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Newcastle In Control As They Lead Rochdale 3-0 At The Half



Alright, now that’s more like it. Newcastle are well in control here and should have a very comfortable second half after grabbing a 3-0 lead in the first half.

Newcastle lined up in a 3-5-2 with Isaac Hayden on the right side of the back three. Christian Atsu was playing in a free role in support of Almiron and Joelinton.

Rochdale sat deep in the early goings frustrating Newcastle, who had close to 80% possession in the first 15 minutes but couldn’t quite fashion a good chance. However, that soon changed.

After coming close when a deflected Miguel Almiron shot hit the post, Newcastle got the opening goal after Rochdale defender Eoghan O’Connell knocked a Matt Ritchie cross into his own net in the 17th minute.

Just a few minutes later, Matt Longstaff got his third of the season on a cross by Matt Ritchie. He had plenty of time to control the ball and put it away for the crucial second goal.

Then it was that man again Miguel Almiron, who got his 4th goal of the season in the 26th minute. Rochdale keeper Robert Sanchez just rolled the ball to a waiting Almiron in the box. The Paraguayan calmly waited for the right moment to bury it into the net.

Newcastle have dominated this half similarly to the first match. However, this time we’ve buried many of our chances.

After a tepid first fifteen minutes in which Rochdale were able to stifle Newcastle a bit, the lads have found their rhythm and have put this one to bed early barring a disastrous second half.

Now let’s get Tom Allan on for his debut!


125 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley turned up because it was only a fiver to get in ?

    If Linton has a groin strain then get him off – what’s the point of him playing – would rather see Tom Allan get a game

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Just hope Ashlie doesn’t think we need to strengthen after this performance and the Clueless One doesn’t start crowing about it. Fact is it should never have reached a replay.

    2
  • toon kk

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Having Ritchie back is like a new signing!!

    6
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we need to drop Linton for Saturday – I’d rather play Allan or Sorenson

    0
  • swemag

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #5

    FA Cup fourth round potentially 5th. Not bad. About time.

    1
  • onmeedsun

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not relaxing until we go 4 up! Don’t you just love Almiron, shows great character and enthusiasm. His head has never dropped and his performances have been very consistent, despite the lack of goals. Just shows that you have to be patient with new players, and that applies to JoeLinToon!

    6
  • Mirandinha

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Longstaff took his goal well as did Miggy.

    0
  • lochinvar

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Stats show we committed no – zero – zilch – nil fouls in the first half
    Is that a record for Brucie to dine out on – pure football, 3 goals and no fouls and it’s just half time

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Carroll will start at weekend.

    0
  • Pat On The Heed

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Reckon the only reason Ash is there is cos its only a fiver to get in the neet.

    1
  • Zele

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #11

    A few games ago Miggy would have snatched at the ball but now he has confidence and can calmly control the ball and place it out of reach of the keeper.

    Joelinton just needs to bang in a couple of goals and get his confidence going.

    Hopefully with Ritchie playing he will get more opportunities than he has had of late.

    3
  • SPRINGY

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Joelintons confidence is thru the floor…u would think he myt fancy playing these at home but sounds like he’s nervous,bad touches,nee luck!

    2
  • DaveD1000

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #13

    k same again lads no sitting back HWTL

    1
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Well MA many many thanks for providing fans of the Toon with so much entertainment over your twelve and a half year “reign”!!! We’ve really enjoyed it!
    “In twelve and a half years of Mike Ashley, only six FA Cup matches have been won by NUFC”.

    Wow this could be the 7th!!!!
    Bet Rochdale wished they had De Bruyne, Silva and Aguero to bring on at half time .
    Never mind you will of course be bringing Dembele, Giroud and the Hull City lad to the Toon this month.
    What about that Pinochhio?

    4
  • Reilly

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Miles Starforth
    @milesstarforth
    ·
    3m
    The crowd is 29,786. Newcastle unchanged for the second half.

    1
  • Uncertain Toon

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Why are we not 4 up yet?

    1
  • SPRINGY

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Newcastle out of top 20 richest clubs because they wouldn’t share their finances with Deloitte apparently….strange

    4
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #18

    the trouble is that playing with linton 50p heed against chelsea will be like playing with 10 men

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #19

    CHANCE
    S Longstaff almost dances his way through, but his shot is blocked and Lynch is able to claim the cross.

    0
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Posted at
    47′
    Attempt blocked. Joelinton (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
    The lad’s trying! Very trying!

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #21

    I say Deloitte but may have the name wrong… apologies if i have.

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Springy – look back on blog – accounts weren’t signed off in time by GT due to fine they weren’t told about until last minute and all the b0llocks that followed

    2
  • jane

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Shelvey will probably be brought at some point.

    2
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry lads it wasn’t Joel apparently:
    47′
    Attempt blocked. Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    0
  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Has anyone got a stream?

    0
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #26

    I think they could afford to put you on now Jane!

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #27

    no streams by all accounts

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Enter Tom Allan.

    0
  • DaveD1000

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Kets no streams just audio

    0
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #30

    No streams Ketsbaia ! Why do you think MA is actually at SJP.?

    2
  • jane

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #31

    don’t think the could afford me 🙂

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Allan coming on. Good to hear.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #33

    on telly now!

    0
  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Jane bites yer legs

    😛

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Lascelles off. Blowing on his first match back.

    Hayden into the back 4 I should think.

    1
  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Thank you Garry Lineker.. Just shown the toon goals at half time

    0
  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Highlights on BBC i-player later

    0
  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Thomas Allan on for Lascelles

    0
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Well I suppose not Jane after all Joelinton cost £40M and goodness what else in wages.

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