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MATCH REPORT – Newcastle 1-1 Norwich City: Clark sees red in opening stages as Magpies play out frustrating draw with fellow strugglers



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Newcastle are still searching for their first win after a defensive blunder on Tuesday night meant they drew 1-1 with relegation rivals Norwich City. 

It was a frustrating introduction to life at St James’ Park for Eddie Howe as Ciaran Clark saw red inside eight minutes after a piece of brainless defending. 

It was a strange affair under the lights as the Magpies once again lost ground in their battle for Premier League safety. 

After Clark’s dismissal, Fraser was sacrificed and replaced by Federico Fernandez.

Callum Wilson gave Newcastle an unexpected lead courtesy of a second half penalty, before Martin Dubravka failed to catch the ball from a cross and gifted the opposition an equaliser late in the game.

The ‘keeper then became a hero, making a vital stop in injury time to prevent the Canaries from taking all three points back to Norfolk. 

Howe was forced to make defensive changes as Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie served their one-match suspensions. This meant long-awaiting recalls to the starting eleven for Jamal Lewis and Javi Manquillo as the home side reverted to a back four. 

The new system was foolishly dismantled inside the first ten minutes of the game after Clark’s woeful clearance cannoned off Norwich striker Teemu Puki and prompted the Irish international to deliberately pull down his man who was through on goal. 

The home fans prayed for a VAR reprieve but it didn’t come.

Referee Andy Madley had no doubts and despite the ball coming off Pukki’s hand, the new ruling meant the decision wasn’t overturned. 

Newcastle’s 10-men dealt easily with a poor Canaries side who lacked any real attacking threat; Jamal Lewis blocked a shot from Striker Josh Sargent which proved to be the best chance of the half for the visitors.

Howe moved to a 4-3-2 set up and his side produced a couple of promising moments. Jonjo Shelvey fired over after loud shouts of “shoot” from the home fans. Joelinton followed suit moments later. 

Credit: @NUFC instagram – Joelinton put in a man of the match display on Tuesday evening

After an attacking run from Joe Willock on the left wing, the ball found its way to Callum Wilson inside the box who replicated his teammates and failed to hit the target. 

The second half began much like the first. 

But when man of the match Joelinton felt he was brought down in the opposition box, the fans turned on the referee. The 25-year old was incandescent and was right to be. 

Moments later his teammates were unified in their protests as Jonjo Shelvey’s corner found the head of Federico Fernandez. The ball fired towards goal before hitting the outstretched arm of Billy Gilmour.

After a long VAR review, Newcastle were given a lifeline. 

Callum Wilson converted from the spot to make it 1-0 to the home side. Tim Krul in the Norwich goal was visibly disappointed as he parried the spot kick onto the underside of the bar, before it hit the back of the net. 

Credit: @CallumWilson instagram – the striker was captain for the evening…

This gave St James’ Park a lift and seemingly with VAR, the more you complain the more likely you are to get a VAR call in your favour.

Unlike at Arsenal where a number of dubious incidents in the opposition box were ignored, the Newcastle players made a song and dance about the penalty claim – eventually getting the decision in their favour.

Now all that was left to do was keep the Canaries out for the remainder of the game and things were going well until the 79th minute.

Minutes before Newcastle made two defensive changes which saw Miguel Almiron and Isaac Hayden enter the fray in replace of a leggy Joe Willock and exhausted Saint-Maximin. However, this pragmatic move to a more structured line-up seemed to backfire instantly.

The ball was whipped in on the Norwich right towards the back post where Slovak goalkeeper Dubravka spilled the cross into the path of the onrushing full back who played a looped it back into the middle.

Time seemed to go in slow motion as the ball floated towards the penalty spot where it was met by Finish striker Teemu Pukki who placed an impressive volley into the top corner.

Now the question was if Newcastle could hold on…

The home side pushed for an unlikely winner as the majority of players looked dead on their feet, having gave it their all. However, the Magpies rarely threatened as the visiting Canaries bore down on the Leazers end goal.

Newcastle nearly served up another gift in stoppage time as Fabian Schar tried a ridiculous Cruyff style turn before being dispossessed by freshly substituted Pierre Lees-Melou who rushed towards the box.

His driven right-footed effort was saved dramatically by the outstretched leg of Dubravka who diverted the ball over the bar.

Some more mindless defending.

Despite a valiant effort from the ten-men in black and white, the result feels demoralising given the current predicament as Newcastle still search for their first win of the season.

Things were made worse by Leeds’ late winner from the spot in the other Premier League game on Tuesday evening, leaving Newcastle six points from safety and Watford have a game on hand in 17th position.

However, for fans to boo that performance given the context of the game is hard to understand – if you boo that you don’t know much about football…

Only Ciaran Clark has answers for his pathetic display of brainless defending, which from an international standard player is hard to believe. He was at fault for his clumsy tackle that gave Brighton their penalty a few weeks ago and wouldn’t be at any other forward-looking club but Newcastle have been a team lacking for too many years.

Yes, he’s a liability but he is not the only one.

Failure to keep clean sheets means the Magpies are heading in only one direction – towards the Championship. They have entered uncharted territory having failed to win on the fourteenth occasion this season, with no team ever reaching safety from that position.

All attention now turns to another must-win battle against fellow strugglers Burnley on Saturday afternoon at SJP. A challenging Christmas fixture list leaves Newcastle in a precarious position.

The Mags may already be too far adrift come January where Howe is expected to spend big in the transfer window.

Player Ratings

Dubravka (5), Lewis (6), Clark (0), Schar (6), Manquillo (6), Shelvey (7), Willock (5), Saint-Maximin (7), Fraser (n/a), Joelinton (9), Wilson (7)

Subs: Federico Fernandez (6), Miguel Almiron (6), Isaac Hayden (6)

Man of the match: Joelinton

Eddie Howe:

“I’m hugely disappointed we couldn’t get over the line and win the game, but I think we saw really positive signs in terms of defensive resilience and collective spirit. We’re going to need that for what lays ahead.

“In the cold light of day, Ciaran (Clark) probably would have made a different decision, but in that moment, probably an impulse has made him stop the striker and it probably is a red card.

“These things happen in the game, my immediate reaction wasn’t really to focus on that, it was to figure out very quickly what we had to do, try and find a solution to the problem.

“The last thing I wanted to do was take Ryan Fraser off the pitch, but I felt I needed to do that for the team. Fede (Fernandez) came in and I thought he was absolutely magnificent tonight.

“We were desperate for three points today. We’ve got the one, but I have to cling to what I’ve seen in terms of what the players have delivered, the spirit, giving more, maybe more than what they thought they were physically capable of. We’re going to need that in the battle that we have ahead.

“We know we need wins, draws aren’t going to be enough. But I think all you can do in every game is give your all and I think you saw a group of players who gave that tonight. I couldn’t ask any more of those players who committed to the task ahead so I have to be very proud and pleased with them tonight.”

Post-match thoughts? Are you happy with the performance? Who was your man of the match? Will Newcastle claim their first win on Saturday against Burnley?

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary



Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.

The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.

Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.

The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.

Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.

The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.

The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed,  Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.

The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.

Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.

It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.

What do you think Newcastle fans?

Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?


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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.



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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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