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Who Did Our Readers Select As Newcastle’s Best Player At Rochdale?

In what was a fourth straight disappointing result, Newcastle United only managed a draw at League One club Rochdale. Despite several chances to put the game away early, they just weren’t taken and now we face an unwanted replay at St James Park.

Steve Bruce had a depleted squad to select from, but he still managed to field a strong team consisting solely of first-team players. However, a number of them were out of position with Emil Krafth and Isaac Hayden part of the back three.

It was still a side that should have picked up a win with little problem. That’s the way it was heading in the first half. Christian Atsu and DeAndre Yedlin kept getting to the byline to put balls into the box.

Miguel Almiron got on the end of one of Atsu’s crosses and clinically slotted it into the net. It seemed like the first of many. However, that was it for the day for the Magpies.

The second half was a different story. It turned out to be a very sage decision to keep Martin Dubravka in the team. After a quiet first half, he was called into action to prevent Rochdale from getting the win.

It is Almiron and Dubravka who have taken the bulk of the votes in the best player poll for this game. While Martin was superb in the second half, it’s Miguel Almiron who has come out on top with his first-half display. Newcastle just weren’t the same when the Paraguayan was forced off with a groin injury in the second half.

With 33% of the total vote, Almiron wins his first best player poll of the season. Dubravka takes second with 26% while Christian Atsu comes in third with 15%.

We’ll find out soon the extent of Miguel’s injury. Hopefully, it’s just a minor knock and he’ll be available for Wolves on Saturday.

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 )

Total Voters: 1,648

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89 comments so far

  • toon22

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #1


    I’d love that to happen
    But it seems it’s not very likely


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Neil, vaaaaaarrrrrrrr! once again!

    The 5th plate crashes to the ground again!

  • The Wife

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Greetings, Night Shift

    I personally went for Atsu as MotM, but it’s also very important that Almiron scored Newcastle’s goal. Now that he has a couple, hopefully he will settle down and trust himself more.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #4


    If we are going to have music as well as the blog RifRaff, this has to be the music.


  • toon22

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #5

    The Wife

    He really needed that goal
    I’m happy for him he gives his all

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #6

    The Wife

    Once they had that young kid on his ass, Atsu was a shadow of his 1st half display.

    I think the voting is spot on with Almiron we missed him big time 2nd half.

    Speaking of kids pretty well every team that put them out got through to the 4th round, Brucie should have shown some cojones has given at least one of ours a run out and most certainly as a sub for J.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry to run off so quickly but got to be up early in the morning, so G’d Night all.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Has = and

  • lesh

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #9


    Nice one. The Time Warp’s more than apt – we’re all thinking of NUFC when it was run as a sporting entity that aimed to please its fans.

  • lesh

    Jan 6, 2020 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #10

    And one for the road, as the man might’ve said. Bless him


    Night all. Enjoyed the craic and looking forward to Essex and Online’s equivalent of Glasto

  • lesh

    Jan 6, 2020 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #11


    That could be Keegan playing accordion?

    A man of many talents but…. Ashley put paid to that idea, that dream

  • Online Guy

    Jan 6, 2020 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #12


    Sorry earlier I was a bit short as my piss was boiling ..well slightly warm when you picked up on Lesh and his having a pop at Jib .

    Jib will probably tell you himself some of his nasty comments to Lesh just don’t fit the narrative
    In many debates here ..way over the top at times .

    If Lesh feels the need to come back at him, and he’s often provoked by the afore mentioned , then he does it in as best way he can and usually with gentlemanly conduct / constructive comment, and only ever in retort ..we all know how it kicks it off usually so it did not sit well with me when you had a pop at Lesh.

    Sometimes the truth needs to be said and that’s the story right there .

    Ain’t that right Jib ?

    Jibs ok just gets a bit abusive for no good reason ..has these outbursts that are way out of context with many an interjection that takes the discussion to another place .

    You were trying to be constructive and informative with your comments on Ashley .. I let emotion fuel my judgement at times when it comes to Mike Ashley ..and rightly so as a passionate fan.

    My thoughts on Ashley are polarised by the fact that he has pocketed £9 million quid with the sale of land at Strawberry place that would have enabled Newcastle United to extend the stadium and with new owners , one day, new owners with Ambition.

    For that reason alone Ashley should sell up in shame.
    He took club land and put the millions from it and stuck it in his own back pocket ..I mean how much money does a triple billionaire need ?

    So anyone defending the man will always get short shift from this life long Supporter.

    GREED .

  • Online Guy

    Jan 6, 2020 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #13


    You can use the car barn !

  • Online Guy

    Jan 6, 2020 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #14

    #12…land that would have enabled.

  • Online Guy

    Jan 6, 2020 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #15

    If Ashley had stuck the proceeds of the land sale in his arm I might have understood .

  • Online Guy

    Jan 6, 2020 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Bill, Lesh..

    Had to go down to Robin Hoods Bay this evening..im not long back in..

    Just trying to make you both homesick.

  • lesh

    Jan 6, 2020 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #17


    Did you bump into Martin and Norma perchance?

    Oh, and organising Glasto at Carter Bar’s down to you and Essex. Just a pity Ronnie Laine’s not around to join us. He turned out some good stuff when he had the show on the road. Bless him.

    Online, next time I’m up we must have a beer and some craic.

    And, the phone battery’s about to die so I’ll bid you and all goodnight.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 6, 2020 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Bruce was stupid leaving Almiron on at half time. And he will play our star players in the replay as he knows a defeat could put pressure on his job and bumbling our way to the quarters could save his job. Bruce routinely ignores his physios because hes the type of manager who is always a few games away from the sack. he has to keep himself in a job so he has short term thinking. last year our players were eased back.in. first on the bench, then off the bench and it was a noticeable difference. this time almiron has hopefully just tweeked his muscle but he will be playing the next game. tweeks are a sign somethings about to give. tweeks come because youve been pushing your whole body too far. ive ignored tweeks a lot and usually end up paying the price.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2020 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Pressure on his job for losing an FA cup tie, Jeezus, Mary and Joseph I nearly fell off my chair!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2020 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d guess he’s made a whole lot more than 9M pounds, there would have been plenty of offers for that land, there would have been fist the asking price as a formality and he’ll be getting a healthy slice of any future profit imo.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #22

    The top couple of blogger polls is the only place to look really. You know that when Joelinton and Muto got the MOM nod from 98 blog readers for the Rochdale tie.
    Tellingly dubravka is generally one of the top 2,and in my opinion that’s dead right. And backed up by the saves stats. We just over half way and we can see he has already made more saves than he made in the entire season before. Add that to our goal difference is languishing among the relegation candidates. Last season the GD was comparable to decent teams in the top half. We’re still not scoring.
    Bad combination.
    The manager we lost last season was building for the future and had steadied the ship.
    Ashley has chosen to go back to the blueprint and we are floundering.
    He is the architect of all of this and the support must unite and get back to highlighting his suffocation of NUFC development on all fronts.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #23

    The whole world can see we are struggling for goals. Bringing in a good, PL-ready striker,a box to box enforcer and a midfield creator is a glaringly obvious MUST.
    It’s a matter of opinion wether Ashley will sanction the funds required to over pay prices and wages that the clubs and players will obviously demand given our clear desperation.. or make do and mend.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Aye. When you think about risk, probability.. Lejeune and Almiron are the next cabs off the block heading towards injury. Both have been overused and have niggles and Bruce has the tough choice between continuing with them given that we are on a bad run already,or resting them when we have a lack of depth in terms of replacements. Lack of strength in depth biting us.
    Maybe Fernandez is heading that way too..
    He has to give people the rest and put in fringe players / young uns. Find a blend and reduce risk, particularly in Almiron’s case. No choice.
    He may opt to rush At Maximin

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #25

    ..St Maximin back early..?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #27

    losing against Rochdale would without doubt move you in the direction of being sacked. i cant see how it wouldnt add pressure. bruce hasnt got the confidence of the fans so hes been on a tightrope from the start, which is to be expected after a long and uninspiring career. he will put a lot of importance on rochdale and not because he thinks we can win the cup. i said at the start of the season i never once doubted during rafas two bad runs that hed turn it round. conversely during bruces winning runs i never once doubted hed come a cropper. if bruce has half a brain inside that cabbage he knows whats coming as well as the rest of the world. if he cant see it hes more useless than i thought. his only hope is ashley pumping the millions as he did with mclaren in a desperate attempt to save him.

  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Best comment on twitter over the weekend

    People that said Bruce didn’t have the ability to change a game with substitutions will be eating humble pie. He proved he could against Rochdale

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Saint Maximin is due for end-Jan return it appears.

  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #30

    The FA cup draw tonight on the BeeB is quite important for
    Bruce – if we draw a decent team away , Bruce should opt to
    play a second team vs Rochdale at SJP.

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #31

    I liked Ritchie against Rochdale as well. He immediately started marshaling our players and putting in crosses. With Dubravka uncharacteristically quiet and Lascelles out injured, Ritchie’s leadership is what I was very much looking forward to.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Sorry mate but have you not been following for the last 13 years, on the contrary to moving in the direction of the sack he will be getting a phone call/e mail from Lee Churnley advising that it would be better not to risk any first team players in the replay despite his utterances of taking the cup seriously, they will not sack him until at least we’re in the bottom three and he’s broke or equalled JC’s consecutive loss record. Like Mclaren and Rafa before him I won’t be complaining at this stage if he does field a side of kids, our 25 points looks nowhere near as healthy as it did three weeks ago. That could change with three serious acquisitions this week though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #33

    So where do we draw the line with that, we’re going to get a decent team at some stage?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #34

    They need to back him with signings to not make his taking the cup seriously look like a charade, we need to bring in a striker before the Wolves game and have him in training asap.

  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #35

    There could be another scenario
    Bruce may think the only way to bring the fans onside is a decent cup run

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Andy Carroll 31 today, apparently.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Unless tickets are a fiver and kids free I can see a thoroughly depressing attendance against Rochdale in the return if there are no incomings by then.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Paul Barry@bbcpaulbarry

    TRANSFER: Championship promotion hopefuls Preston are amongst a host of rival teams as they bid to secure the loan signing of Dwight Gayle from Newcastle this month. However, I understand Newcastle want to sign a striker before they let Dwight go.

  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #39

    He’s been nursing Carroll for the Wolves game
    The club mustn’t be rushed into buying just because of few difficult
    PL fixtures coming up

  • c-dog

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #40

    We had a great team a few years back with cabaye tiote colocini ba cisse simpson harper


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