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Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – ASM and Almiron fail as NUFC lose in penalty shootout

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Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 (Burnley win 4-3 on penalties) – Wednesday 25 August 7.45pm

Cup ‘fever’ reached Tyneside on Wednesday night, or at least as much fever as can be generated by Newcastle v Burnley, Steve Bruce v Sean Dyche, in the second round of the League Cup.

Yet again Steve Bruce promised to take this competition as seriously as the Premier League, yet again the truth was something else.

At the same stage last season, Bruce made ten changes to his Premier League side and was very fortunate to see Newcastle beat Championship side Blackburn with their only shot on target.

This time, Steve Bruce changed ‘only’ nine of the ten outfield players, so I suppose that is progress of a kind, only Lascelles and keep Freddie Woodman remained from the starting line up that lost 2-0 at Villa.

Ahead of tonight’s match, we already knew that Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Karl Darlow wouldn’t be involved.

It was Fernandez, Schar, Murphy, Hayden, Almiron, Willock, Ritchie, Wilson and Saint-Maximin dropping out of the starting eleven, with Manquillo, Krafth, Clark, Lewis, Sean Longstaff, Hendrick, Fraser, Joelinton and Gayle the replacements.

Difficult to know what to say about the first half as so little of note happened.

Mee put a header from a corner just wide but that was pretty much it, neither side having a single effort on target in the opening 45 minutes.

Surely the second half had to be better…

Thankfully it did!

In the opening ten minutes of the second half Newcastle could have went 2-0 up.

Firstly, Hennessy in the away goal made a good save with his legs from Hendrick’s close in effort.

Secondly, Dwight Gayle unlucky to see his decent effort come back off the bar.

The match then went back into its shell a bit, before Fraser was denied by the Burnley keeper with twenty minutes remaining.

That was pretty much it, with neither team able to really threaten and prevent a penalty shootout.

The NUFC big guns ASM, Willock and Almiron brought on late, but not able to make the difference.

No extra-time in these games and so penalties it went to…

Saint-Maximin stepping up and seeing his penalty saved!

Both sides then scoring all of theirs with Willock, Joelinton and Sean Longstaff scoring for Newcastle, until the eighth penalty and Burnley’s fourth was saved by Woodman.

Almiron stepping up to take Newcastle’s fifth penalty to make it 4-3, only for it to be saved and staying at 3-3…Charlie Taylor stepping up with the final penalty and scoring.

Burnley through, Newcastle United out. The cup dream is over for another season.

Quite amazing that despite the negativity surrounding Newcastle United, still over 30,000 (30,082) took advantage of cheap tickets to flood St James Park with kids. Hopefully the penalty shootout hasn’t scarred them too much, nor that shocking first half!

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 (Burnley win 4-3 on penalties) – Wednesday 25 August 7.45pm




Possession was Burnley 46% Newcastle 54%

Total shots were Burnley 6  Newcastle 18

Shots on target were Burnley 1 Newcastle 3

Corners were Burnley 4 Newcastle 9

Referee: Oliver Langford

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Manquillo (Saint-Maximin 76), Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Sean Longstaff, Hendrick, Fraser (Almiron 83), Joelinton, Gayle (Willock 76)

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Murphy

Crowd: 30,082


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