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Newcastle Headed For Another Defeat Trailing Aston Villa 2-0 At Halftime



Steve Bruce had the lads set up in a 5-3-2 with Isaach Hayden as the third center-back and a three-man midfield of Jeff Hendrick, Miguel Almiron, and Jonjo Shelvey. Callum Wilson and Andy Carroll were again upfront.

Aston Villa dominated possession in the opening ten minutes but both of their shots didn’t threaten Karl Darlow. Newcastle had one tame effort from Miguel Almiron easily saved by Emiliano Martínez. The lads were making a considerable effort to press Aston Vill high up the pitch.

But as we’ve seen far too often, sloppy defending has gifted our opponents a soft goal. Matt Targett put in a dangerous cross from the left that Fabian Schar got a foot on but just propelled it into the air. It was on a platter for Ollie Watkins to head past a charging Karl Darlow and into the net in the 13th minute.

Newcastle had a decent reaction after the goal. In the 23rd minute, Jamaal Lascelles rose to get a powerful header onto Jonjo Shelvey’s corner. However, Tyrone Mings was there to make the block. Newcastle followed that up with a couple of Andy Carroll headers from excellent crosses put in by Javier Manquillo. Carroll just couldn’t get good contact on either effort.

Aston Villa added a second goal just before halftime. Karl Darlow punched away a Villa corner and Villa recycled possession. Jack Grealish played a ball to Bertrand Traore from the right. The former Chelsea man provided a glorious finish off the underside of the crossbar.

It’s been another very disappointing performance so far for Newcastle. Other than a brief spell with a few headers, the lads haven’t threatened Villa enough. That coupled with some poor defending has Newcastle heading toward another defeat.


238 comments so far

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 23, 2021 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Sack Bruce now, get a short term manager in.. Takeover in summer.. That’s the only thing keeping me going as a fan of this crap.. The slim chance

    13
  • Mund

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Lee

    That’s not a guarantee tho mate but what is a guarantee is it will demoralise the players even more and Bruce could still be at the helm.

    I just don’t like to see my team get spanked and will never wish for a defeat in the hope it will get the manager sacked.

    Always support the 11 lads who wear the shirt mate whatever era whatever time.

    3
  • Ninjacent

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s see if the gaffer changes things because the middle of the park has produced zilch

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Lee Ryder@lee_ryder

    “No fight, no urgency, half-hearted tracking back and once again no service for Callum Wilson. #nufc”

    But don’t criticise Bruce!

    19
  • IrishRob

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Shelvey passing accuracy of 50% that’s absolutely woeful. The worst I’ve ever seen of any play ever.

    6
  • Tackle from behind

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Bruce at half time.

    Andy, you’re trying too hard, here have one of me sausage rolls.

    3
  • lochinvar

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Down to 16th
    Third worst goal difference in league
    Can’t defend
    Can’t score
    Can’t manage

    Can’t stand this

    14
  • Australian Pie

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Darlow
    Manq Lascelles Schar Lewis
    Hayden Hendrick
    Murphy Miggy ASM
    Wilson

    This would be much more effective

    3
  • Our Toon

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Darlow 2 huge errors in last 2 games, against auba he tries to guess and dives well before the shot is even taken.

    Today he bottles a challenge, literally bottles it, hands by his side and quarter attempt to play the ball with slight movement of head. I can take a mistake by a player but bottling is something I have no time for at all. Get him out thanks for covering when needed.

    Shelvey the stroller, what a liability. Honestly how has he remained at our club for so long

    7
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Is Bruce going to do his usual and change nothing… Iif he changes nothing.. He needs sectioning

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #11

    @Mund

    I always will support them but you can clearly see the players don’t want to play for him its embarrassing now

    As it stands we are going to get relegated without another win with Bruce in charge

    2
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I bet there will be no changes until the 65mins mark.

    1
  • RoyalToon

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Bruce will bring ASM on and he will go down with a hamstring injury and be out for another 2 months.

    1
  • Ninjacent

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Our percentage of the ball has increased from 30% to 40% lol

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Wow, what was Darlow actually doing, was it some kind of brain fart.

    1
  • Australian Pie

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #16

    No change from Bruce

    0
  • Toon67

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #17

    No changes, Bruce obviously happy with the first half.

    2
  • The Prince's Mate

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Enough from me, am going on to YouTube to listen to some tunes… Have supported the Mags since 1965… but enough is enough.

    15
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Rafa wanted to get rid of Shelvey to replace with a new midfielder lucky for him he left and then Jonjo couldn’t wait to stick the boot in while his new chum Bruce gave him a new contract

    Stuck with him on 80k a week for a few seasons now as no one will buy him in the top league

    11
  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Can’t defend. Can’t attack.
    Totally screwed 😡

    2
  • lochinvar

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Had Bruce made any half time changes?

    Nope.
    Bruce now denies us the chance of scoring 3 goals in 45 mins

    Its over a year since we came behind to win a match

    Appalling

    2
  • Tackle from behind

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #22

    We need a change at half time.

    A change of manager.

    3
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Well Masters if you can hold out to the end of the season you won’t have to give any answers as to why the takeover didn’t happen because it f…ing won’t and the Saudis will walk away.
    BUT age truth hurts doesn’t it.
    Its too late for changes now just take the defeat and move on to Tuesday and another pasting.
    We won’t beat anyone with this plonker in charge.
    Put the groundsman in charge on Tuesday he cant do any worse.
    Just waiting for ASM ago come on and get injured , Scar sent off and Wilson out for the rest of the season.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #24

    I wish the fat footer would stop licking his lips doing ketamime ravers impressions!!!

    1
  • beermonkey

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Surely we have to sack the cockwomble now

    4
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Bruce is doing a good job is he. A good job a guiding us to the Championship the footin useless melted welly heeded nonce.

    Foot off Bruce now!!!!

    Even the players don’t want you here by the looks of that performance.

    Absolute footing shambles!!!

    5
  • Mund

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Lee

    I agree 100% mate he has to go and he has definitely lost the dressing room.

    0
  • AncientC

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Shelvey is a very specific and sophisticated type of weapon. I’m withholding judgement on all players under Bruce – and that includes Joelinton.

    4
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Going………………. Going……………………

    GONE!

    3
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #30

    How is this man a manager, no freaking changes.. I saw it coming but my god.. He is awful and so predictable its unreal.. The clueless donkey.. Resign ffs

    3
  • lochinvar

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Ripped apart
    That should have been 3 – to Villa just to clarify the point

    1
  • Reilly

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Should be 3-0.

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Shame Lewis was too quick with the assist…

    2
  • The Prince's Mate

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Mund… I admire your diligence but naaaa, no more

    0
  • beermonkey

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Do Sunderland now refer to Bruce as
    Agent bruce

    5
  • DrGloom

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Villa should have scored there

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Ancient that’s the point, the setup of the side is enough to knacker most players.

    2
  • Australian Pie

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Lewis is just so awful

    2
  • lochinvar

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Numerous crosses poorly delivered causing Villa not the slightest problem

    Plan B?

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2021 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Apparently we put in 13 crosses in that first half. The most we have put in over 90 this season is fifteen. No doubt we’ll be hearing about this improvement in the post match interview.

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