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Brentford bounces ragged Newcastle to reach League Cup semifinal

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BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Josh Dasilva of Brentford celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal as Karl Darlow of Newcastle United reacts during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Brentford and Newcastle United at Brentford Community Stadium on December 22, 2020 in Brentford, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Brentford - Newcastle: Championship side Brentford made club history by advancing to its first League Cup semifinal with a 1-0 defeat of Premier League side Newcastle United at the Brentford Community Stadium on Tuesday.

The goal was scored by the Bees’ Man of the Match, Joshua Da Silva, who ripped a Sergi Canos shot past Karl Darlow in the 66th minute for the match’s lone goal.

It’s difficult to pick on a COVID-hit team who is missing several key players including two of its four most-important pieces but Newcastle’s loss at Brentford on Tuesday was terrible stuff.

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Newcastle’s last three fixtures read: 5-2 loss to Leeds, 1-1 draw with Fulham, and 1-0 loss to Brentford, a stretch looking straight out of the 2019-20 Championship... and perhaps that’s something they’ll need to get used to ahead of 2020-21.

In terms of Americans abroad, right back DeAndre Yedlin put in a determined 90 minutes for Newcastle in the loss but had a day to forget in his own end.

Never one to boss possession, the Magpies still only had 51 percent against their second-tier hosts and never adapted to the Bees’ game plan. Steve Bruce’s Magpies managed only three of the game’s eight shots on target on a drenched pitch in London.

The Magpies now turn their attention to a brutal run of fixtures and a possible one-and-done FA Cup run, with Man City away, Liverpool at home, and Leicester at home before a Jan. 9 cup visit to Arsenal.

Eight points above the drop zone with the league’s fourth-fewest shots, fourth-worst passing, second-worst shots allowed, and third-worst possession, Newcastle needs to sort out its disorganized midfield in a hurry if it wants to escape a relegation fight.

Brentford, on the other hand, has looked bright despite selling Said Benrahma to West Ham United and Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa. The Championship playoff runners-up last season sit fourth in the division as the second-tier nears the midpoint.

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