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Newcastle Defend Well But Create Nothing In Scoreless First Half At Arsenal



Newcastle did an excellent job defensively against Arsenal in a scoreless first half. The lads were very disciplined and frustrated the Gunners. However, we created next to nothing and spent much of the final 15 minutes defending.

Prior to the match, it was reported that both Jonjo Shelvey and Callum Wilson were sent home for precautionary reasons. They’ll hopefully be available for Tuesday’s massive match at Sheffield United.

Steve Bruce continued with five at the back though it was unconventional as Isaac Hayden was at center-back with Emil Krafth and Paul Dummett as wing-backs. Sean Longstaff and Jeff Henrick manned the midfield with Joelinton and Miguel Almiron behind Andy Carroll

Arsenal started on the front foot firing away two shots on target in the opening minutes. Both shots were easily collected by Martin Drubravka for his first saves of the season. Newcastle enjoyed a decent spell with plenty of possession after Arsenal’s early efforts. However, the lads couldn’t create any chances.


Newcastle’s first shot came through Andy Carroll after receiving a belated pass from Joelinton, who had made an interception but was ponderous on the ball. Carroll’s shot was easily blocked by an Arsenal defender.

Martin Dubravka made a wonderful save to deny Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 25th minute. Arsenal took a quick free-kick to free the forward but Dubravka parried it away and Willian’s follow-up effort sailed over the bar.

Newcastle were pegged back for much of the rest of the half with Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney wreaking havoc down his flank. Arsenal won a few corners but weren’t able to threaten Dubravka as Newcastle made some critical clearances, including a couple from Andy Carroll.

Arsenal ended the half on the ascendancy and while they had the better chances only tested Dubravka on Aubameyang’s shot. Newcastle have done little in the final third with no shots on target and winner no corners.

Overall it was a decent first-half but Newcastle need some quality in the final third. Maybe Bruce will hand Elliot Anderson his debut which would be outstanding for the youngster.


103 comments so far

  • Adamn_92

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #1

    I am still baffled why lascelles is starting this game. Been out with covid and recovering for ages, should have been brought back slowly with a half in an under 23s match to start. Not thrown straight into the lineup against Arsenal. Looks leggy and not up to speed, unsurprisingly. We need more when we do have the chance to break, won’t have movement with Carroll up top other than miggy occasionally. Would like to see maybe Murphy or Gayle to go up alongside Carroll. Hope we see Anderson even for a little while regardless of how the games going.

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #2

    That forced BBC banter is atrocious.

    WE GET THE JOKE!

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  • lesh

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Ron Knee

    Not too bad’s just that – bad but not too bad.

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Longstaff skews a simple pass out to the wing conceding possession.

    Big intake of breath!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Any links lads before I turf the kid off the TV ?

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #6

    SHOT KLAXON!

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Repost, soz lads

    Adam,

    Can only think they trained him hard in the week and he was ok?

    Not sure if Brucey works like that however, team selection on the back of a fag packet job on the team bus on the way to the ground!

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Was Bruce just on the phone there? Ashley on to him to tell him to play more attacking as he has friends with him watching in the Emirates corporate boxes.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Let’s have some confidence chaps

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  • coming home

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Caroll is gunna score tonight

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Andy was onside there!

    Next one Andy, next one son

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  • Toon67

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #12

    What a miss.

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Jesus!! What a miss!! If that was Joelinton wed be absolutely slating him.

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #14

    AH big daft Andy man!

    Looking a threat but then misses a sitter.

    Still, we’re making more inroads this half.

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  • Australian Pie

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Prem striker can’t be missing those

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Can’t see Carroll playing the 90.

    Covered a hell of a lot of ground for a big man.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #17

    You wonder how Kraft got up there to keep that in, maybe he was still running forward from the previous attack. He’s proper slow the lad!

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Terrible indecision from Dubs there. Hes certainly doing nothing to stake his claim yet.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #19

    So far, Almiron and Carrol good effort. Hendrick is a complete waste of a shirt.
    An absolute disgrace.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Could have done with Maxi running at them

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  • coming home

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #21

    That girl linesman is shyte
    Can I say that

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Carroll goal loading. . . . . .

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23

    We ACTUALLY look half decent when we decide to attack.. why doesn’t Bruce do this more often?…. simples….

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #24

    You would have thought Yedlin or Murphy to get along the right and get crosses in to Andy?

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  • peterk3

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Why are Hendrick and Longstaff on oh and Joelinton

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  • Simmo1957

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Good save. Lucky not to be 1 down.

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Coming home, it’s shite not shyte…. you’re spelling is shoite

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Good save! He does look ill however.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    No pressing. Hendricks hasn’t made a tackle. Arsenal just passing it around.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #30

    The man Linton is pummeling my Swede man I’m telling ya, if you’re gonna be shit, at least be shit whilst making it look like you’re trying.

    He just strolls about the place and when he finally gets the ball he walks with it and gets stuck in about five minds with what to do with it.

    Twisting me Swede man

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Were SCREWED! Xhaka is coming on.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32

    At last a bit of a press.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #33

    CH

    No you can’t say that.
    You can say that assistant referee on the far side is $hite.

    PC rules mate.

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Better pressing, that’s what I like to see.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree re Xahka. Rob.

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Krafth for Muprhy is good!

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  • peterk3

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Does it really matter if we lose. We’ve got no hope of winning the cup anyway. Its points we need to survive in Premier league.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #38

    49% possession second half. Bloody hell!!!

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Hendrick has actually looked after the ball well in tight spaces this half.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Credit to Bruce and players? Very few of our lot wud get into the arsenal team.

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