Murphy’s bright display earns Newcastle reprieve
Jacob Murphy’s man-of-the-match performance not only helped his team secure their biggest victory in 21 years; it helped convince manager Steve Bruce that his short-term future remains with his club.
The 25-year-old winger had been expected to leave on loan during the current window, having enjoyed a similar spell with Sheffield Wednesday last season, until his efforts in helping his side book a fourthround Carabao Cup trip to Newport last night.
“I won’t be letting him out on loan, not after a performance like that,” said Bruce. “He deserves to stay with us, he’s improved enormously and I was very impressed.”
Toumani Diagouraga did not help Morecambe when he was shown a red card for a late foul on Sean Longstaff after 33 minutes but, by then, his side were 4-0 behind with Joelinton having scored twice.
The goals took Joelinton’s Newcastle tally to six in the 13 months since he made his £40million move although, in addition to two against Morecambe, others have come against Oxford and Rochdale, hardly stellar defences. Still, there was no denying the quality of the second finish here, an unstoppable shot from 25 yards. The Brazilian had opened the scoring after five minutes, from Miguel Almiron’s pass.
Murphy played through Almiron after 20 minutes to score and Murphy himself showed devastating pace seven minutes later to race away and finish from the edge of the area. Isaac Hayden wrapped up the first-half scoring before Jamaal Lascelles powered in a header from Matt Ritchie’s 51st-minute corner.
Ritchie’s 91st-minute back heel bounced in off defender Sam Lavelle to complete the Geordies’ biggest win since hammering Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 in Sir Bobby Robson’s first match in charge in 1999.
A win at Newport next week will carry Newcastle through to the quarter-finals. “I’ve said since I walked in the door here, let’s have a go at the cups,” said Bruce. “We got to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last season and we’re capable of winning five or six games. So if the draw is kind to us, who knows?”
Lower-league bully: Joelinton has scored six times in 13 months since his move to Newcastle from Germany