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These Unsung Magpies Can Help Newcastle Reach The Quarterfinals Today



Newcastle will face Newport County this afternoon for a place in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup. We’ve been extremely fortunate with the draws thus far. However, if the lads get the job done at Newport, the level of competition will certainly rise for the next round.

Spurs knocked Chelsea out in a penalty shootout yesterday while Liverpool battle Arsenal on Thursday. That will take out two of the big boys but there’s still eight Premier League and two Championship clubs left in the competition.

This afternoon will provide another big opportunity for some unsung Magpies to impress. Mark Gillespie has been stellar so far with two clean sheets including an outstanding performance on his debut against Blackburn.


Jacob Murphy was unplayable last week at Morecambe and he’ll get another shot today. He was a bit tentative when he came on at Spurs on Sunday but we expect him to be full of confidence against the Exiles.

Dan Barlaser could get another chance today. He started the match against Blackburn and was brought on as a substitute at Morecambe. Barlaser’s time at Newcastle could be running out so this match could be a final chance to stake his claim.

Sean Longstaff and Emil Krafth have started both Carabao Cup matches but have not featured much in the league. Longstaff made a very late cameo at West Ham while Krafth hasn’t been used yet.

Both are firmly entrenched as back-ups currently but will get their chances during this long season. Krafth was asked to play center half against Blackburn and could be asked to play there once again today with so many defenders unavailable.

Longstaff has yet to get a chance to play further forward as a number 10 where he had his best performances last season. There’s an outside chance he could be deployed there today but he’s more likely to play deeper in midfield like the last two cup matches.

With Bruce settling in on a first eleven for the Premier League, the performances of these five Magpies could be key today in Newcastle advancing to a cup quarterfinal for a second season running.


71 comments so far

  • Oldgit1

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Re Barlaser, I heard he has gone on loan to Rotherham yesterday, can someone clarify this please.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Catchy

    You say both managers start with “we have a point”

    Say its the last day of the season with the squad we have now, we need a point to stay in the prem, youve the choice between Bruce and Rafa to get that point who do YOU choose?

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  • Mund

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    and OP heads in at the back post….

    1
  • Regan

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Mund. ..
    Films that are still in the cinema..yes mate..

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  • carltoon

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Never did I say he was near playing for England, and certainly not now, hope we get better. That’s my last word on it.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Please not Phil Jones.

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  • geordie157

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    I saw something suggesting Barlaser would go on loan after tonights games, Rotherham makes sense. Championship football, they play a decent passing style and he knows the team etc.

    I’m going with this for Newport

    Gillespie
    Yedlin, Kraft, Fernandez, Lewis
    Hendrick, Barlaser
    Murphy, S.Longstaff, Joelinton
    Carroll

    Another chance for Barlaser and Murphy to impress. Longstaff and Joelinton played in their best positions and Carroll gets some game time too.

    Also gives Hendrick a chance to have a more effective game.

    Can name a strong bench, with Fraser, Almiron and Wilson all there should we need them.

    Sorted.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #8

    3 Hours 4 Minutes to KO.

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  • geordie157

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    and yes please not Phil Jones!!!

    Rugani on loan, yes although his career seems to have stalled a bit (probably partially FM ad Fifa making him seem world class)

    i’d take Smalling or even Chambers over Jones

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Mund

    ‘What is the definition of insanity?’

    On this blog anything fits that definition! 🙂

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  • Mund

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #11

    carltoon you mis read me. I didn’t say you did and defo not wanting to argue about it if that’s how it’s coming across.

    I just feel we need to try something new and maybe it isn’t Shelvey maybe it’s Bruce as I don’t have any hope for him whatever the playing staff we have.

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  • Mund

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #12

    EGB pmsl very true

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Even when Murphy and Barlaser impress they don’t get games!

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  • Mund

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Regan cheers pal I think I’ll try that

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Barlaser another loan hes 23 if bruce isnt sure now he never will be. Cant beleave no decision at his age a joke

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  • Northumbrian

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #16

    EGB,
    Sept 30th ,2020 at 3.24pm.
    3 hours and 4 mins to KO.
    Best check your watch bud cos that makes kickoff at 6.28pm and I’m sure its actually 5.30 pm.
    😉

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  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Bruce’s supposed to be trying to instill player confidence and a winning mentality but when he refers to bigger clubs ( Now, when you play against […….], the big teams, …….’) he’s instilling fear.

    What’s wrong with instilling a Keegan-like mentality of self confidence and confidence in their team-mates?

    Is that beyond Bruce? It appears so.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Watch any game in any league and you will see players ‘Strolling’ it’s not a fault.

    All top class players have their strolling moments, unless you’re Miggy no player is running flat out for 90 minutes and even he slows down at times.

    Yes Shelvey does have his strolling moments as well but he also does more running than any other player in the team, excepting Miggy of course.

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  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Northumbrian

    Essex might be in a different time zone today.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail..

    I chose bee, I really like bees and have been looking into keeping bees for the last 2 years.

    And yes absolutely.

    If you actually pay attention to what I write, I generally don’t pay any attention to players who we are linked with, or players that have left, IMO it’s normally all ifs or buts, a new coach will change things and news players have to adapt.

    But things get leveled at Bruce that I believe Rafa got a free pass on, I believe Pardew got a free ride for a long time simply because we have a terrible owner, but like I say Rafa gets a free pass.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Northumbrian I took the timing straight off the NUFC site, it’s now saying 2 Hours 52 Minutes to KO.

    OK lets try again!

    1 Hour 48 Minutes to KO. 🙂

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  • Mund

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Mike Ashley
    @MoneyMikeAshley
    Bruce on the fans “Blah blah blah”

    And yes, this is real.

    #nufc

    1
  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Essex Geordie Bill

    I agree with you about strolling – great players do it because they know when the can and when they shouldn’t. Good strollers are watching the game and ready to move, quickly. Lazy ones are just that.

    Anyone taking a look at the way Asprilla ambled around the field yet scored three against Barcelona would get that.

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  • Northumbrian

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #24

    EGB, well it certainly made me look at the clock twice and use my fingers and toes to count lol.
    😀

    2
  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #25

    a load shi* from bruce as usual. completely out of his depth at this level. he is coaching players who are way beyond his capablities.

    football has changed so much since he came around. we are in desperate need for a modern manager.

    bruce is a nice lad. but he’s out of depth in the premier league.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Op.

    I would chose Bruce, I think he is the better motivator,

    Whilst both styles may have there merits, I prefer motovation every time, I think players respond better to this style.

    This defensive style burns players out, and I think players get bored of managers like Rafa Jose Pardew very quick

    1
  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Essex Geordie Bill

    @21

    Is the NUFC clock wrong?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Newcastle United have made contact with Manchester United to discuss the availability of centre backs Chris Smalling & Phil Jones.

    #NUFC | Telegraph
    ===============

    smalling ok but phil jones? wtf.

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  • Mund

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Catchy you would go with Bruce as he is the better motivator!!! Lmao I’ve heard it all now

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #30

    catchy,
    Will you still say that if Bruce relegates us.

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  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Catchy

    Players don’t get bored of managers like Rafa and Mourinho very quick – good managers and coaches don’t allow players to get bored!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Rugani & Fernandez pairing should be good.
    Lascelles have been very poor and probably the most over rated defender. great captain but a liability on the pitch. poor positioning and switches off at add times.

    lascelles is so similar to Titus Bramble.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #33

    He’s a crank, not sure why I’m letting myself get roped in.

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  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #34

    ilovetoon8788

    Didn’t Brucie wonder why we had too many CBs?

    0
  • Mund

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail that’s what they are good at but shame on you, you should know better 😉

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  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail for Ashley

    You’re not getting roped into chatting with cranks – you love it, you do it every day.

    1
  • Mund

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #37

    And Lesh smashes one out of the park and it’s a goner

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  • carltoon

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Bill! Stop confusing me. You know how easy it is. what times kick off?

    1
  • Davas28

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #39

    I think Shelvey suffers from our system. Too deep most of the time so not a lot of movement (players) ahead of him to pick out a pass. Maybe why he has to go for the long pass or pass back.

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Sep 30, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Carltoon, it kicks off all the time daily on here lol.
    😉

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