After a scoreless first half, Steve Bruce replaced a rusty Jamaal Lascelles to start the second half at Arsenal. Matt Ritchie came on which pushed Paul Dummett inside as the left-sided center-back.
Newcastle started the half trying to play further up the pitch. It resulted in some decent opportunities for Andy Carroll who managed to get away three shots in the opening ten minutes. All shots came after Newcastle won free-kicks deep in Arsenal territory.
Carroll only got one of the shots on target. The third one was a golden chance that the striker should have buried. Jeff Hendrick’s shot landed to the Geordie in front of goal but he pushed his effort wide.
In the 63rd minute, Martin Dubravka came to the rescue as Pepe’s cross found Joe Willock at the back post. Willock headed the ball into the ground which gave Dubravka time to make a diving save.
Steve Bruce made an attacking change in the 68th minute by replacing Emil Krafth with Jacob Murphy. After the change, Arsenal had a decent spell but were only able to get away a few long-range efforts which all sailed over the bar.
Bruce made his third and fourth changes after 80 minutes. It was the moment Newcastle fans have been waiting for. Elliot Anderson came on for Joelinton as DeAndre Yedlin replaced Miguel Almiron. Jacob Murphy pushed up the pitch as Yedlin moved to left wing-back.
Late in normal time, Andy Carroll had another excellent chance. On a break, Murphy’s cross found Anderson in the box. The youngster’s shot was blocked and landed to Andy Carroll. However, Andy’s shot was saved by Leno who then gathered the ball.
The Magpies were much improved in the second half as they committed to playing higher up the pitch. Andy Carroll had two great chances but unfortunately couldn’t put either away. The lads have put in a tremendous effort so let’s hope they have enough in the tank for extra time.