In a Carabao Cup quarterfinal matchup, Newcastle United were blanked by second division side Brentford in a 1-0 loss.
On a rainy day at Brentford Community Stadium, Newcastle United were sent out of the Carabao Cup as Josh Dasilva scored the lone goal in the match to give Brentford the upset win over the Magpies.
Outshot, Outscored, Outplayed
If you weren’t aware of what leagues these clubs play in, Newcastle United didn’t do much to establish themselves as the club currently in the Premier League. They finished with fewer shots, the narrowest possible edge in possession, and without a goal.
Honestly, the result wasn’t a surprise. Newcastle are floundering under Steve Bruce and this match was no different. They played close to a first-choice lineup with some squad rotation necessarily taking place. But, they were the second-best side for much of the match and were defeated by a side in the division below them.
Ryan Fraser had a quality chance in the first half and Callum Wilson found himself in good position on a few occasions, but the Newcastle players weren’t quick enough on the trigger (expect Andy Carroll unfortunately) to take shots and beat the keeper.
With the loss, Newcastle will miss out on getting back to their first EFL Cup semifinal since the 1970s. This defeat SHOULD put more pressure on Bruce’s position with the club, but there doesn’t seem to be many rumblings on potentially sacking the underwhelming manager.
A tough Boxing Day matchup looms for Newcastle United as they travel to Manchester to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side. They are unbeaten in their five previous Premier League matches.