Newcastle’s worrying hoodoo, workout plan fails and loan situation messed up – 5 things – Ciaran Kelly


Newcastle United have been excluded from the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout loss to Burnley at St James’ Park.

The Magpies had chances of winning the game under normal circumstances – Jeff Hendrick and Dwight Gayle came close – but that second-round tie was ultimately settled with penalties.

Burnley ended up winning the shootout 4-3 after Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron both missed the game for the hosts before Charlie Taylor scored a decisive penalty for the Clarets.

Here are five things we learned from the game.

Newcastle suffer frustration from penalties

The Newcastle players were practicing on penalties on the training ground on the eve of this game, but penalties were not on Steve Bruce’s mind when the Magpies head coach went on to is turned to substitutes Allan Saint-Maximin, Joe Willock and Miguel Almiron late. On the contrary, the 60-year-old pitched the trio in an attempt to win the game under normal circumstances.

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However, despite the lift the substitutes gave the crowd, Black and White weren’t able to create a real chance to stand out late in the game, so the game turned into one. dreaded shootout.

Saint-Maximin and Almiron both put away their shots on goal when the pair did a dress rehearsal on Tuesday, but it’s an entirely different situation in front of a crowd and the pair both missed Wednesday night.

Although he failed to seriously test Freddie Woodman under normal circumstances, Burnley ultimately won the shootout after Charlie Taylor sent the Clarets to the next round.

The Premier League hoodoo continues

Newcastle have suffered embarrassing defeats to Lower League opponents in the Cup over the years, but the Magpies’ record against Premier League opposition is not much better.

In fact, it takes almost seven years back to the last time Newcastle beat a top opponent in a Cup competition. To put that expectation into perspective, Alan Pardew was manager at the time and Rolando Aarons was among the scorers when Newcastle won at Man City in 2014.

It seemed like the perfect link for this sad record to end. As Emil Krafth said himself, this match against Burnley was the perfect opportunity to “regain team confidence” and “create a good feeling” by recording the first victory of the campaign.

Jeff Hendrick controls the ball

Newcastle had the opportunity to do so, certainly in the second half, after Jeff Hendrick was pushed off at close range by Wayne Hennessey and Dwight Gayle touched the underside of the bar.

Burnley, on the other hand, didn’t force Freddie Woodman to make a meaningful save but, more importantly, the Blunt Clarets were lucky enough to win the game on penalties – which they duly did.

Southampton’s game is really huge

It might not be until August 25, but Newcastle are already out of the Carabao Cup. Had Newcastle qualified for the third round, the Magpies would have drawn Ligue 2 side Rochdale to home, so it was truly a missed opportunity.

It’s a season that started with three losses in all competitions. Steve Bruce has pointed out that he has taken some positives from those losses to West Ham, Aston Villa and Burnley, but Newcastle now need real results.

Saturday’s game against Southampton was always going to be a big game, but it seems very important now at a time when fans are struggling to feel optimistic.

Fans desperately need to see a win and a performance ahead of this two-week international break.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – AUG 25: Steve Bruce, manager of Newcastle United looks on ahead of the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St. James Park on August 25, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol / Getty Images)

Do replacements offer a clue before Saturday?

Steve Bruce promised to be a ‘very strong’ squad and although Newcastle head coach made nine changes, they were still a team capable of defeating a Burnley side who themselves made six. changes.

Bruce urged his fringe players to “put a marker to play” ahead of Saturday’s visit to Southampton. Jamal Lewis, Javier Manquillo, Jeff Hendrick and Dwight Gayle did not feature in the league losses to West Ham and Aston Villa earlier this month while Sean Longstaff, Ryan Fraser and Joelinton all made their first starts of the campaign.

Of those who entered, Hendrick, Manquillo and Fraser may have tried their luck.

Hendrick clearly enjoyed the chance to play against his former club and finally have the opportunity to play in front of the club’s supporters, and has come close to breaking the deadlock on several occasions.

Manquillo, who bombarded the right flank throughout the game, generated the loudest roar of the first half as the winger rushed into a blood tackle on Phil Bardsley deep in Burnley’s half and recovered the ball for the Magpies.

Fraser, meanwhile, looked brilliant throughout and took off to the left to purpose, where the Scotland international rocked a number of teasing deliveries.

Interestingly, both Manquillo and Fraser were substituted late, which may further suggest they could be involved at some point on Saturday.

Newcastle clearly have a number 1, but situation could affect loan plans

It seemed like the perfect match to give Mark Gillespie a rare outing – almost a year after the goalkeeper’s last competitive debut for the club in that same competition.

However, while Gillespie would have loved the chance to take on the Premier League forwards, Bruce decided not to spin his keepers as he often does in the opening rounds of cup competitions.

As a result, Freddie Woodman retained his place in goal as the sniper made his third straight start for the club for the first time in history on the very night he was the star of the match schedule – something that ‘he wouldn’t even have imagined. a month ago.

Woodman had already come close to joining Bournemouth on loan earlier this summer, after all, but the 24-year-old, who made a save in the shootout, is now expected to be named to Newcastle’s Premier League squad.

With Karl Darlow still in the process of catching up, after his battle with COVID, and Martin Dubravka potentially out until October, after suffering complications from foot surgery, Woodman appears to be the No. 1 from Newcastle for quite some time to come.

As a result, Newcastle could include four goalkeepers in their 25-man Premier League squad and although Bruce is still keeping an eye on the loan market, the Magpies boss will have to move a fielder to make room.

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