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Bruce Bemoans Missed Chances In Disappointing Stalemate

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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80 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #1

    “They made a change went a bit more direct, and Rochdale made a Cup tie of it.””

    Sounds like a man that’s unwilling to take responsibility for his own failings as a manager
    If they made a change, why didn’t he react by making adjustments of his own?
    No excuse for not beating a side 40 places below us in the league

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #2

    get in cenk rosin.. we would do much better with even Joselu at this stage..such are the dire straits

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #3

    “I’m only the manager.”

  • jane

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #4

    will there be VAR in the replay?

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #5


  • Mindshaft

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Posada, agree with Linton assessment, fans saying he shouldn’t have signed though are clearly deranged – if someone came to you and asked if you would like to join an established EPL club on double or triple your wages , you can be no9 if you want …clearly nobody would say no, I’m sure Linton had enough confidence that he could score – I always thought our style if play didn’t help him but the more I see the more I believe he’s a Riviere type buy – he’ll not make it in EPL as a striker that’s for sure – noticed fans were on his back at the Rochdale game …that’s not going to help – Bruce needs to take him out of firing line – we either need buy now or play one of the young uns

  • DaveD1000

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    I seem to remember “at top flight grounds” being mentioned

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Nobody’s saying Joelinton shouldn’t have agreed the deal..blame is at the people who signed him..what a complete waste of 40m

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Joelintons fault….that pass caused

  • Mag :P

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Haha munster.

    I’ll respect your opinion, even if it is Delusional.

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #11

    B out, A out now!…before its too late…hmm…it is too late, pray pray omg!

  • jane

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Southampton 0-0 Huddersfield

    Goalless at the beak after VAR overturned Shane Long’s strike.”

    looks like there is

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    perez and rondon wouldnt have many more goals between them if the team was playing this negatively. rafa seemed to improve players to get them playing at their best. most our players have lost that extra 10%. thats whats hurting us. we talk about losing rondon and perez like we lost messi and ronaldo. truth is player for player we are about the same level.

  • jane

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #14

    maybe the replay will be on the BBC.

  • fairscup

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #15

    How many of Lintons good missed chances would Rondon have put away – 90% I reckon

  • Shoulders knees

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Joelinton but that is the worse I have seen you play,
    Plus point Matt Ritchie’s back might not be the best but he has spirit, bravado and derringdo !

  • jane

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Carlisle and Hartlepool winning away at teams 2 divisions higher.

  • jane

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #18

    even Sunderland showing how to beat a lower league 1 team!

  • fairscup

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Thank God that Matt is back and looking OK, we will get some discipline back, he does not tolerate slacking

  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #20

    it really doesn’t matter if you love joe or not, if you see quality in him or not, Bruce has to take him out of the firing line and reintroduce slowly what confidante the kid had is gone, he really does need protecting,
    yes there were a couple of nice touches today but not enough from a £40m player, the traveling fans are by far the most forgiving they truly give 1000%support at every game and to ever player but today the cracks stated to appear Bruce has to offer the lad some protection

  • jane

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Carlisle and Hartlepool both not winning now 😐

  • Bladey

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Joselu was bad but this Brazilian must be 90% Scottish it doesn’t matter that he did not put the price tag on his head all players are judged on the fee but this kid is the worst striker I have ever seen for the outlay and nufc have had some stinking strikers
    He couldn’t care less as was proved in the last 20 minutes

  • posada

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #23

    True you can’t blame him for signing.
    Riviere is a good comparison. It’s looking the same.

    His missed chance against Leicester was key. Just looked all wrong. If he had used his body to shield the ball from the defender and then struck a powerful shot and the goalie got something on it we would all say – it happens.
    He did not. It just looked all wrong. The re-action of the crowd indicated a change. Collectively I think we all knew then this is not going to end well.

    I don’t follow German football. Folks say he played in a team with lots of possession and out wide.

    Why bring him here to play this way.
    Another Casino punt by one of Mikes pals ?

    How and why does he trust these people.

  • fairscup

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Well said posada – what a different game that would have been if we had gone one up at that point – an absolute pathetic attempt

  • fairscup

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t know how many times I have shouted “hit the fcking thing” at Joelinton

  • MagpieRanger

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #26

    We were lucky not to get beaten today! Last thing we need is a replay with our current injury situation.

  • Uncertain Toon

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #27


    Yeah, it’s worrying when the travelling fans start booing, shows big problems

  • posada

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #28


    The problem is he can’t hit it.
    Not with any power.
    As I say, watch them warm up.

    Matty, Sean and JJ. All have a shot.
    I’ll watch it more closely next time.
    Perhaps it was an off day, but honestly it’s not good.

  • fairscup

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #29

    posada – what use is a “striker” (note inverted commas) who cannot shoot, beats the hell out of me, whoever sanctioned any money for this guy (let alone £40 mil.) should have been sacked by now

  • Reilly

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #30


    Fernandez with a great header back across goal begging to be buried as Joelinton stands there staring at the ball as it goes past him.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #31

    I agree Joelinton is being made the scapegoat and fans are ignoring the other very alarming signs. But make no mistake about it, we have never had a record signing make this slow of a start ever! Mitrovic, even though he struggled for goals have you something and he had that bit fire. Joelinton looks like a kid that has never played football before and doesn’t want to either.

    He probably just wants to run down his mega contract at this point earning as much money as possible before buggering back to Brazil to enjoy his millions.

    As for the person responsible for singing Joelinton. If it was Stevie Nickson or anyone involved at Newcastle then they need sacked. If it was a dodgy agent, then maybe this is the wake up call Ashley needs to realise that he needs people that actually understand the football industry to handle such transfers… What am I kidding, its Ashley he’ll never learn.

  • fairscup

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #32

    one of the younguns can’t be any worse

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Port Vale have to face:

    XI | Bravo, Cancelo, Stones, Harwood-Bellis, Angelino, Gundogan, Silva (C), Zinchenko, Foden, Bernardo, Aguero

    Subs | Carson, Walker, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez, Garcia, Doyle

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #34

    JoeLinton not a centre forward
    Surely the scouts have got a centre forward lined up
    if not they are F**king useless
    And if they have and dumber and dumber ain’t going to sanction it then they are more stupid than they look
    Also it could be seen that our midfield is absolutely shocking – game after game we just let the opposition run through us

  • cockneymafiaout

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #35

    I keep hearing people saying Joelinton showed some nice touches in every game he plays. Are those ‘nice’ touches where he hasn’t gave the ball away?

  • JDdubai

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #36

    In all seriousness, fifa should be lookin into Joelintons transfer. Something dodgy going on as no-one thought he was worth that much, Rafa knew it clearly.

    Sounds like doing a favour for whoever his agent is for future trade or something, or money laundering!

    It’s as unrealistic a value as man city’s Sponsorship deal was.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Fairscup I watched the warm up last season and they were doing a shooting drill at Goodison. Matt Richie spanked everything in most in the top corner. Rondon was hit and miss along with another (think it could have been Kennedy). Perez never hit one in not even close literally put everything high and wide. They must have had about 6-8 shots each. Just thought I would share 🙂

  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #38

    he never made a move for that ball,just looked like he was bolted to the spot,

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Cockney he took the ball on well today went inside if the defender then put his shot wide. Not defending him just pointing out what would be considered a sign of a good touch. He has also created a number of clear cut chances with good play in recent games.

    Today overall play was terrible he should be dropped though no doubt about it Bruce needs to step in and do something.

  • c-dog

    Jan 4, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #40

    A lot of posters on here eating humble pie for the vicious haranguing of well respected posters negative assessments regarding Joelinton

    He proved today he is a total dud.

    Nagelsmann falsely marketed him brilliantly and convinced Ashley and Charnly he could have a resale value. Clearly he does not.


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