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Newcastle Enter The Break Scoreless At York City

Steve Bruce had Newcastle set up in the familiar 5-3-2 this afternoon against York City at the new LNER Community Stadium. The lads were wearing their new Castore home shirts.

The back three consisted of Lascelles, Fernandez, and Watts with Murphy and Ritchie as the wing-backs. Hayden played deep in the midfield behind Fraser and Hendrick with Joelinton and Wilson up top. Dan Langley was in goal.

Newcastle saw the lion’s share of the ball in the first ten minutes. However, no chances were created in the early stages. Isaac Hayden received some treatment on his knee but was able to continue.

After a good run from Joelinton followed by a misplaced pass into the box, he went to the ground with what appeared to be an upper thigh problem. The new number 7 received some treatment and briefly came back on. However, he was replaced by Dwight Gayle in the 17th minute.

Ryan Fraser came close in the 20th minute. He was sent down the right by Gayle and tried to chip a shot over the advancing York keeper. The ball clipped the outside of the near post but it was a decent idea from Fraser.

York had their best chance of the afternoon soon after. Former Hartlepool right-back Michael Duckworth received an excellent pass in the box and powered a shot from the right across goal. Dan Langley made a diving save to keep the match scoreless.

York enjoyed some continued pressure over the next five minutes. But it was Newcastle who created the next chance. Matt Ritchie floated a right-footed cross into the box that Jacob Murphy latched onto but York keeper Ryan Whitley was there to clear the ball with his feet.

Callum Wilson soon had a couple of excellent chances. His first was a tame header that was easily handled. Then Fraser found Wilson in the box a minute later. He took a step to the right before firing a shot that was blocked out for a corner.

Newcastle enjoyed the bulk of possession and created a few chances but enter the half without a breakthrough. There is quite a bit of rust to shake off but it’s very early. One bright spot was the play of Kell Watts who looked very composed bringing the ball out from the back.

87 comments so far

  • Ashingtoon62

    Jul 18, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #81

    The crusts off are a given but, Earl grey or PG Tips.. 😆

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #82

    It is only daft if you’re not very clever. A team that was good enough to finish fifth was so disheartened by the lack of ambition it almost got relegated. Now we have a team that were only good enough to finish 12th and there won’t be five Frenchmen coming in to save the day. If there is reinforcements bought in January it begs the question of why they’re not being bought now.

  • Wor B

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #83

    Yorkshire, I’ll pick some up on the way back if you’re out of them.

  • Mund

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #84

    No comparison whatsoever 😆

    Duff duff

  • barkel

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #85

    Good to see the plan again for this season is give it to maxi and see if he can do anything with it.

    We really need a striker or two, definitely a midfield link, Willock did that job really well when he played.

    Think the biggest problem is management don’t know what to do with the players we have

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #86

    I’ve seen plenty preseason friendlies. Some, usually towards the end of the preseason programme, were competitive tests. Most were run outs against inferior opposition which were strolls however we would normally win those with plenty left in the tank.

  • Adamn_92

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #87

    Our pre season results are always a mixed bag, pretty sure we lost to Middlesbrough 5-1 last season. Think we lost 2 and won 2.


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