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Newcastle Sloppy In Possession And Trail 1-0 At The Half


Newcastle came out in their customary 5-2-3 with Hayden and Ritchie as the wing-backs. Almiron was on the right and Atsu on the left of Joelinton.

The game started very frantically with both teams pushing forward but being very sloppy in possession. Everton started to find some rhythm at around the 15-minute mark but still only managed a few efforts on goal.

Newcastle were shaky on the ball with both Longstaff brothers being far too indecisive and losing possession often.

Then Everton grabbed the lead in the 30th minute. Bernardo chipped the ball to Moise Kean, who had made a run into the box. The Italian got a shot away, and Dubravka didn’t do enough as the ball slid into the net under him.

Newcastle didn’t take their first shot until the 42nd minute on a Joelinton header from Isaac Hayden’s cross. It was the best Newcastle looked all night as they finally were able to string more than two passes together in the lead up to Isaac’s delivery.

Steve Bruce may want to bring Jonjo Shelvey on to start the second half. Everton have clearly been the better side, but they have been far from their best.

If Bruce can find something in the final third, Newcastle can still come away with a result, but a lot of improvement in possession is required


272 comments so far

  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Bring on Shelvey and Krafth for matty and sean, krafth goes rwb shelvey next to hayden in the middle

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #2

    We are as bad as we were vs Chelsea.

    Only this time they took one of their chances.

    Every single match to the end of the season will be like this, best get used to it.

    6
  • stingray

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Usual story. Very poor. We rely on hoping the opposition don’t score, and we fluke a goal out of nowhere.
    Except Everton have nicked one.
    We don’t need any more players…we have a bigger squad of players with Prem experience than we have ever had.
    We need a different way of playing.
    It’s the formation and the way they are told to play that is the problem.
    We don’t press.
    And we can’t pass forward. Under pressure, we pass back, and back, until Dubs has to kick it long….repeat, repeat.

    5
  • SPRINGY

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Repost:
    Had to laugh!….at the end of the half lascelles run thru and tries to play almiron in,defender cuts it out,atsu starts waving arms around in disgust…..really?…goin off the first half,he’d only just give it away or lose control….when u can influence the game…then complain when u dont get the pass mate! …. everyone needs to up there game…but only 1-0,still time yet.

    0
  • woodey

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Lindisfarne
    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:10 PM
    Comment #117
    Need to match up with their 442, or go 4232.

    sorry could not resist but are you suggesting we take off our keeper in that last formation mate? 🙂

    5
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Trying to get some inclination Atsu wants to be here and contribute is like hoping for blood from a stone I feel. Realised his level with ASM on the scene knocking his confidence, he gives off a “no point in trying anymore” vibe to me.

    Start of the season when ASM got injured and we hadn’t seen what he could do, Atsu still seemed interested, ready to fight for his place and was playing alright, now he appears to have mentally checked out.

    Aye, only 1-0 so we’re still in it.

    Hope there’s a change at CM when they come back out.

    1
  • DaveD1000

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #7

    @5
    creative accounting

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #8

    I really don’t want to see Atsu in a Newcastle shirt anymore, every pre season he harps on about we are going to see the real him and he is getting worse I swear, game passes him by 99% of the time and just shows up one or twice to dribble into a brick wall

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Jamaal

    Yup, what I;d like to see too.

    1
  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Sub Santiago Munez on. Free kick in the last 2 minutes of stoppage time and the fans go nuts

    1
  • Marzy

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Poor 1st half display, midfielder need to get hold of the game and pass the ball with some conviction. Referee is not giving us anything, no advantage when Miggy went down outside the penalty area! Only 1.0 still plenty of time to hopefully change it.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #12

    ———————Joelinton
    Ritchie————Almiron———–Allan
    ————-Hayden———-Longstaff
    Clarke—Fernandez—Lascelles—Krafth
    ———————Dubravka

    I have a feeling Joelintons legs have gone.

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Almiron must feel like handing a transfer request in!

    1
  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Not upset ASM didn’t start with the short turn around, anyone know why he isn’t on the bench?

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s a waste of time having Linton on pitch if we play this formation – he has no chance especially given he’s not actually a striker and maybe not even an epl player

    3
  • stan anderson

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon Kk are you serious blaming Rafa for being shite ?.
    Cabbage Heed has been in charge long enough now FFS.
    Was Rafa praised when we got unexpected points this season
    We are a poor team with a poor coach.
    Don’t blame the best coach we,ve had since Sir Bobby

    11
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #17

    When was the last time any manager for us made changes at HT which weren’t enforced? I can’t recall any from recent memory.

    0
  • toonbrother

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Longstaff is the problem
    Poor poor poor

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Sean with his now trademark dawdling on the ball and getting caught on it routine. God knows what has happened to that snappy, positive passer.

    2
  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #20

    no changes pwahahaha

    0
  • stingray

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Almiron would be good player in a better side. Feel sorry for him.
    We are taking “park the bus” to a whole new level.
    our formation is really 7-2-1

    1
  • SPRINGY

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Why do our players always play as if they have loads of time….keep gettin caught on the ball,hurry ya f**kin game up man!….too slow,no speed of thought…no urgency!

    1
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Only a matter of time before they get a 2nd then they see it out like a friendly

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #24

    That’s it Ritchie tell that waste Atsu ha

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #25

    442 so let’s see how we do

    0
  • toonbrother

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Ritchie is rubbish
    If the forward ball is unavailable find another solution
    He is so unskilled
    so he relies on his teammates’ movement to make life easier for himself

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #27

    5 at the back means one less to aim at when playing it forwards.

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Shelvey and Krafth need to come on and we need to get Hayden-Shelvey in CM.

    Then Atsu off for whoever.

    Changes of some sort at least.

    0
  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Close one that

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Imagine we could pass more than 3 times in the opposition half??

    1
  • Dingo†®

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #31

    what on earth has happened to Atsu’s engine? Is it just me that thought he was nippy and intelligent with his play when he first turned up?

    2
  • toonbrother

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Bernard is a superb player

    0
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #33

    They really just have better players and a better coach. Need Bentaleb up to speed and in the side, and really hoping that Lazaro comes in too. Obviously need Manquillo or Yedlin fit back in.

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #34

    My god like school boys we are 2-0

    2
  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Men against boys here, we are utter garbage.

    2
  • Sheikh Unknown

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Total garbage.

    1
  • Dingo†®

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #37

    aaaah boll@cks

    1
  • toonbrother

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Well that’s all she wrote

    0
  • Reilly

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #39

    fkin shockin

    1
  • Bigjim67

    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Goodnight Vienna

    1
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