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Newcastle Draw 1-1 After Poor Second Half At Rochdale



Newcastle came out unchanged after a dominant first half. It looked like a continuation of our first-half superiority.

The Magpies continued to ask questions of Rochdale as the match was played in their end to start the second half.

It was another forced change for Steve Bruce as Yoshinori Muto was forced off with what looked like a hip injury in the 52nd minute. Bruce brought on Ki Sung-yueng as his first substitute and pushed Almiron forward with Joelinton.

However, Rochdale started to grow into the game and ask some questions of their own.

Martin Dubravka was called into action for the first time with a save on an Oliver Rathbone long-range effort in the 55th minute.

Then Rochdale were able to break from midfield a few minutes later. Oliver Rathbone took another attempt on goal, but Dubravka spilled the ball in the box. Fortunately, Ian Henderson hit the woodwork on the follow-up attempt.

The fitness problems kept coming for Newcastle with Miguel Almiron being forced off with an apparent groin injury in the 63rd minute. Matt Ritchie was brought on at left wing-back with Atsu moving further forward. It was a magnificent sight to see Matt back on the pitch for Newcastle.

Rochdale crafted another great chance through Luke Matheson, who put in a cross from the right flank. It found Rathbone who was through on Dubravka, but the Slovakian made a brilliant save to keep Newcastle in the lead.

However, it wouldn’t last as Joelinton failed to keep possession in the Rochdale half in the 79th minute. Luke Matheson again found space down the right and put in another dangerous cross. This time Aaron Wilbraham put it past Dubravka to make it 1-1.

It was coming, and Newcastle have been punished for not putting this game away in the first half. Rochdale had another chance very late as Atsu was dispossessed deep, but Rathbone couldn’t get his effort on target.

This was a terrible second half that has seen two more Magpies go off injured. We didn’t get anything from our strikers today and are fortunate to still be in the competition.


74 comments so far

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Tbh I don’t care about the cup, I was hoping for a good win for some confidence, I now fear we will lose our next few games

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    So that forward line was allegedly worth £66 million, or thereabouts?

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Terrible performance.

    Matty Longstaff was great first half. Seemed to completely run himself into the ground by the second as he was terrible.

    Brother Sean terrible from start to finish. If we could nab 30m for him, it’d be outstanding business

    So many poor performance. Joelinton (again) the worst of a bad bunch. A truly poor footballer. Can’t head. Can’t pass. Can’t shoot.

    Terrible decision to bring Ki on for Muto. Should have been like for like to keep shape. It ruined us after that.

    Two positives:

    Thought Krafth was ok. Better than he’d every played before, though nothing special

    Good to see Ritchie back.

    8
  • toon22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Munster Mag

    If that was Rafa you would have hoyed pelters

    Yet you defend the traitor ?
    After that performance ?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Have to say I’ve always liked Wilbraham, I’d be happy to swap him for J (the J word), can’t say his name at the moment.

    1
  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Ron Knee

    between Miggy, (21m) Joelinton (45m) and Muto (what…10m?)

    looking like over 10m more than that.

    Incredible

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  • Doontoon

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Can’t blame Joelinton but whoever decided to pay £40 mil for him should never by allowed near a football club.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Hail
    If we’d kept rondon and perez and made a couple of astute buys with the joelinton money i’d say we could have made top 8, if not 7.

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  • gillmag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Joelinton needs to be benched permanently.
    Id suggest we sell him but no one will buy him. Worst centre forward / footballer we’ve had in decades.
    Disgraceful we cant beat Rochdale.
    What else can you say?

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Im not defending him Frog. That was poor. I dont know what happened at half time in terms of motivation and he has to answer that. I dont know who was on the bench but Ki for Muto didnt work , although Muto had taken a knock. There is no doubt tough, that Benitez had better players. Its not SB fault that someone spent 40mill on Joel.

    1
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Okay well I look forward to seeing who ever is next on the list for you start blaming when Joelinton is gone, I’m not even defending Joelinton, just pointing out what the majority of you ‘fans’ are like… Longstaff is a lovely example, all raving how we can’t sell him ect now the majority are calling him crap….see it all the time week by week pundits

    Funny but annoying to watch how predictable you are

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  • geordiegav1987

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Joelinton is seriously crap…cost 40 million cant even score against weak opposition.
    Only positive is richie is back, absolutely pathetic from us today

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #13

    The absolute definition of a game of 2 halves

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  • toon22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Its obvious the traitor needs the sack, sadly it wont fix the long term problem at the club
    But right now, today he needs to go or we are getting relegated
    Simple as that

    I know its not his fault the mess the clubs in but he isnt helping

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Frog, did you call Bracewell Venison and Clark traitors too ? Or are you aware of them? Because you seem to know sod all about NUFC except that ashley is crap.

    4
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #16

    8th with rafa not bruce

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  • Zele

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Well done Rochdale.

    Your manager saw the problems in the first half and made appropriate changes and should have won given the chances they created and attempts if it weren’t for Dubravka.

    1
  • toon22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Munster Mag

    Yeh thats fair and balanced lol
    We are in free fall, in utter disarray
    The traitor is utterly out of his depth
    The team rudderless

    But you still wont treat the guy the same as you did the last guy for years

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #19

    I dont buy NUFC83’s defence of joel. I respect his footballing opinion but Joel doesnt look interested. Shades of Kenedy ( who Rafa wanted to pay 20 mill for )

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    We seemed to lose the plot after Miggy went off, just shows what he brings to the team, easily MOM for us.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Wilbraham
    “It will be a great experience for the lads to go up to St James’ Park. We will go there to try and express ourselves.”
    I’m not sure it’s going to be like you’ve seen on the telly Wilba, it’s going to be more like Whitley bay ice rink on a Tuesday morning.

    10
  • c-dog

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #22

    35000 booing Joelinton next match

    1
  • toon22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Munster Mag

    Those guys didnt celebrate the mackems scoring against us , at SJP
    He didnt have to, but the traitor did

    I can understand how you wouldnt understand though

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  • jon.c

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #24

    We were poor and cant defend this team Jolinton is the worst striker i have ever seen

    3
  • Reilly

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Steve Bruce – “We lost almiron and Muto and suddenly we weren’t a threat anymore”

    4
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #26

    It was very refreshing to see a club at that level get the ball down and play and not be afraid to express themselves. Rathbone who was brilliant really should have scored though.

    4
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #27

    munster. the players have done us proud in the past and even this season having a no hoper manager have done well by not letting their heads drop and fighting back.

    rafas defence has deteriorated now as expected. a bad run should destroy that spirit. what hope do we have? for the answer you just need to look at steve bruces near 1000 game managerial career, and look at his trajectory.

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  • toon22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:42 PM
    Comment #19

    You see
    Still knocking the guy but has not a word for the utter shambles we currently have

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #29

    ThomaKa

    Would love Sean Longstaff to be the answer to our midfield, but he’s not. 30m for him now is good business.

    Matty, as mentioned, on the other hand, I think is going to be a top player for us

    And re Joelinton

    I’m sorry. We have carried him every single game this season save one. And not only did we carry him today but he gave away the ball that led directly to their goal

    It’s not his fault he cost 45m.

    It’s not my fault he’s absolutely a terrible footballer

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Munster,
    Rafa had better players because he spent three years assembling them you clot, Steve Bruce turned up and accepted what he was given and said ”eeehhh I’ve never had so much money, Mike has been straight with me”
    That’s why some of us aren’t so accepting of this new manager happy to revert to Mikey’s doomed policy.

    27
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #31

    As i say thank goodness ash knew better than rafa about joel!!

    20
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #32

    IMO that was a performance to be built on. I had hoped for a splendid win, was expecting a draw and dreading a loss.

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  • toon22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Right now the traitor needs the sack
    Its obvious there for all to see

    It wont fix the problem but if he dont go we are relegated

    I want Jabba gone but want it without us going down the shitta

    11
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Reilly,
    at least we now know Bruce was watching the game from that comment. Maybe someone should tell him its not just his job to notice when things arent working but to try to fix problems.

    9
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Frog, Rafa had all the support he needed. he didnt look like a world class manager to me , but he was more than good enough for us, given the right support. His football wasnt good although i have seen worse. It was very close to Fat Sam football. I think his negative points needed to be shown amongst all the adoration. Clearly plenty agreed with me as time went by. Now before anyone blames me, I was asked a question or Rafa by Toon 22.

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  • Pottsclock

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Good to see Ritchie back. At the moment we need fight and experience, which he brings in spades. Clearly we’re lacking leadership on the field which is part of the problem

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #37

    This is what is maddening, people now saying Rafa had the better players, of course he did, he bloody well demanded it, no decent manager is going to let Lee footin Churnley choose his players for him but Bruce has quite happily signed up to that, as Mclaren did and Pardew after being offered an eight year deal.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Sorry lads i knew my beloved club is dead but the fan who still think it a good day out watch nufc need to stop for the hood of the club bruce just been on BT 1 talking shit whats new.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Munster,
    He sure does look world class given what we’re being served up now.

    8
  • Reilly

    Jan 4, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #40

    This is the wolly with the brolly season all over again.

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