Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge (Ironside ’56)
On signs for NewcastleKieran Trippier said he “likes to take chances and challenges” – and the scale of the task ahead of him was again underlined by the defeat to Cambridge United in the third round of the FA Cup.
Despite the fact that the hosts had dominated for long periods, where both Fabian Schar and Jacob Murphy saw goals chalked offside, it fell to Joe Ironside – a childhood Newcastle supporter who idolized Alan Shearer while growing up – to open the scoring after a painfully lengthy VAR check.
Dimitar Mitov had kept the U’s in a draw, Trippier provided the extra width and put Murphy up in the early stages, but the 26-year-old was unable to connect properly. Still, his new teammate, Newcastle’s first high-profile addition since PiF’s takeover, consistently threatened to push high down to the right and bring renewed calm to the back line.
It could not be said across the line, Matt Ritchie came out of position on more than one occasion and was lucky not to concede a penalty for breaking Harvey Knibbs inside the box.
It was also Trippier’s obligation to make up for Ryan Fraser, substitute him on set pieces and attempt a direct free kick from a similar position as his most famous hour during England’s World Cup semi-final in 2018.
Had he been signed for his set-piece ability alone, he would no doubt have immediately improved on this Newcastle team, but aside from an overheated pass after a handy touch from Jonjo Shelvey, the right-back quickly brought a more creative approach to an attack. who is still dependent on moments of vision from Allan Saint-Maximin.
There were already moments when Schar was searching for Trippier with his passes across and he ran through the middle to lay the ball off to Joelinton, he increasingly felt he had the potential to become one of the focal points of their attack . as well as transforming the defense.
The new signing will no doubt have helped with an impressive attendance of 51,395, which is no small feat after Christmas against a side 41 places below him in the football pyramid.
St James’ Park, however, were once again disappointed by yet another overwhelming performance at home as Eddie Howe’s attention once again turns to January market and several reinforcements.
Newcastle player ratings
- Dubravka – 6
- Trippier – 8
- Power – 6
- Schar – 6
- Ritchie – 5
- Shelvey – 6
- Joelinton – 6
- S. Longstaff – 6
- Phrases – 6
- Saint-Maximin – 6
- Murphy – 7
- Willock – 5
- Almiron – 6
- Manquillo – 6