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Newcastle Must Show More After Anemic First Half Ends 0-0 Against Brighton


Newcastle started on the back foot and stayed there as Brighton dominated the first half at St James Park. The lads afforded the Seagulls acres of space as they failed to press. Brighton were able to comfortably bring the ball in the Newcastle half and pick passes far too easily.

Newcastle should consider themselves very fortunate to be level at the half. If Brighton were a bit more cutting edge in the final third, Newcastle could easily be 2 or 3 down.

In the twenty-first minute, Almiron found himself with a chance on goal after a nicely crafted move by Joelinton and Hayden. Miguel’s shot was straight at Brighton’s keeper Matt Ryan. In the 30th minute, Joelinton put a header wide from a rare Newcastle corner.

Other than that it was almost all Brighton. The performance has been unacceptable as Newcastle were content to sit back in a 5-4-1. However, they have shown none of the organization and commitment displayed in the previous four matches.

Martin Dubravka– one of few bright spots for Newcastle

The visitors enjoyed 75% possession as they bossed the first half. They also had 380 passes compared to just 116 for the Newcastle. Things must change in the second half or this will not go down well with the fans.

They must come out and take the game to Brighton. Steve Bruce does have options on the bench in Andy Carroll, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Yoshinori Muto. However, the mentality has to change in Newcastle are to get anything out of this one. Incidentally, the attendance is only around 43,000.


102 comments so far

  • Trent1211

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Seen much more talented and easier on the eye teams in black and white than under Rafa but I have never seen more hard working/organised teams than Rafa put out. We’re seeing precisely how good a coach he was in front of our eyes. Apparently Keith Downie from Sky lobbed a soft underarm question at Bruce in his presser about our encouraging start to the season!?! In the bottom 3! When Baloney used to talk about a confederacy of dunces he was right he was just pointing at the wrong people.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Started sitting back and allowing them to play again.

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #3

    back to 5 at the back it seems. Why not, worked well first half…

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Just bring the backline up 10 yards, squeeze the midfield and pressure them on the ball all over. that will force mistakes to begin with and reduce the time they all seem to have on the ball.

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  • toon22

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Seems likely relegation beacons

    And since he seems to want to spend next seasons tv money this year I doubt we will be back in the prem any time soon

    We’re so lucky he saved us

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Shelvey with such a lazy pass into Joelinton. A nothing ball played carelessly. Body language is terrible.

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  • toon22

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope he ends up pennyless and in prison

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Dummet is no LB. He is a pure CB now

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Get shelvye off the effing pitch. Waste of space.

    Ki on for him, now.

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #10

    theres no pressure on the ball. no one is busting a gut to get a tackle in, joe more isolated here at home to Brighton than he was at spurs or Liverpool ffs.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Shelvey is shocking

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  • Bigjim67

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Non possession football! Love it lol

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Shelvey covers ground but it’s all token runs with no real determination to effect the play.

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  • Sports Direct FC

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #14

    What a joke. People actually blaming Rafa for this display.

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Why spend 40m on a CF and render him irrelevant by playing this way?????

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Carroll, ASM and KI on for Shelvey, Willems and Almiron – 4-4-2 with Atsu on the LW and ASM on the RW.

    Pisses me off when managers have teacher’s pets. Shelvey has been coddled by Bruce since he’s been here and he’s coasting as a result instead of trying to play for the manager – was always obvious that would be the case. Shelvey loves to be indulged and will take a mile when given an inch.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #17

    What are the subs standing there for? Get them moving ffs

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #18

    I hope Shelvey has got insurance for that caravan he’s towing.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Nobody has mentioned it, but we’re desperately missing Ritchie.

    Wouldn’t be performing like this with him out there. Always sets the standard and demands it of others.

    Almiron finally burns Burn, need much more of that. Said it should be targeted pre-match.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Get the subs on soon before they score ffs

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Is this what front foot football is all about?

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Agree rifchie badly missed . Get st max and ki on.

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  • toon22

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23

    With the 2nd worst manager in prem history meets decades of under investment

    The pro Jabba brigade can enjoy the fruits on display

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #24

    83 Shelvey does what I call shadow play. Token effort shifts towards where he should be cutting things off but always too late and too slow. He’s never close enough to affect the opposition player.

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Who the hell chose to put this on the tv by the way??????

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #26

    We’re still in this game, I’d take a scrappy win, no matter what the performance

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Trent bang on the money

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Looks like 8 v 11 . Murray will score. Get subs on soon ffS bruce

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Given our tactics it would have been wiser to just keep joselu and give the 40m to mikey to take off the loan!

    we arent giving Joe a chance feeding off the scrappiest of scraps.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Joe just not physical enough

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Manquillo…….Hayden…….Ki….Willems.
    ……..Joelinton……Carroll……St Max.

    Please.

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Here’s a sad little vignette for you. My best mate I sat next to who’s also given up his season ticket has an 8 year old son who is football daft. Great little player. Has every trading card/sticker book etc Doesn’t want to watch the game. Doesn’t care about Newcastle. That’s why I hate Ashley. That’s why I want people to stop lining his pockets.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Joe needs players with him he is isolated so never going to impress. Even shearer would struggle.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Please oh please get Shelvey off the pitch. Moves like an old man.

    Changes now Bruce. No point putting players on the bench if they’re unfit and unable to play. Get them on.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Almiron gives it away straight to their player. Is he colour blind?

    Get him off the pitch too.

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #36

    and STILL playing 5 across the back..

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #37

    look at that. Atsu cuts it out, chance to counter and Shelvey just stands on the spot and watches Atsu run past him. Zero interest in getting involved to launch an attack.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Almiron and Shelvey need some bench time. Thank f both of them are off.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 21, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Well done maxi

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 21, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Heroic from Schar

    Ace from ASM, still waiting for Joelinton to do something which suggests he is a £40m ST.

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