Newcastle started in a 4-4-2 once again with Almiron and Joelinton upfront. Matt Ritchie, taking the captain’s armband, was on the right with Ryan Fraser down the left.
It was all Blackburn to start with 80% possession in the first ten minutes. However, they did not manage to threaten Newcastle, who were content to sit back.
Lewis Holtby got away the first shot of the evening and should have given Rovers the lead. Right-back Ryan Nyambe put in a cross that found the German unmarked in the box but his effort was not on target.
After 20 minutes of awkwardness, Newcastle grew into the game a bit winning a few set pieces but nothing to threaten Thomas Kaminski in the Blackburn net. Dan Barlaser settled down and started to ping a few balls around the pitch while Almiron and Fraser started causing problems for the Blackburn defense.
Newcastle broke the deadlock in the 35th minute with another debut goal from one of our new boys. Miguel Almiron gets his second assist in as many games. The Paraguayan played a ball through to Ryan Fraser who slots it away to give Newcastle the lead.
It wasn’t exactly coming, but we’ll take the lead. Here’s a look at Ryan’s first goal for Newcastle.
— Rich Wearz (@wearz) September 15, 2020
After a poor start, Newcastle take a slim 1-0 into halftime. Ryan Fraser has been very lively along with Miguel Almiron. Joelinton, once again, is proving that he is just not a striker. The drop from Wilson’s performance on Saturday has been astronomical.
Bruce needs to keep the lads focused to see this one out. Blackburn have not had many chances despite having over 60% possession. Tony Mowbray also has Adam Armstrong as an option on the bench.
Hopefully, the improved play to close out the half continues for Newcastle in the second. Except for a few of the performances, this has been a subpar effort thus far.