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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

  • jane

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #81

    corner at the last

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #82

    No red.

    DAMN!

    That chance though……….

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #83

    Xtra time… well done lads

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #84

    Our lass thought i was being attacked by a lion ha ha I was shouting that loud at Carroll 😀

    1
  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #85

    How is Carroll still standing, fair play to him! He might be useless but hes ran his socks off and probably been our best player.

    5
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #86

    Still got Gayle the super sub to come on

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #87

    Anderson was the first player I’ve seen run onto the spot just shows the young lad unlike his team mates had desire pity he couldn’t slot it home.

    4
  • Australian Pie

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #88

    So close, Carroll unfortunately has missed the 2 chances of the match

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #89

    I hope that last push doesn’t mean we’ve shot our bolt.

    2
  • Australian Pie

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #90

    Think Hendrick threaded that ball.

    To be fair I, thought he has been ok this game, nothing special but hasn’t put a foot wrong

    2
  • coming home

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #91

    Can’t bring Gayle on as we already made 3 subs

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  • SholaShow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #92

    I’m just glad Andy looks healthier and hungrier than he has since his return.

    His contract running out might have something to do with it.

    Been tremendous in all but his finishing tonight.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #93

    5 subs in the cup!

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  • toonluvva

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #94

    coming home

    So why did Bruceless play Lascelles from the start.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #95

    Surprised to see us reach extra time. Very surprised.

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  • coming home

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #96

    Yeah but in 3 exchanges

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  • coming home

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #97

    Toonluver
    No idea

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #98

    What the hell was Yedlin doing there, he should have been tracking the winger.

    1
  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #99

    Carroll so wasteful lad 🙁

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #100

    Luiz has defended Carroll exceptionally all match tbf.

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  • peterk3

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #101

    Danny Murphy is a little $hit, gives no credit to Newcastle.

    4
  • IrishRob

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #102

    Gayle HAS to come on for Carroll, I dont know how hes expected to even walk around at this stage.

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  • toonluvva

    Jan 9, 2021 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #103

    What a surprise a player sent off scores for Arsenal.

    VAR at our match but not at others.

    I thought the cup competitions were supposed to be played on equal rules.

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