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Fraser strike sends Newcastle through

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Ryan Fraser
Newcastle have reached the third round for the first time since 2016

Ryan Fraser scored on his debut to help Newcastle beat Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup.

Fraser latched on to a clever Miguel Almiron through ball and slotted home midway through the first half.

Blackburn dominated possession throughout but lacked the cutting edge to prise open a stubborn Newcastle defence.

Steve Bruce’s side hung on to earn a trip to Morecambe in the third round next week.

The hosts made 10 changes from the side that confidently beat West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday and it showed in a disjointed performance.

Indeed, it was often Blackburn who looked the more impressive with their slick passing and clever interplay.

But Newcastle had the crucial goalscoring quality in the shape of summer signing Fraser.

The former Bournemouth man was otherwise quiet but he gave an indication of what he can do with a composed finish.

“The only bit of quality we showed all night was the goal,” said Bruce. “It was a great ball, a great run and Ryan stuck it in well.

“Considering he hasn’t played since March, his effort, endeavour and enthusiasm was there for everybody to see.”

Joelinton had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half but otherwise Newcastle’s second string rarely threatened Thomas Kaminski’s goal.

However, Newcastle fans will not mind and will be excited at the prospect of Fraser linking up again with Callum Wilson as the Magpies host Brighton in the league on Sunday.

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 29Gillespie
  • 22Yedlin
  • 17Krafth
  • 2Clark
  • 19Manquillo
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forAtsuat 80′minutes
  • 32Barlaser
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 21FraserSubstituted forMurphyat 58′minutes
  • 9JoelintonSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 73′minutes
  • 24Almirón

Substitutes

  • 6Lascelles
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 14Hayden
  • 16Hendrick
  • 23Murphy
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu

Blackburn

  • 1Kaminski
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 3Williams
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 10HoltbySubstituted forBuckleyat 72′minutes
  • 8Rothwell
  • 39DolanSubstituted forChapmanat 72′minutes
  • 20Brereton
  • 24Rankin-CostelloSubstituted forArmstrongat 60′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Armstrong
  • 11Chapman
  • 18Davenport
  • 21Buckley
  • 28Wharton
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Fisher

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  3. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jacob Murphy.

  4. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

  5. Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Brereton following a corner.

  6. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Javier Manquillo.

  7. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Barlaser.

  8. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Emil Krafth.

  9. Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

  10. Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.

  11. Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Matt Ritchie.

  14. Attempt missed. Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Rothwell with a cross following a corner.

  15. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Emil Krafth.

  16. Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

  17. Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Buckley.

  18. Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

  19. Substitution, Newcastle United. Allan Saint-Maximin replaces Joelinton.

  20. Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John Buckley replaces Lewis Holtby.

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