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All Four Newcastle Boys Play For Loan Clubs On Saturday



Freddie Woodman and Swansea got a clean sheet on Saturday in their 1-0 win at Luton Town. It was Freddie’s 23rd league start and 6th clean sheet. The win moves Swansea into the playoff places.

Dan Barlaser continues to get games during his loan stay at Rotherham United. He got another start in their 2-2 draw at home against Fleetwood Town. The start was the midfielder’s 19th in all competitions.

Rolando Aarons came on as a late substitute as Wycombe Wanderers fell 1-0 at Oxford United on Saturday. Wycombe went down a man and a goal early and it proved too much. Wycombe still top League One by 7 points over Peterborough. The appearance was just Rolando’s 12th of his loan spell. He is currently due to return to Newcastle on January 13th. His final match could be at Sunderland who only drew against Blackpool today and sit in 13th place.

Liam Gibson made his 7th straight start for Grimsby Town in their 1-0 defeat at home to Scunthorpe. While the left-back is getting lots of playing time, it’s gone all wrong for the Mariners who are winless in the league since September. Gibson is due to return to Newcastle on New Years Day so he may have just two more matches with Grimsby left.

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7 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 22, 2019 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Pleased for the lads who are out on loan to be getting game time. Can only help the club in the long run.

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  • Ninjacent

    Dec 22, 2019 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Results have been awsome, 10 points away from relegation at Christmas, I did not see that coming since the appointment of Bruce. Carrol & St Max gives the team and the fans a real buzz, long may it last. The style of play is improving but still horrible to watch overall, will it change if we ever become safe?
    I still don’t rate Bruce and wish everyday for an owner who cares, but so far it’s been amazing to get wins to lift my week ? for a change.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 22, 2019 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #3

    I wonder if those who are still unhappy tonight would have still been unhappy had we beaten Burnley and were now sitting in sixth? How about if we’d also drawn with Arsenal and were in 5th with an unbeaten home record this season?

    I recognise that it’s important to keep the pressure on the owner to continually improve / move aside for someone who will do so and that a successful team on the pitch does not help the narrative, but at the end of the day, do we not all want to see NUFC competing in the top half of the table?

    I realise that this is likely to become a rather existential debate over success vs quality, but surely an acknowledgement of the achievements of the team in the season so far does not mean that we tacitly accept the cr@p that the owner is responsible for?

    Well done that lads, and well done Steve Bruce. Credit where credit is due, and at the moment the team and their coaches deserve bucket loads.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 22, 2019 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Also, those who were totally against Danny Ings joining us are starting to look very foolish indeed. He looks like exactly the kind of striker we could do with.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 22, 2019 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Ninjacent, I think your post sums things up perfectly. We love the results, but hate the football. Which is more important?

    I’d like to think that we could assure safety sooner rather than later, then look to move on. There’s no doubt at all that Bruce has relied on Rafa’s defensive coaching for the basis of his success, but he needs to progress it. If he can’t do that, then we need to find a coach who can.

    Do the owners share that ambition? I think we’re all of one mind where that’s concerned.

    A for attainment, should show more ambition, is the report card for the Autumn term, in my eyes.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 22, 2019 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Also, can we please sign Tom Cantwell?

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 22, 2019 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Norwich and Watford look doomed to me, then it’s a straight scrap for the third relegation place between any team up to and including us in 9th. It’s been a crazy unpredictable season so far and I think it will be the same until May.

    Every team has players who can put their foot on the ball and deliver quality, and every team has a defence which can counter that quality. In that case, it comes down to individual errors or moments of inspiration.

    People are saying Bruce is a lucky manager, in that we have been winning games which we have not been dominating. I would prefer to think that a team and a coach makes their / his own luck and what we have seen is a mitigation of risk, a balancing of pragmatism vs reward and an acceptance that we need to feed from scraps.

    Some posters (me included, because it was true) suggested that Rafa was working wonders with what was essentially a Championship squad, yet are unwilling to recognise that Bruce is working with basically the same group of players plus some untested (in the Premiership) forwards. Does that not smack of double standards?

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