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Newcastle Strike Late For 1-1 Draw At Rotherham As Need For Signings Is Painfully Clear



Newcastle were able to get a late equalizer against Rotherham in our third pre-season friendly. The sluggish start was turned around with the lads looking much better in the second half. However, this squad is crying out for reinforcements as it was square pegs in round holes for much of the match.

After a tepid first half, Steve Bruce made four changes to start the second half. Gillespie, Murphy, Watts, and Dummett were brought on for Woodman, Fraser, Lascelles, and Clark. The changes pushed Matt Ritchie into the midfield.

Newcastle shot out of the gate playing with much more intent than the first 45 minutes. The lads created some gilt-edged chances that Rotherham were just able to thwart.

Rotherham keeper Viktor Johansson denied Dwight Gayle from close before making a superb save on a Ferndanez header from a set piece in the 54th minute. Dwight Gayle was able to elude a few challenges in the 59th minute. However, the striker’s shot was just wide.

Bruce made two more changes in the 64th minute with Ritchie and Fernandez making way for Fabian Schar and Emil Krafth. Krafth replaced Fede on the right side of the back three while Schar went into the defensive midfield role pushing Hayden further forward alongside Longstaff.

Jeff Hendrick and Matty Longstaff made their entrances in the 72nd minute. Callum Wilson and Isaac Hayden made way which moved Sean Longstaff upfront as was the case against Doncaster.

The match lost some of its edge after the abundance of substitutions from both sides. Newcastle’s chance creation had dried up after the flurry of chances in the first 15 minutes of the half.

Joe White was brought on for Dwight Gayle in the 77th minute. It’s the first appearance for the 18-year-old which is a fantastic moment for him. A couple of minutes later Jack Young got another bow as he came on for Sean Longstaff. The moves left Young and Hendrick as the two forwards.

It was the midfielder turn striker, Jeff Hendrick, who got Newcastle level with a very nice header in the 84th minute. The match had turned into a perfunctory affair with all the changes. However, Hendrick was able to flash his header into the net from Jacob Murphy’s corner. It was an excellent header from Hendrick.

That was that as the match ended 1-1 with Newcastle much improved in the second half considering the terrible start. Newcastle’s lack of depth has become desperate as Jeff Hendrick and Jack Young finished the match as forwards. Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser, and Fabian Schar were also played out of position in the midfield.

Hopefully, there’ll be some movement on the transfer front this week. Newcastle must get Joe Willock back, add a young athletic center-back (Axel Tuanzebe is perfect), and another forward.


57 comments so far

  • Romford mag

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Fight for a 1-1 draw with Rotherham !! 😳

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Why does Bruce put players out of position?

    Pre season or not it never seems like he nevefworks a system just chucks players in and hopes for the best

    Don’t forget to get your season tickets!!!

    5
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Mund. The Keith guy is saying EPL can appeal the cat case to delay even further. Do you know if he means appeal the jurisdiction verdict or the main case verdict?

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  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Aces

    I thought he meant the jurisdiction, could be wrong tho.

    0
  • magicmac54

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Perhaps Brucie is going to play Hendrick as an invisible false number nine 😀 😀

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Aces

    Ill explain
    The notion of 2 more weeks has been used for decaeds
    Its a tem used to string people along, its alse used to gasslight people

    2 weeks is a short term date so its accepted by most people, those who claim this will just slowly move the goal posts so it never actually happens
    Most people will just forget the last date and be carried away with it all

    Hence why i bring it up and spend a lot of time reminding people of the past dates they had forgotten

    Much to some posters delight, wonder why

    😉

    4
  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #7

    What’s this thing with bashing away? 😆

    Asked if #NUFC had made any progress in the transfer market, Steve Bruce told
    @bbcnewcastle
    : “I wish I could say ‘yes’ – but, we’re still bashing away, and I’ll try to continue to do that.”

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  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #8

    The term 2 more weeks means

    Its never going to happen
    Your being strung along by people who think your stupid enough to swallow what they are saying

    10
  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Aces

    He has zero effect

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Mund

    2 more weeks

    6
  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Timed that right 😆

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Aww Mund

    Taking advice from yer mate Magscar ?
    Shame you seem to be drowning in all the negativity

    If only people understood you HAVE to make them positive

    LOL

    8
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Mathiues Pereria of West Brom considering move to Saudi team for 12.5 million – we should be all out to get him for that money

    4
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Hopefully Bruce can bash one out before the season starts.

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Since your unable to tell me why your positive abouit everything ill just assume your paid to post here
    Wouldnt be the first time its happened

    Ive never met anyone who wants you to believe something while being utterly unable to tell you why you should think that

    Its beyond bizzare

    8
  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Take the hint fella stop being a winnet

    6
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Hiya Mund
    So how much do you get paid to post here , seems like its not enough
    The usual bargain bin employee of the turd

    Utterly unable to do the job in hand

    4
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Mund

    Say hi to Keith for me

    😉

    4
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #19

    What you you say if i was to claim your uttely wrong about eggs ?
    I think you should smash em over yer head , its far better for you than eating em

    I cant tell you why and will avoid answering anything about my views

    Go to yer kitchen and try it

    Works a treat

    5
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #20

    You really don’t want players like Hendrick and Gayle, perhaps Matty depending on how he’s progressed, featuring when the season proper gets underway. Others such as Ritchie, unless at wing back, Krafth, Clark you don’t really want to see starting. These guys can be in a decent squad of 25, they are all capable footballers, but at EPL level, they have to be the last names on the pecking order, or we will struggle. We do have some good players, but we do critically need two or three more of them. If we get them, I can see us finishing, 9,10,11. If we don’t, trouble ahead.

    3
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Pretty much the same as your views here
    Just without the anger,insults and the rest of the BS

    Go on get yerself some eggs
    Trust me

    6
  • The Wife

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #22

    toon22,

    “2 weeks to flatten the curve”

    It all makes sense now.

    7
  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Heard the stalking frog!

    What a strange lad you are, so far touched from reality it’s disturbing.

    If someone doesn’t want to converse leave them be. In the real world you would be locked up.

    3
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #24

    The Wife

    😉

    Yep
    Sadly its being used on a global scale right now
    People will accept it if its about 2 weeks
    Take some good advice and always be very sceptical if a short term date, usually 2 weeks , is ever mentioned

    8
  • TomaKaThor

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #25

    We not even be able to rely on Saint Max as much I don’t think because let’s be honest any passion and desire must be almost gone for him…and who would blame him

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Mund

    Fair enough
    Care to expain why you have the opinons you do ?
    I can guess youll not answer as its typical of someone with such strong views to refuse to tell anyone them

    LOL

    5
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #27

    You see you cant answer
    As you know itll get picked apart buy just about anyone reading it

    Id be happy to debate it with you nee bother

    4
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Ariston

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #29

    The wife

    In the UK we had 3 weeks to flatten the curve
    Almost 2 years ago

    Itll aways be 2 weeks till someone puts a halt to it

    4
  • magicmac54

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Youv just got to love the true Geordie, he tells it like it is about Ashley 😀

    https://youtu.be/tC_J6VU0R7s

    3
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon22

    Say something different!

    14 days would do 😉

    7
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Mund

    Just like when you took part in the big ST push
    With yer rediciulous notion we should be happy regardless of reality

    Poor form indeed

    7
  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #33

    OP

    Id love too
    But its always 2 weeks

    😉

    7
  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Are you alright or what?

    Take the hint.

    You are like a goldfish and you swim round the bowl once and forget it all.

    Do your thing keep me out of it.

    2
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon22.
    1 more season should be new trend now dont you agree? Past 2 years its been we need to stay up for TO yet here we are. Gonna be another difficult Feb onwards of nail biting

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Can someone translate the frog for me?

    I don’t even think he knows what he is talking about.

    Pointless, stalking, dribble.

    4
  • mctoon

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #37

    EPL will delay and delay.
    No doubt 1-2 years down the line, Ashley will get his day in court, although purely for compensation by that point.

    If he was half as committed to the team as he is the courtroom we’d be world beaters.

    6
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m already looking forward to the winter window, hope Mbappe fancies a North East winter.

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Bruce tells
    @bbcnewcastle
    it’s “quite possible” Freddie Woodman will begin the season in goal.

    “He’s been playing for a couple of years at Swansea, and we thought for him to keep on playing – there was a loan move to Bournemouth – but I’ve got to look after the club.” #NUFC

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  • Mund

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Don’t forget if Ashley wins compo he also takes down the PL and Masters & Hoffman so it’s a little bit more than compo

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