Fraser, Almiron & Gillespie impress but Joelinton does not – Our Newcastle United fan panel have their say on the Carabao Cup win
Another matchday, another win and another debut goal for Newcastle United.
But what did our fan panel think of the performance? Here they have their say on the shaky 1-0 win over Championship Blackburn Rovers at St James’s Park in the Carabao Cup second round.
Rich Storey – @RichyStorey
“Disappointing performance by NUFC but a win is a win!
"Blackburn dominated the match and if Armstrong had started may have got something from the game.
"Positives were Gillespie and Fraser's debuts.
"Gillespie earned his clean sheet with an excellent double save midway through the second half and caught everything put in to the box. Could push Darlow for No2 spot when Dubravka fit.
"Fraser was energetic. Possibly another blossoming understanding with Almiron as their link up play was excellent. Miggy's defence splitting ball for Fraser's goal was the only real bit of quality for the Toon.
"Joelinton was appalling. Deserved the right to prove everyone wrong and that last season was a blip but he doesn't even look interested. Felt as though he was sulking because Wilson has been brought in and already hit the ground running.
"Barlaser also did OK but feel he would definitely benefit from a full Championship season loan.”
Jaime Hopkins – @Jaimehop32
"Blackburn will feel extremely hard done by as they controlled the match having 63% possession, but they did not create enough bar a glorious chance for Lewis Holtby in the first ten minutes.
“For Newcastle I think Steve Bruce will be happy to go through but will be disappointed with the performance.
"Longstaff and Barlaser could not get hold of the game in the middle and Joelinton upfront was simply awful, total lack of quality and effort.
"The goal came through the one bit of quality we produced with a cracking ball from Almiron finished off by Fraser
“Disappointing performance but minutes in the tank for Fraser and into round three. Another win to keep the momentum going into Sunday’s game v Brighton.”
Dan Fox – @nefoxy91
"Fraser, Almiron and Gillespie stood out most for me. Ritchie needed to show more – if he wants a starting place.
"Realistically this was a huge opportunity for all player to fight for a place and unfortunately the majority didn't do enough to turn heads.
"I think Gillespie did enough to show he's knocking on the door for a starting spot but Darlow didn’t put a foot wrong on Saturday so it would be unfair to leave him out.
"Almiron and Fraser will definitely leave Steve Bruce with a decision to make.”