Isaac Hayden was interviewed for the Newcastle United website after his excellent performance in a 0-1 defeat to Arsenal.
This is some of what Isaac has said about the match.
“I thought we ran them close. I thought we had the better of the chances, really, during the game.
“But, against a top-six club in the Premier League, if you make one mistake – or if they have one half chance – they’re going to make the most of it.
“But credit to the lads, I think it was one of those ‘nearly performances’. I think we’ve had quite a few of those over the last couple of years but there’s definitely progress.
“Hopefully the fans can see from the club’s perspective that the players that they’ve brought in – and the players that are here – have progressed. It was a new formation, a new style of play and I think it suited the team today.
“I think it’s going to take time. Unfortunately, in football, you don’t seem to get much time.
“The new manager’s come in – it’s going to take time to get used to him for a lot of the players – and there’s a new formation as well as new players coming in.
“There’s a lot of change at the football club but, you know, as the weeks go on I think you’ll start to see the benefit of it. Even today, you saw the benefit of it. It was a good performance, lacking slightly in the final pass or taking a bit more care on the ball.
“But, in general – especially against a top-six side – I thought it was quite a good performance.”
We think Isaac Hayden is accurate in his reflection of today’s performance. It is early going and on another day it could have been three points. We were punished by a mistake but kept Arsenal very limited in their chances.
The formation and style of play are new and that showed in some of the poor passes and lack of spatial awareness. This is something the team will work to improve upon.
We still don’t know what the best eleven is as Allan Saint-Maximin, Jetro Willems, and Emil Krafth have only just the team less than a week and a half ago with Krafth just joining on Thursday.
Steve Bruce has only been with the club since July 17th which is just over three weeks ago. It will take time to get all the issues sorted and some of the finer details perfected. It is not time to panic just yet. Let’s hope to see some improvement against Norwich City this Saturday.
This is what Isaac has said about that upcoming match at Carrow Road.
“It’ll be a tough game. I watched Norwich on Friday and they played some good stuff.
“They’ll be wanting to bounce back from their defeat and they’ll be raring to go.
“It’s their first Premier League game back at home and we’re under no illusions – every game’s tough, and it’s just up to us to prepare this week, do the right things and go from there.”
The game against Norwich will be very interesting as Norwich have a lot of work to do this week as well. We felt they were very naive against Liverpool and paid the price. However, they do offer a threat going forward and Teemu Pukki looks a really good player.
Isaac has also been receiving some plaudits for his solid performance today. Some twitter accounts have posted some statistical analysis of his appearance today below.
Isaac Hayden vs. Arsenal
84% Pass accuracy
1 Key pass
3/3 Dribbles complete
1/3 Aerial duels
5/6 Tackles won
NUFC's ex-Arsenal academy man was dominant today. Immovable in tough conditions against very tough opponents. My man of the match. pic.twitter.com/IYcbxpbS3N
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) August 11, 2019
Isaac Hayden’s first half:
• 1 chance created
• 3/3 dribbles completed – most on the pitch
• 8/8 ground duels won – most on the pitch
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) August 11, 2019