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Newcastle Thoroughly Outplayed In Second Half And Lose 4-0 At Arsenal


Newcastle came out unchanged after a promising first half. Although it was all Arsenal to start the second half.

The Gunners pushed from the start and created a few chances as they dominated possession. It looked only a matter of time for Arsenal to find their breakthrough.

That came in the 53rd minute when Nicolas Pepe launched a cross from the right, which Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang headed past Dubravka into the far corner.

The defending was poor as neither Valentino Lazaro or Federico Fernandez jumped to contest Aubemanyang’s header.

The Gunners made it 2-0 less than three minutes later when Bukayo Saka nutmegged Lazaro on the left and crossed to an unmarked Nicolas Pepe in the box. He easily beat Dubravka with his shot.

Newcastle were thoroughly dominated in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. They did manage a chance to get one back in the 62nd minute when Allan Saint-Maximin found Ciaran Clark in the box. The 30-year-old should have put it away, but instead, it was slightly deflected wide for a corner.

In the 73rd minute, Bruce went to his bench and brought Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie on for Lazaro and Fernandez. It was a struggle defensively for Valentino in the second half.

The Magpies transitioned to a back four with Isaac Hayden at right-back. Ritchie looked to be playing centrally alongside Sean Longstaff with Bentaleb sitting deeper.

Newcastle again almost halved the difference as Allan Saint-Maximin turned in the box and launched an effort that struck the post.

Ciaran Clark was forced off in the 83rd minute after a bruising challenge on Sako. Fabian Schar came on to partner Jamaal Lascelles at the back. We hope Clark will be ok, but he looked to really have turned his ankle.

Arsenal scored again when a Lacazette effort deflected to Mezut Ozil in front of goal. His shot was rather tame, but Martin Dubravka couldn’t handle it as it went under him. It was poor from Newcastle on all accounts.

They added the final goal late in stoppage time. This time it was Alexandre Lacazette who was teed up by Pepe and left unmarked in the box. The Frenchman easily beat Dubravka.

There were signs that this team had turned a corner in the first half. However, we were thoroughly dominated by Arsenal after the break. We again seem to struggle with a plan B when things start to go awry.

Our defense were unexpectedly awful in the second half to go with our toothless attack. It is an evening to forget after some positives in the opening forty-five minutes.


70 comments so far

  • Mag :P

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #1

    So ancient looks like we’re both in the same boat then.

    Attacking one’s appearance must also be considered childish retort should it not?

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  • Mag :P

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Never getting myself excited for another Newcastle game again whilst we play so defensive.

    All this built up joy for nothing on the day.

    We sat back and still conceded 4 with no attacking threat bar maximin again.

    It’s not rocket science that we need to change something if we want to be a threat.

    Absolute joke.

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  • jane

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    back to what works best for us next week.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Well that was a bit pap.

    Still as I said earlier we’d have taken a point before kick off, so yes let’s be annoyed at the apparent second half switch off but let’s balance that a little it’s one game and our next few are very winnable.

    Keep the faith

    3
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Jane what works.

    4
  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #6

    In his pre match interview Bruce was talking about playing the top teams – Arsenal being one of them. A totally defeatist attitude,he came across as hoping for a draw if we were lucky as we aren’t a top team.

    Can you imagine Rafa, SBR, Keegan saying that?

    Nope,me neither.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Capitulation
    Worries me that teams below us will be fighting for their lives and pick up wins and we will give up the ghost
    Sunderland here we come next season !!!!!!!

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Anglo

    Was just thinking the same thing.

    First half we pressed higher and looked better, second half we went to Bruceyball and got humped.

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  • jane

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Anglo Saxon you missed ‘best’ off.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s funny how Arteta didn’t need long to stamp his ”pass and move” style and hasn’t once publically blamed the previous manager.

    I feel sorry for the likes of Almiron who would probably thrive under an Arteta/ Poch type instead of Bruceasaurus.

    Hilarious when Ash said ” I don’t often to get to do what I want at this club” when defending his insistence on the purchase of Joel. Maybe his ” I probably shouldn’t own a football club ” is far nearer the mark.

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  • ramboreilly

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #11

    This is going to happen more often than not.Awful owner even worse manager.Bruce is a complete tactical imbecile.Although Jib at al will say it’s down to luck.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #12

    thought we done ok in the first half second half we never came out of the changing room …

    i’m still confident the takeover is on going …

    1
  • nufcursed

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #13

    The thing that bothers me the most is why we don’t just try? I’d rather see us attack and get hammered 6-0 than just sit back, take it in the arse and still end up well beaten!
    At least Norwich will go down with pride.. We’ve become a disgrace to the PL, to football itself. How can young kids support this club? We have ABSOLUTELY nothing to get excited about…

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Dubaimicky

    Fair enough point, it did seem a little like he’d be happy with a 0-0 again.

    Sadly it’s about where we are as a club these days. Was he not just singing from the MA hymn sheet?

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  • toon kk

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Out played by a Premier league team.
    The first 30 minutes we actually looked like one. Unfortunately our team would probably be more suited to the championship.

    4
  • cyprus

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #16

    36 points available and we need 6 to 9.

    It’s rare we’ve had this kind of cushion.

    So, relax? Absolutely not. Panic? Come on, no way.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #17

    4th bottom is all Ashley wants. Thats another 100 million in the bank.
    The Geordies keep going and giving.
    He knows he is dealing with children
    Anybody up for another fakeover?

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  • nufcursed

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #18

    the worst thing is we got hammered by a very very poor Arsenal team..

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Jane

    ”back to what works best for us next week.”

    What is that exactly?. 2nd fewest goals scored and only 1 off 1st!

    I wonder if our luck will hold as the brains trust didn’t think we needed a striker and or Bruce wasn’t allowed to say that. Take Dub’s saves away and a huge amount of luck we would be in deep doo doo.

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  • nufcursed

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #20

    can’t we all collect money and hire an assassin to take out MA? If we spilt the sentence that might be a week jail for everyone, I’d take that 🙂

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  • jimiley

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Toon fans must go to matches to watch the opposition because we do not have the ball.
    And you are entertained by watching teams like Norwich have 70 per cent of the ball at SD Arena?

    11
  • Bri

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #22

    nufcursed
    Norwich have a couple of players i wouldn’t mind having at Newcastle.

    1
  • nufcursed

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #23

    this club is cursed! CURSED I tell ya

    2
  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh there was a 4th goal how lovely, this whole thing about we don’t give up.. Is aloud of crap.. We did give up against the likes of Everton we just got ridiculously lucky.. Freak of nature’s lucky.. We are the worst for giving up.. Most teams when they go behind fight, we ususaky just look like we want the final whistle

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Droopy the bright spark is Max, give the rest of the season and we got a winner, but the rest including Almiron not up to it, also a manager badly needed.

    1
  • jimiley

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #26

    We are clueless when we go behind.
    OK putting 11 in box and hitting on the break.
    Go behind and we have to show some invention and it is totally beyond the team.

    2
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #27

    At least Raffa got the goalkeeper right otherwise, god knows where we would be.

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  • nufcursed

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #28

    yet it’s us fans who come over like the biggest fools.
    Ashley takes the stick but collects his money.
    Bruce ignores the critics but collects his money.
    The players pretend to be trying but collect their money.
    The fans dedicate their life and commit to the cause but lose every penny without getting a single thing in return.

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #29

    jane missed the best off what doe’s that mean

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  • toon22

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Dont forget to snap up those season tickets , dont want to miss out on watching us get 10 men behind the ball the entire game 20 times next season

    11
  • AncientC

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Mag P, I didn’t attack your appearance. Just quizzed the pointlessness of having a personal picture on a football blog as opposed to a social media site. Anyway, onwards and upwards.

    1
  • toon kk

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Yeah definitely no need to worry just yet we will have the luxury of teams below us getting beat. I genuinely thought we’d be bottom/ second bottom at this point in the season and go on to be relegated.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Think we are going to start tumbling down over now. Few have mentioned we were in a false position – element of truth in that.

    No 9, no 10 or out on the wing Joelinton is a dud/a knacker. Folk might have a soft spot for a Toon no 9 – and want him to succeed – but he is no PL player. Couple mentioned him not getting into the box – that is certainly correct.

    He’s a dud.

    8
  • Jib

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Normal OTT overreaction from the usual suspects
    Understandable disappointment but no analysis or
    meaningful post match thought

    3
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Anglo

    It’s not great at all.

    Playing ten men in your own half and just expecting the two speed merchants to run 70 yards is never going to work.

    Get them all 10-15 yards higher and let Miggy and Maxi loose in the opposition half and it will be better.

    As soon as we reverted to the usual Bruce tactic today we got battered by a crap Arsenal team.

    6
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Well at leased we were exciting, for the Arsenal fans.

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  • toon22

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #37

    So as the wheels inevitably start to come off , whats the plan ?
    What has the club been doing ?
    What do you think theyve been looking at for next year , what improvements are being lined up
    In sport you simply can stand still or your left behind
    Exactly when are they going to build that training facility ?

    You think if we maybe paint the players it will fix things ?

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  • Pottsclock

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m not sure how many more players we would need to change before Bruce realises that it’s the tactics that are wrong. Shelvey/Hayden/Longstaff Bros/Benatleb…doesn’t matter who is in midfield. We’ve changed all our wingbacks and rotated the centre of defense. We still play the same
    Yes we’d do better with Rondon. But at the same time, if we have 33% possession the odds are against us. We have very very little of the ball in all matches. We don’t build attacks, we break into attacks when the other team lose possession. We shouldn’t be using a system that requires us to be saved by an experienced quality centre forward.
    Today was a prime example of an attacking minded player, Lazaro, being used in a system that is the complete opposite of what his game needs. Same with Rose

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #39

    BBC comment.
    Kiran E: Easy comfortable win, just what Arsenal needed. Newcastle pathetic, their 7-0-1 formation a one way route to defeat. Joelinton and Almiron had no chance with these tactics.

    3
  • jimiley

    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #40

    The fans are the losers and deservedly so.When you know the owner is taking the proverbial out of you and keep going then you deserve all you get.
    The fans who keep giving.
    Notice the loads of empty seats at Arsenal.
    Years and years of success but one poor season (mid table.. never relegated) and they vote with their feet.
    Do you think they would put up with 13 years of Ashley?? Perhaps 13 weeks!!!!
    We deserve all we get because we put up with it. Simple as.

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