Sean Longstaff was Newcastle United’s hero on Tuesday night, scoring the goals to send the Magpies to Wembley.
The 25-year-old scored twice in the first half to put Eddie Howe’s side in total control of the semi final against Southampton.
Che Adams pulled a goal back to make it 3-1 on aggregate, but Newcastle were never in massive danger of throwing away the opportunity to reach the Carabao Cup final.
The Magpies will now play at Wembley on February 26th – their first cup final since 1999. It has been a brilliant cup run, inspired by Howe’s local lads.
Dan Burn scored his first Toon goal in the quarter final win over Leicester, then it was Longstaff’s brace that booked Newcastle’s place in the final.
It was an incredible night inside St James’ Park, and it was amazing to see the academy graduate find the net after missing some great opportunities in recent weeks.
Bobby Clark and others react to Sean Longstaff’s IG post
Following the game, Longstaff took to his official Instagram account.
He posted a selection of images of him celebrating his goals, alongside the following caption: “What a night at SJP!! Special atmosphere and into a final at Wembley! This team.”
The passion on Longstaff’s face is a joy to behold – and so is his Alan Shearer style celebration after scoring his second.
The midfielder’s message prompted various replies, with past and present Toon players praising his performance.
Matt Targett wrote: “Buzzing for you mate.”
New signing Harrison Ashby commented: “Deserved brother.”
Elsewhere, former Magpie and current Liverpool player Bobby Clark replied: “Class.”
Clark is the son of former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark, and left the club during the Mike Ashley era. He was sold to Liverpool in August 2021, and has already made his Premier League debut for Jurgen Klopp’s side at the age of 17.
It is a shame he didn’t hang around a few more months, otherwise he would have had reason to stay on Tyneside. He could be part of what is going on at St James’ Park right now. However, it made sense for him to leave when he did given the state of things under Ashley.
But now he has gone, and Newcastle are looking up. The League Cup final beckons, with local hero Longstaff scoring the goals to take his team to Wembley.