Newcastle 3 Luton Town 1 - Views from the Bench
It was a long trip home for the close to 8,000 Hatters supporters that made the trip to Tyneside after this FA Cup tie.
An air of disappointment was prevalent, but the Hatters are still in a good position to attain their priority goal of promotion.
Following the 3-1 defeat at St James Park, both managers spoke to the media.
The Hatters boss, Nathan Jones had this to say,
'At times we were excellent in the second half, we looked an attacking threat.
'We gave a wonderful account of ourselves. We had a right go at a Premier League side. We haven't tried to nick a result, we had a good go.
'Maybe that's naive but we played some great football today and the fans were outstanding.'
They were and let`s hope that standard of support is maintained as w head for the run-in and possible promotion from League Two come May.
As for the Newcastle boss, Rafael Benitez, he had this to say,
'I said in the news conference we wanted to approach the game with a strong team to make sure we were going through.
'First half we finished really well. We were 3-0 up, maybe it's harder to keep concentration in the second half.
'In the second half we needed more experience to manage these games. Keep the ball and then a fourth goal would have finished it, but we couldn't do it.'
Here at Vital Luton Town we`d like to thank Newcastle United for their splendid hospitality and we wish them well in the FA Cup this season.