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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

  • Simmo1957

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #41

    Shola he’s been totally inept

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #42

    Tierney so good

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #43

    Joelinton is pissing me awf with his lethargic jogging.

    3
  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #44

    Simmo

    Whatever!

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  • Australian Pie

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #45

    Joe off for Gayle next please and quick

    0
  • coming home

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #46

    Aye get Gayle on

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #47

    Agree aus pie

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #48

    Ritchie dumb as a bag of rocks releases the pressure on them with a cheap freekick.

    0
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #49

    Munster,

    Have you tested that Chef Chip Shop curry sauce advertised by big Paul McGath yet pal?

    I know I planted the seed tother day!

    0
  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #50

    I see a hair ball, Yedelin must be coming on, must changed his hair style again.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #51

    Jeez it’s one hoof after another. Coaches football philosophy laid out.

    0
  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #52

    That dive attempt tells me Carroll is gassed. Certainly quietened down in the last 10 mins too.

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  • Simmo1957

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #53

    That’s positive now. Regardless of the result

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  • jane

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #54

    great to see Anderson on

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #55

    No uncertain sorry mate

    1
  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #56

    Youngster coming on for Joelinton!

    Howay lad! 😀

    0
  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #57

    DO IT Elliot!!

    0
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #58

    Anderson on, possible extra time, could get a good 40 mins the lad.

    Could be the difference!

    1
  • jezza442

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #59

    Almiron MOM and he’s going off, ffs

    1
  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #60

    Yedlin skinned just like Krath was.

    We know Yedlin is quick, but half asleep there.

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  • kimbo

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #61

    Take 2 strikers off and put on a defender and a midfield player, going for the loss.

    1
  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #62

    Big Andy is determined to score.

    Only one who knows you need to shoot to score on our team.

    2
  • jezza442

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #63

    Oh the young lad is on good to see, hope he does well

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #64

    Ritchie wastes a corner ffs.

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #65

    Yedlin looks off the pace as well as the usual stuff

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #66

    Murphy is doing ok.

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #67

    Bloody hell

    Andy is running around like a wild man! 😆

    That sprint is the quickest he’s moved in about 7 years I should think.

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #68

    A decent corner is all we need

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  • Australian Pie

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #69

    Apart from that tap in Andy Carroll has been brilliant – has not stopped working

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #70

    He can’t be aerodynamically efficent with that barnett!

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #71

    Yedlin that is!

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #72

    Yedlin starting to grate on me now. Simple pass is all.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #73

    Credit to the Bruce for what Moanster, not losing.

    3
  • jane

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #74

    what a chance

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  • Australian Pie

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #75

    Wilson must be properly injured if he doesn’t want to risk Gayle

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #76

    It’s all happening last two minutes!

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #77

    We aren’t exactly Citeh level but I’ve enjoyed the match, makes a change from the usual shite shyte shoite

    1
  • Toon67

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #78

    Red, Var?

    0
  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #79

    OH JESUS!

    That was the chance.

    Carroll should have scored man. 🙁

    0
  • Toon67

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #80

    Bugger.

    Should have won it.

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