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Newcastle Not Taking Their Chances But Lead Rochdale 1-0 At The Half


Newcastle played in their orange away strips at Rochdale. Bruce kept with three at the back. Emil Krafth played on the right side of the back three with Isaac Hayden on the left. Christian Atsu was in at left wing-back.

From the start, Newcastle were on the front foot with plenty of possession. Christian Atsu and DeAndre Yedlin played very high up the pitch. However, they created very few chances to test Rochdale goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in the early stages.

That all changed in the 17th minute. Christian Atsu again beat his man down the left and found Miguel Almiron in the box. Almiron fired it past the keeper for his second goal as a Magpie. It was a well-deserved lead for the Magpies.

Five minutes later it should have two. Joelinton took an interception from Muto and drove through the Rochdale midfield. He cut to his left in the box but his left-footed shot went wide.

With Atsu skinning Tyler Magloire down the left, they made a change and brought on 17-year-old Luke Matheson at right back in the 30th minute.

In the 39th minute, it was Yedlin this time who played a ball back to Muto in the box who couldn’t beat the keeper. It was another opportunity that Newcastle didn’t take.

Newcastle have dominated this game but just can’t finish their chances. We hope it doesn’t come back to haunt us in the second half.


188 comments so far

  • Mag :P

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Player I’ve been most impressed with is krafth on this right side of the back 3.

    I get that we usually don’t have much possession in the league but his passing has been brilliant. Starting attack after attack.

    Pleasant to watch this I must say. Just wish we could have this kind of confidence in a premier league game and see what happens.

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  • Mindshaft

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    The trouble is that neither muto nor Linton are natural strikers and therefore never run into the correct spaces – atsu and yedlin are creating chance after chance for them to no avail – might be worth sticking Sorenson on for Linton – be good to give him a run out in a game we are totally dominating

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  • beefman13

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    More like Crotchdale, look like a Sunday league team.

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  • SwissSte

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    I kinda feel sorry for Joelinton and Muto, but soon enough they’re gonna be consigned to the same category as Rivière, Doumbia, Slimani, Xisco, and other duds.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Mag P , Krafth certainly looks tidy and very relaxed on the ball. Maybe Nickson has found a player for cheap? Obviously lower opposition but he has a bit about him. Yedlin doing well on wing

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  • Zele

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    We have to score a second as Rochdale against all the odds could score.

    I would replace Muto with Sorensen. Give the lad an opportunity to show what he has got as Muto doesn’t seem to be doing too much.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Who is it that nufc fans are calling a w@nker?

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Mindshaft I agree with you completely.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Decent half good goal lot more movement all over the pitch. Hope we don’t pay for missed chances
    But- why oh why do we play unessessary passes across our back four – nearly got caught out again
    Do we not learn from the three previous games – ARGHH

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Robby Savage

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  • DaveD1000

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Robbie Savage

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  • Bambams

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Lindisfarne

    I thought it was Gordon Strachan….

    But I am not 100% sure

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Save Almiron legs and swap him first, Sorensen upfront may give Muto / Joelinton an opportunity to score. Niether have shown the ability to get in at the front post.

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  • DaveD1000

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #14

    squinchers

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  • Bambams

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Savage got it earlier….but I am sure I heard Strachan’s name later in the half

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Not sure why we keep signing players like Joel or Muto who are not natural goal scorers when we are in desperate need for such a player. Maybe Rafa thought Muto would play in a dirk kuyt role but that’s not really possible playing 5 at the back.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Like us in the EPL, Rochdale is keeping things narrow and our wing play is running with tails up for a change. But we’re still losing tackles and unable to score. Not impressed.

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  • Zele

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Charlie,

    Any premiership team watching this match and having seen our last one will know that they can pressurise our back line including our keeper into mistakes.

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  • c-dog

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Joelinton

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #20

    🙂

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #21

    miggy down!!

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Get Almiron off before he gets injured

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Muto off injured

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Ki on

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Miggy has a nasty whipped cross on him

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  • Pottsclock

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #26

    WHy Ki? Strange choice, it’s not like we don’t have total control of the midfield. Could have put Sorenson on

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  • DaveD1000

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #27

    am liking miggy on corners and free kicks

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon easing off badly now 🙁

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #29

    great save dubravk. this is poor now

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  • Pottsclock

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Already they’re pushing up because we only have only player up front

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #31

    jeez Ki doesnt exactly break his arse

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #32

    rochdale hit post

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #33

    They’re getting nearer and nearer now

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  • Pottsclock

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Bad substitution and the effects are clear to all

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #35

    miggy down again, get him off

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #36

    This is more like the Newcastle we know, showing the opposition they have every chance

    2
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #37

    S Longstaff consistently shows he’s too slow in the heed to ever be a top player. Gets caught on the ball way too often.

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  • Pottsclock

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Joelinton isolated and outnumbered

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Going back to how we usually, isolated striker

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Usually play*

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