Newcastle were knocked out at the same stage of the Carabao Cup last season by Leicester City, but went on to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The club has prioritised the Premier League under Mike Ashley’s ownership, though head coach Steve Bruce insists he’s free to attack the cup competitions.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 September, 2020, 22:13
FT: NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 (Fraser 35) BLACKBURN ROVERS 0
- NUFC XI: Gillespie, Manquillo, Krafth, Clark, Yedlin, Barlaser, S Longstaff, Fraser (Murphy 58), Almiron, Ritchie (Atsu 80), Joelinton (Allan Saint-Maximin 73).
Liam Kennedy’s GOOD DAY/BAD DAY
Steve Bruce I suppose. He made 10 changes to the side and still oversaw progression to round three – even he’ll admit it was an awful watch mind. Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron were plus points, so too the performance of Mark Gillespie between the sticks – very assured.
Joelinton, Joelinton and Joelinton. Nah, it wasn’t really a grab the opportunity by the scruff of the neck performance by Sean Longstaff or Dan Barlaser either.
FAN PANEL: Thoughts on the hour from the lads
RICHY STOREY: “2 great saves from Gillespie keep United in front. Commentator says Blackburn missing a striker. Sorry but had to laugh!! Joelinton falling over when he seems to have won the 1 on 1 and just the GK to beat sums the lad up.
DAN FOX: “I’d bring asm on for joelinton. He’s shown absolutely nothing. It’s been a game from last season. Nothing to really get you off your seat.”
JAIME HOPKINS: “Blackburn have dominated the second half and will be hoping Armstrong can get them back into the game.”