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Dominant Newcastle Looking For Breakthrough In Scoreless First Half Against Forest



Newcastle have thoroughly dominated the proceedings at St. James’ Park but have lacked a creative spark in the final third. Forest were held to just three shots with the backline defending very well when needed.

Eddie Howe had the lads set up in his 4-3-3 with Pope in goal behind a back four of Trippier, Schar, Burn, and Targett. The midfield was Guimaraes, Willock, and Joelinton. Almiron was on the right and Saint-Maximin on the left as Wilson led the line.

Newcastle started brightly on the front foot with 4 corners, a deep free-kick, and 5 shots in the opening ten minutes. None of the shots tested Dean Henderson but the lads were in the ascendancy early.


Newcastle continued their dominance piling on the corners but without testing Dean Henderson too much. In the 20th minute, Joelinton blasted a bouncing effort from outside the area that Henderson had to parry away.

Joelinton came close in the 30th minute after he slalomed into the area. His effort dribbled wide of the far post ending Newcastle’s best chance of the half so far.

Wilson had an excellent chance just 4 minutes later. Willock lofted a ball into the box as Wilson pulled away from his marker. He couldn’t create any power on his header as it tamely landed in Henderson’s waiting hands.

After an excellent tackle by Burn on Brennan Johnson, Schar played a crossfield pass to Saint-Maximin down the left. Allan cut inside before launching a low effort which Henderson comfortably handled.

Newcastle enter the half without their breakthrough despite having 66% of possession with 14 shots. The cutting edge has been lacking with the bulk of Dean Henderson’s saves being very comfortable. The few times Forest ventured forward, Newcastle defended very well.


222 comments so far

  • Romford mag

    Aug 6, 2022 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t panic!!

    2
  • Not another deJong

    Aug 6, 2022 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Any chance of Wilson showing up at the front post?

    5
  • JohnJ

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Hard work but what I expected against a team giving 100% to get something from their first game back in the EPL after 23 years.

    2
  • Not another deJong

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Only a slight concern about a sucker punch when they cross the half way line.

    2
  • investinyouthtoon

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Very decent half, just missing a goal or two or even three from the lads. They’ll tire towards end of second half and we can hopefully punish them by eventually taking our chances.

    This does clearly show Eddie and the new owners that we definitely need attacking options this summer window either an attacking midfielder and/or a striker. None of this FFP talk that he’s been given to the media. Surely nufc aren’t the only ones who have to stick to FFP rules, when other teams spend without hesitation.

    HWTL for the second half.

    7
  • lukes26

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #6

    i dont even care if newcastle lose. theyve been a joy to watch

    Joelinton is a beast in the middle. i think if we were to sign Paqueta, newcastle might have the best midfield in the world. willock is no slouch, he’s put in the work today, something that i normally dont ssee

    niakhate having a great game for Forest. i cant see their defense holding out in the second half though

    1
  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Miggy blew the best chance of the half. Turned away from goal instead of meeting the pass with a first-timer.

    Otherwise, can’t say a negative word about anyone on the team.

    1
  • lukes26

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #8

    I find Steve Cooper to be an offensive caricature of Brit. Shouldnt be tolerated in these cultured of times

    1
  • JohnJ

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #9

    HOWAY the Lads!

    0
  • Toon fans bad

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #10

    luke26,

    Not the Paqueta name!

    TDS will be having kittens 😆

    4
  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I am stumped we didn’t sign a proper striker….AGAIN. Get Falcao in on a free. I miss Mitro.

    2
  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Lukes, agree on Joe. He has been phenomenal.

    0
  • magic hat

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13

    got to keep pounding away at the forest scabs second half. we’ll break them down.

    0
  • catchy in norway

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Play wise, we are only missing a goal.

    We looked sorted all over the pitch, created many chances, and looked strong at the back. And on this showing, Forrest are my big tip to go down. And Everton

    2
  • Calbee

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #15

    The domination is a joy to watch.

    Bruno’s passes were dictating most of our attacking move.

    Almiron on the right wing was not perfect but most of the threats were his cutback. His decision of not shooting is shocking though.

    Wilson was quiet and he needed to nail that header.

    Joelinton was confident and the little wide was unlucky.

    ASM passed more but yet to create real threat.

    Wilock was industrious.

    0
  • magic hat

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Also agree wilson needs to take a chance on the near post, Joe or ASM will be at the back when its comming from the right

    0
  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17

    @Catchy,

    Missed you mate. Long winded arguments and all. Where is all the money I wonder?

    4
  • Arthur Romsdale

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Wilson needs better movement. We’re getting into good positions and he’s not getting across his man from the final ball.

    0
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #19

    We need a striker.Cant afford Wilson to get injured as we all know he will just after the window closes. Offer £50m for Sesko! . He’ll be double that this time next season !!!

    1
  • Arthur Romsdale

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Good performance though. Very dominant.

    0
  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21

    When is Henderson going to get a yellow for time-wasting?

    0
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Catchy – Yeah goals win matches!!

    1
  • investinyouthtoon

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Catchy, it would be lovely to see Everton get their just rewards and go down. Not a bad shout given they’ve lost their best player in richarlison.

    1
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #24

    As TDS golfing coach, I now know how to get him hitting a wedge 300 yards.

    Paqueta!!!! Voila, what a coach the Pug is.

    0
  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Colback is clearly dragging there ffs.

    0
  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #26

    What is Miggy doing??

    0
  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Almiron reverted to type today.

    Shot shy.

    0
  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Miggy has already put the preseason in the rear view mirror.

    0
  • DrGloom

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Almiron needs to shoot there

    0
  • Toon fans bad

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Almiron just shoot with ya right peg man!

    2
  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #31

    as many head hits as Schar has had I worry about him in his later years

    2
  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Maybe Fraser should replace Miggy.

    0
  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Yeah it’s crazy how many blows he takes.

    Seems to be at least one a match.

    Never know another player take so many.

    2
  • Toon fans bad

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Dkillers,

    Aye, I was thinking that pal.

    0
  • AncientC

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Schar clashing heads — which is just about a banker every single game.

    You’d think after years of clashing heads, Schar would have started shying away from headed duels by now. Simply fearless.

    1
  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #36

    So glad Lingaard didn’t end up here…could have been Rose 2.0

    2
  • Arthur Romsdale

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #37

    We definitely need attacking signings if we’re to progress

    1
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #38

    AncientC, he is probably senseless

    0
  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Damn, nice attempt by Willock.

    0
  • valle

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Get in!!!!

    0
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