Date: 14th January 2020 at 5:00pm
Written by: Tony O'Connell

Many Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media, after Steve Bruce stated that he intends to tackle the FA Cup head-on when we host AFC Rochdale in the Third Round Replay.

Bruce’s Magpies were held to a 1-1 draw at Spotland earlier in the month thanks to Aaron Wilbraham striking a 79th-minute equaliser for the Dale, following Miguel Almiron’s first-half opening effort.

Chances were there throughout for the Toon to progress through to the Fourth Round without the need for a replay, but only five of our 18 shots were on target, per WhoScored data.

Club-record summer signing Joelinton also misplaced three of his game-high six efforts, while Ki Sung-Yueng and Sean Longstaff failed to find the target with two of their three shots each.

Rochdale will now travel to St. James’ Park on Tuesday night looking to progress into the next round, where Oxford United are waiting to visit the winners of our replay.

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But Bruce is hopeful that he can orchestrate a win over the Dale at the second attempt, and would like to see a victory lead to a solid run in the tournament.

“I’ve said all along I don’t think it does any harm [to have a cup run] and for too many years, we haven’t had any cup runs at all,” said Bruce at his pre-game press conference via the club’s official Twitter account.

“It doesn’t do any harm to have a cup run, I learnt that in my experiences, so let’s try and tackle it head-on like I said when I first walked through the door and nothing’s changed.

“We’ve got an opportunity, we’ve got two [League] One teams to be in the Fifth Round, so let’s have a go for it, why not?”

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Bruce’s statement of intent to tackle the FA Cup “head-on”…

In other Newcastle United news, the club have reportedly made contact with a £7.2m-rated defender.

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