Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko struck in extra-time last night to book Manchester City’s place in the last eight of the Capital One Cup, while Costel Pantilimon kept a clean sheet to keep the pressure on Joe Hart.
Scorers: Negredo (99), Dzeko (105)
Referee: N Swarbrick
Newcastle deservedly took Manuel Pellegrini’s side to added time and probably had the better of things over 90 minutes, but they could not break the deadlock and instead left St James’ Park digesting an unflattering 2-0 defeat.
And while City’s strike pair must take their share of the praise for neat finishes in the 99th and 115th minutes, Pantilimon also did everything that was asked of him.
City made ten changes from the side beaten by Chelsea last weekend, the least surprising of which involved the struggling Hart stepping down.
Newcastle showed five changes of their own, with the attacking fulcrum of Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy all consigned to the bench.
City’s evening could have started embarrassingly, Joleon Lescott almost tripping on the ball as he carried it out of defence after just a minute.
Shola Ameobi was lurking but Lescott was able to recover well enough to dribble past the striker and spare his blushes.
Newcastle had an attempt on goal in the ninth minute when Ameobi headed on for Papiss Cisse and the Senegalese striker prodded narrowly wide.
Moments later Stevan Jovetic was forced off injured, with Pellegrini summoning Negredo from the bench.
With City starting lethargically the hosts went close again on the half hour, but Pantilimon made a good low save.
Moussa Sissoko started the move before working the ball left to Gouffran and getting on the end of the resulting cross.
His effort was blocked by Lescott but when Ameobi steered the rebound towards goal, City’s back-up keeper got down well to palm wide.
A minute later Ameobi had the ball in the net but was ruled offside when he tapped home Cisse’s shot across goal.
Pantilimon made a comfortable save early in the second half, Anita trying his luck from distance, and there were signs of life from City in attack as Jesus Navas began to see more of the ball. He created City’s best chance in the 63rd minute when he came away with the ball following an ill-judged foray from Tim Krul.
With the goal open Navas laid the ball back for James Milner, who curled wide of the far corner from a tough angle.
Both sides raided their bench in a bid to avert added time, David Silva, Cabaye and Ben Arfa bringing added flair but not the desired result.
With 12 minutes left in normal time Negredo made his first major contribution since his introduction, waltzing into the box and floating in a chip that Krul flicked around the post.
Either side might still have won it in normal time, Negredo denied by Krul at close range and Yoan Gouffran nodding a chance wide from even nearer.
Pantilimon made sure the shutout continued in extra-time when he came out to save well from Cisse, who had been put clear by Ben Arfa’s smart ball.
That paved the way for the belated opener that saw Dzeko drill a low cross into the Newcastle area, where Negredo applied the finishing touch.
The hard-working Dzeko got his reward just before the break in extra-time by getting on the end of Milner’s pass and successfully rounding the keeper.
Lescott cleared off the line when Ben Arfa’s volley looked to have clawed one back for the hosts late on but it is City who will continue in the cup.
Newcastle Utd: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara (Dummett 46), Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Shola Ameobi (Cabaye 67), Gouffran, Cisse, Dummett (Ben Arfa 81). Subs not used: Remy, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi.
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Richards (Zabaleta 83), Boyata, Lescott, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Rodwell (Silva 64), Jesus Navas, Jovetic (Negredo 10), Milner, Dzeko. Subs not used: Hart, Nasri, Fernandinho, Demichelis.