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All Six Newcastle Loanees Handed Starts This Afternoon – Watts Forced Off Early With Injury

Freddie Woodman made his 16th straight start for Swansea as they traveled to play Jacob Murphy and Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Jacob Murphy also was handed his first league start in almost two months. He had a goal-scoring cameo at Blackburn last weekend.

It was an exciting game that ended 2-2 with a stoppage-time goal from both sides. Swansea leveled the match in the 94th minute after the Owls had taken the lead three minutes earlier. Jacob Murphy was substituted for by Adam Reach in the 75th minute. The draw leaves Swansea fourth in the table and Sheffield Wednesday seventh.

Rolando Aarons made his fifth start for Wycombe Wanderers as they drew 2-2 at Tranmere in the 1st round of the FA Cup. Aarons played the entire match but was not able to get on the scoresheet after scoring a goal in his last two matches. The replay is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20th at Wycombe.

Midfielder Dan Barlaser found his way back into the fold for Rotherham in their FA Cup game at Maidenhead. Dan had not featured in the two previous matches but got his twelfth start in all competitions as Rotherham won 1-3 to progress to the next round. Barlaser played the entire match for just the third time during his loan spell.

Kelland Watts, who signed a new three-year deal with Newcastle this week, was handed his ninth straight start at home against League One’s Peterborough in the FA Cup. However, Watts was forced off in the 11th minute with an injury. It is believed to be just a knock from an earlier tackle which he was booked for. The match ended 1-1 as former Magpie Marcus Maddison leveled for Peterborough late.

Defender Liam Gibson started for the third straight time as Grimsby Town drew 1-1 against Newport County at home. Liam Gibson played the entire match and this was his eleventh appearance for the Mariners.

88 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #1


  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Top 4 is already sealed this season, just a matter of order.

    Battle royale for 5th and 6th, hopefully we’re right in there.

    Knew Man U would struggle this season and Arsenal, never having rectified the chronic issues they had under Wenger. Chelsea doing better than I predicted and Spurs much worse. Thought they’d be the other way around. Lampard doing a great job.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Good performance today. We still drop too deep occasionally, but we were visibly trying to play a higher line today the the last couple of home games.

    Defenders don’t know what to do when St Max runs at them. Add a bit of composure in the box (he showed composure several times through the game on the ball, just not when in on goal).

    Credit to Bruce, we are a little lucky the defenders are taking there chances, but there are very real and clear signs of progress on the pitch. Whether people want to credit him or not, that’s up to them.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Compared to the last couple of games….*

  • Paully

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #5

    “Hail Wor Ashley Nov 9, 2019 at 5:46 PM Comment #31

    We weren’t any deeper than usual. ”

    If we’d been any deeper they’d have been stood in Leazes park from what i saw.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6

    no s-o-r-e-n-s-e-n?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Honestly think we can go for 5th place this season if we make 3 new signings in January.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Hail the unrelenting hypocrisy from you is a joy to watch. How many times has this blog witnessed your match day doom mongering and slagging off of players only to find they let you down and we deservedly won with said players? I can do a search but really can’t be bothered. Now of course you carry on your contrary vein and state people are willing the team to fail because of Bruce? Where has anyone willed that to happen?

    And this “Bruce has had a better start than Rafa” stuff really should stop it’s really showing some of you up for the dimwits you are. Bruce may have had a “better start” but the problem is he should be having a better start than Rafa’s last season finishwhich promised so much more than wondering if we were really better than three other teams – which is still where we are. Bruce had last season’s team and supposedly a couple of record breaking super signings so he should have had us powering up the top half. He’s not been a good pl manager up to now so where your new found optimism comes from i don’t know.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9


    Another which takes things out of context and quotes bits of comments. I wrote that in response to Nufc-83 saying we were so deep to begin with, which we weren’t. At the end, sure. Still we had more chances than them even when sitting deep.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #10


    Bore off. Taken you an hour to write that guff.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Good to finally meet Carltoon today.

    Asset stripper spotted in toon today

    Also got a good chat with chi

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #12

    It seems reality is easily whitewashed over by a few hard ground wins and suddenly it’s happy days again. Mike must be well pleased the heat is dying down and warming his hands on the prospect of £52 k dutiful full houses continuing his reign of averageness indefinitely. It’s like dishing out the haribo to four year olds for some fans. Easily won over. So is it generally going to be a “successful season” when we end up with mid to lower season safety again? I despair of some of you I really do.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Bore off. Is that it hail? I will if you hypocrite off.

  • 9

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Is Joelinton useless?

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Minutes to type it Hail. Don’t think because it takes you an hour to read it that it correlates.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #16

    9 – yes. He is a more expensive joselu.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m always critical in real-time of players when watching matches. I praise them too. it’s called enjoying engaging with the blog during the match, giving unedited thoughts in the heat of the moment.

    You and your ilk want it every which way. aside from the Bruce-Rafa hypocrisy now it’s we’ve signed super players and not Ashley dictating a policy which has screwed us over by buying overpriced potential. You’re so boring and predictable. So bitter and twisted.

    We’re doing blatantly better than hoping we’re better than 3 teams currently.

    It’s obvious people like you are willing Bruce to failure. Muppet.

  • bill

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Statistics don’t tell you everything; however, our current front three have played 30 games between them and scored one goal.

    The defence is doing fantastically well with a centre half being our top scorer with 2. Everything is perfect at NUFC!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Watching the game, we appeared to be playing higher overall for the majority of the game. We did still drop to deep at times, and we need to keep working on cutting that out.

    But there have been signs of progress after a few disasters, so I think overall things are fairly promising.

    As for comparing Bruce and Rafa, who really cares. 15 points is a solid start, and far better than many were anticipating. Why not just enjoy ot?

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #20


    You replied to my original comment to you over an hour after it was made and the content you thought was a zinger was shite. Rest your brain cells, two can only do so much in a day.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Hail being no deeper than normal is not a good thing! You are correct and that is the major issue (West Ham removed). About 30 mins in shelvey and the full back pushed up higher and this changed the game. Should have started like that but as usual we sat off and let Bournemouth knock it around at ease.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Jesus someone change the record please, its November and the rafa nonsense continues. He’s gone unfortunately move on.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Overall we are doing ok and I am positive for the season.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #24

    I actually thought joelinton’s overall game was really good today, think some just believe goals is how to judge a forward, the goals will come but he held it up really well and helped get us up the pitch.

    Still adapting to a new league, working hard and majority of the time the rest of the team are miles away from him.

  • bill

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #25

    “The goals will come”, what is that based on? Previous years in the German and Austrian leagues have produced 15 goals in over 55 appearances. I’m not sure where this belief comes from. Obviously in touch with a higher authority.

    Goals are exactly what you judge a centre forward on. Ask Alan Shearer.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Our toon works hard should be a given. Put me on the pitch I will work harder.

    Hold up play was ok but nothing great.

    Attacking play and movement was terrible and that’s what we need him to do. We just need a goal scorer as he has no instinct to get into good positions at all.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Really enjoyed the game even if it was edge of the seats at times
    Started slowly not in the game first twenty minutes outplayed by a slick Bournemouth team, first to every ball scored a well worked goal even if we were slow to react to it.

    Once they scored game changed and we got a foothold into the game created chance after chance with their defence giving the ball away under our pressure.
    Saint Max could of had a had trick – effort that hit the bar should of buried but came up trumps with the ball that Yedlin scored from.
    Gave my Man of the Match to Joelinton as he battled away on his own up front – held the ball up well with little help from others to try and get near him to help him out
    second half end to thought we deserved it in the end even with Atkinson trying his admnest to give Bournemouth a equaliser.

    Merit marks
    Dubravka7- lot better in the air today caught every thing and distribution a lot better
    Yedlin 7 – good game scored a great goal with well timed run but was a bit loose in his passing when under pressure at the end
    Clark 7 – not spectacular keeps it simple but at the same time done nothing wrong since coming into the team scored again
    Lascalles 5 – struggled with a injury after he got pushed into Dubravka early on in the game
    Fernandez 8 – Outstanding at the back and cool under pressure passing it out of defence and some great balls down the line
    Willems 8 – got to sign him – defended well and gets forward at every opportunity – got great feet with some deft touches – seemed to add strength to his game today
    And has a mean throw as a extra weapon
    Shelvey 7 all at sea early on in the game passing was poor but as the game went on got better and better – some great passes over the top – but needs a bit more energy when chasing back
    Hayden 7 – goes unnoticed a lot of the game – did what he does best by breaking up opposition play
    Almiron 7.5 – when is he going to score tries and tries gets up and down the pitch all game – defends wells well as setting up attacks – just needs a bit more composer in front of goal.
    Quite funny when had a chance near the end when his shot hit the prone Maxi and stairs shouting at him for getting in the way.
    Max 7.5 – caused problems all afternoon for the Bournemouth defence but like Almiron needs more composure in and around the box. Great pass for first goal. unlucky time and time again with decisions going against him by the idiot Atkinson
    JoeLinton 8 – My Man of the Match – just – ploughed a lonely path up front held the ball up well and brought other players into the game – but they need to get nearer him to help him out. Another who added a bit of strength to his game since the beginning of the season. Nearly scored at the end through his own making

    Dummet 7 – excellent when he game on – never put a foot wrong and we looked a lot solider at the back when he was on.
    Carroll 6 – did well when he came on mainly in defence when we were under pressure at the end.
    Atsu – not on long enough

    Bruce 7 – managed them well today and used his subs well
    Atkinson 2 – for allowing both our goals – how he referees Premiership games
    Crowd 7 – best they/we have been this season – loud second half got behind the team

    Two week break comes at a good time – carrying a lot of niggles after todays bruising game

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #28

    I want Joel to do so well and I do think he can still come good but at the moment there is better options in my opinion who would have more of an impact on the game.

  • bill

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #29

    I admire your naive belief.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m not sure Joe will start banging them in for fun, I am not sure any of the trio will do. None of them ever have in the past.

    Still, to bring Joe out of that team means changing so much more than just swapping player for player. Joe does a lot of good work up top, even if none of it involves goals. Gayle and Muto wouldn’t provide that. Given we seem to have settled on a setup that has got results last 2 games, I think it has to be Joe or Carroll.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Just caught up after getting home. The mind boggles.
    I thoroughly enjoyed today. Slow start but picked it up and really, should’ve won far more comfortably.
    Considering we were actually odds on to finish bottom before a ball was even kicked, all credit to those involved with the team.
    The obvious problem is goals from the front line, but as most players will tell you, it doesn’t matter who scores as long as somebody does.
    It’s not like we’re not creating chances, that would be a worry, so I think the goals will come eventually. And as long as defenders are occupied with our forwards, it does leave spaces for our midfield and defence to score from. Our defenders couldn’t score if our attack wasn’t causing so many problems. It’s not ideal but I can see our front line scoring sooner rather than later. I’m certainly not panicking. Goals are goals regardless of who scores them.
    Decent atmosphere once it picked up. Only 44k but nearly 3k was down to them, so more home fans than of late. Then again, doesn’t bother me who isn’t there, I’m enjoying it. 😀
    All in all an entertaining game, made sweeter by the result.
    You watch, one game they’ll all three score at least one and some team will cop a battering. City would be a good time for that to happen! 😀 Could be Villa, next game….

  • Our Toon

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #32


    Yes strikers should be judged on goals but I’d be worried if he wasnt holding it up and the game was just passing him by.

    People go on about rondon, it took him 4 years or maybe more to end up scoring his highest ever PL total of goals in 1 season, that was with us last season. Also the first time he hit double figures I believe.

    Joelinton is 22 years old, the lad is a kid who is nowhere near his peak yet. Gone are the days of Shearer aswell, if joelinton was anything like him he wouldnt be here!!

    It’s also worth noting that Haller is also struggling for goals and he has a much better reputation than joelinton and plays in a more attacking team with more creative players. Pepe cost arsenal 92m and he’s struggling, players need time to adjust, some fans think players should hit the ground running like as if it’s a game of fifa on the computer.

  • The Wife

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #33


    Agreed. We’re already a third of the way through the PL fixtures. How much longer before those mythical goals start coming???

  • Our Toon

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #34


    Spot on, gayle and muto would mean the ball just coming back and us on the back foot as we cant get up the pitch.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #35


    Interesting ratings mate, we can all smile for the next 2 weeks. 15pts from 12 games, mid table. Nice turnaround since Leicester debacle

  • cornishman

    Nov 9, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #36

    15 points, a great start, much better than I and most could have hoped for. Rafa, what’s the point of the comparison he,s gone to the great football league of somewhere after tuning down offers from…..somewhere? If we can start firing just a little up front we have the means to finish comfortably in the upper half. Here’s hoping

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 9, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Great to see you Bobbybee

    Could do with some more enthusiasm and comments rooted in reality with no other agenda on here.

    Got the likes of Bleatin’, one of those saying we were nailed on for relegation, guaranteed to go down under Championship manager (blah, blah, blah) Bruce this season – GUARANTEED – are already having to move the goalposts and now saying will it really be a successful season when we inevitably finish lower-mid table? Think they would learn to not be so absolutist with predictions and enjoy the present more.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 9, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #38

    LG and our toon you watch the recent games back and you will see most of our chances don’t come from hold up play up top. They come from counter attacking on the break and using the pace of our wide players. A player like Gayle would be so much more dangerous in the box than Joel is now it would provide us with more cutting edge.

  • Just a fan

    Nov 9, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #39

    There players went down a lot and got free kicks.
    Unfortunately so did ours
    Not so many free kicks
    Ask genjikay how empty level seven was as I missed it

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #40

    The hold up play isn’t just to create chances. You were saying we sat very deep at times today, that will only get worse taking a Joe/Carroll type out, or it requires a complete change in how we setup and play.


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