The Reds looked determined to make light work of the task from the start with Will Keane forcing Jak Alnwick into a flying save with an ambitious drive and Jesse Lingard lobbing too close to the keeper after being put in the clear by Marnick Vermijl's excellent pass.
But the Magpies fired a warning when a Brad Inman cross went dangerously across goal and the Australian grabbed the opener with a simple tap-in from a Phil Airey cross despite initially looking offside. Lingard could not get any power into his shot after a barnstorming run down the left by De Laet and Larnell Cole fired wide of an empty net from distance after Alnwick came out to meet Will Keane with a vital tackle outside the box.
Disaster struck when Ezekiel Fryers was adjudged to have handled a ball that appeared to hit his chest and Airey slipped the penalty past Sam Johnstone with ease. Six minutes later, Dan Taylor was left unmarked to head home at the far post following some fine play by Michael Richardson to make it 3-0.
After Richardson blazed over a chance to score himself, home skipper Jeff Henderson picked up an elbow injury that seemed to have a negative effect on the defence. A clever backheel by Davide Petrucci was pounced upon by Will Keane, who showed his pace and buried a firm low finish.
56 seconds later, the England Under-21 international latched onto a Lingard pass and slammed a