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Newcastle Cede Second Half To Wolves In 1-1 Draw


Newcastle survived an abysmal second half in which Wolves dominated possession and chances. One of those chances came on a poor attempted clearance by Martin Dubravka, which fell to Jonny who parried it home to level the score.

It was also the second straight match at home against Wolves in which Newcastle would go down to ten men. This time is was Sean Longstaff who was shown a straight red in the second half.

Both sides came out unchanged from the first half. Newcastle inexplicably let Wolves have the majority of possession as they pushed to level the score.

The Newcastle backline held strong early, but the cracks were started to show. An Adama Traore cross reached Jota in the box in the 57th minute. His header thankfully went high and wide.

It was Jota again in the 64th as he skipped past Newcastle defenders from the left into the box. His subsequent shot was right at Dubravka, who couldn’t collect the ball cleanly. Luckily, it was able to be cleared.

Then the levy finally broke as Jonny parried a flubbed Dubravka tip into the back of the net. Newcastle could not handle Wolves’ right flank pairing of Matt Doherty and Adama Traore.

That is a weakness of Allan Saint-Maximin’s game as he didn’t provide Jetro Willems much help.

The goal did wake Newcastle up a bit as they began to apply some pressure. However, DeAndre Yedlin’s run down the right should have resulted in a corner. But the referee awarded a goal kick.

The subsequent passage of play resulted in Sean Longstaff catching Ruben Neves with his studs after a poor Joelinton touch in the 82nd minute. It was a rash challenge but seemed a soft sending off to us. There was no maliciousness in the tackle, and Sean won the ball.

Steve Bruce feeling his hand forced, brought Joelinton off for Jonjo Shelvey, and Newcastle would try to hold out for the point.

Bruce would make another double change at the 90-minute mark with Christian Atsu and Dwight Gayle coming on for Allan Saint-Maximin and Matty Longstaff.

The second half was the exact opposite of what was needed from this team. It was a massive mistake to cede the game to Wolves and let them dictate play. Bruce tried to hold out for the win, and it ended up eliminating any chance for the full three points.


54 comments so far

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

    We`re so Bruced…….thanks…

    3
  • IrishRob

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Bruce OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    4
  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Get used to it.

    3
  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Enough is enough!!! Run Mike run!

    2
  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Schar and Carroll should be up front when fit

    0
  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #6

    …never : ) …B Andy

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  • toon22

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #7

    JIB

    Why bother with mad frog alts?

    Nothing will change till Jabba is gone

    9
  • TomaKaThor

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #8

    How many more mistakes is Dubs going to be allowed to get away with? He has been living of his rep from his first season which he was great…he saved us a lot of points…but tbh he has got to be catching up with how many points he has cost us now..sad to say

    5
  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Because he has absolutely no life that’s why

    5
  • investinyouthtoon

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Missed bus so repost from last thread.

    Agree Ron at 124, almiron may not have bagged any goals himself however the impact he had on the front line and space he created paid massive dividends and contributed to the positive results.

    Bruce is sadly a dinosaur in terms of pl managers he must think this is still 1990’s. Even Mr bean knows more about pl football nowadays than Bruce does.

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  • willowdalerez

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Repost sorry missed the bus

    All on Bruce again! We should have had all three points!

    Early subs ASM and M. Longstaff always are gassed by 60 minutes and its bloody obvious when we lose shape and turtle up. Shelvey and Atsu are just sat waiting and Gayle could have come on at 65 too for Joelinton who once again proved he can’t play with the ball at his feet. Seen some comments on Gayle’s fitness but from the 5 mins he was on what did you really see?

    Shelvey not Hayden will get greenlighted with Longstaff sidelined for 3 match ban so Bruce better get him practising linkup play with ASM & Miggy all week long!

    I think we need to pull Joelinton and start Carroll. Joelinton hasn’t done better than Joselu and it’s time for wor Andy to have a go.

    Really pissed someone needs a word with Bruce because he has to pull the finger out at 60 minutes we do not have a squad to run 80 mins with late subs.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    As advertised, poor midfield struggling to keep up with the game and the defence relenting late on due to the pressure. I’m not saying he’s the solution but Shelvey instead of Matty (who isn’t first team btw and shouldn’t have been in another world) might have opened the pitch up and pushed us forward a bit. Woukd also be nice not to have defenders busting a gut to do the strikers job for them. Having said that it’s a vital point. That’s where we are now, 1 point at home being a blessing.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Very clearly Bruce is not going to be able to get the best out of the players like Rafa or a top coach could. 2 goals in 5 games is horrible. Joelinton, Almiron and others are constantly being played out of position and look lost in whatever system Bruce is using and the team seems to have no identity whatsoever. Apart from the goal did their keeper actually have a save to make. Even Dubs is making regular errors now. Think we’ll survive… just, but to do what exactly?

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  • jane

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    “Shelvey instead of Matty”

    no way

    3
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #15

    What do you base that on Jane? Local boy made good romanticism vs a reasonably good experience of premier league playing? You say some foolish things sometimes.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Bruce is just not up to the Premiership. His only tactic is bring on AC for last 20 mins and hoof the ball up to him. But he hadn’t got that option today so he did nowt despite all the warning signs. The ex Smoggie, Traore was all over us like a rash. Tactician more like trashtitian. Andy C out for 2/3 weeks apparently but as one finishes a three match ban, another midfielder starts one.
    Crisis after bloody crisis at NUFC.

    2
  • toon kk

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Jeez we are fkin poor. Wolves totally dominated us in the second Half.
    Perez said wow when he started playing with his new team mates at Leicester, he got his eyes opened with the difference in quality.

    Have to admit I’m very disappointed but Im totally pi55ed off with the whole situation.

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  • Nufc-83

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Needed Hayden really badly in that game. Gayle should have been on for Joel at 65 mins.

    1
  • Bambams

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Munster (from previous)

    I want him to do well, I just dont see anything that he has that will bring goals.

    Whoever scouted him must of seen something.

    Bloody hell we could of given Shola a contact if we just want someone to chase down and chest the odd ball.

    Just becoming a disgruntled fan who cant see light at the end of a very long, ever growing tunnel.

    Cheers mate

    2
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #20

    We really need Matt Ritchie and Lejeune back and I’d give Schar a go in midfield. St Max is electric but just tends to hold on too long at times.

    1
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Bleatin because shelvey is a defensive liability so why do we want him on with 10 men under the cosh? It’s not rocket science is it.

    1
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #22

    A few costly errors from Dubs, but I’d say he is comfortably still in credit for points won/lost.

    Joelinton is nowhere near what we need, but also isn’t in the right position. The role he has for us just sets him up to fail. But, if judged purely on where we are playing him, then he needs to be dropped.

    If Carroll is to start, then Ritchie in for Almiron on either side, with ASM on the other is a must.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #23

    We are being made used to some right old backpedalling dross aren’t we? Second rate trainer hardly a single rung up from Carver given his squad roster includjng dodgy buys and in-from-the-cold losnerx and told to plug on as best he can. You pays yer money …..

    3
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Previous comments are right. I don’t think half of this lot can last 90 minutes. Is the poor training regime brought in with a completely out of touch manager? Thought Fernandez and Clark did OK though.

    1
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Losnerx = loaners. Autocorrect isnt even trying now.

    2
  • investinyouthtoon

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Rotonda at 13, totally agree. Sad state of affairs when your relying on defenders to score goals to win matches and keep you up. Exactly, keep us up for what? This club under Ashley has lost its passion and drive.

    3
  • toon22

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Some good news

    Ashley engulfed in $100m US legal battle: Judge orders boss of Sports Direct to testify under oath as deal turns sour

    https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-7617373/Mike-Ashley-engulfed-100m-legal-battle.html

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  • toon kk

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #28

    We all know Bruce is a dam average manager but so are our players. We’d have no more points with Rafa or any other manager with our current squad.
    We need at least 4 top quality players in just to see a bit of change.

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #29

    83

    I think your single brain cell is on the blink. Where’s the backtracking you nugget? It’s there in black and white BEFORE the game ” ASM is exciting but he has yet to produce an end product, ie score a goal or make an assist”
    So am I wrong then genius, you can’t have it both ways. Your endless displays of muppetry are a good source of entertainment though, so don’t mind me.

    4
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #30

    I think the skip n jumps, hoop-la star leaps and cross country jogs arent working like they used to when grandpop used to have to do them in flannels and work boots.

    2
  • Mindshaft

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Linton is marooned and although he wins a few headers they are headers to nobody but the opposition – Can’t understand why we paid 40 million for him and have no idea on how to use him.

    Clear to see Matty is not first team material , was great against ManU because he was allowed to time to play but against both Chelsea and Wolves they pressed him and overran him and Sean like they weren’t there… needs some time on the bench or back with U23 squad.

    ASM looks dangerous when he starts his runs but ultimately they don’t result in much, not saying he’s poor but Bruce needs to work out how to play a system that he can fit in to – he needs support (much like Linton)

    All in all a very disappointing afternoon, we collapsed in 2nd half and it seems some players just aren’t fit enough or willing. our pass completion was terrible other than when we were continually passing back or between the 3 CBs – hard to see light at the end of the tunnel at this time.

    Sack Bruce and who do we get? got to think their someone from the list that was 11th onwards must be able to do a better job

    2
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #32

    But what did we really expect of Bruce. After all he was about 39th choice for the manager’s job.

    2
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonkk for crying out loud if Benitez was still here we wouldn’t have this squad. Get with the program

    6
  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Shelvey and Hayden in midfield vs the Hammers
    next Saturday I’m thinking.

    7
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #35

    toon kk

    Don’t think rafa wanted 60M joelinton and ASM, he was quite happy with Rondon and Perez.

    9
  • jon.c

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #36

    No excuse we were pathetic in all departments Bruce should have changed tactics early not in 90 mins he hasnt a clue

    3
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Ok Rotonda so are you saying ASM is a good player now as that would not have fitted with what your post was implying which was we lost these players and have replaced them with dross.

    0
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #38

    I pointed out our poor late concession rate this morning. Get used to it.

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib – agreed, Ki has fallen way out of favour and Matty needs a few games on bench

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 27, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #40

    how’s ash going to pass a lie detector test

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