Newcastle 1-0 Blackburn Rovers: Magpies’ new signing Ryan Fraser strikes from outside the box to give Steve Bruce’s men a narrow win
- Newcastle are through to the next round of the Carabao Cup with a 1-0 win
- New signing Ryan Fraser scored on a breakaway to give his team the victory
- The Scotsman was supplied with a great pass from team-mate Miguel Almiron
- Blackburn had the better second half, but were unable to find an equaliser
Given this was Newcastle’s first victory in this competition in four years, Steve Bruce will take progression, no matter how fortunate they were against an impressive Blackburn.
The win was secured thanks to a debut goal from Ryan Fraser, who skipped clear and finished from Miguel Almiron’s defence-splitting pass on 35 minutes.
‘It’s fair to say we made hard work of it,’ said Bruce. ‘I would be disappointed if I was in Tony Mowbray’s shoes losing that game. The goal was the only bit of real quality we showed all night. But we got away with it.’
Ryan Fraser pumps his fist in celebration as he scores a goal for new team Newcastle United
Fraser scored from outside the box with his right foot to put his team 1-0 up against Blackburn
NEWCASTLE: Gillespie, Yedlin, Krafth, Clark, Manquillo, Fraser (Murphy 58), Barlaser, Sean Longstaff, Ritchie (Atsu 80), Joelinton (Saint-Maximin 73), Almiron
Subs not used: Lascelles, Hayden, Hendrick, Darlow
Goalscorers: Fraser 35
BLACKBURN: Kaminski, Nyambe, Lenihan, Williams, Bell, Travis, Holtby (Buckley 72), Rothwell, Dolan (Chapman 72), Brereton, Rankin-Costello (Armstrong 60)
Subs not used: Armstrong, Chapman, Davenport, Buckley, Wharton, Bennett, Fisher.
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Despite 10 changes Newcastle still fielded a strong side that also included Matt Ritchie, Sean Longstaff and £40million club-record signing Joelinton.
But the latter continues to struggle.
One early cross from Dan Barlaser through the six-yard area was asking to be buried by a goal-hungry centre-forward.
Joelinton, though, was a spectator on the edge of the penalty area.
Blackburn were the more likely scorers and former Germany midfielder Lewis Holtby slammed narrowly wide after brilliant work by right-back Ryan Nyambe.
But the brightest player on the park was 18-year-old Blackburn winger Tyrhys Dolan. Signed from Preston’s academy on a free transfer this summer, so good was he during pre-season that he won immediate elevation to Mowbray’s senior squad.
Newcastle’s Joelinton goes up for a header alongside Blackburn Rovers’ Derrick Williams
Newcastle and Blackburn players take a knee before kick-off to highlight racial inequality
Newcastle United goalkeeper Mark Gillespie rises through the air to catch a free-kick
Scottish midfielder Matt Ritchie vies for the ball as Amari’i Bell runs with it down the flank
It is easy to see why. He is quick, tricky and, perhaps as a by-product of his age, fearless. Remember the name.
Fraser’s goal was against the run of play and the second half also belonged to the visitors, Dolan teeing up Holtby who again shaved the base of the post before home debutant Mark Gillespie produced a fine double save to deny Ben Brereton and Amari’i Bell.
Penalties was the least Blackburn deserved. As it was, they paid the penalty for not turning their dominance into goals.
Newcastle’s Jacob Murphy leaps as he tries to gain control of the ball from Darragh Lenihan
Goalscorer Fraser does his best to keep the ball in play with a stretch in the second half