Newcastle United handled Luton Town 3-1 in an FA Cup third round fixture.
In a confidence boosting affair, Newcastle United dominated Luton Town 3-1. Ayoze Perez scored twice and Jonjo Shelvey added a third in the first half.
Ayoze Perez: A brace for the Spanish forward. After a poor start to the season, he’s starting to come into form. He also had an important clearance late in the second half.
Jonjo Shelvey: The mercurial midfielder was top class against the League Two opponent. He curled a shot just wide early on, then buried his first goal of the season for Newcastle United’s third score.
Isaac Hayden: While the Luton Town attack wasn’t overly dangerous, Hayden stepped in well at center back for the injured Jamaal Lascelles.
Jacob Murphy: He was lively and dangerous the entire match for NUFC. The winger blazed a trail from end to end.
Dwight Gayle: The troubling trend of Gayle going down in the area continued today. He also wasn’t clinical enough in his finishing.
Freddie Woodman: In his debut, he didn’t see much action in the first half. He missed an attempt to deny Danny Hylton on the edge of the box and the Luton man went around him to tap in the opening goal for the visitors.
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-On a positive note for Gayle, he helped set up both goals. His two attempts forced saves and Ayoze buried the rebound on both.
-While the win is nice, it will not be worth it if Jamaal Lascelles’ injurt is serious at all. He completely transforms Newcastle’s defense and it would be a massive blow if he misses Premier League action.
-Newcastle United totaling 14 shots off target, double their efforts on frame, highlights an issue of poor striking and finishing.
-Hylton was impressive for Luton Town. He scored the opening goal and netted another, but was ruled offside.
-The away support for the League Two side was strong as well. Over 7,500 fans traveled to St. James’ Park for the match and they were loud.
Newcastle United will host Swansea City next Saturday. The Swans currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League table. They’ve only scored 13 goals on the season and lost a 1-0 result to the Magpies earlier this season.