By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail
Published: 21:20 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 22:16 BST, 15 September 2020
Given this was Newcastle’s first victory in this competition in four years, Steve Bruce will take progression, no matter how fortunate they were against an impressive Blackburn.
The win was secured thanks to a debut goal from Ryan Fraser, who skipped clear and finished from Miguel Almiron’s defence-splitting pass on 35 minutes.
‘It’s fair to say we made hard work of it,’ said Bruce. ‘I would be disappointed if I was in Tony Mowbray’s shoes losing that game. The goal was the only bit of real quality we showed all night. But we got away with it.’
Ryan Fraser pumps his fist in celebration as he scores a goal for new team Newcastle United
Fraser scored from outside the box with his right foot to put his team 1-0 up against Blackburn
Despite 10 changes Newcastle still fielded a strong side that also included Matt Ritchie, Sean Longstaff and £40million club-record signing Joelinton.
But the latter continues to struggle. One early