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Newcastle Sloppy But Resilient In Scoreless First Half



Newcastle came out in a 5-2-3 with Almiron on the right-wing and Allan Saint-Maximin on the left. Chelsea, as expected, enjoyed most of the possession, but Newcastle were set up very well, and the Blues didn’t have many clear cut chances.

In the 12th minute, it was a very worrying sight as Jetro Willems went down with what looks to be a serious knee injury. The Dutchman had to be stretchered off with Matt Ritchie coming on as his replacement.

We really hope it’s just a strain or nothing serious. However, Jetro looked very concerned and pounded the pitch in frustration.

At the 20-minute mark, Newcastle enjoyed a bit of possession. Jonjo Shelvey got the ball to Federico Fernandez on the right who whipped in a terrific cross that Joelinton latched onto, but his header hit the crossbar. It was so close for the Brazilian.

Chelsea had a couple of chances in the 33rd minute with N’Golo Kante being sent through one on one with Dubravka, but the Slovakian made the stop on Kante’s shot. On the rebound, the ball was delivered back into the box, but Martin Dubravka bravely claimed it as Kante closed in on him.

Newcastle have defended very well and are dominant in the air. Joelinton and Almiron are offering a threat while Allan Saint-Maximin has had a few decent runs.

However, the lads need to keep hold of the ball and stop needlessly giving it away. Chelsea haven’t been anywhere near their best despite having over 70% possession.

This game is there for the taking but we expect Chelsea to be an improved team in the second half. Newcastle will need to match that and not be so sloppy with the ball.


175 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Come on Toon !!!!

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Need to get Saint max on the ball more

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Krafth with shocking delivery roll on this new lad from inter!

    Get ASM further forward Bruce you moron he will hurt these big time!

    1
  • peterk3

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #4

    We need to get a grip in midfield

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  • Slatymag

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Shelvey needs to try giving and going more. Help the forwards by putting a sprint on now and then. Lad seems to believe his own hype.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Mason Mount is an almost double for Dave Gahan.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #7

    “Bruce is constantly shouting notes to Emil Krafth – the boss doesn’t appear too happy with the RWB.”

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  • Mirandinha

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #8

    10 mins for Shelvey to up his game otherwise haul him off for Matty L.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #9

    We are meant to be a counter attacking team yet whenever we get a chance to break quickly we slow it all down??

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  • Slatymag

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #10

    @mirandinha

    Absolutely. Get young Matty on.

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  • peterk3

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Haydon very poor and so slow.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Our decision making by many of our players has been poor to say the least.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I wonder how much House of Fraser paid for their ground advertisement.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #14

    ASM playing further forward now with Joelinton it looks!

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  • peterk3

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Haydon off Matty on

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Needless pass,you should know we can’t pass to our player if there’s anyone within 10 yards pressuring

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Hayden, didn’t realise he was so slow. And I’m faster than jonjo.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #18

    When they boot it up from the back they pick up the ball so easily

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #19

    We’re being overrun in midfield. Shelvey needs to do more.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Willian doing his best Pedro impression. How many times has Pedro flighted the ball beyond the back post in his Chelsea career—countless.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Thank the lord Willian has had one of his ‘off’ halves. Hope he had another one,he is s classy player but inconsistent.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #22

    William coming on on his right foot far to easily

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Think Hayden got a knock 1st half, he is soldiering on?
    But I think Sean should come on for him if that’s the case.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s not been that bad!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Shelvey seems to be out of gas already, slowly jogging around the pitch. Get him off!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Got 0-0 written all over this now I reckon.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Defending for our lives. And just hoping for luck.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #28

    ASM was also jogging up the pitch instead of running up to support Joelinton.

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  • peterk3

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Matty on not Sean

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #30

    I missed the last 5. Anything happened? Sliding towards depression.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Why is dubs slowing the game down get the hell up and find the counter!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m not sure how Bowen is going to add to this team, we’re simply not creating chances.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #33

    A shot woo

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Jonjo running through quicksand. Not sure we can carry him,the way we plsu we have to graft and harry in there more than he can

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Ritchie keeps backing off and bacjing off Hudson Odoi. Needs to stand his ground earlier and make force Odoi to actually try to beat him. He has cover behind him, in case he is beaten.

    We can’t keep giving him a free run into/to the edge of the box before trying to hold him up.

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Linton looks great!
    Shelvey constantly out of breath tracking back

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s not even that bad Moanster, behave yourself!

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Joelinton done well today with what he’s had

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Max for Hayden agree

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Longstaff on for Shelves, Matty is better but Sean has some height for our enivitable defending

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