Magpies cut down Canaries
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: October 27, 2004 9:45pm
Newcastle booked their place in round four of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 win over Norwich.
The scoreline did not do justice to Newcastle's dominance, as they created and wasted a string of chances, but goals by Jermaine Jenas and Shola Ameobi were enough despite Darren Huckerby reducing the arrears with a second half penalty.
Newcastle dominated play, with Robert Green the busiest man at St James' Park.
Green was caught cold in the opening minute, as a Laurent Robert corner caused panic in the box and Jenas reacted quickest to bundle the ball home.
Patrick Kluivert was restored to the team following a couple of weeks out with a hamstring injury and he showed no signs of rustiness, as he orchestrated the game.
The Dutch star was at the heart of all Newcastle's positive play, as he teed up his team-mates at will.
The likes of Jenas, Ameobi, Robert, Darren Ambrose and James Milner all benefited from the Dutchman's vision, but they could not convert.
Kluivert combined with Ambrose for the second, as the former Barcelona man's back-heel was collected in his stride by Ambrose who was hauled down by Marc Edworthy.
With Alan Shearer taking a well-earned night off, Ameobi took on the responsibility and the forward's confidence was justified as he sent Green the wrong way.
Damien Francis had a couple of good chances for Norwich, the second of which he somehow contrived to clip over the bar from close range, while Jason Shackell hit the bar with a towering header.
Newcastle were in cruise control at the start of the second half, but Norwich were given an unexpected lifeline when Mathias Svensson tumbled under challenge from Ameobi and former Magpie Darren Huckerby beat Steve Harper from 12 yards.
Newcastle continued to dominate, but could not kill the game - with Ambrose guilty of a glaring miss 20 minutes from time.
The Magpies never looked fully at ease protecting a one-goal lead but, despite Ian Henderson going close to embarrassing Harper with a cross shot, they were able to hold on and book their place in round four.
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