Newcastle United’s poor start to the season continued with a 3-2 League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest after extra-time, leaving some fans disappointed.

Both teams fielded weakened sides but it was the visitors that eventually prevailed thanks to a Tyler Walker header in the first period of extra time.

The other four goals all came in the first half, Aleksandar Mitrovic giving Newcastle the lead and Rolando Aarons equalising for the Magpies after a Jason Cummings brace had put Forest ahead.

The defeat was the home side’s third of the season in all competitions, following Premier League reverses at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town.

However, Benitez fielded a Newcastle side including players that he has publicly said are free to leave the club including Henri Saivet and Mitrovic, which some fans on social media recognised.

In their eyes, that mitigated the performance and result against Championship high-flyers Forest and reinforced exactly why Benitez does not want those Newcastle players at the club.

Nevertheless, others quickly took to Twitter to offer their views on the performance and did not hold back.

Several Newcastle players came in for criticism, including defender Jamie Sterry, who was making just his fourth appearance for the club.

Given an opportunity to impress, things did not go to plan, as after struggling throughout, he was substituted for Achraf Lazaar – another player who Benitez has said can leave – just before an hour had passed.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan with Coventry City and while it is unfair to judge players on just one appearance, the chances of him featuring much more under Benitez this season would now appear to be slim.

Here are some of the tweets about his – and Newcastle’s – performance.


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