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Winger Happy With First-Half Display At Rochdale But Rues Missed Chances

Newcastle came out blazing at Rochdale yesterday afternoon, creating many goal-scoring opportunities. Both strikers had clear cut chances to add a second goal in the first half.

However, neither Joelinton or Yoshinori Muto took those chances. Newcastle paid the price as Rochdale came roaring back in the second half to force a replay at St James Park.

Many of those chances came from the two wing-backs Christian Atsu and DeAndre Yedlin. They both spent much of the first half in the Rochdale end, beating their man and whipping in deliveries.

While it changed a bit for Atsu when 17-year-old Luke Matheson was brought on to shut him down, the 27-year-old had done enough damage in the first 30 minutes for Newcastle to have been up by more than just the one goal.

Christian spoke to NUFC TV after the game stating that Newcastle should have been by at least four goals in the first half.

Newcastle have to pick up the pieces from another disappointing result. Not only do they now have another week with three fixtures, but two players could be missing through injury in Yoshinori Muto and Miguel Almiron.

It was only Almiron who found the net yesterday on an assist by Atsu. When he and Muto went off, Newcastle sorely missed both of their energy and constant running.

However, it should have been done and dusted by then. Atsu and Yedlin created enough clear cut chances, as Christian stated, where the game should have been put away.

Speaking to Football Insider, former England international goalkeeper Paul Robinson thought Newcastle had the right strategy in the first half by using the wing-backs. He was particularly impressed with Christian Atu’s performance.

This is was Robinson’s take on Newcastle’s performance:

“I thought the two wing-backs Atsu and Yedlin dominated the game, particularly Atsu on the left-side.

“I thought in the first half it was a textbook display by Newcastle on how to play a lower league side, Steve Bruce would have been disappointed that they only got one goal.

“They only didn’t win the game as they didn’t perform in the second half, they also lost Almiron to injury so that added to his growing injury list, so all in all, it turned out not to be a good game for them.

“I thought Atsu and Yedlin were both very very good yesterday as they were positive in the first-half but as I said it eventually ended up being that Bruce couldn’t take many positives from the game as more injuries and due to a replay he didn’t want.”

It just wasn’t good enough yesterday to not get the win. Newcastle were second best for the final 30 minutes against a League One side and were lucky to escape with a replay.

Bruce has to take care of the striker situation this month. It looks like that message has hit home as Newcastle have already contacted Chelsea about Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi. There’s also reports that AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek is on the radar as well.

Any of the three would improve us immensely and are the right type of targets at this point, even if it’s just on loan. While there are strong doubts Newcastle could get them in, at least the club is working early to address a glaring problem in the team.

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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74 comments so far

  • jane

    Jan 5, 2020 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #1

    “The fourth round draw will follow and it scheduled to begin at 7:35pm. It will be shown on BBC One before Arsenal’s clash against Leeds at the Emirates Stadium.”

    we’re in it!

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 5, 2020 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Shouldn’t Ancelotti be wearing a kilt with that outfit?

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2020 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3


    If memory serves me well (probably not) but didn’t someone suggest that we might see Brucie taking a lead then sitting back to play a defensive game?

    Muto replaced by Ki and in the meantime, Sorrensen watched it all from the bench?

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2020 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Who knows, beat Rochdale, get a favourable draw and we could be in the fifth round before we can say u fat cockney b, get out of our club

  • yorkymag

    Jan 5, 2020 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #5

    That may be
    But it doesn’t change that fact that the club is rotten to its core

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 5, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #6

    cabbage heads out
    dinosaurs out
    mrs doubtfires out
    penfolds out
    mr magoo scouts out
    tat sellers out
    put bladey in charge til the end of season

  • c-dog

    Jan 5, 2020 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Ash in Carver in Joelinton in

  • investinyouthtoon

    Jan 5, 2020 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Sadly I agree with yorkymag at post 5. It shows how much other clubs have progressed since MA has been here , given that we’ve stood completely still treading water against a tide.

    Atsu hits the nail on the head, and we desperately require a striker who can score enough goals to keep us up. Bruce has done well to have us where we are given we have no striker who can score at least 15 goals a season.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #9

    with ketsbaia’s post on targets, I would have him as our scout.

    Onto his namesake, imagine wor temuri here as head coach, he would be entertaining if nothing else and would end up chinning charnley and/or Ashley if told to sell before they can buy. More entertaining than love island anyway.

    Sadly though he is famagusta manager so unlikely to happen anytime soon.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #10

    I was reading about Batshuayi demanding 160k a week to play on loan somewhere..?
    Wtf is going on with greedy players,when did playing on loan justify doubling your wages, and more to the point how can players be allowed to dictate a hike in pay just to play temporarily for another team?
    Money will kill the game..the only surprise to me is that the bubble hasn’t burst yet.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Trends like this make it nigh on impossible that we will get a quality striker to the club in January. On loan at least. We can’t afford to wait for an unknown quantity to adjust to EPL. I can’t think of anyone around in EPL who is good enough,who the parent club will release and (this is the sticking point for old Ashlie) would be within our price range wages wise

  • dougie

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Sports Direct FC only exists because of the sheep who line the parasites pockets by turning up and feeding the pig every other week.Any other so called big club would have chased him out years ago.Its an abomination and if the support the team not the regime brigade dont understand that I’m afraid they deserve the utter dross that’s served up.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Looks a good player and has been fairly prolific in terms of goals up to and including last season. This season 4 in 17 apps.
    However, Mourinho’s reported interest in him to cover the crocked Kane would see that particular plate shattered I would think.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #15

    SITC, I agree with your opinion however I think his demands may be as a result of his club wanting a fee for him going out on loan. He or his agent wants a slice or all of that fee in the form of wages. The parent club or the perspective club probably don’t want to pay the increased salary, therefore he doesn’t move.
    The loan system is being abused and I find it abhorrent that clubs are profiteering from players effectively being rented out possibly, probably, against their will.
    As for the game being about money. It has been that way for years. Trophies are now valued by how much revenue it may or may not generate for the club and not the honour of winning the respective pot.

  • Patoon

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree Dougie, the fans hav 2 either stay away or stop yapping about the way the clubs being run, i wont b back til hes gone and havnt been in 2 years, thers nothing left to support now

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Aye I know it’s been about money for years mate. It’s the amounts that continue to mushroom in the way they do though..
    Surely unsustainable?. Having said that, I thought there would be an assessment implosion 2-3 years ago, but no.
    Broadcasters and advertising keeping pace so far ..

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Don’t ask me how autocorrect managed that

  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Liverpool’s bairns do it !!!!!!!

  • dougie

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #20

    The squad that we were forced to put out yesterday regardless of injuries is the epitome of a club that stinks to high heaven.Yesterdays shambles is a direct result of 13 years of austerity by a multi billionaire that is only interested in advertising his low end tat shop via the worldwide coverage of the Premier League.The poo poo icing on the cake is having to suffer the 2nd worst manager in Premier League history on the touchline instead of the world class manager that we had.Benitez attempted to educate the parasites but soon realised that they had no ambition for the club.Its time to drain the swamp,boycott St James Infirmary because it’s dead.

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #21

    We ve found our level, yes we can!! Compete…!! Yes we can, yes we can!

  • geordietom

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #22

    sing #14 …

    you maybe right mate . another plate bites the dust …

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #23

    SITC. The broadcasters keep paying out, supporters keep paying the broadcasters and fewer clubs are getting a slice of the pie. The fans pay ultimately.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Dougie. Spot on.

  • yorkymag

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Unfortunately you are spot on
    Ashley has demonstrated that empty seats are a problem to him with the free season ticket offer
    So although it goes against every bone in my body it is time to stop going to games
    It seems it is only way
    An empty stadium would certainly focus minds

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Well said Yorky

    Everyone has there limit..

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #27


  • Bladey

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #28

    18 year old liverpool kid has more skill class passion than our 40 million flop
    And when you watch their other youngsters don’t tell me the Longstaffs are top draw They are anything but
    That reserve team that has just done Evertons ist team would wipe the floor with NUFC
    We and the other 13 teams in the epl are the dregs and are there just to make it up as are the 3 that comes up every year and so on and so on
    Again please bring on a super league football is so boring and predictable it’s turned into formula one

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #29

    You say Bruce never even tried to keep Perez or Rondon. You are right, but purely because both were not at Newcastle when Bruce joined.

    Rafa is better than Bruce, the football is tripe under both. Bruce had zip to do with wasting money on transfers.

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #30


    Liverpool’s bairns do it !!!!!!!……..

    All with the support of a forward-thinking and ambitious owner, a solid youth development policy, top drawer facilities and a coach that knows what he’s doing and is allowed to get on with it with the owner’s support.

    Just like Ashley’s NUFC he?

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #31

    sing in the corner


    You’ll need to be careful when referring to plates being broken. Such language seems to have a special meaning and not necessarily referring to Bruce’s spinning plates.


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Did Liverpool oust their old owners by infighting/sniping at other fans as well as not going to games to support their players? Or did they protest together, pre and post game, while working together and attending/supporting their team?

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #33


    @30 he = eh?

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #34


    Indeed they did.

    Liverpool fans seem more militant and solid than NUFC’s and fully got behind the cause.

    The point you’re making is valid but the difference is Ashley seems to have most fans wrapped around his little finger. He’s taking the pish and getting away with it

    If our fans had mobilised and fully supported calls for boycotts of televised games, Ashley may not be here now. However, we are where we are

  • yorkymag

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #35

    I think the difference was
    The had owners prepared to sell and buyer prepared to pay
    We have neither
    Hence Ashley is able to divide and rule

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashley doesn’t have fans wrapped aroubd his finger. But he plays both sides like a fiddle, and unless people quit just mouthing off at other fans, then he is winning.

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #37


    An afterthought, Ashley’s interest I’m owning NUFC is centred on promoting his principal business interests in the form of SD, worldwide at a cost if £2m a year.

    Did Liverpool’s previous owners have such an incentive to hold on to the club? I think not and that may be why their removal was met with less resistance than Ashley offers.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Difference is they were together. If you were reseaching spending millions on a football club, and you came across posts like Bladey above, would you bother?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Sent from a mate of mine from a mackem blog.
    “”During fattys(I’m assuming he means Bruce) time at Sunderland I was playing tennis 3 times a week which culminated in a bad elbow injury. Damon Voss and Pete Friar fixed me over about 4 months (at the Raquets Club). They were the head physios of SAFC at the time and they hated him, Quinn had to step in between them regularly as they were pretty much at war with Bruce. He routinely ignored advice dispensed by them and the club doc in respect of rehabilitation and training methods. He’s a walking excuse

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2020 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #40


    Having our fans wrapped around his finger is much the same as playing both sides like a fiddle. The fans are as much to blame for allowing themselves to be sucked into Ashley’s narrative by not acting as one.

    We’re on the same page when it comes to inter-fan arguing’s concerned and a good start would be the various fan groups coming together. But, were that to happen – and it’s a big if, fans would need to follow their lead and support any actions called for.


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