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Newcastle 1 Blackburn Rovers 0

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RYAN FRASER fired Newcastle into the third round of the Carabao Cup with a goal on his debut as the Premier League side edged past Sky Bet Championship Blackburn 1-0.

Holtby blasted just wide from Dolan’s lay-off four minutes later as Rovers sensed an opportunity, although Blackburn continued to look vulnerable when they turned the ball over and Joelinton might have done better when he was presented with a 69th-minute run on goal by substitute Jacob Murphy.

Perhaps understandably, a Rovers side featuring nine of the men who started at Bournemouth in the league at the weekend produced the more fluent start with Lewis Travis and Holtby dictating play from the middle of the field.

Newcastle finally started to work their way into the game as Miguel and Joelinton got themselves involved, and it was the Paraguay international who eventually opened the door with 10 minutes of the half remaining.

Fraser’s 35th-minute strike was all that separated the sides on a night when the visitors more than made a game of it against a Magpies side featuring ten changes from the weekend, but crucially could not find a way past goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.

Things might have been very different, however, had midfielder Lewis Holtby hit the target with a 12th-minute effort which flew wide or had they been more precise amid a late flurry.

The Championship side resumed at a high tempo with 18-year-old frontman Tyrhys Dolan a particular threat, but the Magpies might have increased their advantage had Matt Ritchie been able to pick out Fraser with his 48th-minute cross after Rovers were caught on the counter once again.
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