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Nottingham Forest 3-4 Newcastle United

After selling star striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool half-way through last season, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Newcastle United would suffer a slump in form, especially given that they let good players like Joey Barton go in the summer and suffered a major problem with the ones that were left. However, things appear to be going quite nicely indeed thank-you-very-much, with the side unbeaten for seven games.

Last night they beat Nottingham Forest 4-3 in the Carling Cup, in a pulsating encounter that the Championship side could consider themselves unlucky to have lost. Three times struggling Forest, who were humbled 2-1 at home by the ten men of local rivals Derby County at the weekend, came from behind to level the match, but with penalties looming at the end of extra-time, Fabricio Coloccini headed home the winner, continuing the Geordies good run of form. The win was also achieved with a second-string side, with Alan Pardew making nine changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Aston Villa at the weekend.

'When you change nine players, you know that the team might be slightly dysfunctional in some of its play,' said Pardew. 'But individually, we had some outstanding performances. All the players produced tonight and, on Thursday, everyone will be happy at the training ground. And that doesn't happen very often. Mind you, they might not be happy on Friday when I pick the team.'

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