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