We are through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after a dominant 4-1 win against Rochdale that saw young Tom Allan make his Newcastle United debut.
Newcastle came out unchanged after a dominant first half. However, Rochdale pulled their keeper and brought on Jay Lynch.
Rochdale enjoyed a bit of possession to start the half and had a few attempts on goal. However, none of the shots caused Karl Darlow any issues.
In the 56th minute, Steve Bruce handed 19-year-old Tom Allan his debut. He came on for Jamaal Lascelles, who was showing signs of fatigue in his first match since November.
Tom Allan– played well down the right
Steve Bruce brought on Andy Carroll for Miguel Almiron in the 61st minute as the game became quite stagnant with Newcastle losing some of their focus.
Bruce made his final change, and it was a return for Jonjo Shelvey, who came on for Matt Ritchie in the 69th minute.
Newcastle played a bit better after the substitutions with Tom Allan causing some havoc down the right. However, they weren’t getting too many clear chances.
In the 82nd minute, Joelinton got his goal, and it was on a Tom Allan cross from the right. It didn’t look like it was going to happen for Big Joe tonight. However, he got into the box and Allan delivered an excellent cross that the Brazilian was able to put away.
Rochdale pulled one back in the 86th minute through a Jordan Williams goal to deny Karl Darlow a clean sheet.
Newcastle did what they had to tonight, and in the end, it was a very comfortable night. Most importantly, everyone made it through unscathed.
A couple of positives are Joelinton got his goal. Steve Bruce had him in tonight to do just that. We are particularly delighted for Tom Allan, who will be buzzing and got an assist on his debut.