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Newcastle Hold On For Unconvincing 1-0 Win Over Blackburn

It was shades of last season with Newcastle looking bereft of ideas in the final third while struggling to string together more than two passes. However, it’s a win nonetheless as Ryan Fraser’s first-half goal is enough to advance to the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Newcastle emerged from the tunnel unchanged after a 1-0 first-half lead. It was another uninspiring start for the lads who didn’t muster much all half.

At the 58-minute mark, Mark Gillespie made a double save as he parried a long-range effort from Joe Rankin-Costello. He then blocked the follow up from left-back Amari’i Bell. Those were Mark’s two first saves of the night.

Bruce then made his first change bringing Jacob Murphy on for goal-scorer Ryan Fraser. Then as we suspected, Adam Armstrong was brought on for Rovers.

Newcastle continued to struggle with possession as the midfield duo of Sean Longstaff and Dan Barlaser were practically non-existent. After a disappointing counter-attack in which Joelinton inadvisedly took a wayward shot, Steve Bruce brought Allan Saint-Maximin on for the Brazilian.

The Frenchman went upfront as the lone striker with Miguel Almiron having earlier moved deeper into the midfield alongside Barlaser and Longstaff. Steve Bruce then made his third change on 80 minutes bringing Christian Atsu on for Matt Ritchie.

Blackburn pushed for a winner with Newcastle just unable to stamp any authority on the match. Mark Gillespie came to the rescue again as he blocked a late shot by substitute Harry Chapman and Adam Armstrong’s follow up was knocked out for a corner.

Newcastle were able to hold on for the 1-0 victory but it was a dismal display at St James Park tonight. The shining light is that it was mostly our second team and we move on to face either Morecambe or Oldham with The Shrimps currently holding a 1-0 lead.

One thing was made apparent this evening, Newcastle need to move some deadweight and add another couple of players because this was not good enough by a long stretch.

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30 comments so far

  • DaveD1000

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Gametime nothing more. B team doing the rope a dope thing.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #2


  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #3

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

    A team thrown together with lots finding fitness.

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

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

    Barlaser and Gillespie passed their tests.

    Longstaff worried me. Could become a victim of Bruce’s 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.

  • toonbrother

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Barlaser was a revelation
    Would like to see him + Shelvey play together at some point
    Fraser looked good. Uses his speed well
    Miggy class
    Ritchie was Ritchie
    Hopefully max came out of this unscathed


    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #5


  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #6

    DaveD – spot on nothing more. We should all be realistic about it, Bruce has a pragmatic approach and rightly so, I’ll not hammer him for cutting his cloth accordingly. Despite our signings we have still got a desperately thin and under par squad, when the newness wears off and we are grinding out games again we will see why Bruce did his best to ensure as many bodies were alive to complete the campaign as possible. That’s all this was, a conditioning exercise to compete in the PL. and stay in touch with he rest of the mid table pack.

  • geordie157

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Quick write up, Blackburn easily the better side but Brereton is woeful up front luckily. We rode our luck a lot at times. Where was the attacking football we saw Saturday???

    Gillespie 7, solid debut, decent double save, pleased for the local lad
    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.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Pretty depressing article for what was essentially a run out for the B team and some much needed minutes for a couple of first teamers.

    As for the suggestion that we need to move on dead wood and bring in more players, where’ve you been for the last decade? I’m sure there’s plenty teams queuing up to pay good money for our rejects…

  • Obafan

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Woefull performance but a win is a win.

    Gillespie is 20x better than Darlow (not that difficult cause he is just not a good keeper). he did everything right, played with confidence and leading in his own box, good in the air and made some good safes (not punching the ball away like Karl the boxer Drlow, who I do not rate at all). for me Gillespie showed enough to start next Sunday, but he will not (unbelievable but true).

    We have got a couple of players who are just not good enough:
    – Yedlin headless chicken and his going forward is not as good anymore
    – Longstaff: man I never understood the hype (the same for his brother). He is slow, gives away possession all the time and loses 99% of his duels. not even Championship level.
    – Joelinton oh dear it gets worse and worse. I defended him last season in the hope he would improve but it will not come I am afraid. Lee better call the Fenerbahce chairman and replace him with Origi.
    – Murphy: year after year they say this will be the season he gets his chance to prove himself. And year after year you see after 5 minutes that he is just not good enough. He tries hard (something which Joelinton does not do) but it will never be a EPL player.
    – Krafth: made a few good clearances but he is wo weak. Also his passing is really bad.

    Fraser and Almiron worked good together and will cause lots of defences problems; add Maxi and Wilson and we are good going forward. but we need another striker cause if we have got to rely on Joelinton, if something happens with Andy or Callum than we are doomed.

  • big bob

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Barlaser was a revelation I must have had the wrong game on !!
    Watched all game it was scary how we don’t have a plan on how to play they are not the best team in championship but we made them look like Barcelona
    With regard to changes they also made a few but our striker cost more then there full team

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Big Bob howay you should have a handle on the joelinton situation now ha ha

  • barkel

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #12

    A win is a win, it was essentially a pre season run out. Into the next round against league 2 opposition with no concerns over injuries

  • geordie157

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Honestly think Yedlin is awful, people who think he’s better than Kraft need to take a long look at themselves too. Kraft has improved and is alright cover for Manquillo. Yedlin is championship standard.

    A sign of progress was the 4 signings, upgrading on the loanees we had.

    Next sign of progress, offloading Yedlin and Atsu, then adding a couple more to the squad.

    Get it done Brucie! Loftus-Cheek and Origi on loan would be great, not that likely probably. If Man u sign Reguilon (not sure how its spelt) bring in Brandon Williams on loan.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #14

    That was poor, i said before the game our CM was weak and so it proved.
    Longstaff has gone further down the pecking order now, he should go out on loan, just not good enough.
    I like the look of Gillespie, safe pair of hands there.
    We were lucky tonight, but goals win you games , and one was enough.
    We better play a damn side better than that this weekend otherwise we will get embarrassed.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #15

    toonbotherer…………. You’re not qualified to comment.

  • Australian Pie

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Barlaser certainly wasn’t a revelation, unsure how you can say that and say Hendrick was terrible.

    But I think for sure we could keep him, he needs to play with the team more but does look a perfect midfield outlet like Shelvey

  • big bob

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki – joelinton has nothing to offer he is a waste of a shirt
    Seen him a few times for Hoffenheim before we signed him and he didn’t do anything on the matches I seen him just bang average played on left midfield

  • Mund

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Poor performance but not worried by it as it was a very misshaped team and a few with little match fitness.


    Solid debut by Gillespie didn’t put a foot wrong.

    Debut goal for Fraser even tho he looked off the pace but frightening to think of the attacking threat we could have at full fitness.

    Barlaser gave a solid performance but the biggest positive was seeing Maxi get up even tho he was obviously still struggling on it and hope and pray he will be fine.

    Another clean sheet and in the hat for the next round. Bring on Brighton.

  • Pottsclock

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #19

    We played our left footed players on the right, our right footed players on the left, a wide man as a striker, three RBs on the pitch, one CB, no ball winner in midfield and a number of players who are nowhere need match fit when they should be.
    Having confused the opposition with our formation (can you imagine when Mowbray saw our team sheet), the new unfit short guy struck it home in a moment of pure class and gave us a 1-0 victory. No one except Manquillo will start against Brighton on Sunday.
    And that’s all you need to know.
    Of course, you might ask where are the two or three young players from the U21s who could slot in and make the team more balanced without having to play so many out of position and risking Manquillo and Maxi.

  • Mund

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Forgot to put I’ve lost all faith that big Joe will ever produce the goods at this club. It’s just not going to happen. Awful player with no desire or effort whatsoever.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Big Bob yeah definitely but I think it’s just easier if you just lay back and accept him he’s here and he’s staying and he cost £40m yep I know he is useless but he’s ours now and we’re stuck with him. 🙂

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Yedlin has gone drastically backwards the last 12 months after steady improvement for a few years.

    Needs to be moved on. if he’s proved his fitness by then, bring Willems in on loan late in the window to replace him and so Manquillo doesn’t have to do duties at LB.

    3 RBs one proper LB – needs sorting.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Really need to stop playing Joel as a loan striker up top.

    We are ruining our own investment by doing so, have ruined to some degree. Play him anywhere in a three behind, or in tandem with Carroll or Wilson.

    I understand we needed to rest Wilson and Carroll for this one, but for the lads sake and ours it has to stop.

    Do agree we have a squad that remains lacking in one or two more players of sufficient quality for a club our size.

    Need another central striker and central mid of starting quality to add to the rotation of 15 or 16 or so good regulars we have.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Bruce is notorious for risking players when it is not necessary, look at the teams he has managed and check out their treatment table.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Lads let’s face it this was basically just what it was, a run out, a vital check up for match fitness if we’d lost this one by the odd goal we’d whine tonight but in three weeks it would be a pub quiz poser no more. The longer we get in these cup runs the better chance we have of getting our backup players ready to step in when the first teamers start dropping out with injuries, and believe me they will.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Alright don’t shoot me but wouldn’t joelintin be worth trying out as a defensive mid? I mean he’s absolutely rod hopeless anywhere else i can only think of central mid or goal and i don’t think he’d be right between he sticks 🙂

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #27


    I wish he was a loan striker!

  • WLtoon

    Sep 15, 2020 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Watching a show about the Battle of Britain, Black Thursday was the day we shot down 56 German planes. Aye we certainly shoved it up the Krauts and sent them home with their tails between their legs.
    Just as well mind, was one of the most pivotal battles in WW2

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Sep 15, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #29


    it turned the tables on the whole war… almost a last throw of the dice!

  • Sav

    Sep 15, 2020 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Good to see Gillespie play so well. if called on for the PL, I won’t worry. Almiron/Fraser is a real partnership in the making. Longstaff and Barlaser is not a partnership. A little too ponderous and slow to rattle the opposition. Tonight showed why Hayden is a must in any midfield combination at the moment. Joelinton and the increasingly terrible Yedlin look like they want to be on the bus from Worswick Street, same as Lejeune and Muto. On the other hand, Manquillo while better on the left is just getting better and better. As others have said, if (ie. when) Carroll picks up another knock, anything happens to Wilson and we are exposed again. Not worried about the stats. We played with 3 forwards (well, two plus Joelinton) and left Blackburn to overrun us in midfield. Sure enough. eventually we caught them out and Fraser got his goal. Not great to watch but a useful fitness exercise and we are still in it.


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