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Four Newcastle Lads Get Starts On Loan This Afternoon

Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has started all 30 league games for Swansea since joining in the summer. This afternoon it was in a 1-1 draw at Preston North End. Scott Sinclair opened his Preston account against his former club with a goal in the 28th minute. Just 5 minutes later, Liverpool starlet Rhiann Brewster bagged the second goal of his loan spell with Swansea to level the score. It remained that way as 8th placed Swansea get an away point against the team one place above them in the Championship table.

Jacob Murphy has been getting a run of games for Sheffield Wednesday lately. He’s made the most of the opportunity as he’s scored 2 goals in his previous three starts. His starting streak in the league reached 4 in the 0-0 draw at home against Millwall. Jacob lasted 67 minutes before being replaced by Alessio Da Cruz, who just joined the Owls on loan from Parma.

Midfielder Dan Barlaser has become the first name on the teamsheet at League One leaders Rotherham over the past few months. He made his tenth straight start for the Millers this afternoon and got his 4th assist over that stretch. Rotherham won their fifth straight league game with the 3-2 victory at home over Sunderland nemesis Burton Albion. Barlaser was brought off in the 74th minute for Matt Olosunde.

It’s two games and two starts for Kelland Watts since he joined Mansfield Town last week. This time he played on the right-side of a back three in a 2-2 draw at home against Carlisle. In his previous match, Watts played as a midfielder. Kelland played the entire 90 minutes once again for the Stags.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Draw Against Norwich?

  • Martin Dubravka (70%, 1,162 )
  • A. Saint-Maxmin (9%, 142 )
  • Federico Fernandez (5%, 87 )
  • Joelinton (5%, 82 )
  • Miguel Almiron (3%, 53 )
  • Nabil Bentaleb (2%, 29 )
  • Ciaran Clark (2%, 28 )
  • Matt Ritchie (1%, 22 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (1%, 14 )
  • Valentino Lazaro (1%, 12 )
  • Danny Rose (1%, 12 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 10 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 9 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (0%, 7 )

Total Voters: 1,669

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115 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    People actually pay for those pudding basin haircuts?

  • kc2012

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I see we got one of them massive 0-0 draws I was talking about.

    You play with no striker and you suffer but apparently we didn’t really need to buy a striker in January according to some people.


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #3

    rabbits in the headlights going forward no movement of the ball , don’t attack as a unit, cannot close down opposition. Passing to slow and laboured in midfield. End up defending deep in two lines of 5. JoeLinton left to plough a lone furrow up front. More frightened of losing and winning – very similar to the Fulham game last year.
    Great send off for Krul at end of game
    Dubravka 8 – my man man of the match – would of been down and buried if not for two top draw saves first half
    Yedlin 5 – ok defending but his crossing was mostly woeful when in great positions
    Fernandez 7 – best outfield player great last minute tackle when Puckie was going to pull the trigger. Tried to get the team forward
    Lascalles 6 – does what he does best defending but does not try anything different
    Clarck 6 – as Lascalles keeps it simple likes to defend but tends to pass sideways to often
    Ritchie 5 – poor today but not a full back – better when pushed forward for Rose coming in
    Bentleg 5 – Poor mans Shelvey sits to deep in front of defence passes the simple ball – no killer passes or tries anything poor in tackle
    Hayden 6 – good at defending tackling but does not give much going forward
    Almiron 8 – what a engine good in defence and carrying the ball forward good at passing today – BUT plays far to deep and given far to much to do. Missed a sitter from Kruls palm out
    Saint Max 6 – lot of dribbles but no end product – needs to get head up and pass the ball a lot quicker
    KoeLinton 6 – did ok but needs help up front left isolated far to often brought a excellent save out of Krul pity Almiron missed the palm out
    Longstaffe 6- added a bit of energy in midfield tried to get things going forward but lack of movement from players around him
    Lazaro 6 – looks a good aquasition showed a bit of class and composure when he came on – showed movement off the ball and found space off the ball
    Rose 6 – another who looks a class above half of wor lot on the pitch – great on the ball – best part of the match was when he sent three of their players wrong way and slipped Ritchie through
    Bruce 2 – good substitutions booked looked clueless on what to do

    Going to be a long slog to end of season to get the points for safety
    Might make – just – but hell we are going to have to play a lot lot better

  • toon kk

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree Bruce is no world class manager as for only getting sixth with Liverpools team, we’ll never know but they have a outstanding squad.

    Where do you think we should be in the league with our players?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Awful display, poor signings. Not a word said against the manager. Fair and balanced my ar$e.

  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon kk dont no who lesh is ?
    Top 12 with a decent style of play not depending on anthore managers style and tactics as I said next year we will see the proper brucie style

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #7

    And btw, the poster Jamaal Dubravka said there’s only one man to blame. I hope he meant Mike Ashley as there is absolutely no point in blaming this latest patsy in the hot seat, he’s clueless and seemingly oblivious to the people he’s dealing with.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Missed opportunity today with Man Utd and Wolves drawing. Could’ve been two points behind them.

  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #9

    And I expect a manager to wants more from players ,directors, owners , to build a club not somone who settles for mediocrity who is just happy to have a job at this level.

  • c-dog

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #10

    The anti Bruce brigade out in force tonight
    Were nowhere to be seen two weeks ago

    Norwich had won three of their last five before today. We did well to hold them at bay.

  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Excuse the spelling my big sausage fingers hitting wrong letters

  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #12

    It was like watching a car crash. Thought we played played better when Longstaff came on for Hayden. Bentaleb did ok, calm on the ball. Shame Miggy missed that header. Dubs MOM.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Lazaro looked composed on the ball. Didn’t see much of Rose and Bentaleb.

  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #14

    C.dog i have been here a long time just dont post a lot only when the bulls…..s get out of hand .

  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #15

    And I am anti Bruce cant stand him

  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #16


    Norwich at bottom of the table….not sure why we should be happy to “keep them at bay” at home.

  • toon kk

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry mate predictive text mistake hadn’t realised.
    I totally agree would love to see our style of play be totally different but my point is we lack quality for the Premier league so we have to scrape our points together.
    But 10th is good with what we have.
    We need to strengthen to change.

  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #18

    #3thanks. I look forward to your player ratings every week good posts

  • AncientC

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #19

    I am starting to almost wonder if Benitez had one-eye on his replacement, back when he started switching the system to a 5 at the back. Possibly aware of what was about to follow.

    Had Rafa stuck with his regimented 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1, prior to Bruce coming in; what kind of position would the club be facing right now?

    I distinctly recall Benitez attempting 5 at the back on a few occasions—once against Chelsea—and it didn’t work out: Rafa thankfully seemed adamant on pursuing 5 at the back, all within his contract being in its final year.

    Call it whatever you like, but Bruce has been left with solid foundations which have saved the club this season. How much more mileage can you get out of a Rafa drilled defence without Rafa manning the wheel, is the question.

    It’s translucent as daylight that Bruce needs to switch away from 5 at the back next season, and without wanting to be a malcontent, I honestly don’t trust Bruce to implement the necessary changes that are required to compete in the Premier League.

    2020/2021 season — stick with 5 at the back and get dominated at every ground in the country whilst trying to keep riding lady luck, or, play 4 at the back and try to be progressive and possibly get killed off. Decisions, decisions. I would prefer the latter, embracing the chance of escaping futile limbo for a few moments.

  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Toon kk no need for apology I have sausage fingers myself lol.
    I agree we dont have the quality but I dont think it would matter with Bruce in charge

  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #21


    We had a manager like that and he was shipped out, to the delight of quite a few on here.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #22



    It’s just that I would expect anyone working and beavering away on behalf of club /Ashley propaganda to come out and defend him if the admin on the site used a word like Squirming, as a word from the admin is worth a thousand from any anon blog writer.

    So I would expect anyone working for Ashley , on Charnleys orders, to jump on the admin on such an important world wide known celebrated on TV and radio, and press, and all around the internet internationally known website as this one is, to react with some speed in attacking the admin of such an important celebrated website, as you both did .

    You don’t want the rot setting in here with the admin but there’s nothing you can do about it admin calls a spade a spade..tells it like it is .

    Ashley causes his own negativity among the fan base and the media and supporters he tries to manipulate with staged interviews.

    Well that Ashley manipulation does not work here ..people have their own minds and can recognise Bullshit from Ashley.

    You were both quick to jump on Admin..woe betide anyone giving Ashley a bad name eh ?

    Your too late.

  • JDdubai

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #23

    I was happy to give Bruce the benefit of the doubt this season and get behind him.

    But right now he is using excuses to mask his negative approach and limited coaching ability to get us playing wit any form of style and tactics.

    Playing 5 at the back doesnt mean we have to be poor on the ball and limited in attack. It is simply one of many formations teams can use, all of which was be effective if coached properly.

    starting games at home vs league 1 teams and bottom of the table teams with a 541 defensive formation and more importantly attitude gives off the wrong impression, almost a defeatist attitude of not trusting our ability to be able to win these games and have to approach them as the underdog.

    Thats a defeatist approach, same as telling everyone who will listen that the players wouldnt be able to handle a chance in approach – if you tell them that enough times then they will start to believe it themselves.

    If we played 3 CBs but used that style to be effective in pressing high and squeezing the mid-bottom of the table teams then id be fine with that, there is a positive purpose to our play even with 3 CBs in the team.

    Bruce has set us up with an inferior attitude to games now, going into every game with a scared mentality that we arent good enough and so will have to get everyone behind the ball and scrape our way to safety. That is how league 1 and 2 teams would approach playing a Prem team, its not how we should be doing it. Yes ok for playing vs the top 6, but every other team coming to St James should be under pressure from the start and being hassled, squeezed and pressurized for the whole match.

    tactics make the difference, any formation can be effective if coached positively.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #24

    So, if Ashley blows out the takeover citing “tyre kickers” or something similar, which means he’s staying for years to come, will any of us have any appetite to support the team? Remember it means he doesn’t want to improve or win anything, just avoid relegation!
    I will need to find something meaningful to fill my time!

  • toon kk

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #25

    The only good thing Ashley seems to like Brucie so maybe we’ll get some decent players coming in, perhaps things will improve in the future.? Rafa was hardly backed for what ever reason.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #26

    For my two pennorth, I didn’t think we were worse than Norwich, or better and a draw was a fair result to both teams.

    I also thought Joelinton had a good game only second to Miggy for the effort he put and wasn’t it him who made that goal line clearance when a goal for them looked dead certain. Think he is improving but I agree that he’s not a striker and was struggling to get the better of Hanley on the physical side of things. I’d have loved to have seen AC mixing it with him we need him back soon.

    Someone mentioned it a few days ago but it would make sense to keep Miggy upfield when the opposition have a corner, it would stop them loading up our box in all of the corners we always give away and he’s quick enough to break upfield and cause them problems if not score. Simple tactics and having him back only makes the box more congested for the actual defenders.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Essex Geordie Bill
    Think you want to count the corners and the saves mate it was pathetic, and Linton would probably make a better barber than a football player.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #28

    At the minute you could bring Klopp in and I think he would struggle to change the mindset of our players.
    Play is so slow and negative cannot recall over the past few seasons we have played any one-twos give and goes threaded passes through defences – no tempo to our game – once a player passes the ball he seems to be under instructions to get back behind the ball!!!

  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Feb 1, 2020 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #29

    The only way we are going to get out of being ultra defensive is to change formations(4-3-3, 4-2-3-1) and at this point I don’t think Bruce knows how/has the ability to do it.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Anglo the number of corners we give away was one of my points so I’m not sure why you want to pull me up on that.

    And Joelinton did put in a shift today it was even pointed out by one of the commentators but if you read my post fully I did also say I didn’t think he is a proper striker, not sure what he is but I think there is ability lurking within him, we just haven’t seen it yet.

    Not sure that I’d want him cutting my hair though! 🙂

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Charlie in the Gallowgate
    Play is so slow and negative cannot recall over the past few seasons we have played any one-twos give and goes threaded passes through defences – no tempo to our game – once a player passes the ball he seems to be under instructions to get back behind the ball!!!

    So right
    Over 3 years of Rafa indoctrination

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #32

    I must say
    it was nice to see Danny Rose on
    He doesn’t muck about – he gets stuck in

  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Essex, I beg to differ mate you thought Linton had a good game, I thought lazy gave the ball away to easy panicked no vision, bad buy 40m Jeez.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Young Brucie

    If your reading this tell your old man to stop playing Ashleys games with the supporters ..the supporters are very well educated in the world of football ..be it tactically or politically .

    Telling the support we had a bid in for a player that would break the club record incoming transfer fees just as the transfer window was closing, while we missed out on Bowen who wanted to come here at less than half the price takes some believing .

    We might well of been in for him but on Ashleys terms ..offering a lowball wage maybe and that in the knowledge that the player and his agent would reject it .

    There’s a rabbit off.

    Tell your old man not to do Ashleys dirty work in public ..we see right through it .

    Steve Bruce seems a decent bloke but if he takes a lend of us on behalf of Ashley and becomes Ashleys manipulating mouthpiece and conveys Ashleys lies and manipulation he will be detested in the north east for all time .

    Young Brucie ..we see through it all..tell your old man to tread carefully and never to try such like again.

    Toying with Geordies ! Just don’t!

  • toon kk

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #35

    0-0 was a expected but fair result, two teams that lack quality playing each other.
    Frustrating to watch but with no goal threat up front and little creativity it’s inevitable result.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Yeah the last few years have been hard to watch – it gets results to keep us up but I go through hell watching it.
    Yet we can play some canny stuff at the end of each season when we are safe so it is not beyond the players
    Danny Rose – some one mention got stuck in – great about time and he is comfortable on the ball

  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #38

    toon KK

    If anybody but dubs had been in goal we would have been thumped mate.

  • yorkymag

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #39

    I am just back from the game
    Having wasted 6 hours of my time
    Today was simply woeful
    Not individually but collectively and most frustrating ,was thesheer incompetence of Bruce
    I could criticise some of the players but in truth they did what they were being asked to do
    Why why why stick with 3 centre half’s
    We gave away central midfield and left Joelinton completely isolated ok he is not the best but has no chance up front on his own.
    They played with on forward and dominated midfield ,there was no change from the bench when lots of choices existed.
    We made grant handled look cultured he was under no pressure .
    It is ok playing a five when we are against teams that come on to us but not leaving the middle of the park short when we need to take the initiative
    Simply woeful

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 1, 2020 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #40

    I know Norwich are almost certain to go down I quite enjoyed watching them play ‘football’ and from the back – certainly gave us a lesson today !!


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