It’ll be an unwanted replay at St James Park in between the away match at Wolves and the home game against Chelsea in two weeks. Steve Bruce will be tempted to field a weakened team with those two massive Premier League fixtures looming.
However, Bruce says he will still field a strong team despite the circumstances. This is what he said as published by the Chronicle.
“We’re still in the Cup. The idea was to come here and still be in the draw afterward.
“We’ll address it when we get to it. It’s the FA Cup, we’ll take it seriously.”
We’ll disagree with Bruce on this one. The idea was to win and advance to the Fourth Round, not just be in the draw. Now he faces another week that will contain three matches.
Thankfully, Matt Ritchie made his return today and got in a good 30 minutes. So he’ll be back for the game at Wolves. Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, and Jamaal Lascelles all could be available as well.
However, two more Magpies went off injured today in Miguel Almiron with his groin and Yoshinori Muto with his hip. Bruce says he’ll find out more tomorrow but hopes it isn’t too bad.
“We hope it’s not too bad. We didn’t want to take any chances. We won’t know how bad they are until we see them tomorrow.”
As far as the match, it was a tale of two halves. Newcastle dominated the opening 45 minutes but failed to capitalize on all but one of their opportunities.
You could say the same thing about Rochdale in the second half. They came to life around 10 minutes in but only could get one goal despite having several excellent chances.
This was Bruce’s take on the game:
“For how good the first half, we were disappointing in the second. We should have been out of sight, and there lies our big problem.
“We don’t score often enough. We’ve had enough chances and possession to put the Cup tie to bed. If you don’t take them, obviously it can happen like this in the Cup.
“They made a change went a bit more direct, and Rochdale made a Cup tie of it.”
Our strikers were dire this afternoon. Especially Joelinton, who should be a dominant force against this level of competition. He’s taken a big step backward today.
It’s the same story for this team. We don’t have enough in front of goal. If that is not addressed this month, then this team could be in some real trouble.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 1-1 Draw At Rochdale?
- Miguel Almiron (33%, 546 )
- Martin Dubravka (26%, 428 )
- Christian Atsu (15%, 255 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (8%, 139 )
- Joelinton (6%, 96 )
- Matty Longstaff (4%, 61 )
- Matt Ritchie (2%, 37 )
- Emil Krafth (2%, 30 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 18 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 15 )
- Federico Fernandez (1%, 13 )
- Ki Sung-yueng (0%, 8 )
- Yoshinori Muto (0%, 2 )
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