Two late goals ensured Newcastle United squeezed through to the third round of the Capital One Cup, as League 2 Morecambe ran out of steam late on.

Both Ameobi brothers done the damage for the visitors, with Shola breaking the deadlock with just six minutes remaining, before younger brother Sammy added a delightful second in the last minute.

Newcastle fans are unerringly used to crashing out of domestic cup competitions at the hands of lower league opposition and they could have easily been dumped out tonight, as Morecambe dominated the first half.

Alan Pardew made eight changes to the side that drew with West Ham at the weekend, with youngsters Paul Dummett and Curtis Good coming into the defence. But it was another fringe player that made the biggest impact, as Dan Gosling twice cleared off his own goal line when ‘keeper Rob Elliot was beaten.

First, the former Everton man was on hand to save his side when a header from Morecambe captain Mark Hughes beat everyone, before repeating the feat when lively striker Padraig Almond thought he’d scored.

Almond was the most likely to open the scoring as the home side bossed the first period, although Elliot twice denied him to keep Newcastle level.

The experienced Shola Ameobi was introduced at the start of the second half as Pardew tried to take control of the match and the move almost paid off straight away as Gosling’s pass put the striker clean through. However, Ameobi blazed over the bar when he only had Morecambe ‘keeper Barry Roche to beat.

Dummett then went close with a long range effort, before Pardew clearly became worried about the thought of going out and introduced Hatem Ben Arfa to try and kill the League 2 side off.

The Frenchman made the desired impact when he found Ameobi on the edge of the box. The powerful forward spun his marker before firing a deflected shot past Roche, allowing the travelling Toon Army to breathe a sigh of relief.

The home side then threw everything and everyone at their Premier League opponents but only succeeded in leaving themselves open at the back, allowing for Sammy Ameobi to race clear and lift a delicate finish over Roche and make the score line look significantly more comfortable.

Newcastle will now host Leeds United in the third round, in what will be Alan Pardew’s first home cup tie since taking over in December 2010.