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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

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #81

    Realistically we cant do a solid thing to move someone who doesn’t want to be moved. He’s the owner and he has the power and unless he does something really stupid or illegal then hes never gonna be forced out, until he wants to leave. Its starting to get obvious the harder we hate him the more he fights back. I think it just gives him impetus to stay even longer when we piss him off.

    Unfortunately there is really nothing we can do, unless we resort to intimidation, bullying and threatening him to scare him off, but I do not think thats a path we should thread ever tbh.

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #82

    So sad, our positions to Martoon…

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #83

    Big al…. it was sarcasm.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #84

    Position, 23rd
    Points, 104
    FA, 10th round
    League cup, qualifiers
    Top scorer, AC 5 goals
    POTS, Yedlin

  • Sports Direct FC

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #85


    I have stated before that MA will not sell until the aggravation of owning the club out weighs the monetary value he gets from it. How that is accomplished I have no idea.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #86

    Seen a lot of posters talking about Rafa “last year” most telling others to get over Rafa and the past is the past. A bit hypocritical me thinks. The question should be, Would Rafa have lost the match today? Who knows, I bet he would have had a CM on the bench if 3 were starting and not have 4 Def. on the bench when only 3 were playing. I also know that no player would ever come onto the pitch without knowing exactly where they were playing.

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #87

    I don’t think he’s as tough skinned as he makes out, he’s mentioned it on numerous occasions, i hurts him. I’ve said it before but them doon the road sang his name. His arrogant smirking face only appears with a full St James’

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #88

    Ah, ok Martoon, like I said, call me thick then

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #89

    On a serious note I said a week ago maxi was great at getting forward but once he get there he usually shíts the bed. He doesnt have much end product. Same with Almiron he is woeful unless he has someone to pass it to, constantly looses the ball when hes on his own and he looks clueless when he has to take them all on himself.

    The more I watch him the more I think hes not even a no.10 nevermind a striker. Put him somewhere in midfield where he has plenty of people around him and he will flourish. He needs to stop worrying about bloody goals because he can give enough to the team without ever needing to score.

    I’m worried but still optimistic. Hopefully its just teething problems and they all need time. But its annoying the way we always seem to need more time than everyone else to come good. Our movement off the ball is also terrible.

    Players need to pass and move into more open positions to take the pressure off the guy who receives the ball. Too many times wed pass it to the likes of Joe and hed have no one in an open position to pass it back to. Its a huge problem for us and the main reason our pass completion is so low.

    On a positive our set piece and cross defending already seems better under Bruce. But a child could have improved that area it was that poor last season.

  • ChicoUSA

    Aug 12, 2019 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #90


    Final League Position: 14
    Final No. of Points: 43
    League Cup Round: 4
    FA Cup Round: 4
    Player of the Season (Blog): Almiron
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup): Joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer: 12

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #91

    SDFC, agree with that comment totally (86), there was no shape or strictness today, I actually think we looked ok going forward but already we’ve lost our defensive shape. Only acquired since Raffa took charge (we’ve been sh*t defensively for years, Raffa changed that) Strangely enough, I want Brucey to do well but I don’t think he will.

  • BigAl-Toon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #92

    IrishRob, where did you see our cross defending has improved? Ffs, did you see their goal today? Embarrassing,

  • Paully

    Aug 12, 2019 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #93

    “Munster Mag
    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3
    Paully there isnt a lot of point arguing with a thick bastard who only believes what he wants to believe. Jog on .”

    A well reasoned and balanced response Wumster, I look forward to crossing swords in future.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #94

    We were far far better at defending set pieces today than last season, just my opinion I think we looked more comfortable defending crosses and free kicks.

  • SredniVashtar

    Aug 12, 2019 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #95


    Position 12th
    Points 46
    League cup Semi final (cup run heartache)
    FA Cup 4th round
    Player of the season Hayden
    Top goal scorer. Joelinton
    No of goals 14

    Thanks again for doing this martoon – must be a heck of a lot of work trailing through the drivel on the blog to find this stuff 🙂

  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #96


    The longer the game went the less we looked like we had a clue

  • one fine day

    Aug 12, 2019 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #97

    Watched the game in a pub last night so hard to gauge the atmosphere .
    What I did see is a team that lost its way after half time .
    Zero shape and it had that horrible “only matter of time “feeling before PEA turned up to be honest .
    On the boycott…
    Have to say even if Neil and ed chose to completely ignore it and hoped it would just go away then it was till objective archived .
    I saw coverage here in Aus this morning on bc world showing the blocks of empty seats and they mentioned the lack of the pre match flags and tifo.
    To me it was objective approved for TMG as they set out to prove that the one thing we own is the atmosphere …
    Without the real hardcore fans attending and the crowd swelled by day trippers and tourists it was obvious what happened .
    Hearing some on here who went moaning about how bad th crowd were ….I will just let the irony of that sink in a bit .
    Watched the game back at home this morning and any firm of atmosphere other than the first 3 mins was zero …but we will just blame the rain right ?
    To those who went with the mantra of support the team etc ask your selves then once you went what the f@ck dip you do to “support “exactly ?
    As the camera panned around just after half time I saw a guy say oblivious in his new shirt pie in one hand staring at his phone …he sums up the perfect ” fan ” in Ashley’s eyes .
    Well done to the lads on Tmg who stood up and at least did something and sent the message .

  • one fine day

    Aug 12, 2019 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #98

    Can’t even be arsed to go back over all the auto corrects but you get the drift

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 12, 2019 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #99

    Whatever happened to longstaff. Lost the midfield because of him piss poor along with lascelles. Both need dropping.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2019 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #100

    ilovetoon8788, I agree, and I’d like to see Schar, Manquillo, Almirón, Ritchie and Hayden dropped as well. The problem is that Benitez crammed the squad full of rubbish and there’s just not much to replace them with.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 12, 2019 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #101

    Summary in The Telegraph:-

    Daniel Zeqiri
    Newcastle’s response (after the goal) was tepid, never seriously stretching Arsenal despite the odd bright moment from substitute Allan Saint-Maximin who made his debut from the bench.
    Newcastle were adequate at the back, but they gave so many passes away in midfield. How is Bruce going to differentiate himself from Benitez and not simply be a Betamax version? Being a bit more expansive one presumes, but is he the coach for that and are these players comfortable? They have dangerous forwards but the rest of the team looks wary of crossing the halfway line.
    Jason Mellor
    On this evidence, Steve Bruce is moulding a team capable of competing well in the Premier League. Visiting teams and three points will not be regular bedfellows at St James’ Park this season.
    Faint praise indeed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #102

    I think you’ll find it’s you who’s lying. I never said you wanted Rafa over Bruce. What I said was you wanted to see the back of him, I don’t care how many times, endless times you said you wanted him here a d funded. Your constant slagging of the guy was ceaseless and is worse now he is gone. Where is there any evidence he wanted the same money as Pep, shame he spunked that Murphy money and we could have afforded to pay him that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #103

    Who’s to say we’d have lost this same fixture. With 62M to spend on who he wanted, a sellout crowd of genuine fans, massive flags and real optimism, I think it might have been slightly different. A lot of you completely forgetting what it was like four years ago under McLaren

  • Paully

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #104

    Jail hits the nail on the head.

  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #105

    Munsters opinions don’t mean squat

    He was posting stuff to himself the other day
    Obviously posts with multiple accounts
    At the time it was him and bills tag teaming so it’s at least those two

    Most likely just another JIB alt/ alts

  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #106

    You think we will see any flags with the traitor on them this season ?

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #107

    It was Arsenal, top six team, players wanting to impress the manager.
    Now if we lose to Norwich then things are really screwed up with our team, we should be looking at Norwich who didn’t purchase anyone as a six pointer.

  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #108

    If we lose to Norwich it’s game over for the traitor
    Hard to believe it’s possible but it’s true

    This seasons an utter car crash

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #109

    Darlow should come in for the Norwich game. Dubravka looked like Matz Sels at times yesterday. We could have easily conceded a couple more with his errors of judgement,

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #110

    Around 10,000 stayed away from SJP give or take a 1000, figures from the police are expected to be 42,000.

    That’s massive, nearly 20% of the fans didn’t turn up, that’s huge in anyones books.

    Its had massive coverage worldwide now people who dont understand why the fan base is so upset will start to ask questions.

    The is just the start, I’m sure with the help Bruce is going to give if TMG call for another boycott we’ll see more empty seats, other fans now know others have and will give up a match to support the removal of Ashley

    #BoycottAshley #ashleyout

  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #111



  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #112



  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #113

    I don’t know if we see a different tv telecast here down under, but the vacant seats were certainly highlighted with commentary to that effect.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #114

    toon22, you do construct a highly intelligent argument which I find difficult to counter.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #115

    What surprised me most was the lack of vocal support in the ground.

    All I’ve heard for weeks is get behind the team and those there sat in virtual silence, out sung by Arsenal in level 7

    It’s safe to say if TMG boycott again those at the ground on Sunday can stay away as their support wont be missed.

    #BoycottAshley #ashleyout

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #116

    I wonder what the away support will be like now.

    Once season tickets were giving up all loyalty points were taken from that fan.

    I’m wondering if they’ll still get tickets, I know quite a few that are only going to away matches.

    Hope they can still get to away games.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #117


  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #118

    They can’t hide what’s on the pitch the same as they can’t hide the crowd
    After all of those years they’ve chased away the supporters , those who sang

    What’s left will soon get sick and not return

  • hibbit

    Aug 12, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #119

    it will be interesting when the match commanders attendance figure or the health & safety true attendance numbers are released/leaked not the clubs number of 47500 which is purely based on tickets sold not people in the ground which is the true attendance,

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 12, 2019 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #120

    It wouldn’t have been Rafa’s team this time last year that’s a terrible comparison. It would have been Rafa’s team at the end of last season, with new signings. Tsk tsk tsk.


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