Newcastle United advanced to the next round of the Carabao Cup last night after a penalty shootout victory over Crystal Palace.
Eddie Howe used the game as an opportunity to rotate his squad and give some players a chance early on.
Jonjo Shelvey made his first start since April, and Howe has admitted that he looks fitter than ever before.
There was also another start for the exciting talent of Elliot Anderson after Howe prevented him from leaving the club in the summer.
Javier Manquillo and Jamaal Lascelles also returned to the starting eleven, while Allan Saint-Maximin accelerated his recovery from injury.
Although Newcastle failed to score in regulation time, they were indebted to Nick Pope during the penalty shootout.
The England international saved three shots from the penalty spot to send the Magpies through to the fourth round.
He may even have given Gareth Southgate something to think about if England head to penalties in Qatar.
However, Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman were impressed by Matt Targett’s performance.
Targett came on at left back last night after Dan Burn was moved to center back.
It was a welcome return to action for the 27-year-old who will be pleased with 90 minutes and a clean sheet under his belt.
Guimaraes and Botman impressed with Targett
The winger took to Instagram after the match to celebrate his team’s victory.
He posted an image with the caption “In the hat for the next round”, followed by some hearts in the colors of Newcastle United.
Guimarares and Botman responded to Targett, and clearly loved his performance against Palace yesterday.
Targett has found himself out of the Newcastle side during their fantastic run of results recently.
Burn has become Howe’s number one left back and has been in sensational form.
Targett left Aston Villa almost twelve months ago after being replaced by Lucas Digne.
He may now have suffered the same fate at Newcastle given Howe’s preference for Burn.
Targett isn’t as strong defensively as Burn and doesn’t offer the same aerial threat.
However, he does have a wicked delivery of crosses and set pieces, although Kieran Trippier fills that role now.
The left-back may need to consider moving again to start playing first-team football soon.
Given how impressed Guimaraes and Botman were with Targett yesterday, Howe likely wants to keep him an option for now.
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