Rafa Benitez has been accused of using negative tactics at Newcastle at times over these past two seasons.
Such as defending against the top six clubs and trying not to concede.
That’s kept us in the games, and we have beaten Man United, Man City, and Arsenal over the last couple of seasons.
But at times it was all out defending, and pundits wanted to see Newcastle attack more.
But when you go head to head with top teams, you can end up being taken apart.
We have kept close to the top side during games and won some.
Adrian Durham at TalkSPORT believes Newcastle should have gone toe to toe with the top teams.
Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez celebrate winning goal on Saturday
But he hasn’t the responsibility of ensuring Newcastle stay in the Premier League.
This is some of what has said on talkSPORT:
“I think criticism for his negativity has been a fair criticism,”
“Celebrating losing games 1-0 or 2-1 against bigger opponents because it means the goal difference hasn’t been hammered that much, I’m not into that.”
“This is the Premier League where you should be trying to compete and should be giving it a go, especially when you go 1-0 or 2-0 down.”
“You should be trying to at least get back onto level terms not just settling for a minus-1 on the goal difference.”
“However, I’m looking at Newcastle now and that trio up-front – Almiron, Perez and Rondon – they are going to be entertaining.”
“These three have a link-up play that everyone is going to love.
“So I’m not going to say it’s football Keegan was playing first time around because that was sensational but they’re just getting to be that little more attractive, easy on the eye.”
“And he’s (Rafa) spotted a player, he wanted Almiron, they’ve gone to get him to be fair and broken that record, but he wanted him.”
“Benitez knew what that player could bring to that first eleven and boy has he done it. They are a really entertaining watch.”
It’s so easy to criticize when you are a pundit – you don’t have any responsibility for the clubs you criticize.
Yes, it usually makes for better games for the fans when you try to attack the opposition.
But not to be stupid about it and subsequently, be torn apart by teams who are worth more than 10 times what the Newcastle team cost to put together.
Did I say it was easy to be a pundit?