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Magpies survive Stanley scare

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton named an entirely different starting line-up from the one which beat Aston Villa 6-0 on Saturday, with Shola Ameobi captaining a side which included youngsters James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson and Kazenga LuaLua.

League Two Accrington Stanley battled well against their Premier League opponents and went in level at the break after a wonderful effort from Ray Putterill cancelled out Ryan Taylor's equally impressive opener. But the Magpies moved two goals ahead in the second half thanks to finishes from Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands before Sean Hessey's late consolation for the hosts.

"We had enough confidence in the lads to put out the team we did," said Hughton, "and certainly it was justified with the result."