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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

  • Toon fans bad

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #81

    Put this to bed and introduce Botman to the crowd for last 10 mins

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  • davetoon

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #82

    LoL a horse called Mitrosonfire just won at Newmarket 😀

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  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #83

    We’re just having fun now.

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  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #84

    Wilson is asleep today man.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #85

    Saint-Maximin has been pass pass pass all game. Well done lad. Been much more of a team player creating opportunities for all his teammates.

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  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #86

    Had at least two perfect balls at the near post and he’s been on his heels.

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  • DrGloom

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #87

    Think Maxi has had a good game, less sulking and a lot more passing

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  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #88

    Agreed, JP. ASM looks like a new man.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #89

    Aye, Wilson’s not anticipating for some reason

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #90

    Aye get another and put the game to bed please!

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  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #91

    Wilson is a step slow on everything.

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  • The Ledge

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #92

    Agree Jp..

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #93

    gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    My fingers are crossed.

    The feel good factor around the club is amazing. And while top would be a dream, I’m thinking somewhere between 10th and 6th.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #94

    Almiron and Willock have been disappointing today. Almiron could have had a hattrick and should have scored one at least. He’s made very poor decisions in the final third. Full of effort but his end product leaves lots to be desired still. No matter how good he’s been in pre-season, when it comes to important matches his decision making is poor and we should be looking for better. I know it’s the first game but I don’t see him improving much tbh.

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  • DrGloom

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #95

    Agreed, Wilson looks a bit off the pace

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #96

    still looking pretty fit coming up on 75 min for the first match….just starting to see a bit of fatigue setting in for a few

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  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #97

    Willock has been excellent I’d say.

    All across the pitch winning the ball and supplementing attacks, great movement, putting the ball into good areas in the box on a few occasions. Getting on the end of things, but the strikes not quite right.

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  • The Ledge

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #98

    Our players have some fitness.
    So much difference that this time last year .

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #99

    Not signing a striker by the end of this window will cost us dearly.

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  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #100

    I’d be freshening us up now.

    Fraser or Murphy for Almiron seems an obvious one.

    Former will give you the same industry and a bit more interplay, latter will give you more raw pace and threat in behind against tired legs.

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  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #101

    Let’s get a second. Murphy or Fraser on for Miggy.

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  • Arthur Romsdale

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #102

    Joelinton and Trippier have been a bit sloppy in possession. Bruno absolutely excellent.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #103

    We should start using subs soon, I’d bring on our secret weapon Wood for Wilson.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #104

    Aye, Willock has done well. Almiron not so good.

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  • The Ledge

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #105

    Villa still losing as well .

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  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #106

    Yeah, this match is a reminder, the priority is a RWF and alternative ST.

    Fans are right to be urging us to spend on some quality attacking additions.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #107

    Is thstvtheir first corner?

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #108

    I think after see this so far…a Sesko would provide the most options…then a Maddison/Paqueta and all out striker. But we looks so well drilled on and off the ball.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #109

    Yeah Tripps has been uncharacteristically poor today. Many wayward passes. I guess that’s down to rustiness.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #110

    Aye freshen things up . Anderson would be good.

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  • Harley

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #111

    I think pope has been brilliant today. No saves to make but commanded the box perfectly.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #112

    Schar doesn’t even look at the goal, focussed on getting the strike right, perfect.

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  • SholaShow

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #113

    Will only take a second to kill them off.

    Let’s get it lads and then have some fun.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #114

    Richie for Targett too? His crossing hasn’t been up to scratch today.

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  • Not another deJong

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #115

    Not disappointed at all. There are improvements to be made and hopefully Wilson particularly will progress.

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  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #116

    Miggy finally shoots.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #117

    Wilson, Burn, Miggs, Willock off now, obvious replacements (perhaps Anderson) on for last 15 mins. It is now a 16 man game.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #118

    JP,

    Agree mate, Tripps out of sort as well today.

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  • DKillers

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #119

    Or maybe Miggy tried to pass.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 6, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #120

    Wilson!!!!!!!! Get in!!!

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