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Newcastle Hang On To End First Half 1-1 Against Manchester United



After getting an early goal, Newcastle were put under pressure for much of the first half by Manchester United. The half ended level with a goal a piece but the visitors had the bulk of possession and chances.

Newcastle started the match in a 4-1-4-1 with Isaac Hayden sitting behind Jeff Hendrick and Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield. Joelinton was on the right and Allan Saint-Maximin on the left.

The Magpies got off to a very fortunate start with an early counter leading to a goal. Emil Krafth’s 2nd-minute cross was knocked into the net by a sliding Luke Shaw to give Newcastle the lead.


Manchester United enjoyed a bunch of possession after the opening goal but couldn’t create any decent chances to test Karl Darlow until after the 20-minute mark.

Bruno Fernandes had a nice strike disallowed due to VAR ruling Juan Mata offside. The disappointment was short-lived as the Red Devils found an equalizer a few minutes later.

Harry Maguire surged forward to beat Federico Fernandez to a corner in the 23rd minute. His header bounced past a diving Darlow and into the far corner.

Allan Saint-Maximin forced David de Gea into a diving save in the 29th minute. The Frenchman cut inside from the right and launched a shot that de Gea had to parry away. The Spaniard hit the post with his right arm and needed treatment but was able to continue.

Manchester United kept the pressure on Newcastle and forced Karl Darlow into action. Darlow had an excellent punch on a cross and then saved another from Aaron Wan-Bissaka that looked to be going in. On the subsequent corner, Jamaal Lascelles cleared a shot off the line.

Darlow continued his outstanding goalkeeping with another terrific save. This time from Marcus Rashford whose 43rd-minute shot bounced right in front of Darlow as he went down to make the save. He was able to swat it away to keep the match level going into halftime.


327 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Mister! Brucie!
    Boom, boom!
    Boom bbom boom!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #2

    I call it the Mr. Brucie effect. Everything he touches turns to cack…..

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  • Mund

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Why the foot does Hendricks keep getting a start? I’d rather Colback in the middle than him

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Sticking AC would probably be a good move, might give Wilson a bit of space up front.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Dumb Bruce

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #6

    ATTACK FFS!!!!!!!!

    Fraser and Miggy on. Joe and Hendrick or Shelvey off.
    Switch ASM to the right to get at shaw and Maguire.

    Actually look to press Man u when their CBs and CMs get the ball – its Fred and McTominay in CM not Xavi and Iniesta circa 2010.

    just attack though pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!

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  • AncientC

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s like deja vu.

    Pardew/McClaren/Bruce — timid & cowardly managers.

    Bruce had better sacrifice a red heifer at half-time, if he wants another goal like the last.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Can’t believe people criticising joelinton when it’s obvious Bruce doesn’t have a clue on how to set up a team.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Playing absolutely awful. Keep losing the ball in our own half. Hayden, Hendrick, Krafth etc are all useless. ASM is playing poor. Keeps dribbling in his own half. Callum Wilson can’t get hold of the ball. Joelinton is better on the left.

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  • almondrichie

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #10

    I seriously can’t take this negative football anymore. Its better to be in Championship and keep playing Attacking football under some new manager, rather than playing worst sickening to watch football under Bruce in Premiere League.

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  • DrGloom

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Is Bruce actually trying to give Manure the points!

    Even the commentators bemused at newcastle tactics – it’s just bizarre , this is a manure team that leak goals but can score so we’re just sitting back , giving them loads of time on the ball and inviting them to have potshots

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Amazed to see one them get a yellow, well deserved though.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Dumb Bruce 2

    1
  • magic hat

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #14

    joelinton is awful, I’ve held off slating him for a good while but it’s time to bench him. fraser or miggy and we’ll have more to show.

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  • Mund

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Maxi doesn’t look like a guy who just boosted his wages up by another 30K a week, well off the pace.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #16

    As soon as ASM gets the ball he has 3 or 4 players on him, should lead to more yellows for them, hopefully.

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  • Not another deJong

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Bruce seems to want to play higher up the pitch and put pressure on their holding midfielders / back line. However we are losing the ball far too easily and are bypassed with one through ball.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Fraser is fit, raring to go and had a great match for Scotland so mentally he’s raring to rear a strip off man Ure.

    Bruce puts him on the bench.

    Shawis brittle – are we working him over?

    Does Bruce not think like the rest of us?

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #19

    formation isnt doing max or linton any favours
    Shelvey is the only one who seems to be enjoying the new formation

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #20

    A lot… I mean LOADS, assuming ASM not up to scratch because of… whatever.. He’s just been offered /signed a new contract… needs to pull ones finger out… HWTL. xx

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #21

    “Score. Panic. Defend. Concede. Panic. The Steve Bruce tactical 101”

    Copied from BBC sport website ahahaha

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  • magic hat

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #22

    maxi isnt being allowed to play and since that’s our only outlet they’ve effectively shut us down… need outlets across the front. which means fraser and miggy on. drop hendricks and joelinton

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #23

    He won’t change anything until 75 mins, when we’re behind.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Kets

    why does ASm “keep dribbling in his own half”?

    Because Bruce has us defending our box and when he gets the ball wilson is isolated by around 40 yards from the nearest teammate so all ASM CAN do is run with it or launch it upfield knowing its a 1% chance that Wilson will be able to hold onto it vs 3 players.

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  • toon22

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #25

    If he insists on sitting back he should get Joe off and play AC
    At least he can win headers and hold it up

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  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #26

    My point from previous thread – we are so reactive and should really be getting at them and making things happen. Its hard to blame the players for the mentality the manager has instilled in them. Where is the attacking he promised us?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #27

    EGB

    Carroll = endless hit and hope long aimless hoof ball, the last thing we need.

    1
  • lochinvar

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Ivor Toney scores twice today.

    Houghton gets Forest their first win

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #29

    What are people expecting joelinton to do? He’s not even a right winger for a start. What can he do when our play depends on shuttling to the left to get the ball to ASM or hoof it as far away as possible?

    Shockingly stupid Bruce but people are slagging off joelinton. Beggars belief.

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  • Regan

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Romford…
    Still lurking mate..lol…
    Just got lad down..

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  • CJ

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #31

    I am so glad I didn’t have to pay 15 pounds to watch this. Depressing tactics. No pressure on man I back 4. Hendricks running around like a headless chicken.. let’s hope the first half was a tactic to lull man I into a sense of false security

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #32

    really had / have an opportunity to go at these. If only cabbage heed wasn’t so predictable.

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  • Slatymag

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Not to Joel bash but he is not a right winger. Hendrick is off the pace. Expecting miracles from ASM getting the ball in his own half. We are once again inviting pressure. Changes needed or our toothless approach will see a loss nevermind draw.

    Thomas Patrick Ward unlucky. And a bit lucky, to be fair.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #34

    ASM________Almiron__________Fraser
    ____________Wilson

    Please let us have that early 2nd half and not in reaction to conceding a goal.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Newcastle 3, ManU 1, Shaw hatrick.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Our inability to handle a press is our clear and ever present weakness.

    Two weeks to work on it and no real improvement.

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  • Timmers09

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s not personal with Joe from Linton, but he’s awful, oooh Bruce plays him out of position, he doesn’t have a position possibly centre back. It’s all coz Ashley n Bruce shelled out 40 large he has to play as often as possible.
    Bring Fraser on asap as St Max can’t take much more fouls. Drop lascelles he’s a tug boat and cannot play the ball, Schar is much better

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  • Tyran21

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Wow, no sub? Joe and ASM swapped side.

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  • CJ

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Asm switched to right

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #40

    hayden injured
    no longstaff on the bench
    Bruce is a bloody joke

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