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Bruce Makes Eight Changes In Our Predicted Team For Newport County

This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will name for tomorrow’s Carabao Cup match at Newport County. It has 8 changes from the Spurs draw and 4 from the previous cup tie.

There are limited options in defense with Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, and Fabian Schar all unavailable for this match. So Bruce could hand another start to DeAndre Yedlin and push Emil Krafth inside to center-back once again.

We have Federico Fernandez partnering with the Swede since he didn’t play at Morecombe and is likely fresher than Jamaal Lascelles. Jamal Lewis returns at left-back after coming on as a substitute on Sunday.

The midfield pairing is the same that underperformed against Blackburn in the second round. Dan Barlaser could be close to an exit but Bruce is likely to rely on the midfielder in some capacity tomorrow.

During his press conference this morning, Bruce indicated that Ryan Fraser was in contention for this match despite missing out at Spurs. He could get his second start as a Magpie as he continues to work his way to full fitness.

There are not many options on the wings with Matt Ritchie now out for two months. We’re not sure if Christian Atsu will be recalled as he has only been named to a squad once this season, which was against Blackburn.

So it could be Fraser and Murphy as the wingers with Allan Saint-Maximin saved for Burnley on Saturday. There’s little chance Jacob won’t get another start after his performance at Morecambe.

Joelinton and Miguel Almiron are the front two as they were at Morecambe. Another option could be Joelinton on the left in place of Fraser with Andy Carroll at striker. That wouldn’t surprise us if Bruce is hesitant to start Fraser tomorrow.

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60 comments so far

  • Mund

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Kev from previous

    They just keep stacking up and I doubt it will be the last long term we have this year.

    Lewis will come good eventually but last couple of games vs Brighton and when he came on at Spuds he looks shaky like he is a moment away from a mistake. Don’t get me wrong I rate him highly just worries me a little with some of his rashness

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Mund I’m hoping he’s a better defender than he looked v West ham

  • Mund

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Salomon Rondon: “If I have a chance to sign for Newcastle again then I will do it. I proved I could wear the number nine shirt.” #nufc [Guardian

  • Mund

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Munster time will tell but he could be a liability at times and I don’t trust Bruce to coach it out of him

  • Regan

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Have you got titan streams or something similar on your firestick mate..

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    You mentioned Bruce has a great track record for playing youths. Henderson, Robertson and Bowen (who Bruce never played). This is in twenty years of management. Pochettino brings through more in one year. Pardew’s even done slightly better or similar. Defensive managers always prefer an old hand with experience (Hendrick) to a young risk (Matty L). Almost all your defensive managers (Moyes, Mourinho, Benitez, Dyche,Bruce) have appalling records compared to their risk taking go getting exciting counterparts (Wenger, Fergie, Martinez, Farke, Biesla, Nagelsmann). But even the very worst will have brought through two or three in twenty years. so defensive managers aren’t just awful to watch they do little for the long term future of the club.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Putting JoeLinton up front on his own against Newport or any team for that matter now seems a wrong decision by Bruce. We’ve seen much better form, confidence and performance from Joe playing deeper and having space to drive forward with the ball.
    Why not two up front against Newport so he can play off the main striker – oh silly me we don’t have any free for this game unless he pops Wilson on from the bench ?

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s risky playing Lewis and ASM on the same wing. It’s almost like playing two wingers with two fullbacks on the right. Lewis is the type of modern wingback that gets up and does the wingers job meaning you don’t need a winger. But we play a winger so It’s odd.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Goodbye Gary Lineker then ?
    Wonder if there’s room for him with Dicky and Andy at bein ?

    BBC director general Tim Davie has said he would be prepared to sack presenters who make major breaches of impartiality guidelines on social media.

    Mr Davie, who became DG earlier this month, said new social media rules would be announced in the coming weeks, and would apply to all staff.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Whoaaa there Munter, I hope you aren’t talking about the same Lewis that proved how much Ashley liked and trusted Brucie to sign such top UK talent???

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #12

    If the Beeb sacked Lineker he’d be straight of to BT and we might not see so much of that latex jawed tw@t @rioferdy

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Just a Fat Dave Bassett, I only picked three out of thin air, I imagine there are others who could be used as examples.

    Other managers / coaches may have better records for bringing through young talents, but that’s not to say that Bruce is bad at it, which was the accusation being levelled.

    I think if he has been encouraging Rodrigo Vilca to come to NUFC, which presumably he has, then he’ll have a plan for him and won’t let him fall through the cracks. Time will tell, of course.

    You have to remember that under Bruce, Matty L and Tom Allan have both had their first team debuts, Jack Young has been in and around the squad, as has Kell Watts. Matty was dropped when his head was battered by contract talk, Kell and Allan have gone out on loan and Jack Young is still a bit, well, young.

    People ask what’s happened to Kyle Scott, well Jack Young happened – he’s been getting picked ahead of Scott consistently – Young is one to watch.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #14

    And wtf has what Andy Robertson saying Brucie is a canny bloke got to do with the utter clueless dross being served up at the moment I wonder?

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Nobody ever says He’s a good manager apart from extinct dinosaurs like McLeish. Last week Mourinho praised Bruce but went no further than saying He’s canny.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail, nothing at all in the slightest, it’s a completely different conversation around how Rodrigo Vilca will develop.

    Please try and keep up.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Sep 29, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Choose any team in the premier league and they will likely have had better results with youths. English youths are the best in the world right now and most teams have a few good ones. We haven’t yet had one become established as a first choice for a long time. Longstaffs have a chance, Woodman is good enough. We seem to do local lads but that’s It. And even if Bruce plays them do they learn anything from him and his old school coaching staff.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe at bandcamp all the conversation revolved around you and your flute, but it doesn’t on here.
    “Rob, good point re Robertson earlier. Maybe Bruce got lucky, but the guy is giving his old manager a lot of credit”
    Please heed your own advice and try to stay switched on old bean.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Donny Tramp is president, Steve Bruce is a premier league manager and today BSIB admitted he was wrong. We live in very strange times indeed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Very strange admission from BSIB, I hope he’s ok.

  • Greebol1892

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #22

    The lineup against Newport is utterly irrelevant due to our completely overwhelmed manager and his defensive tactics – WHICH DON’T WORK.
    Blackburn played us off the park but were poor in front of goal. Morecambe was a flash in the pan. Newport will play us off the park AND take their chances.
    I hope I’m wrong. A cup run would still be great.
    Ashley out.

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    RobLeenio you would be hard pressed to name another 3 + he never gave Bowen a start at Hull,

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #24

    On Jacob Murphy, he was considered the lesser of the two brothers at Norwich and was sent out on loan, but after returning had ‘overtaken’ his brother and made their 1st team in the championship. Norwich fans complained of his inconsistency, sound familiar?
    From what I’ve seen I think he has a good cross and shot, decent speed, but doesn’t have a ‘football brain’. He’s good when he’s moving at speed at a backing up defenders, but doesn’t get that kind of space or opportunity very often against PL quality teams and so his attempts to beat players from a slow or standing start often don’t come off.
    For me, I would convert him to a wing back, he would obviously need a fair amount of work on the defensive side of the game, but he would get much mor opportunity to run at pace with the ball and to overlap and cross into the box which would play to his strengths IMO.
    Lamprey was an attacking midfielder originally, who was converted to a wing back, not sure about Lewis.

  • simon376

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Mund & Tom

    Really with what Rondon is saying, be ideal as a 2nd forward and cover for Wilson, him and if only RLC on loan would be ideal. Gready to want another central mid and centre back but think those 2 would solve lots of problems

  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #26


    Hopefully that calmness and presence of mind will come with a bit more experience. He’ll need the right influences around him and to be handled right too, though.

    Players are all unique and one of the hardest parts of a managers’ job seems to be managing those personalities to get the best out of everyone. The captain and other players all play a part, too.

    But we have some strong characters at the club, and hopefully Lewis will learn from them.

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #27

    How depressing when a report finishes up with the statement “Ashley might not be great, but their could be worse out there”! How many times have we heard that; Ashley is now solely responsible for landing us with Bruce and we know there’s no future whatsoever in that!

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Lewis should be learning from the head coach more than the senior players although obviously they will mentor him.
    I can’t believe that SB can’t see how he sets up the team affects how we play.
    We don’t deserve to be in the premier league to be brutally honest!

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail, I’m hesitating to quote your quotes – it’s getting to be very confusing, but my original point was a quotation from Andy Robertson which directly references Bruce’s INFLUENCE ON HIS EARLY CAREER, nothing to do with him blowing any smoke up his backside for any kind of performance this season.

    It’s a totally different conversation, sweetie. Bless your lack of comprehension.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Dave Bassett “Choose any team in the premier league and they will likely have had better results with youths.”

    Yep, totally agree – but we can hardly blame that on a first team coach who’s been with us about 12 months.

    That’s all about long-term policies within the academy and the staff employed there.

  • Assassins Inc

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #31

    The Hereford Curse, please for the love of all things Toon, Bruce don’t fcuk this up and bring the Hereford curse to our door step, we have to watch that shit every year in the FA Cup showing Ronnie Radford’s wonder goal, we don’t need a new one with the Newport County curse added for this cup.
    The team prediction with one up front seems weird, we ain’t playing against Spurs.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #32

    That would be the same Tim Davie who was deputy chairman of Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative party?

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #33

    I think it’s easy to pick and choose arguments for managers who blood youngsters.
    Imagine if Sean Lonstaff makes it big in the future and then comes out singing the praises of Rafa for giving him his opportunity. People could be forgiven for thinking Rafa is a manager who bloods youngsters, but we all know that if it wasn’t for injuries, he would have never been given that chance.
    Likewise, I’m sure this is true of all managers. I don’t know the circumstances at Hull when Bruce gave Robertson his chance, but it is much easier/more common to blood younsters in the lower leagues, where using youngsters is a necessity.
    Bruce had an ideal opportunity to give Watts his full debut, as we didn’t have enough fit CBs, but chose to play Kraft out of place instead. Probably because he was desperate to get more points to s ore more than the previous season or to earn more bonus money.
    So, for me, a manager who starts a youngster in place of a fit regular gets that kind of praise, but for me that’s not Bruce. I can’t speak of the circumstances at Hull, but I would call him the antithesis of that at his time here.
    Someone mentioned Poch earlier, someone like him or Wenger maybe deserve that kind of title.

  • Mund

    Sep 29, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #34


    Hard thing to accept here with Bruce is we can very rarely get overly excited with anything good happening or good players coming in as he will always find a way to foot it up.

    We have a decent squad and a decent tactician would be able to get far better from this bunch than Bruce almighty

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 29, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Ron LOL……you still banging on that political drum,
    life in france must be very boring when all you can think about is British Politics 😉

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 29, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #36

    It’s hard to get excited aboht any signings or even discuss about players who should be playing in which position.

    Thing about Bruce, he’s coaching players who are way beyond his capabilities. Bruce is a old school manager who uses 442 which he is comfortable in, and more suited to league one management where not much tactic is required. Bruce is a nice lad where players like him. Suited for league one where he sure can motivate players.

    The current players in our squad like Fraser, almiron, joelinton, Bruce has no idea how to utilise them or what tactic is required.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 29, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #37

    It was in response to @9. Just being fair and balanced, hibbit!

  • toon22

    Sep 29, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #38

    I think we would struggle to find someone worse than cabbage heed

    I’d bet Catchy would do a better job lmfao

  • Unused Substitute

    Sep 29, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Against Tottenham Laschelles didn’t look to be at 100% fitness level. With an injury list getting longer by the day we might be in for deeper sh¡t.

  • geordietom

    Sep 29, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Simon# 25…

    your comment thats what iv’e been saying all along 3 players in would set us in good stead imo …


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