to his right to deny midfielder Michael Bostwick.
That was to be the last meaningful chance of the half as both teams went into the break level at 0-0.
But it would get better for the League Two side just after the break as they took the lead –albeit fortuitously. Midfielder Stacy Long took a shot from just outside the penalty area and the ball deflected off Newcastle defender Mike Williamson – deceiving keeper Tim Krul- and rolling into the net.
And although Newcastle responded immediately with Kevin Nolan forcing a save from Chris Day, Stevenage doubled their advantage. Michael Bostwick firing his low right shot past Krul and leaving the League Two side on the brink of gaining revenge for their cup loss over Newcastle in 1998.
Newcastle looked out of sorts especially after the second goal, with their often reliable central midfielders beinfg overrun by a spirited Stevenage side, and it got worse on 70 minutes as substitute Cheik Tiote was sent off for a lunge on Stevenage’s John Ashton.
The Premier League side pushed forward in search of rescuing something from the tie, with Joey Barton pulling one back with a long range but they were to be undone once again as Peter Winn slotted home in the dying minutes to secure a fourth round place- leaving Newcastle with their worst defeat in the FA Cup since their shock exit to Hereford in 1972.