Well, for about 55 minutes, we were looking likely to get through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup with relative ease. While Newcastle failed to take their chances in the first half or craft any real opportunities early in the second, Martin Dubravka was yet to be tested in the Newcastle goal.
But it all changed as Rochdale grew into the game and started to craft some chances of their own. It was a first-half substitute in 17-year-old Luke Matheson, who made a massive difference for the hosts.
The youngster was able to shut down Christian Atsu, who was dominant in the first 30 minutes of the game. Matheson also was able to get in some lethal crosses in the second half. One of which led to Rochdale’s equalizer through 40-year-old Aaron Wilbraham, himself a second-half substitute.
Newcastle just didn’t take their chances in the first half. Both Joelinton and Muto had excellent opportunities to put this game away and failed to do so. Considering the competition, this was Joelinton’s worst display in a Newcastle shirt.
Our makeshift defense played well enough, considering it consisted of a left-back and defensive midfielder. They were put under pressure for the last 30 minutes and couldn’t keep the slim one-goal advantage.
Martin Dubravka made some game-saving stops, so it was a wise decision to keep him in goal. However, this just was not good enough. We dominated this game early and should have put this team away.
Miguel Almiron was the only one to take his chance and it was a superb finish. Unfortunately, he looks to have suffered a groin injury. The situation just gets worse for Newcastle.
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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