Sammy Ameobi picked the perfect moment to score his first Newcastle goal and send the Magpies through to the third round of the Carling Cup after extra time at Scunthorpe.
Ameobi, the younger brother of Magpies stalwart Shola, spared his side’s blushes with a 113th-minute winner in a contest the Premier League side had been second best in for long periods.
Scunthorpe, without a win in League One, looked like pulling off a shock last night when they led deep into normal time thanks to striker Chris Dagnall’s 14th-minute opener.
But after Newcastle had spurned chance after chance in the second half, most notably Leon Best, Ryan Taylor fired in his second free-kick in as many games on 80 minutes to force extra time.
Substitute Ameobi then proved the match winner with a stunning 20-yard goal to the delight of the Magpies fans behind the goal.
Midfielder Yago Falque has joined Tottenham on a season-long loan deal from Juventus.