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What Will Be The Result Against Rochdale In The FA Cup?

After the worst week of Steve Bruce’s Newcastle reign, he’ll have to cobble together a squad to face League One’s Rochdale in the Third Round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Newcastle are almost certain to be without 9 players for the match. By all means, it should be more with Florian Lejeune needing a rest. Ki Sung-yueng hasn’t been included in the nine as he has been in training recently. He had initially been ruled out through illness.

The problem areas we see are at left-back and center-back. Bruce has just one center-back not suffering from a knock or extreme fatigue. That’s Federico Fernandez.

Both of our left wing-backs will be out with Matt Ritchie getting close to a return from his ankle injury and Jetro Willems out with a groin problem.

Christian Atsu should be able to do a job in a deeper role on the left. The 27-year-old is well-rested and in need of a start.

Matty Longstaff– should be first name on teamsheet for Saturday

The midfield will likely consist of the Longstaff brothers as Isaac Hayden could also do with a rest, and Jonjo Shelvey will be out with a hamstring injury. We’d also like to see Miguel Almiron through the middle in a three-man midfield.

Bruce should have all four of his strikers available so we could see Yoshinori Muto get just his third start of the season. Andy Carroll will be rested, but it may be wise to go with Joelinton to see if he can score a goal to get him some confidence.

It is best not to cup-tie Dwight Gayle as there is likely to be interest in him from Championship clubs this month.

Bruce has options to field a solid team on Saturday except in defense. It would be great if he gives a couple of youngsters a shot.

There is still no excuse to not advance in this competition. Despite the harrowing situation with injuries, this cup-tie should not be sacrificed, and we expect the strongest team possible to be fielded without endangering players in need of a rest.

What Will Be The Result At Rochdale In The FA Cup?

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31 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #1

    has to be 4 at the back. lets see Bruce make a change

  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #2

    it’s Michael Carrick doing all the pushing to get Sean to Man U,

  • toonbrother

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope SB starts giving 4 at the back a chance
    especially when Lascelles gets back
    Lascelles + Fed or Lascelles + Dummett is a better central defensive partnership than 75% of premier league teams have

  • jazzyp

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4


    Finally we bring lads through the ranks which we all have wanted for many years to have home grown talent.
    They eventually break through into the first team then fans want to sell em…Fickle fans eh

  • Neil Harrison

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ve updated this article. Kelland Watts is cup-tied with Stevenage so he won’t be available.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Big test coming up for Bruce! Teams down the bottom rallying and we’ve probably had all the luck we’re getting this season.
    Ashley had to spend because if he doesn’t we are going down for sure; and we won’t be coming back !

  • jazzyp

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    We got Wolves Chelsea and Arsenal coming up. With the injuries mounting we need incoming players more than ever

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    I actually think we will go down anyway. They’ve bought bad with Joelinton, Almiron and although I do rate ASM I think he’s a luxury player!
    Having spent £40 million on Joey I don’t think Ashley will spend again. He’s probably thinking we’ve got enough points already but we could easily lose 10 on the trot! Kamikaze management of a great club that deserves better!

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Are the players borrowing Steve Bruce’s Sports Direct Giant Hamster Wheel for fitness training?

  • jazzyp

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #10


    Im hoping we survive mate cos i dont believe we will come back up this time as easily as before. The championship seems be more competitive as every season goes by.I agree the Joelinton buy is a weird one and not many are giving him a positive feedback. The club is screwed we all know this but how do we get away from the last decade of abuse..No one has an answer

  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #11


    and we need them now, not at the end of the window when it’s to late, don’t see us getting any thing from the next 3 games if Bruce doesn’t some help from Ashley

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    It is not necessary to use a like for like full back, both Beckham and Bale started out being introduced to first team football in that position.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13


    Norwich coming up is massive mate. Lose that and we are in massive trouble

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    our toon

    how on earth did we get the best end of the perez deal. the guy has just been getting better and better. we have nobody linking the play now as midfield is mostly bypassed as we have become wimbledon on tyne.
    Perez has 5 goals and several assists. leicester do a thing called rotation as well so of course he doesn’t play every game, nor does Vardy.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15


    as many have said, messi would struggle under this clueless chump.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m sure there’s something fair and balanced we could say about Steve Bruce. Hmm…

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17

    …….. I imagine against Rochdale, a significantly lower league opposition, a player like Victor Fernandez would get a good opportunity. However, as the rest of team will be made up of nonregular starters, it may not be the best course of action.

    In the circumstances, Bruce should be able to change to a back 4 and use the match to establish a more balanced formation that can see us through to the end of the season. A more robust midfield is required IMO.

  • Patoon

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #18

    The club is that big a joke i wouldnt b surprised if the players wer told to fake injury to make it look like theyre not able to play in the cup game, wel c how long the injured players r out for, i would take dropping to league 1 at this stage if it guaranteed getn shot of the fcb for good, wot enjoyment is ther in watching the shite that is currently being dished out, terrible to watch football with a terrible coach, and as for joelinton, i dont believe 4 1 min that the club dished out 40m for an unproven striker that only scored 7 goals in germany, wouldnt b surprised if is some kind of tax dodge or somethin, 40m as an outgoing expense to balance up the books, im sure barnes and co would kno how to do these things

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #19

    More than half thus far think we’ll lose…

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Nobody else wanted the job – well done Brucie!

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #21
  • Bladey

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22

    They will lose I on the other hand hope we win only for the away fans sake if it had of been at home another loss to stick it up the ASH HOME lickers

  • c-dog

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Sell longstaff and replace him with some well marketed dogshit Brazilian Would be typical of our recent business

  • giimps

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #24

    I wonder if the £40m includes the wages over the course of the contract, or includes bonuses for scoring goals and him possibly getting in this national squad……….none of these will happen so the true value will more than likely be around £25m , money well spent ……if we had a manager capable of getting the best from the squad and not running them into the ground (or treatment table), I have to say , I don’t know what the answer is without significant investment (which is unlikely to happen) but the atmosphere at the ground was shocking yesterday, even the Leicester fans were singing “is this a library” and we had zero intent to get back into the game other than damage limitation…….I was embarrassed to be a supporter, we don’t play football, we’re a shambles , the midfield (even with 11 men) looked like they would get the bends if they got over the half way line, and in the second half, I think we had something like 8 touches of the football in the opposition half …..were not good enough going forward, too slow, no creativity, no attacking intent and no quality on the very rare occasion we have a player in the opposition box.
    Not looking too good, but hey, there’s still 5 month of the season to go and another 17 games of …….whatever it is we do to watch

  • lesh

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #25

    From the Chron about whether or not there’ll be any incoming transfers…

    ‘….. The club are looking to do just that [get players in] it makes sense, but the Magpies may also keep their powder dry in preparation for the summer window to build on what they did over the close season’

    In preparation for the summer? In which division? And to do what, waste even more money on players with a sell on value to put them in the hands of a coach whose record is questionable to say the least.

    I’ve said before, they’ll wait till we’re dangerously close to the drop zone before panic buying having missed the good players that other clubs’ve snapped up.

    Predictable as ever – Ashley’s taking the pi$$ big time and it seems that there’s a lot people that go to matches say they support the team and not the regime? They must be mad, almost like paying for a five star meal and being served a sarnie made with stale bread and bacon that’s turned.

  • Marzy

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Perez has looked good for Leicester 5 goals & 5 assist in 21 games, as mentioned earlier today Joelinton has played equal amount of games and 500 more minutes and is significantly of the pace, if Joel was at Leicester he would improve. People need to realise that players are subject to tactics and play as required which impedes their development/progress as an individual, regardless of price tags/wages. There’s example everywhere such as Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal-Man Utd (world beater to flop), Pogba from Juve-Man Utd (World class to Bang Avg), Diego Forlan Man Utd-Ath Madrid (Bench warmer to Golden boy), Winston Bogarde Barca-Chelsea (Champoins league winner-Money flop), S Rebrov Dinamyo-Spurs (Euro prolific-Flop) & lastly buy by no means least is A Shevchenko Milan-Chelsea (Europe’s Best to Worst). All these players at some point where mentioned in our dreams to play in the B&W but never materialised! I For one don’t judge players based on price tags, wages or reputation! I judge them based on the team & how they fit in to the set up and ethos! Perez sadly will be missed but 30 million was too good to turn down but replacements needed to be in the same mould and better!

  • lesh

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #27


    Would you be surprised if the £40m ‘fee’ turned out to be £20m plus a little retainer for Joelinton’s agents? I wouldn’t and maybe that’s what Rafa was driving at when £40m was mentioned.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Struggling at left back, why not give young lad Walters a run out? Better than playing players out of position.

    Tom Allan has been in good form and deserves an opportunity.

    Willems might not be as badly injured as thought but he was already straight back in after injury. Played Man Utd, Everton and Leicester in quick succession. Looked fatigued and out of sorts in each game. He needs to just sit out.

    I’d happily let Victor Fernandez play. He was close getting appearances before he suffered a big injury. He’s been back a while now and playing games.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Perez showed yesterday what we are missing a box to box player who scores
    Ran us ragged yesterday could of had a hat-trick linked defence and attack yet he constantly got booed. like a lot of other players who were missing yesterday – Diame, Dummett, and Ritchie
    Hell could we of done with them yesterday
    We NEED at least two midfielders because at the minute our midfield is bypassed and a goalscorer in this window fast or sadly we are doomed to the Championship

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 2, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Talking about Willems, a magical recovery isn’t it? One moment he just couldn’t move needing to be pulled ahead of others with more clear limp. On the very next day you’re AOK.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 2, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Charlie I always loved Perez and he was lovely when he met my daughter. She even mentioned it the other day. Brilliant as pressing and had an unusual ability to run at pace but with the ball under control and get us up the pitch. I’ll bet Bruce wud love to have him, and Rondon. That said, we all thought 30mill was a good fee. But if u spend that on Joel…. 🙁


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