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Midfielder Gives Positive Assessment Of Today’s Match And Gets Some Recognition For His Performance

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.

141 comments so far

  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #41


    Position 9th
    Points 49
    League cup 3rd round
    FA Cup 5th round
    Player of the season Almiron
    Top goal scorer. Gayle
    No of goals 16

  • griff

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #42

    With fans like Tony, who needs enemies

  • griff

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #43

    aka Eric

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #44

    I also think 343 is our best formation, but St-Max is no Perez in terms of defending from the front, and doesn’t appear to have the goals, assists, and general link up play that Ayoze has either. We’ve downgraded there I think. Doesn’t mean he won’t develop into a top player, but right now, we appear weaker up top. Joelinton looks ok. Manquillo has done enough to keep the shirt. Lejeune is missed, Ki should have been on for Shelvey, and the game was crying out for Andy Carroll in the last twenty.

  • Australian Pie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #45

    Danishmag classic goldfish fan, you have absolutely no knowledge of football and could guarantee your day is ruined if someone slightly inconveniences you.

    Need to keep you in that goldfish bowl and away from NUFC analysis, we have had one game against a top 6 side, the world hasnt fallen apart yet.

  • Australian Pie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #46

    Agreed Nicky, the players we brought in will be. Able to do the job eventually but it will take time. Very unwise to have lost both Perez and Rondon. With some luck lets hope they get switched on to the playing style quickly

  • beermonkey

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #47

    bbc covered the boycott

  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #48


    Your pretending to be thousands of miles away
    Why do you care about protests or boycotts

    Hiya KBA

  • Australian Pie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #49

    Was very positive seeing what we did from Shelvey, had his engine going today when he probably is still quite unfit in matches, shame Schar had a tough day but those will happen.

    Like others i think we need the three up top with just 2 CMs pairing Hayden with either Shelvey Longstaff or Ki

    Will be great to have Caroll and Gayle on bench in future when we are chasing that goal

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #50

    Ideally, I’d like those 5000 empty seats to be filled by 5000 loyal passionate fans who’d marched in solidarity to the ground and then gone in to sing for the lads and against the owner.

    Realistically though, 5000 empty seats will send a message to the owner that more is needed to win them back.

    It pains me to see it, but it has to be better far far better than doing nothing.

  • cornishman

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #51

    Not the great start I had hoped for but we lost by one poor pass and not covering, a bloody sloppy give away, Arsenal didn,t create much more to be honest, Dubravka didn’t have too much to do. Thought we looked laboured in the middle with too many stray passes. At the back, not sure on Lascelles, does not look the player he was, doesn’t win much from corners, when did he last score, probably me just disappointed. Hopefully the new lads will get up to speed and we can gel as a team.
    On to Norwich, as always I travel in hope.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #52

    Jail the liar is at it again. If you can find a post from me that said I wanted bruce over rafa I’ll listen to u. But rafa wanted the same money, hilariously, as Pep and some chinese non entity club were waving 12mill at him. So off he trotted. Of course you claimed that I wanted Pearson over Rafa so you have previous on this.

  • jordijohnty

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #53

    MOTD. Phil neville is a knob, just like his brother, but j jenas was spot on. He gets it

  • jordijohnty

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #54

    The fans boycotting or protesting didnt cost us the game. The way we lost our shape very quickly caused our downfall. Wouldnt have expected indisciple when rafa was gaffer

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #55

    Jordi see what did neville say

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #56

    Danish that was a bit worrying but this time last year rafa wud have had the same result. you are heavy going on the misery

  • jordijohnty

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #57

    Oh, how we should be looking to stay up like last season etc. Talked down to us whereas JJ said we should be pushing for europe spots like when he was a player. I hate the way some in the media seem to think we should be happy that we are just premier league cannon fodder

  • captainmarvel

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #58

    You will never get away with playing 3 at the back in the Premier league it leaves huge gaps you cannot cover. You could drive a fleet of buses through our defence never mind 1…
    And Bruce was a defender!!
    Out of his depth and I think he knows it too..
    Baloney it’s the players who are paid to entertain not the other way round…

  • jordijohnty

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #59

    3 in the middle of the park seemed very confusing

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #60

    The Boycott got some good coverage from the BBC on MOTD prior to them showing the highlights.
    National publicity achieved. Well done.

  • jordijohnty

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #61

    3 at the back can work well if 2 of them can bring the ball forward or hit a good long pass. we have schar and lejeune to do this. however 3 central midfielders in front of them, one of them shelvey will never work, they stifle each other

  • captainmarvel

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #62

    Bollox 3 at the back is rubbish carry on with it and ship a shed load…

  • ToonMatt

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #63

    We lost today because of Steve Bruce, I don’t dislike him and have no hate for him at all, He’s not a successful manager and has no idea about tactics, He proved this today, He had no plan B, he doesn’t coach his players like a good manager does? We are 1-0 down so change it and have another formation that will work and get us a goal? He was shown up today.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 12, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #64


    Final League Position 16
    Final No. of Points 39
    League Cup Round 5
    FA Cup Round 4
    Player of the Season (Blog) Lord Isaac
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) Joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer 9

  • NY Mag

    Aug 12, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #65


    Final League Position 11
    Final No. of Points 48
    League Cup Round 5
    FA Cup Round 5
    Player of the Season (Blog) Almiron
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) Joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer 12

    Thanks for doing this again.

  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #66


    Hiya Munster

    Who’s alt are you ?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #67

    3 at the back in possession, 5 at the back without. It’s good defensively, and good going forward, but the wing backs need to get up and back. Manquillo and Ritchie do it quite well. Willems was maybe a bit too high up the pitch for their goal, but to his credit was looking to get forward and win it, and Dummett did hit a short pass.

    Both Jenas and Neville were right in their assessments on MOTD. Two sides of the same coin.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #68

    To be fair to the team there was zero atmosphere there today and we are a team that feeds off the crowd big time. Everyone was quiet afraid to chant. They were all afraid of getting caught on tv lol.

    It felt dead there though. People seemed in two minds, the planned boycott had a huge affect mentally on the crowd. Even if there wasnt much of an actual boycott, it subdued us to a whimper.

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #69

    I agree with what Nicky the ball said. Arsenal will be top 6 this season, we lost by one defensive error, one goal. Lots of positives for me, Haydon was solid, taking both JonJo and Lobby off changed the shape of the team and we struggled after. I watched the game in the Gate with what seemed like hundreds of others that had boycotted, didn’t look that way on Sky Sports though. Makes me wonder why I bothered with my little protest.

  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #70


    Why not do everyone a favour and sod off.

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #71


    Position 20th
    Points 21
    League cup 2nd
    FA Cup 3rd
    Player of the season Hayden
    Top goal scorer. Joelinton
    No of goals 8

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #72

    It was the first game of the season, there was always gonna be a good crowd. Maybe the boycott will get more traction from here on. But tbh the fans have spoken. The vast majority clearly dont want a boycott so its pointless to keep talking about it. It’s time to accept it, and do what we do best, And that’s be the number1 supporters of any team, anywhere, anytime ever!!

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #73

    We might even finish 21st if we’re not careful.

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #74

    Joelinton looks like a poor finisher, he needs a bit more composure in front of goal.

    If they’d kept Rafa, given him the 60 million and let him sign Rondon, we would have won that game today against a weakened Arsenal.

    Another loss at Norwich is on the cards, players will lose interest and stop listening to Agent Bruce and his minions.

    Mass exodus of players come January, but they will hang onto Bruce even when we go down.

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #75

    Bit pessimistic there Irishrob

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #76

    IrishRob, the fans at St James’ today weren’t doing ‘what we do best’. But I agree, the fans have spoken. I gave up my seat in protest, hoping it would have an some sort of impact, obviously it didn’t but ffs, how else do we get this leach out of our club?

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #77

    Shot Bru, I thought Joelinton looked tidy today, like a younger, fitter Rondon, held the ball up well and his finishing will be judged over the next few games.
    I liked St Max, he’s going to lift people off their seats

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #78

    Bru, Imagine if we finished 22 or 23.

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #79

    Na, sorry, I don’t get it, call me thick but how can you finish 22nd or 23rd?

  • Sports Direct FC

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #80


    Position 17
    Points 39
    Fa 4th round
    League cup 4th round
    Top scorer Joelinton 8 goals
    Player of season. Almiron


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