In a match reminiscent of some of last season’s frustrating displays, Newcastle eeked out a 1-0 victory against Blackburn. To be honest, Rovers were the better side but couldn’t put away any of their chances.
Newcastle, however, have an inspired Ryan Fraser to thank for his abbreviated performance this evening. The new signing is the third to open his account on his debut following the exploits of Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick from last weekend.
Miguel Almiron makes it two assists in two matches and the energetic Paraguayan also put in a good performance. Miggy was surprisingly dropped for West Ham coming on as a late substitute.
The backline held their own with two Magpies deployed out of position in Emil Krafth at center-back and Javier Manquillo filling in on the left. Both had admirable displays.
We also thought Mark Gillespie did well in his debut for his hometown club. He’ll not get many opportunities this season but got a clean sheet in helping us advance to the third round where we’ll travel to Morecambe next week. The Shrimps defeated Oldham 1-0 tonight.
Too many Magpies did not take their chances this evening. Joelinton showed no signs of improvement as a striker from last season. It was a frustrating performance from the Brazilian once again.
Sean Longstaff seemed off the pace partnering with Dan Barlaser, who was slightly more effective in the midfield. We had hoped Sean would be used as a number 10 tonight where he had his best performances last season.
This was nothing more than an escape tonight by Bruce and the lads. We sensed a struggle coming when we saw the team Bruce named. However, it’s done and dusted and now a well-rested first eleven will face Brighton on Sunday.