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Fraser, Hendrick, And Wilson Get Starts At Sheffield



This is the team Steve Bruce has named for this evening’s match at Sheffield United. Bruce has made six changes from the defeat at Arsenal over the weekend.

Newcastle Starting XI: Darlow, Yedlin, Fernandez (C), Schar, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, S. Longstaff, Hendrick, Fraser, Wilson

Subs: Dubravka, M. Longstaff, Ritchie, Elliot Anderson, Murphy, Almiron, Carroll, Joelinton, Gayle

As expected Bruce has given recalls to a few of the players he rested at Arsenal in Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar, and DeAndre Yedlin. However, we are a little disappointed that Matty Longstaff has been dropped.

Bruce has also kept Karl Darlow as his first choice keeper while Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser make their returns to the team. Both Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles didn’t make the squad today with their fitness issues.

This is the starting eleven Blades boss Chris Wilder has settled on.

Sheffield Starting XI: Ramsdale, Bogle, Basham, Egan, Ampadu, Osborn, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, McGoldrick, Burke

Well, we should learn a lot about the state of Newcastle United after this one. Sheffield have yet to win in the league after their historically poor start to this season. As luck would have it, they may have picked up some confidence with an FA Cup win at Bristol Rovers just a few days ago.

However, Newcastle need a result with all three points being the obvious aim. We’ve not won in seven matches in all competitions. Hopefully, the Magpies are the ones who get the elusive win tonight.

Howay The Lads!


279 comments so far

  • Hong Kong Magpie

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Bruce has gone so defensive that we can’t even name a defender on the bench haha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    HKM,
    Lascelles must have suffered a set back.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #4

    ‘Defending is the new attack’

    ‘If they dont score you cant loose’

    These are the new motivational messages in the dressing room

    and of course the immortal – ‘the most dangerous person is a man without hope’
    (or with hope in the case of Brucie)

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  • IITianToon

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #5

    I am proper mad that Matty is dropped to the bench.. I mean he has shown he is miles better than Hendrick and Sean, he is fresh after being rested for 10 days, I just don’t get it. If he was injured fair play then he shouldn’t be in the squad. Is anybody else able to rationalize this starting line-up?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #6

    the mighty Sheffield have Bruce quaking in his Boots, is that a team that wants to win or a team that doesn’t want to get beat ??

    that’s me off for the Pizza’s,
    enjoy the game boys and girls. stay safe,

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Carroll on the bench after his MOTM performance????

    Does anyone have a clue how Bruce’s mind works?

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  • Zorro

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    No ifs or buts he needs to be sacked if we do lose then I hope its 4 or 5 nil surely even fat man must act
    That team is a disgrace again the cabbage is playing for a draw
    Its sheffield united they have 2 points
    BRUCE OUT BRUCE OUT BRUCE OUT

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  • Asi Fish

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Micky – I think AC kept us in that game and didn’t look that knackered when he came off. If SB wasn’t going to start him then why take him off?

    If Bruce’s head worked properly he would be here!

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  • Asi Fish

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #10

    He WOULDN’T be here!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tartantoon

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #11

    A team soaked in creativity Game not ewven started and I am in a deep depression.

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  • Tim the toon

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Dubai

    Carroll is properly stuffed after the FA Cup game, so not really a surprise – he’ll probably come on for the last 20 minutes.

    Will Bruce get his P45 for not starting Joelinton?

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #13

    2 attackers in the starting 11:

    the bench:
    AC
    Gayle
    Joe
    Miggy
    murphy
    matty
    anderson
    ritchie

    i mean, why?????????????????????

    i’ll be so so happy(relieved) for Bruce to prove me wrong and we come away with the 3 points, which is all that matters in reality. But Jeeeeeeeeez.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Bruce has surpassed himself here. That has to be the most defensive team I’ve ever seen in 52 years, almost Jack Charlton like park the bus hoofball, in the 21st century.

    Well it’s what we’ve come to expect, after all bruce did tell the players before we played Chelsea that they had better players than us, as well as making Morecambe and Newport sound like Barca and Bayern !

    On the surface bruce seems quite a jovial and approachable character but my word when it comes to his non identifiable anti football style, you’d never find anyone so downbeat and negative at every turn.

    Tonight we will win quite easily I have no doubt, a bit like when we played CP without Zaha and WBA who were on the verge of sacking Bilic.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Jonjo must have problems to not even make the bench!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Presumably he’ll give AC ten pointless minutes towards the end in a genius tactical move.!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tim the toon

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #17

    EGB

    Have a feeling they rushed him back from hernia surgery, and hence his issues; seem to remember reading it a couple of weeks ago.

    Hope Fraser is fully fit, otherwise he’ll be crocked again after this game.

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #18

    What on earth is cabbage head doing? Asking Dummet, Clark, hayden, longstaff and hendrick to go again after playing the whole game sat night is scandalous. Has he not heard of rotation? Cabbage out

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  • Asi Fish

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Jonjo lost his place to Hendrick playing Rock, Paper, Scissor…….he went double bubble with Anderson but shamefully played paper for the second time.

    He is currently playing a game of slap with LC over his wages.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Hell Sean Longstaffe and Hendrick starting in midfield – Arghhhhhhhhhh
    Rather start with the substitute 9

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Is this the big lump of Lard’s last game in charge of NUFC?. Let’s all hope this is so.! Some people are offered the Freedom of their City this Clueless Clown shouldn’t be allowed to go within 1000 miles of our great city.
    Any possible game changer apart from ASM is on the bench. Carroll , Shelvey, Matty Longstaff, Murphy , Ritchie, Almiron but funny enough no defenders as they are all starting. Can we expect a hat trick from Hendrick perhaps?
    Is it SIX at the back with Hayden.
    Yeah new formation 6-3-1!!!
    Bruce you have got to go .Preferably before the match kicks off.
    I really don’t think I can stand the embarrassment of watching it.
    Same old :
    Well, we’ve got a point and we must keep it. Lets hope Blades score in the first minute and see what his Plan B is as he has no cutting edge!!!!
    Go now Go now! – to save more Moody Blues!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Hi gamble is with Fraser, hasn’t had much game time but he’s willing to risk him, defies logic.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #23

    19 Minutes to KO.

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  • WLtoon

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Evening all, i hope you are all well.

    Just when you start looking forward to the game, Bruce puts out a line up like that, honestly, could it be more defensive.
    Does Bruce want us relegated or what, you would seriously think so.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Please Mr Ashley . See sense and try before it’s too late ti save your investment. Nobody even the Saudis are going to want to but us once we are relegated.
    Someone please send the yellow van to Sheffield to pick up the clueless bar steward NOW!

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  • peterk3

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Longstaff and Hendrick, why ????

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Essex – 109 minutes to Sheffield Utd’s first win do you mean?
    He has completely lost the plot if indeed he ever had it.
    Rudderless and clueless!

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  • Romford mag

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Should have started Anderson instead of Hendrick

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  • Tonyd3b54

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Not that surprised. Almiron just played 110 mins a few days ago. Thought he’d play joel over hendrick to at least give the allusion of being attacking. But if we need 5 defenders against shef then we are truly hopeless. Wouldn’t say that if there was even a slight possibility of wbs over lapping but we all know it’s a flat back 5.

    He’s hoping to keep it 0-0 then he’ll bring on miggy and joel for Fraser and hendricks with 10″ to play and use that to complain how he made “attacking changes” what do you want from me?!?

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  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #31

    ASM will be like a new signing when he eventually returns!!!!
    That’s what will be said anyway.

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  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #32

    All that matters tonight is picking up the 3 points

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  • Tim the toon

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Ah well, going to have a cup of coffee and watch the game – and hopefully not choke!

    Enjoy the game fellow bloggers

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  • WLtoon

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #34

    What possible reason or excuse can Bruce give for such a negative team, only 2 players with any attacking intent in the line up and one of them, Fraser can`t be fit surely.
    And you wonder why new tv`s are selling like hot cakes up here in the north east.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #35

    NewsflasH. Wilson injured in the warm up, so Clark starts as make shift centre forward

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #36

    I like Redknapp but hes soo insanely wrong saying we werent any better under Rafa. It’s the classic scenario of not watching us week in week out.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Jamie Radknipp doing his best to perpetuate the myth that we were shite under Rafael as well, he openly admits to liking Steve Bruce though albeit dropping the standards from doing a great job to a reasonable one.

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  • kimbo

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Defensive set up against the worst team in PL history.
    Bruce hold your cabbage heed in shame.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #39

    New phone doesn’t like Rafa mind seems to prefer Rafael 😀

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Jamie fkn Redknapp
    “They’ve been having a reasonable run of results” !
    “ I like Bruce but if they don’t win this one he’s under pressure “

    What a twat!

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