BAT­TLING UNITEDS BOW OUT OF THE EFL CUP

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Black­ett

THEY gave it their best shot, but New­cas­tle United and Leeds United were not able to en­sure an EFL pres­ence in the semi-fi­nals of the EFL Cup.

Cham­pi­onship pace­set­ters New­cas­tle suf­fered an ago­nis­ing quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat when they went down on penal­ties at Hull City last Tues­day.

Af­ter a goal­less 90 min­utes, it looked as though penal­ties would not be needed when the Mag­pies took the lead in the eighth minute of ex­tra-time through ex-Hull mid­fielder Mo­hamed Di­ame.

With the Tigers down to ten men from the 89th minute fol­low­ing Dieumerci Mbokani’s dis­missal, New­cas­tle looked good bets to reach the last four.

But Robert Sn­od­grass lev­elled for Hull just a minute af­ter Di­ame’s goal.

New­cas­tle must have had that sink­ing feel­ing when it went to spot-kicks, hav­ing lost eight out of nine of their pre­vi­ous penalty shoot-outs.

And so it proved as Hull kept their cool to tri­umph 3-1. Only Chris­tian Atsu net­ted for the Mag­pies, with Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouf­fran both de­nied by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic and Dwight Gayle hit­ting the bar.

Frus­trated Mag­pies boss Rafa Ben­itez, who saw his team have 32 shots, said: “When you do well, you have to fin­ish the open­ings. We have to have more ex­pe­ri­ence and con­trol these things. Penal­ties are a lot­tery.”

Mean­while, Leeds bowed out of the com­pe­ti­tion with a 2-0 de­feat at Liver­pool.

It took 76 min­utes for the Reds to break down the vis­i­tors, with Divock Origi net­ting. Teenager Ben Wood­burn net­ted their sec­ond five min­utes later.

Whites boss Garry Monk said: “I thought we looked ex­cel­lent on the break and we had the best chances. I think what was miss­ing was that bit of com­po­sure and luck.”

Hull play Manch­ester United and Liver­pool face Southamp­ton in the semis.

GOAL: Mo­hamed Di­ame

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