Newcastle have bowed out of another cup competition this season with a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal. Yesterday’s loss, though, was a far cry from the one at Brentford in the quarter-final of the league cup.
The lads put up a valiant effort and fought for the win. However, they couldn’t keep it up into extra time and Arsenal punished us after some sloppy mistakes. The second-half performance was very good. The chances to win and advance were there but not taken.
So it’s come down to another deflating defeat. Newcastle have not won in seven straight as we head into Tuesday’s crucial match at Sheffield United. The Blades are winless in the league but did advance in the FA Cup with a 3-2 win at Bristol Rovers yesterday.
The highlight of the match for many fans was the introduction of young Elliot Anderson in the second half. Steve Bruce hinted that Anderson could play a part and he brought the 18-year-old on with 10 minutes left in normal time in a tense stalemate.
So that does speak highly of Bruce’s opinion of the attacking midfielder. This is what the head coach said per Newcastle’s Twitter account about the youngster after the match:
“I thought the kid was very, very good. He’s been knocking on the door for a while now so it was good to see. He’s got a big future ahead of him.”
After the match, Anderson spoke to NUFC TV and said the following about his debut:
“It’s a great feeling. To come on against a top club like Arsenal and to play for your boyhood club, it’s something you dream of as a kid.
“I’m just really excited for the upcoming games to see if I can stick around.”
There was a report yesterday that Newcastle were contemplating sending Elliot out on loan to the Championship. So we’ll see if he can stick around and make an impact for the second half of the season which seems to be his preference.
Bruce also spoke about another local lad in Andy Carroll. The 32-year-old put in a warrior-like performance at the front and the back. However, he missed some very good chances that has slightly marred his overall performance.
Here is what Bruce said about Newcastle’s overall performance, and in particular, Andy Carroll:
“When you come here, especially in a cup tie, and are presented with the opportunities that we had then you hope we can take one.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how they’ve gone about it but we needed to take that big opportunity when it came.
“There’s nobody more disappointed than Andy that he didn’t take one of those chances but I thought his overall play and the way he led the line was terrific.”
Carroll was excellent yesterday and he lasted well into extra time. It’s just a shame he couldn’t put away one of his chances. Though he was definitely one of Newcastle’s best players on the day.
Callum Wilson was sent home with Jonjo Shelvey before the match as a precaution. So we don’t know of their status for Tuesday. If Wilson can’t go, Bruce could be short upfront as Carroll likely won’t be risked after the energy he expended yesterday.