Newcastle United cruised past Rochdale in tonight’s 3rd round FA Cup fixture.
The last time these two sides met, League One club Rochdale managed to earn a well deserved replay, drawing 1-1 at the Spotland Stadium in an impressive display against Steve Bruce’s Premier League side.
Two goals in quick succession put Newcastle in the driving seat: an own goal from Eoghan O’Connell was swiftly followed up by Matty Longstaff doubling the lead.
The returning Matt Ritchie made in an immediate impact in both setting up the own goal and assisting Longstaff: his creative flair and leadership something sorely missed at Newcastle United since the Scotsman’s injury in August.
Miguel Almiron made it 3-0 before half time, capitalising on Robert Samchez’s goalkeeping blunder to score his 4th goal of the season, and his 3rd in his last 3 games.
The second half saw another returnee, Jamaal Lascelles, make way for youngster Tom Allan, as the 20 year old attacker made his senior debut for the Magpies.
Joelinton finally put the game to bed with his first goal since August, much to the relief of Geordie fans clamouring and growing impatient for the Brazilian to get back on the scoresheet.
Though Rochdale got a consolation goal through Jordan Williams to make it 4-1, Steve Bruce’s side delivered a convincing performance that settled any doubts and fears over yet another disastrous cup run for Newcastle.
The result means Newcastle will now host another League One side, Oxford United, in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Karl Robinson’s side breezed past Hartlepool 4-1 to set up this Round of 32 clash.
But next for the Magpies in the Premier League is a tricky home clash against an in form Chelsea side: Frank Lampard’s Blues swept aside Burnley 3-0 in their last fixture, and will hope to keep pace with the rest of the top four in the race for a Champions League position.