Newcastle got the lead from Chelsea’s defending error as Callum Wilson did a solo run against Chelsea defenders and forced them into making mistake that he converted early in the match.
Newcastle would have thought that they were winning with just few minutes to the end of the match, but it all changed when the Chelsea substitute Mudryk charged from behind to capitalize on Kieran Tripper’s error and he slotted the ball into the back of the net and they were level on goal.
They went into the penalty shoot out straight forward, it was Kieran Tripper who first played wide and got the first miss against Chelsea.
The game ended 4-2 as the Blues progress.
Mauricio Pochettino talks to Sky: “It was an unbelievable game … we suffered … when we conceded, it was our mistake … after we conceded we dominated … we deserved it … always you need some luck … but if you always try the luck can arrive … the players deserved credit because they worked hard … this type of game make us believe and grow … there are things to do and improve … the players are still so young … look at the age, and they took responsibility … we are creating a bond … it takes time … we need to keep pushing, working and believing … Enzo Fernandez felt sick before the game … after the start of the game it was not going well … we hope it is not a big thing … Levi Colwill was more tactical but he was tired … he will be ready for the next game, no problem.”
Eddie Howe – downcast but as usual philosophical – speaks to Sky Sports. “It hurts a lot … it’s a very similar game to the Paris end-of-game feeling where the lads had committed so much, given everything and led for so long, defended really well but didn’t get over the line … whenever we concede, we concede collectively, we don’t concede individually … as a team we were excellent, our shape was so good … it was a heroic effort … I can’t praise the players enough … we probably weren’t as good technically in the second half … we lost our threat … Botman was planned, 45 minutes was a nice step for him … Krafth took a knock … Gordon took a nasty looking knock … I haven’t seen it myself but people are telling me that [Caicedo’s challenge on Gordon] is a red card … we go to Luton and that’ll be an emotional game.”