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Newcastle Fail To Show Up At Villa Park And Are Down 2-0 At The Half


It was a very disappointing first half for Newcastle as they trail 2-0 at the break. Our defense was hard to break down, but two free-kicks have proven to be Newcastle’s undoing. The lads have shown very little threat in the final third.

Newcastle started off the game by sitting very deep and inviting pressure from the hosts. There were a few nervy moments at the back, but Newcastle were able to come away unscathed early on.

However, a silly foul from DeAndre Yedlin on a through ball to Jack Grealish led to free-kick just outside the box. Conor Hourihane’s subsequently curled the free-kick around Joelinton on the edge of the wall, and Dubravka was beaten at this near post. It was a poor foul and the wall did not do its job.


Just four minutes later, in the 36th minute, Conor Hourihane stepped up again for another free-kick from a Fede Fernandez foul. Newcastle failed to account for Anwar El-Ghazi, who was able to get on the end of the delivery and put the ball in the back of the net.

Newcastle’s plan to soak up pressure and hit Aston Villa on the break has not worked. While the defense was solid in open play early on, they did not get the job done on the two set-piece goals. DeAndre Yedlin is also being targeted by Aston Villa and is struggling.

We would expect Villa to sit back a bit in the second half. Bruce will have to make some adjustments and try to at least salvage a point.


181 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #41

    The amount of time and space we give Grealish is shocking.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #42

    Maxi looks impotent when his speed is gone. Yet he will be on the full 90, just watch.

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  • Sports Direct FC

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #43

    Gayle for joe and matty for hayden

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #44

    Ok we had our five minutes of fight, didn’t work, didn’t look like working. Gayle and Carroll on now. Supply line of ASM and Willems on the wings.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #45

    It’ll be atsu and Carroll

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #46

    Matty for Shelvey would be better.

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  • peterk3

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #47

    Good corner Shelvey

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #48

    Simple tactics from villa doing us like anything. Actually kind of funny to see. Villa are just simply stretching the pitch, making it wide as possible and then have the 3 men in the middle out number our two in the middle. Sometimes becomes 4 v 2 when grealish pops in there for them.

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  • Nufc-83

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #49

    Imagine having a player with some sort of technical ability through the middle like Grealish

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #50

    LCBP

    that’s exactly my point, Bruce is only one of 6 managers that have managed more than 300 games in the prem and have a win % of only 27%.
    But to me the football that both RAFa and Bruce play is virtually identical.

    I think Bruce tries to play more football than RAFa, RAFa just hoofs it, all of his teams do and have done.
    And I’m not sure where RAFa gets this tag he sorts out the defence, he didn’t at the 3 clubs before us, and he has not in China.

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  • Sports Direct FC

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #51

    Jp

    I thought about that but we need 2 goals….shelvey offers more going forward and set pieces.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #52

    Even the commentators are saying he should be making changes

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  • Jammydodger

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #53

    Commentators
    Grealish goes down under a tackle “strong tackle” when barely touched
    Asm gets done ” he’s gone down too easy there”
    Grealish skies it ” ooh just over the bar”
    Nufc shot just wide ” it’s in row z”

    I can see the brown smears on their nose from here.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #54

    Deer* before the yawns correct me.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #55

    Carrol on for Dummett. Hmm interesting Bruce. Nice positive move.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #56

    @Ronaldo

    Villa can’t believe how easy this just passing it through us

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #57

    ASM is looking gassed because our only forward outlet is him and Almiron running like mentals for 60 minutes

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #58

    Catchy – Rafa’s gone , Bruce is playing his own formation and tactics

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #59

    Got to get Gayle on alongside if we’re going 2 up top. Joelinton has no instinct or attacking movement to play off a target man.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #60

    At least Carroll might win a header or get in the box, Shame our supply is so poor and Shelvey can’t deliver a corner to save his life

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #61

    It is weird that ASM can only play an hour – at least Bruce has made an attacking change albeit I’m not sure Carroll would have been my choice – he’s so slow

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #62

    State of that pass from Joelinton!

    £40m

    DISGUSTING!

    Said a few matches ago, he plays like a player who thinks he;s way better technically than he is.

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  • peterk3

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #63

    Why doesn’t asm switch to the right, he’s getting no joy on the left

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #64

    Nufc-83 – Exaclty what I was thinking now. We’re crying out for a Cabaye type player. He’s never been properly replaced tbh. We’re desperate for a player of the Cabaye/Grealish ilk. If we don’t grt that sort of player very soon as in January we could be in serious trouble.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #65

    Funnily enough Joelinton starts to look much better playing as a no 10….

    More involved and likes to be able to run with the ball rather than having his back to goal

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #66

    Mindshaft. Has he, hmmm, does everyone else know this

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #67

    Sorry but Linton isn’t going to make it

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #68

    Ok take this chance to drag Joelinton off.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #69

    Catchy – fair point, he’s mentioned on here a lot

    1
  • jasper

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #70

    Whoever called the “5 mins of action” had it about right. Normal misservice has been resumed.

    Looks like Gayle coming on for JL

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #71

    If I say our front 3 are useless and will never score is there a chance it could backfire?

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #72

    Can’t have Joelinton and Big Andy on at the same time. Give Gayle a solid twenty minute run out. We need some pace down the middle.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #73

    We should go for Jarrod Bowen and sort out that problem. As we could play either play Saint-Maximin through the middle. Or Almiron even.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #74

    Absolutely needlessly putting ourselves under pressure there because of Shelvey wanting to take the ball off the GK.

    Pure idiocy.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #75

    A shot

    I saw it

    We had a shot

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  • jasper

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #76

    ….or maybe not.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #77

    Carroll shows what a proper ST looks like with that touch and volley.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #78

    I’d put Gayle in for Joelinton right now. Inject some pace and direct running upfront.

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  • jasper

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #79

    I’m squarely in the drop Shelvey camp.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #80

    Nice effort from Carroll

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