Morecambe 0-7 Newcastle United: Rampant Magpies demolish Shrimps
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Newcastle United booked their place in the Fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a 7-0 win away at Morecambe.

Goals from Joelinton, Miguel Almiron, Jacob Murphy, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie inflicted the heaviest defeat of Derek Adams' management career. 

Story of the match

Steve Bruce's side got off to a dream start with Joelinton giving the Magpies the lead in just the fifth minute.

Jacob Murphy and Emil Krafth combined on the right hand side before finding Miguel Almiron who slid the ball to the Brazilian to slot into the bottom corner from just outside the six yard box.

He should have doubled his tally in the 14th minute. Jacob Murphy broke into the box before dinking a delicious cross to the back post where Joelinton stood and watched as it struck the woodwork rather than to help it on its way into the back of the net.

Most attacks for the Magpies came from their right hand side and it was no surprise to see Murphy involved yet again as he set up Miguel Almiron for the third.

The Paraguayan rounded Mark Halstead and then worked the ball onto his stronger left foot before applying the emphatic finish into the roof of the net.

Newcastle stopper Mark Gillespie was called into action in the 22nd minute and he got down well to deny Toumani Diagouraga from pulling one back for the hosts.

Murphy got the goal that his performance deserved in the 27th minute, the winger won the ball in a 50/50 with Stephen Hendrie and then ran unchallenged towards the goal and unleashed a lethal curling effort into the back of the net to increase United's lead to 3-0.

Club record signing Joelinton made up for fluffing his lines earlier with a peach of a goal to extend his side's lead. He picked the ball up near the touchline on the left hand side and then cut inside before expertly placing the ball out of the Morecambe stopper's reach from range.

Things then went from bad to worse for the hosts as they were reduced to 10 men following a dangerous tackle from Toumani Diagouraga on Sean Longstaff in the 33rd minute.

On the stroke of half time, Isaac Hayden got in on the act to end a miserable first half for the hosts. The English midfielder smashed the ball in from distance giving the goalkeeper no chance.

It didn't take long in the second half for the visitors to extend their lead further, Jamaal Lascelles got up highest to meet Matt Ritchie's corner to make it six.

Almiron should have got his second of the game but he volleyed the ball way over the crossbar from close range and Krafth was denied his first Magpies goal when his effort was scrambled off the line.

Substitute Andy Carroll had a golden opportunity in to grab his first goal since his return to Tyneside but he failed to convert a headed effort from point blank range in the 84th minute.

In the 86th minute, Ryan Fraser almost made it seven but the crossbar denied the Scotsman of his second goal for the Toon.

The Magpies finally did grab their seventh when Matt Ritchie flicked on Barlaser's pass and it somehow managed to beat Halstead and trickle into the back of the net.

United were in complete control of the Second half but a combination of poor finishing and a more solid Morecambe side ensured that the hosts were somewhat able to stop the flow of goals.

Takeaways

Murphy had a point to prove

Jacob Murphy was a constant thorn in the side to Morecambe throughout the match.

The winger gave the hosts all kind of problems and contributed a goal and an assist to his side's comfortable win.

A signing from Norwich City in the summer of 2017, Murphy has so far struggled to make an impact at St. James' Park and was loaned out in both of the previous seasons to Championship sides.

This was his first start of the season and he has not been a part of the squad for with of the Magpies two Premier League games but with this performance he will surely be in Bruce's thoughts for the game on Sunday.

Spurs selection headache

This impressive 7-0 drubbing combined with the horror show against Brighton must give Steve Bruce something to think about when picking his side for Spurs on Sunday.

None of Joelinton, Almiron or Jacob Murphy were in his starting 11 against Brighton and all three put in fine performances against Morecambe.

United appeared to revert to a 4-2-3-1 system and tonight's success will give the manager food for thought for changing the 4-4-2 that he has favoured in both of the opening Premier League clashes.

Starting Line-ups

Morecambe: Halstead, Mellor, Lavelle, Davis, Hendrie, Wildrig, Diagouraga, O'Sullivan, Mendes Gomes (Phillips, 35) , Slew (Cooney, 70), Stockton (McAlinden, 58)

Newcastle United: Gillespie, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark (Fraser, 46), Yedlin, Ritchie, S.Longstaff, Hayden (Barlaser, 62), Murphy, Almiron (Carroll, 62), Joelinton

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