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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 1 Leicester 1 (2-4 on penalties)

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Wednesday night finished Newcastle 1 Leicester 1 (2-4 on penalties).

Steve Bruce losing his first cup game in charge of Newcastle United.

Muto equalising after the break, following Maddison’s deflected free-kick opener.

It predictably ending in tears when it came to penalties.

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives after the final whistle.

This time it is Dale Thompson:

POSITIVES

Matty Longstaff

A first game (for the first team) at St James Park for the 19 year old.

However, it won’t be the last.

Surely the biggest positive of this latest cup disappointment, looked very much the part on his senior debut.

At the rate in which injuries are mounting up, more than likely we could see him in the Premier League this season.

The Longstaff brothers playing (well) together in the midfield would be a real success story.

First goal at St James Park

Yoshinori Muto scored for the first time at home.

To be honest he was pretty poor but hopefully this will give him the confidence to up his game and score more goals.

With so few options up front, Gayle and Carroll not set to be back any time soon, if anything happens to Joelinton, Muto is all we have got.

Spirit

The quality might not have quite been there but nothing wrong with the spirit.

Sadly, it wasn’t quite enough to get NUFC through to the next stage.

The workrate was excellent and got Newcastle through the 90 minutes but then couldn’t get United past the penalties.

NEGATIVES

Cup ‘run’ ends

Whichever way you look at it, this is yet another cup run ending before it started.

Yes it was against a Premier League side but it was a beatable opposition at home.

The team selection will be discussed at length elsewhere I’m sure but safe to say this was not the strongest possible team Steve Bruce could have selected.

Whatever the reasons why, only four stayed in the team from Sunday and whilst Bruce said he would be attacking the cups, reality is that if this had been a Premier League game it would have seen a more recognisable first team playing.

Penalties!

What can you say?

Newcastle United and penalties don’t go together.

I bet 90% or more of the Newcastle fans would assume that Leicester were going to go through, such is our record in penalty shoot-outs.

Hayden and Shelvey apologised for failing with their spot-kicks but whilst Shelvey’s was especially poor, no need for apologies, anybody who volunteers to take penalties it is to their credit.

Tactics

Whilst the spirit in the team was there, the tactics were sadly lacking.

Sending a succession of hopeful high balls up the pitch, where Newcastle only had the diminutive Muto, was a bit pointless.

Only 32% of possession and Newcastle giving the ball away too easily.

Improvement needed on that front in the Premier League as well.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Leicester 1 (NUFC lose 4-2 on penalties) – Wednesday 28 August 7.45pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Muto 53

Leicester:

Maddison 34

Possession was Leicester 68% Newcastle 32%

Total shots were Leicester 10 Newcastle 7

Shots on target were Leicester 1 Newcastle 2

Corners were Leicester 3 Newcastle 2

Referee: Tim Robinson

Newcastle team v Leicester:

Darlow, Krafth (Manquillo 50), Schar, Clark, Fernandez, Willems (Dummett 78), Shelvey, Matty Longstaff, Hayden, Ritchie (Atsu 45), Muto

Unused Subs

Dubravka, Ki, Lascelles, Sean Longstaff

Crowd: 22,727 (Approx 800 Leicester)

(Watch official match highlights of Leicester game HERE)

(Steve Bruce confirms three new injuries – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to cup defeat HERE)

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