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Newcastle Subpar But Lead 1-0 Over Rovers At The Half

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.

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.

137 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #121

    Woeful but we got the win pretty much the same game as we played 90% of last season

    Maybe it was because our 2nd string is poorer but that was a big worry that we still can’t handle/press a passing team and just end up sitting back all game

  • toonbrother

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #122

    Depressing game to watch but we got the job done
    i just hope max is ok
    ridiculous decision by bruce to play him

  • Australian Pie

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #123

    10 lads who didn’t play got game time.
    Debut goal for Fraser
    Clean sheet
    Through to the next round of the cup

    Not pretty but will take it

  • JohnReese

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #124

    Well that was a shocking game to be honest but we’re through and some players who (desperately) needed minutes, got some. Just shows we’re only a couple of injuries from being a god awful team.

  • Ashingtoon62

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #125

    That was footing horrific!!

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #126

    Outstanding new keeper, really impressed with him.

    Job done

  • John Tudor

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #127

    Absolutely underwhelming

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #128

    OP Bruce knows how desperate things can get I reckon he’s just pushing as many onto the pitch to get match practice as much as possible and he’s still trying to find his best 11. Difficult to tell I’d he’s any closer to knowing though TBF 😐

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #129

    Poor match we were lucky to win, a bit of quality from Almiron and Fraser did it for us.

    Think Krath will start RB on Sunday in our only change.

    Will be fresher having played CB. Manquillo done a lot of running up and down again tonight.

    After watching this.

    Barlaser and Gillespie passed their tests.

    Longstaff worried me. Could become a victim of the trendy new 4-4-2 formation. Hasn’t had a good game at CM since his first injury and was looking like he was going to play more advanced behind the ST in a 4-2-3-1 – just not mobile enough aware of his position, got run ragged.

    Still need another ST at the very least and Joelinton to go elsewhere.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #130

    Clueless Brucie

  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #131


    Thanks for the Twitch link. Watching the match through it was my first venture into streaming and it was much appreciated.

    A good result and a pity that Joelinton’s ‘goal’ was rightly chalked off

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #132

    Catchy was that a master class in subtly understated game management by El Brucio?

  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #133

    Hail Wor Ashley

    I’m glad somebody can pass a test at NUFC!

  • geordie157

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #134

    Quick write up, Blackburn easily the better side but Brereton is woeful up front luckily.

    Gillespie 7, solid debut, decent double save
    Yedlin 4, awful, get rid please!!
    Kraft 7, thought he did well, no nonsense display
    Clark 7, like Kraft
    Manquillo 6, did alright but clearly better on the right, sign a left back on loan Brucie please as cover for Lewis
    Ritchie 5, tried as usual but no influence on the game
    Longstaff 4, poor, looked off the pace
    Barlaser 6, got better, certainly tried hard and good range of passing
    Fraser 7, offered pace and linked up well with almiron
    Almiron 7, MOTM, worked hard, tracked back right up to last min when others were fading badly
    Joelinton 5, needs to play out left, offered very little

    Murphy 6, showed glimpses that he can be useful this season, i think he’s worth keeping
    ASM 6, not involved that much
    Atsu 5, hardly involved, sell him

    Tough decision to make on Barlaser, on this performance, he looks like the one to keep over Sean Longstaff, will probably end up on loan but he’s certainly getting close to the making the squad.

    Another striker needed, one to replace Gayle and two so Joelinton can play on the left when he plays.

    Tempted to say loan out Sean though, go get Loftus-Cheek in on loan.

  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #135


    Understated game management it was. Brucie’s given Brighton something to think about and having done that, they’ll plan their game accordingly.

    Sheer genius on Brucie’s part.

  • 9

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #136

    John Tudor, “Clueless Brucie” WHA away win 0-2 Blackburn H Win 1-0, just how clueless do you want?

  • 9

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #137

    Thanks for your judgements. I must say, signing another striker, as you suggest, has to be top priority, I’m sure all fans would agree.


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