‘A special night’ - Shay Given hails Newcastle United’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win

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It was a historic night at Gallowgate as the Magpies reached the League Cup semi-final for only the second time.

Newcastle United legend Shay Given heaped praise on his old club after they reached the Carabao Cup semi-final with a 2-0 home win against Leicester City.

Second-half goals from Dan Burn and Joelinton were enough to see off the Foxes after the Magpies were guilty of squandering a whole host of opportunities during the opening 45 minutes of an impressive display at St James Park.

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Any thoughts of complacency were quickly swept away when Burn racked up his first goal for his boyhood club on the hour-mark and Joelinton ended any doubt over the contest when he made the most of a fine pass from Miguel Almiron to double his side’s lead 12 minutes later.

Leicester substitute Jamie Vardy wasted two good chances to set the United faithful on edge but Eddie Howe’s men saw out time with relative ease and secure the club’s first League Cup semi-final appearance since 1976.

Watching on from his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, former Magpies goalkeeper Given said: “I think they deserved it to be honest. Obviously Vardy had a chance at 2-0 to change the game in their favour but I think over the course of 90 minutes, they started the better team and they finished the better team and they deserved the 2-0 victory for sure.

“I think Andy (Hinchcliffe, Sky co-commentator) made a good point in commentary about coming back after the Sheffield Wednesday game, coming back here tonight and getting into a semi-final. Dan Burn getting that very important first goal, a local lad, he loves the club, a season ticket holder growing up, it’s a special night for him as well.”

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The Magpies will go into the last four draw alongside Manchester United after they saw off Charlton Athletic at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. The semi-final lineup will be completed on Wednesday when Nottingham Forest host Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City visit Southampton.

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