mins Matt Ritchie's cross from the
left was prodded into his own net from six yards out at the Leazes End by
visiting defender Eoghan O'Connell, Joelinton hovering behind him. 1-0
mins Another Ritchie cross from left found Matty Longstaff in front of goal and
he had to time to take it down and dispatch it past Sanchez.
mins Another gift from the visitors; goalkeeper Sanchez trying to start
a forward move from inside his own box, but passing to Miguel Almiron who
picked his spot and drove home. 3-0
Half time: Magpies 3 The Dale 0
mins A neat
pass from Andy Carroll released Tom Allan down the right and his measured low cross
was touched in by Joelinton from six yards out. 4-0
mins A short
corner was swung over and played back by Aaron Wilbraham for Jordan Williams
hit a low shot from the edge of the box that beat Karl Darlow via a post.
Full time: Magpies 4 The Dale 1
Steve Bruce said:
"We put the game to bed very early, which was
good, and it enabled us to bring on Andy (Carroll) and
Jonjo (Shelvey) for 20, 25 minutes. We came off a
little bit in the second half, which is normal.
"We can't ask for more than a home draw in
the next round. If we treat Oxford with the same respect we
showed Rochdale in the first half we've got a chance.
is OK tonight. First time Iíve been able to say that for
"We all know what itís like to have the number nine
shirt here. To be fair to the young lad, heís found it a
struggle. Youíve got to keep working at it.
"The reason we kept him was could there be a moment where
he can get a goal? You could see what it meant to him.
worried because I could watch Joelinton in training and you
can see what he's got.
expectation on you and if you've got a big transfer fee and
you're young, sometimes it becomes difficult.
difference in the last five minutes and the first five minutes
was evident. Letís hope itís another Almiron - we had to
wait a while for him but heís now got four in the last few
On Tom Allan:
"He's been training with
us for a few weeks now, and he's grabbed his chance.
Great for him. A fellow Geordie, and from Cramlington. He'll
enjoy the moment."
On Matt Ritchie:
"We have missed him. "We have been without
some big players but Matt is loud and effervescent. He wants
to play and is a great pro and a great lad to have
On Mike Ashley:
"He's here for a day or two so we'll meet up. He's been supportive
since I walked in the door. If there's someone there who can
improve us, we'll act.
"I think there's been three deals so far in the Premier
League so it's difficult."
Brian Barry-Murphy said:
"We've had amazing backing
from our supporters. The players were desperate to give them something
to shout about in the second half.
"We went to Manchester United earlier in the season in the Carabao Cup
and we were lauded for everything that we did there. But there were
moments in the first half there when Manchester United had gilt-edged
chances and we just managed to defend them.
"Tonight, we weren't able to do that and things went against us in the
"It was really important to see how we reacted in that situation and
whether we were able to maintain our way of playing and display our
"We did that in the second half and it was very, very encouraging for us
all moving forward."
Rochdale's first official competitive
fixture at Gallowgate, the
only previous meeting the first leg of
War Cup tie during the 1940/41 season. United lost that game 1-2 on
Tyneside but went on to win 3-1 in Lancashire.
scored four goals in an FA Cup tie at SJP for the first time
since a 4-1 Third Round replay victory over Stoke City in January
There was a competitive senior debut for 20 year-old Tynesider
Tom Allan from the bench.
It's now three goals in three games for Miguel Almiron
in all competitions and four this season.
Matty Longstaff netted his third goal of the season in all
competitions, following efforts in both Premier League
meetings with Manchester United.
Having scored his first competitive Magpies goal in his
third appearance (away at Spurs in the Premier League last
August), Joelinton doubled his tally tonight in his
Jamaal Lascelles returned
to the side following injury and made his 150th appearance in all
competitions for Newcastle (136 starts).
NUFC FAC KOs since 2006:
QF Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 3R Birmingham City (h) lost 1-5
2007/08 4 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
2008/09 3R Hull City (h) lost 0-1
2009/10 4 West Brom (a) lost 2-4
2010/11 3 Stevenage (a) lost 1-3
2011/12 4 Brighton (a) lost 0-1
2012/13 3 Brighton (a) lost 0-1
2013/14 3 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2
2014/15 3 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
2015/16 3 Watford (a) lost 0-1
2016/17 4 Oxford United (a) lost 0-3
2017/18 4 Chelsea (a) lost 0-3
2018/19 4 Watford (h) lost 0-2
failed to make their dominance count in the first meeting with
Rochdale, Newcastle made no mistake in their replay, coasting
into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup at St. James' Park on Tuesday.
That outcome was hardly unexpected given the strong starting
lineup and bench named, but there were some uncommon events
for almost 30,000 fans to witness.
Mike Ashley made a rare visit to Gallowgate as United avoided
adding to their sick list for once - and saw record
signing Joelinton finally break his scoring duck with a first
competitive home goal.
On a night of positives, there was a successful return for
Jamaal Lascelles, valuable pitch time for Matt Ritchie, a
runout for Jonjo Shelvey and an assist on his senior debut for
youngster Tom Allan.
Generous defending by their League One guests allowed the Magpies to rack up an unassailable early lead by
the half hour mark, after Miguel Almiron had struck a post
from close range early on.
Enjoying total domination, United profited from an OG and a suicidal clearance by Dale goalkeeper Robert Sanchez
that gifted Almiron a goal, those gifts either side of Matty Longstaff's
At that point a sizeable final total looked more than possible and we'd
mentally began to formulate our listing of Rochdale folk to name-check in the
match report ("Cyril Smith, Lisa Stansfield, Gracie Fields, your boys got
a hell of a beating" etc).
However the landslide never came to pass and a sloppy passage of play allowed
the visitors two shooting chances in the first five minutes of the second half
- although neither were on target.
A low-key half settled down into a bloodless training match, albeit one with
neither 'keeper involved - Rochdale's half time replacement custodian Jay Lynch
barely getting his gloves dirty until late on.
At the other end meanwhile, Isaac Hayden returned to the central defensive
berth he occupied in the first meeting after Saturday's outing at full back.
With Federico Fernandez given the night off, he partnered Florian Lejuene and
the returning Lascelles - the latter benefiting from Dale's decision to include
40 year-old Aaron Wilbraham in their lineup. He's not exactly built for speed.
The half was belatedly illuminated when Joelinton shook off his torpor and slipped the ball past Lynch, rounding off his side's first victory
since December 21st; an evidently relieved number 9 ran to embrace Bruce before
being mobbed by his team mates.
Dale's goal arrived in the 86th minute when Jordan Williams hit a low shot from the edge of the box that
beat Karl Darlow via a post, but nobody really seemed to mind
that the fuschia-clad visitors had marked their first competitive game at
Gallowgate by getting on the scoresheet.
A fifth home goal almost followed in the closing seconds after
Joelinton gained possession in the Dale box and set up Andy
Carroll, whose rising effort was tipped onto the angle of post
Newcastle now face another League One side in the shape of Oxford
United in the Fourth Round at Gallowgate on Saturday week. Victory over the U's would
then see the
Magpies appear in the Fifth Round for the first time since Ashley bought the club in May
The outcome of Saturday's league meeting with Chelsea - and our performance
levels in that game - may cause some to alter their view about the wisdom of
playing a strong XI here. For now though, Bruce's approval rating is benefiting
from his decision to do that, even if it's now falsely lodged in people's
memories that his predecessor habitually picked under-strength cup