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Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest: Magpies issue rude welcome

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It took Newcastle United a while to get on the scoresheet, but there was no question of superiority in a 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Nottingham Forest at St James’s Park on Saturday.

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Fabian Shar and Callum Wilson scored as Newcastle had 63 per cent of the ball and landed 10 of 23 shots on goal, giving Eddie Howe and his new contract an even brighter shine.

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Steve Cooper’s forest is back on the drawing board and hoping for good luck in week two as he heads home to the City Ground next week.

Manchester United tenant Dean Henderson made seven saves for the Tricky Trees in the loss, while Nick Pope didn’t need to make a save to keep his clean sheet, requiring just one high cross among his 24 touches.


What we learned from the match Newcastle – Nottingham Forest

Newcastle show off style and substance ahead of the finish line

Newcastle was everywhere Nottingham Forest but just missed the finishing touch for the first 58 minutes at St James Park which was a powder keg with Bruno Guimares pulling the strings and Miguel Almiron dropping his shorts only to be embarrassed again by Almiron’s hesitation shoot and Collected nature of Dean Henderson between the sticks for the woods.

That all changed when Fabian Shahr was given time and space to unleash a combination of power and accuracy from 18 yards, sending the stadium where he wanted it all morning.

Henderson, Worrall – The Key to Forest’s Determination

Much was demanded of Captain Forest Joe Worrall in the rear, and he mostly delivered goods. But a single defender can’t contain all the attack and Dean Henderson has been in good position for most of the day and has shown his frustration at being underutilized at Manchester United is getting its due.

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Newcastle have controlled possession and chances, as befits the club they hope to become after years of investment after the era of tight-fisted Mike Ashley, but they have no plans to turn down a summer hiring of a centre-forward to challenge Callum. Wilson. Bruno Guimares, Joelinton and Joe Willock will have tougher days in the center of the park as they were in complete control, with Guimarez and Joelinton making six of the trio’s seven key passes.

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Before the break, the home team should have been ahead as Nottingham Forest hadn’t adapted to the pace of the Premier League…just didn’t. Dean Henderson has been class between posts and Forest boss Steve Cooper will be emboldened by Manchester United’s early loan heroism.

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Dean Henderson: Seven saves, four of which were free-kicks, hardly tell how important a Manchester United player was to stop the ugly number next to Forest’s name on the scoreboard. His leadership will also be very important because he went through that at Sheffield United.

Bruno Guimares: If the Newcastle experiment succeeds sooner than expected, the signing of Guimares will be the reason. Three more key passes, winning 10 out of 14 duels and earning four fouls? Too good.

Joelinton: It’s actually funny how good a centre-half has become under the guidance and tutelage of Eddie Howe. Three shots, three key passes, an assist, three tie fouls and three out of three on long balls.

What’s next?

Newcastle travel to Brighton for another match on Saturday at 10:00 ET and Nottingham Forest will meet Premier League football again at the City Ground when West Ham United pay a visit” Tricky Treez.


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