Jamie Carragher has talked about Newcastle today in his Sky Sports column, and the former Liverpool great has said that Newcastle now defend well as a team, and with pace in the side, they are a big threat on the counter-attack and are causing opposing sides a lot of problems.
Jamie Carragher – in his new career at Sky Sports
Of course as we all know we also have very good ball-boys when we play at home – which can help – as Jose Mourinho noticed last Saturday when we beat them 2-1.
And Carragher should know a little bit about defending, and he seems to have made the change from a player to a pundit very smoothly and seems to have a good career ahead of him in the media.
This is what Jamie has written today in his Sky Sports column:
“They have a way of playing at the moment that has proved very successful: they defend deep and play on the counter-attack and it is causing teams a lot of problems.”
“They have great pace in there and with them defending so deep and so organised, it obviously helps their defensive record, because when they get exposed it is obviously a problem for them.”
“I think we have seen that in the past with Newcastle teams, but now they look like they are defending as a team and they are a big threat on the counter-attack.”
Newcastle’s improved defending showed up a little bit in the Stoke City game, when we were a little unlucky to lose, and only conceded one goal in what is always a difficult place to visit – as Arsenal found out last Saturday when they were beaten 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium.
In our last nine games, of which we have won seven – Newcastle have conceded only four goals – and let’s hope we can continue that good defensive form at Arsenal on Saturday.
And Arsene Wenger has said today he has some defensive problems for the game, with a number of his players being currently unavailable through injury.
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