A delighted Alan Pardew was pleased to send home the 4,000 travelling support happy as the semi-final place helped make up for recent disappointments.
"I'm pleased for our fans who have suffered in our home games of late. It's great to see that end happily with a semi-final to come. Great forward play from Zaha, Bolasie and Adebayor, which was quite exciting at every level, so we have to take that into the next game."
The next home game is against league leaders Leicester City but the manager thought he was going to have another fixture added to the list as the clock ran down on the cup tie.
"We were good and I was pleased for the players. It took a penalty to break them down in the end. I thought it was going to go to a replay, if I'm honest.
"A semi-final in the Cup brings an excitement to you, and we hope that rubs off on our league form. We've had to win at Southampton and Tottenham, Stoke at home and now at Reading, and yet we can't get a win in the league.
"We've been pressure conscious of late, but that wasn't there in the Cup. We have 10 games left now and we're looking forward to them."
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