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Loan Update – Defender Returns From Injury As Two Other Magpies Get Rare Appearances

Kell Watts returned from his ankle injury on Tuesday evening. The defender started in Wigan’s 2-1 win at Solihull Moors in an FA Cup First Round replay. Watts had missed the previous two league matches after suffering the injury in the initial FA Cup tie.

It was deadlocked after full-time at a goal apiece. But The Latics got a winner in the 104th minute from midfielder Callum Lang to advance to the second round. Watts was able to play the full match, which was his 17th appearance during his loan spell.

Matty Longstaff got a rare run out in Aberdeen’s 1-0 defeat at Dundee United on Saturday. Matty was brought on in the 73rd minute for Jack Gurr for just his fifth appearance.

The match was 0-0 heading into the break when both teams had a player sent off within minutes of each other. It was still scoreless when Matty came on in the second half. Unfortunately, Dundee got the winner in the 80th minute through Ian Harkes.

Aberdeen have now lost two straight matches and find themselves in the bottom half of the Scottish Premiership. The nervy times has manager Stephen Glass preferring experience over youth at the moment.

Rodrigo Vilca continues to gain valuable experience during his loan spell. He started Doncaster’s 0-0 draw against Lincoln City at home yesterday. Vilca was brought off in the 94th minute for Lirak Hasani.

This was Vilca’s 12th appearance overall and 7th start in the league. Doncaster are still mired in 23rd place in the League One table.

Lewis Cass and Port Vale suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat at Oldham Athletic on Saturday. Cass started and played the entire match which was tied at 2-2 heading into stoppage time.

Unfortunately, an own goal from Aaron Martin in the 93rd minute has resigned The Valiants to the 3-2 defeat. They are currently in third in the League Two table. Cass has made 16 appearances so far this term, 11 of which have been league starts.

Oisin McEntee and Tom Allan both started in Greenock Morton’s 2-1 defeat at Raith Rovers. It was McEntee’s 9th start and Allan’s 10th appearance. Greenock Morton are now second bottom of the Scottish Championship.

Jake Turner was brought on in the 48th minute of Colchester’s 1-0 defeat at Stevenage when starting Goalkeeper Shamal George was forced off with an injury. It was just the third appearance for Jake. He helped to keep Stevenage, who had converted a penalty just before halftime, quiet in the second half.

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218 comments so far

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #201

    Man City
    Man Utd

    this is the run up to new year… looks daunting, on paper we should expect from Burnley and Norwich to keep pace… the rest are all very tough and anything taken would be a bonus… I’d agree OP 10 pts would be a good return and keep us in the hunt.

  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #202

    The only reason we’re talking relegation battle is it’s a easy talking point for pundits and journalists.

    Sensationalism sells!

    They need to fill articles, no ones going to read “it’s not decided until end of season” year after year.

    Theres probably a fair portion of the media and pundits who don’t believe we’ll go down, probably hope we go down and prey on our fears a bit.

    All of this relegation battle talk in November started when Man u won the league every year and there was nothing to discuss, now its the norm.

  • Ace50

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #203

    Change of direction….what are people’s superstitions when watching us and wanting a win? I used to try not to see any scores until MOTD – never really worked. What about others..be honest 😉

  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #204


    2 wins and 6 draws would be excellent!

  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #205

    Beat Liverpool and Citeh, draw with the others.


  • magicmac54

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #206

    I respect everybody`s opinion on the relegation debate, but the league table never lies so as far as iam concerned we most certainly are in relegation scrap at the moment, iam very hopeful we will survive, but without the aid of a crystal ball i haven`t a clue where we will finish up in the final league table HWTL

  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #207


    You’re right of course, the numbers really don’t look good at the moment.
    But, I refuse to give up hope. Let’s see what the boys can do over the next month or so (I didn’t give up hope last season, so I’m certainly not gonna give it up now)

  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #208

    I think I prepared the Rafa debate every day than this 😆

    I respect anyone who wants to think what they like as long as you respect mine

    I’m not even thinking about relegation and it’s as simple as that for me

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #209

    Lascelles, as I said earlier, only ManC and Liverpool are unbeatable on that list and even they can have bad days!

    The rest are all beatable and we’ll gradually see week on week improvement in our stats across the board, so while Arsenal are a bit soon, we could still get a point. Based on continuous improvement, Leicester, Man U, and Everton are all possible wins, and I think it’s not unreasonable to expect 4 points from those 3 games.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #210

    i havent lost hope in the slightest, i just think we are in for an uncomfortable and harder slog than some people think, but like as Mund asks, i absolutely respect other peoples views so I ask to see if their reasoning can quell my ‘relegation anxiety’ 🙂

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #211

    cleveley i agree what we should be getting points from those clubs, getting to january is gonna be tough, hopefully the marked improvement from yesterdays game after the Bruce era is a taste of things to come

  • magicmac54

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #212

    I think Newcastle have an excellent chance of beating Manure, they might have some very good individual players but they dont play as a team and are a really poor team, Harry Maguire is a big carthorse how in the name of God he gets selected for England is beyond my thinking Callum Wilson should be able fill his boots against that big pudding HWTL

  • carltoon

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #213

    Well you are right, no one knows, and we should all keep the faith, and I’ll feel happier if we get a few wins, i just wish January was here now.


    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #214

    Keep the faith,
    ’til it’s a mathematical impossibility.
    ’til the final kick of the final game.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Nov 21, 2021 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #215

    Magicmac, Man Utd play Chelsea next, apparently Maguires suspension is being appealed… by Chelsea!!!

  • magicmac54

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #216


    Good one mate 😀 😀 To think Manure let Jonny Evans go and sign Harry Maguire just shows you Manure really dont have a clue what their doing, long may that continue i say 😀 😀 😀

  • magicmac54

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #217

    Ok Ladies and Gentlemen early start in the morning so time to hit the sack, take care and keep safe everyone, Nite Nite folks.

  • Tyran21

    Nov 22, 2021 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #218

    I’ll start to be disappointed only when Newcastle is mathematical confirm relegated. Even so, I’m still have faith Newcastle will bounce back up. Amanda Staveley’s interviews, passion and determination to buy Newcastle convinced me that. What she have done during this short period have exceed some former directors.

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