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Slow Start Has Newcastle Down 1-0 To Rotherham At Halftime

Newcastle struggled for the bulk of the first half at Rotherham who at times bullied the Magpies. The Millers took an early lead while Newcastle struggled to create anything of note. The lads did finish the half strongly creating some chances in the final ten minutes.

Newcastle were set up in the 5-3-2 once again. Freddie Woodman manned the goal behind a back three of Fernandez, Lascelles, and Clark. Ritchie and Lewis were the wingbacks with Ritchie on the right. Hayden was behind Sean Longstaff and Fraser in the midfield with Wilson and Gayle as the strikeforce.

Rotherham took the lead in the 8th minute through the Wallsend-born Michael Smith with an assist by Mikel Miller. The 6’3″ striker barreled over Ciaran Clark to bury his header past a vulnerable Freddie Woodman for the 1-0 lead.

Twenty-five minutes in and it was Rotherham bossing the game. The hosts almost added to their lead but Ciaran Clark blocked a shot from Freddie Ladapo after another superb pass from Miller. Just a few minutes later, Clark blocked another shot out for a corner.

Newcastle started to turn the tables as the half wore on. In the 34th minute, Dwight Gayle won a free-kick just outside the area. Fraser played a short pass to Sean Longstaff but he blasted his shot into the stands.

The Magpies had two golden chances to level the match late in the half. Ritchie found Longstaff in the area but he again couldn’t hit the target. In the 41st minute, Callum Wilson pounced on a poor clearance in the box but fired his shot wide of the far post.

Newcastle were very poor in the first 30 or so minutes. However, the boys showed signs of life as the match progressed and can hopefully build on that in the second half.

55 comments so far

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jul 27, 2021 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #41


    I was just being naughty. You and I are on the same page regarding the takeover. Never believed it was going to happen in the first place and I still don’t think it will.

    If I’m wrong I’ll hold my hands up and very happily admit I was wrong.

  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 27, 2021 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #42

    Is the CAT case on TV?

    A few goons are ganna chin the telly

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 27, 2021 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #43

    Toon22 instead of saying 2 more weeks maybe you should start saying 1 more season from now on.

  • Swlabr

    Jul 27, 2021 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #44

    Yardbird…….Charlie Parker fan?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 27, 2021 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #45

    Maybe this is Bruce’s plan get us a few bad results to get Mikey to open the wallet?

    As I said before I think it’s going to hit the fan when we play Norwich at home in the last friendly they could easiy tear us a new one in front of a decent sized crowd

  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 27, 2021 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #46

    Know when you’ve the TV on in the background and you just tune in?

    “We’re organic self replicating robots, put here by……..”

    Guesstimate show

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #47

    Is it finished?

  • lochinvar

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #48

    Apparent Gayle won a free kick.
    Makes a change.

    How’s he doing in the goal scoring stakes?

  • Solano slice

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #49

    Positive spin

    It’s a preseason friendly.
    Rangers beat Madrid the other day shot happens. Doesn’t mean rangers gonna be champions of Europe
    I’m sure Brucey boy, learned something from the fixture and if not at least the lads will be fitter for the start of the season.

  • Solano slice

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #50

    That last paragraph it was hard to keep a straight face


    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #51

    So takeover is dead, we’ve no signings, Bruce is remaining manager and fans are back in the stadium for the season

    Might write this season off already

  • lochinvar

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #52

    Lee Charnley

    More likely Bruce’s plan is to be so dire that be gets the heave ho before having to face the fans for real.

    Would be a blessing for all concerned.

    John Terry as Manager with Graeme Jones staying as a Coach. Terry may have others in mind. Sol Campbell?

  • magicmac54

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #53


    OP unfortunately with the state of our club at the moment its hard to be anything other than a fully fledged member of the neggars and doom a gloom club, and as long as big Mike is here we will have no other alternative but just suck it up OP

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #54

    Mathiues Pierra considering move to Saudi team for 12.5 million – we should be all out to get him for that money

  • lesh

    Jul 27, 2021 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #55


    Pre season games are all about upping fitness levels, practicing and testing tactics and oh, err, inducting new players.

    Let’s not worry too much about results eh.


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