After watching Newcastle 4 Rotherham 0 unfold, visiting boss Paul Warne thought the game revolved around a short passage of play late in the first half.
Newcastle played themselves into some trouble inside their 18 yard box and when the ball was lost, Karl Darlow retrieved the situation with a last gasp full length dive which somehow saw him block the Rotherham player’s close range effort.
Warn described Karl Darlow’s save as a ‘Worldie’ and then he saw Newcastle go straight up the other end and ‘Quarterback’ Jonjo Shelvey provided the precision ball into the box, with Daryl Murphy supplying an excellent finish.
More than any previous opposition this season, Rotherham went as tight as possible on Shelvey by man marking him and it worked pretty well in that first half, with arguably Rotherham not deserving to be behind by the break.
Once that goal went in though, the shackles were loosed on Newcastle’s playmaker and Ritchie’s goal straight after the break really broke the visiting team.
“He (Anthony Forde) stayed on his feet trying to score and Yatesy did well and then the ‘keeper has pulled off a worldie.
“It was a double whammy because they obviously went up the other end and scored and it was a massive swing in the game.
“It was a psychological hit for the lads and you could see that. They didn’t start the second half as well and they scored again and the game was away from us.
“Then he’s turned and put it in just before half time so my conversation was a lot different to what I wanted to have.”
“You could see them getting frustrated and I thought we limited them to very few chances in the first half.
“We had the best chance of the game and we had attempts on goal and corners and I thought we were doing quite well.
“I’m not going to come here and play three up front, I’m not that naïve and I thought the way that we set up was working a treat.
“We were more than competitive in the first half and we went toe-to-toe with them.
“Unfortunately, which is unforgivable in my eyes, at the set piece we had more than enough time to get ourselves in a position.
“Shelvey was like a quarterback which we knew and he puts a good ball in behind and I think Fordey should have got in quicker.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 4 Rotherham 0
Newcastle: Murphy 45+3, Ritchie 49, 77 Perez 59
Possession was Rotherham 32% Newcastle 68%
Total shots were Rotherham 11 Newcastle 24
Shots on target were Rotherham 4 Newcastle 6
Corners were Rotherham 6 Newcastle 9
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Darlow, Yedlin (Sterry 80), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Gouffran (Ameobi 64), Perez, Murphy (Lazaar 75)
Sels, Barlaser, Hanley, Haidara
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