At this stage you would be forgiven for assuming Newcastle United were allergic to the cup run. Their EFL Cup Second Round performance against Nottingham Forest was no different.
For the neutral party, a 3-2 extra win for the Championship side against Premier League opposition is a mouthwatering prospect, but for the Newcastle faithful it just meant another season likely without silverware.
Fan favourite Aleksandar Mitrovic prodded the Toon Army ahead inside three minutes. At that stage, things looked good and perhaps the team’s cup struggles would be repressed at least for a while.
However, come the 29th minute, Newcastle demonstrated exactly what Newcastle do best in cup fixtures: capitulate.
One goal from Jason Cummings quickly became two just two minutes later, and by the 31st minute Newcastle fans were staring in disbelief as our team had not just thrown away their lead, but now found ourselves behind.
A stunner from Rolando Aarons just before halftime restored parity and likely changed the two half-time team talks from the managers.
Or at the very least, likely made Benitez shout that little bit quieter at his players for what had been a woefully poor first half performance. We may have scored twice, but we just didn’t look at the races.
The second half featured a number of chances, but a combination of wayward shooting and poor passing meant that the scorelines were not furthered.
Ending 2-2 the match went into extra-time and Newcastle’s defence once again crumbled.
Lax defending from Newcastle saw Hobbs rise unmarked from a corner to head on goal, with Walker stealing in to deflect the ball past former Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
That goal turned out to be the fatal blow and Newcastle saw themselves once again fail to progress far in a cup competition.
As before mentioned, for a neutral, it was a fantastic game with 29 shots by Newcastle and 16 from Nottingham Forest, with seven a piece hitting the target.
However, for a Newcastle fan, it was another concerning cup performance by a side that seems simply unable to perform in knockout competitions.