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It Wasn’t Pretty But Newcastle Win 0-2 At Bramall Lane


If you could call a 0-2 victory away from home a disappointing performance, this was it. Though we’ll take the three points but Newcastle were again too passive away from home. But we had a bit of good fortune on our side this evening at Bramall Lane.

It was a great debut goal from Allan Saint-Maximin in the first half and a bizarre second-half goal from Jonjo Shelvey that gives Newcastle the result they needed. Newcastle are now 11th in the Premier League standings just 4 points behind Wolves in 5th.

Both sides came out unchanged after a 0-1 Newcastle lead in the first half. It started very similarly to the opening half with Newcastle enjoying a bit of possession in the first few minutes before Sheffield United just took control.

However, just when it looked like Andy Carroll was completely out of gas, he flicked a beautiful ball to Jonjo Shelvey in the 70th minute. The linesman flag went up but the referee did not blow the whistle. Jonjo kept playing and tidily stuck the ball into the bottom corner.

Jonjo Shelvey– playing to the whistle

The offside call went to VAR and Carroll was ruled onside. So it was 0-2 to Newcastle completely against the run of play. It was a smart decision by Shelvey.

Newcastle made their first change and brought big Andy off for Joelinton in the 72nd minute. Then in the 80th minute, it was Christian Atsu on for Allan Saint-Maximin who looked like he could have been carrying a knock.

Sheffield United seemed a bit shell-shocked after the Shelvey goal. They didn’t end up threatening Martin Dubravka too much as Newcastle saw out the game with a 0-2 win.


70 comments so far

  • nufcursed

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #1

    greatest theft in football history!!

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  • ChicoUSA

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Dubs MoTM for me!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #3

    ilovetoon – They will school us today on what football is. Sheffield United 2 Newcastle 0

    Hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

    Thank God ilovetoon doesn’t hate us… he might have predicted 5.0.

    He predicts a defeat EVERY game.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Not pretty but we’ll take it every day of the week. Back to the Rafa days of defensive football but yes we should have more of the play against a newly promoted side.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #5

    There are smash and grab raids now all over the country. We’ve seen one tonight in the Steel City. Yeah Dubs was colossal.

    1
  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #6

    On another day we would of been easily beaten, but 3 points is 3 points…Dubs easily MoM, must be better against Southampton..great opportunity to get another 3 points..so don’t mess it up

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Just waiting for IrishRob to say this another win that has nothing to do with Bruce…

    dougie to say we are a zombie club…

    lesh to say we need a swimming pool…

    And toon22 to say the traitor is a…. traitor.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Leon Osman

    Former Everton midfielder on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Sheffield United played well. They weren’t outplayed, but I think they were outfoxed. Newcastle were clinical.

    They’ve only just got promoted. They were afforded a lot of possession and created opportunities but Martin Dubravka was equal to them.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Weird night.

    Even though Dubs is MOTM and we conceded so much possession, I’ve never been nervous at any point or felt like they were bound to score.

    Mega win!

    Carroll showed 2nd half as he build fitness he will be a real weapon. Looked much more sprightly and like his old self after the break and that 2nd goal reminded me of the old Carroll/Nolan partnership days.

    Another 3 against Southampton and we’re looking very strong! Get it done!

    BRUCEY BABY!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #10

    @bills

    Atleast I was right that Sheffield schooled us in football. We were horrible to watch alright.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #11

    11th now. I’d have taken that at 8 PM. Four out of our next six are at SJP until January. Then we must spend wisely and bring in a proven goalscorer and a midfield destroyer.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Tomaka why not just enjoy the win instead of hanging a threat over the next game

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Bruce using Rafas tactics but it was more like a Pardew inspired performance.

    Outplayed and defend for 90mins 2 shots 2 goals 3 points.

    Straight outa Alan’s playbook

    Ahhh the good old days..

    I feel sick

    5
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Those saying we were lucky and if not for Dubs we would have got beat…

    Believe it or not…

    GK’s are there to make saves.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Joelinton looked clueless and clumsy with the few half chances he got when he came on. I’d have given Gayle 10 mins at the end rather than Joelinton.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #16

    You can see what Bruce is doing he obviously thinks one of the most solidly drilled defensive squads shouldn’t be tinkered with. He knows the limitations of midfield and that his strikers are short on quality so he gets everyone to soak up the oppositions early energy and lets them break themselves. Hardly front foot football and question is can we do that indefinitely? You have to hope we will amass enough points doing this before we start suffering injuries and lose a few games on the trot. Will it mean we have a successful season. I doubt it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Perfect comment at 7 bills. You can add OP, ringleader of les miserables, to that bracket,crediting it to benitez ffs.

    3
  • barkel

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #18

    The balls on Shelvey! He’s done well since the horror show at Villa, I was calling for him to be dropped and for most of the game today i thought longstaff should be on in his place but goes to show what I know! Manquilo played quite well today too, which is a nice surprise. Dubs MotM by a long way though

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  • Shelvey

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Ok, we were A bit lucky om the first half, but in the second half er controlled it. Away from home, points matter more than style of play.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #20

    ilovetoon…

    WE WON.

    Real toon fans rejoice in that.

    Wingers. neggers and Bruce haters are sick as chips.

    Sad, sad, sad … fans????

    Me thinks not.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #21

    We actually looked solid in defence, I’m happy for Bruce, at least he isn’t pretending to be world class, he is what he is.
    Joint 9th or 11th.
    Well done Bruce, crap football, but away from home against an inform team, il take it

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #22

    In Bruce we definitely trust.

    3
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Watching joelinton I thought there’s a player who lacks only two things. A red nose and a flower that squirts water. Poor lad. He didn’t ask to be valued at all that money I’m sure.

    1
  • JohnJ

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #24

    DubaiMicky

    Great Link – Thanks very much indeed – got to see the full 96 minutes!

    2
  • Bigjim67

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Ilovetoon
    What a buffoon!
    Do yourself a favour bonny lad, don’t post your rubbish on here anymore.
    Yes it wasn’t good to watch and we clung on at times but the result is all that matters. Dubs my motm. Hwtl

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #26

    west lancs

    when almiron came we weren’t as defensive as evidenced by rondon and perez making us 5th highest scorers in the second part of last season.

    Tonight was great but I do wonder why we do let teams dominate us quite so much for so long as our possession is lower than was the case with rafa and in Willems, St Max, Almiron, Shelvey, Joelinton etc we could really go after teams more instead of living on your nerves all game.

    Manquillo really deserves to stay in now and what more can you say about Fernandez, absolutely fantastic.

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  • Zele

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #27

    I never saw that at half-time.

    Full praise to Shelvey for playing to the whistle. A lesson for all players.

    MOTM is probably Dubravka who kept us in the game in the first half with his many saves.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Come on lads be grateful for the three points . After all it’s another huge step towards safety. Look ahead we may even have a cup run this season. What do those who knocked us tonight want a great game that we lost 4-3. No thanks!

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Ha ha OP you beat me to it. What an ungenerous man you are. Give the coach some credit ffs. There will be plenty of times u can brick him and talk up your hero in the obscure league.

    4
  • Geordie in Oldham

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Yet again the doom merchants spout their crap, Rafa this Rafa that, get behind the team or get off the blog and moan somewhere else. Not posted in ages due to the crap that is spouted by supposed supporters. We are on 19 points give Bruce some credit if was Rafa it would be a great performance. Support the team team not the regime HWTL

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  • TheDrewid

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Watched the game on Prime tonight. Wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but what I saw was a team with a very clear game plan executed to perfection.

    St Max broke his duck.
    AC looked lively.
    Defence were excellent.

    All positive for me.

    9
  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #32

    it’s crawled out .

    1
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #33

    OP – sick …. after a win???

    Dear oh dear me.

    4
  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #34

    ”Support the team team not the regime”

    Impossible to do

    5
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Munster give over you can’t credit bruce with a defence that has been drilled over three seasons. He’s just using it. Fair play to him for recognising his teams limits but it’s not the glorious football you think is better than the last blokes is it? Do you look forward to us always playing like this?

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #36

    OP ‘feels sick’ after nufc win. Wow, take a bow mackem.

    5
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Nearly gave my missus a heart attack when the extra time board came up, I shouted “six minutes” at the top of my voice, I’m in the doghouse but I can live with that.

    Dubs mom of course but Shelvey was immense in the 2nd half as was a lot of our lads, the commentator reckoned they only had one shot on target so well done the defence. All SU was doing for most of the 2nd half was long ball crosses into the box which Dubs and the defenders handled with very few problems.

    3
  • catchy in norway

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Retard, there is a team in China with a great manager for you to support

    3
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Munster

    Glad to see you still cant understand the simplest of posts.

    Did you enjoy Bruce’s attacking football tonight?

    I love reading your occasional football posts, hilarious, funniest thing since the original spitting image.

    You sir, don’t have a ducking clue.

    Have a day off you balloon knot

    3
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Of course it’s great to win and the more points we amass then safety first. But come on people it’s hardly promising stuff is it?

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