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Match Report – Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Sunderland AFC: The Black Cats frustrated by 10-man Shrewsbury

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Credit: @Sunderlandafcofficial Instagram - The Black Cats were held by 10-man Shrewsbury at New Meadow on Tuesday evening...

Sunderland threw away a strong half time position at New Meadow to draw 1-1 with relegation threatened Shrewsbury.

The team from Wearside remain in the play-off places but will be kicking themselves after dropping two points in Shropshire on Tuesday Evening.

Many felt Sunderland may have turned a corner following their gritty and far from pretty 2-0 victory over Ipswich at the Stadium of Light which ended their three-match losing streak in the league.

The performance against the Tractor Boys yielded three points and came after two heavy defeats – the most important detail.

However, after the draw on Tuesday night, it’s clear that the corner is yet to be fully turned.

Shrewsbury have hindered Sunderland’s promotion hopes in the past and last night was no different. The home side tested the Black Cats’ metal and once again frustrated the team from Wearside.

The Lads took the lead inside 16 minutes when Alex Pritchard’s impressive curling effort nestled into the top right corner.

The 28-year-old was unchallenged on the edge of the opposition box and gave himself a yard of space before placing his shot perfectly away from Marko Marosi in the Salop net.

Credit: Sunderlandafcofficial instagram – Pritchard nets his 3rd goal of the season in 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury…

Sunderland searched for a second as Lynden Gooch went close when his left-footed effort was tipped around the post.

The game then changed dramatically just before the break as Steve Cotterill’s side were reduced to 10-men when midfielder David Davis went in late on Sunderland’s Nathan Broadhead.

Interestingly the red card gave the home side a lift going into the second half. The Black Cats were unable to make the extra man count as the home side grew into the game in a spirited fashion. 

Sunderland were sloppy in possession but still created the best chances in the second half.

Pritchard threatened again as his low shot flew narrowly wide, while goalscorer from Saturday Luke O’Nien had a chance with a free header but his effort drifted wide of the left post.

The Shrews’ nearly found their equalised as Ryan Bowman was inches away from slotting home an equaliser after Nathaniel Obette’s inviting delivery just evaded the striker. 

The goal came shortly after when Johnson’s side were unable to clear the ball following a threatening attack from the home side. The ball fell to Daniel Udoh in the Sunderland box, before the striker thumped his shpt home emphatically past Thorben Hoffmann. 

After the equaliser, the away side lacked ideas.

Johnson introduced Aiden McGeady and Leon Dajaku in an attempt to add some attacking spark but the game petered out and ended in a frustrating draw for Sunderland who failed to cement their position in the play-off places.

Huge questions may be asked of the Sunderland’s management heading into the hectic Christmas period. The performance last night adds more pressure following another frustrating result.

The Black Cats are desperate to get some momentum behind them as they search for a sensational winning streak. A streak that gives them hope of promotion come the end of the season. 

Sunderland face another huge League One clash on Saturday and cannot afford to lose if they want to push their promotion rivals. League leaders Rotherham seem to be opening up the gap at the top and currently sit 5 points ahead of the team from Wearside, who do have a game in hand.

Johnson’s side will be looking to add 3 points to their season tally when they visit the Abbey Stadium to play mid-table Cambridge United at the weekend – another crunch game.

The next few fixtures are set to be season defining in the hunt for promotion back to the Championship after 3 painful years. Strap yourselves in!

Post-match thoughts? Is Johnson the man to take Sunderland back to the Championship?

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?

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The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)

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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.

 

Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.

 

With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?

 

Toon are charging for Europe

 

If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.

 

Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 

 

In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.

 

Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed

 

Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 

 

Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.

 

Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.

 

Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 

 

On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.

 

Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.

 

Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 

 

With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?

 

So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?

 

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