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Newcastle Legend Rates Yesterday’s Performance As Poor

Alan Shearer in his Sunday column for the Sun reflected on Newcaste’s defeat against Arsenal yesterday.

Alan thought yesterday’s performance was a poor one. He bemoaned the lack of chances as the team only had two efforts on target.

He was, however, impressed with the defensive contribution in the first half as Arsenal were only able to muster a couple of scoring chances.

Alan Shearer– wants to see more from Almiron and Joelinton

Shearer did not think the partnership of Joelinton or Almiron linked up well at all. He thought Almiron was forced to drop too deep and that they only had a couple of touches that led to anything threatening.

This is what Shearer wrote about the two strikers:

But, especially in the first half, he and Miguel Almiron played too far apart from each other and weren’t effective.

They had one or two neat touches and Joelinton was unlucky with an effort in the first half.

The Brazilian didn’t really have that partnership with Almiron you need — the Paraguayan was being forced to drop deeper than he wanted to because of Arsenal’s midfield five.

Alan also added that Joelinton was not offered much in the quality of delivery into the box therefore greatly limiting his impact on the game.

We don’t think the performance was poor by any means. There were a lot of positives to take from yesterday. One of which is that we can point to exactly what went wrong.

Newcastle started the game on the front foot and were dominant in the first twenty minutes. Arsenal came back and slightly edged the rest of the first half. That half ended a bit flat with both teams losing possession far too needlessly.

The second half started very similarly to how the first one ended with too many wayward passes from both sides. It was the introduction of Jetro Willems that would lead to Newcastle’s downfall.

After his introduction, it seemed like the team lacked any shape as Willems was unsure of where to play when first coming on. Matt Ritchie was then thrust into midfield and even Sean Longstaff was visibly confused as to what was going on as Isaac Hayden barked instructions to him.

Then a Paul Dummett pass out to the left-wing was intercepted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles whose cross Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clinically put away.

That pass by Dummett was in retrospect not too dangerous but Willems just stood there and Maitland-Niles pounced. On the subsequent cross, Lascelles drifted inside and left Aubameyang unmarked as he came into the box.

After this, Newcastle were bereft of any ideas and it seemed like they had no plan. This is what cost them the game. The goal was a very poor one to concede but the fact that they offered no mounting charge to close the game is the most disappointing.

One mistake is often the difference between a decent result and a defeat. This team has a lot of work to do for sure. There is talent in this squad and they just need more repetitions together in training to make everything come together.

At least that is the “glass half full” way of looking at yesterday. There is an alternative view but we’re still going to hold out hope that Steve Bruce can get the best out of these players.

26 comments so far

  • Mund

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Got to say regardless of the numbers who protested or boycotted I think after seeing it being covered by media outlets and even match of the day it has to be called a success.

    I never believed it would get the amount of attention and coverage it did. With that I think it has been the first successful step in the attempt to be rid of Ashley. I’m still unsure what this can achieve but the signs yesterday are positive at least we are being heard rather than the world hidden from whats going on at this club.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    The bench was ridiculous as were the subs.

    No midfield cover. Incredible.

    Ritchie in central midfield, mmmm. Where did Steve Bruce pull that from? Has he ever played there? I doubt it.

    He simply should have brought on St Max for the injured Shelvey, and gone 3-4-3.

    I like Steve bruce and want him too succeed and thought we did ok, until Shelvey came off, but those decisions by the manager were beyond odd.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail we could have the richest owner in the world but if he doesn’t invest then my argument still stands.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree Nicky I couldn’t work out what the hell Bruce was doing. The performance was decent enough overall however it had Rafa stamped all over it and he needs to develop his own style otherwise he will be gone by Xmas.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Why should we be happy with non competing, Leicester are trying to better themselves as are Wolves, you are saying we should be happy knowing our owner won’t invest rather than can’t.

  • Mund

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6


    Final league pos. 11th
    Final points. 51
    League cup. Quarters
    FA cup. 5th round
    Player of the season. Joelinton
    Top goal scorer. Joelinton
    Goals scored. 11

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    What was our bet again, I forgot the terms.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail that’s like saying why should I be happy with 100 grand would much rather have a million.

  • hibbit

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    my comment when the team was announced


    Aug 11, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11
    good line up but disappointed with the bench !!!

  • hibbit

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Bills Son’s comment !!!

    Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 11, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #16
    Bruce has set the bench up to revert to a back four if necessary and change the attack to ASM and/or Muto.

    Good bench imo.

  • simon376

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I’ve got to say well done to everyone who took part in the boycott. From the start I was very unsure as didn’t think it would make a difference and only thing that will is a big offer to come into shift him. I still think the only real thing will be the big offer, but the coverage it got was brilliant. Match of the day really covered it well. Let’s just hope it means the wheels are turning somewhere and it does help to bring the move of him closer

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    The supporter unrest is well known now but unless fans start getting behind the team we will be relegated in no time. Sadly I dont think that will shift ashley.

  • kimbo

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    A couple of hundred of people demonstrating will have no effect on Ashley, the only positive thing from the game is that Ashley was lost £40M on Joelinton and his £5million compensation he will have to pay Steve Bruce at xmas.

  • martoon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail @7 – I can’t remember either but it was quite complicated based on FF points per week – maybe it might be easier just to say whoever finishes with fewer points in FF makes a donation to SBR charity?

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Kimbo what a horrible little cxxxt you are. Why would you make out Joelinton failure is a positive. Go and support the unwashed you little rat.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Part of me thinks it will be best if we lose our first ten games so we can get rid of Bruce and get a proper manager in. But i know we will just replace Bruce with another Bruce. If Charnley has been picking these dinosaurs he’s to blame and should be sacked immediately, or at least have that duty given to somebody who knows about football. After employing Carver there should have been an inquiry. After employing McLaren there should have been an inquiry. After Pardew, JFK an inquiry. Who is responsible for the fact we generally have the worst manager by far in the top flight? How can we ever hope for success with this policy? With a competent DoF we could be a solid top ten team.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17

    To blame fans for the potential relegation of the team is ludicrous.

    A non argument used to deflect blame and criticism.

    What’s going to get the club relegated is poor infrastructure, lack of investment, neglect and failure to maintain facilities and running the club on a shoe string.

    Don’t blame boycotts or protests, take a look in the mirror then take a look at Ashley’s rap sheet.

    #BoycottAshley #ashleyout

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Nicky I thought I was misunderstanding Bruce when he talked about Ritchie ! I also want him to succeed obviously but will highlight concerns just as I did with benitez. Fair and balanced calling it as I see it, just like with rafa. One game in, i’m worried for sure. I hope the fan unrest stays outside the ground because we need support in the ground. Ive no doubt some on here want relegation but that could just put us in a long term nottm forest scenario with crowds of 30k.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #19

    OP, If st james becomes atmospherefree, then forget it . Relegation for sure. We all know re ashley but the team needs encouragement. Do u think st max will thrive in a zombie stadium like yesterday? U are accurate on the big picture, not the small one.

  • one fine day

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #20

    Final league pos. 15th
    Final points. 44
    League cup. 2 nd
    FA cup. 4 th
    Player of the season longstaff
    Top goal scorer.joelinton
    Goals scored. 7
    Also new takeover announced mid November to cancel the January window
    Rinse and repeat

  • ArtyH

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Commendations to the 300 who braved the conditions yesterday ( is Newcastle to be twinned with Thermopylae??? as it was a valiant effort but ended in defeat ). Such a shame that their efforts to save the club were thwarted by the fools who attended the game. I know several folk who went because they knew they could get tickets and there were some that were given tickets by business and other season ticket holders. Completely diluted the effect.
    On the field why was Ki not played in his usual role??? IMHO this is the tactical nouse which will lead to the club being relegated as it is diametrically opposed to what a good and decent manager would have done. Same mistakes made by the same management. Who said ” judge me after 10 games ” and S.D UTD were relegated and it took a Manager to get us promoted and he was then treated with contempt and allowed to walk. Groundhog year again this year.
    I wonder what Rafa could have done with the new recruits, bet it would have been a different lineup and a different outcome!!!
    Hope all those who attended enjoyed the free flowing attacking football served up by the cabbage, the squad has potential, in the right hands, but not with this coach!!!.

  • Bryan

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Right the boycott is over, I think it served its purpose but lets move on for gods sake. If you want to boycott anything boycott Sports Direct not the support of the team. Every week I see NUFC supporters piling out of SD on Northumberland St. armed to the teeth in SD carrier bags. How hypercritical is that. This team needs all 52,000 supporters behind them for the rest of the season. A lot of people may not like the appointment of Steve Bruce but he’s here and deserves the chance to prove all the doubters wrong. Dont prejudge him on what hes done in the past judge him after 25 games. Rafa was put so high up on a pedestal by us all that in our eyes he could do no wrong and I think that isn’t good for any club. Remember, last season we were winless in our first 10 games and played some of the worst football I had seen in 45 years of supporting NUFC, but no one had a derogatory word to say about it simply because it was Rafa. I hope Steve Bruce gets the same treatment when/if we have a really bad patch because like Rafa he is the manager of OUR football club. Remember, support the team not the regime.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #23

    NUFC 83 140 previous

    We ended last season by giving the European Champions Liverpool, more than a game, only to be mugged of a point by a dodgy ref decision, we destroyed Fulham 4 0 last game away, since then we have replaced Rondon with a 40 £Mill striker Joelinton, replaced Perez with £20Mill midfielder ASM, our starting lineup included Dubravka Schar,Lascelles Hayden Shelvey Longstaff,Almiaron ,Joelinton ASM off the bench. We were up against a under strength Arsenal lineup, weak at the back, with a new a new keeper, we had not far short of 50.000 fans there to support the team.
    Pardon me for my optimism,for thinking we could start the season by hitting the ground running.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Bryan 22

    Why is it so important for a SJP 52.000 sell out ? that means we only need 2.000 more Arsenal fans to make a lot more noise.

  • Bryan

    Aug 12, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Dig n dig 24
    The point I was trying to make is, a full house backing the players can only benefit the team and I think they are going to need every last one of our support this season.

  • toonluvva

    Aug 12, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #26


    Final league position 16th
    Points 39
    League cup out at first attempt
    FA cup 3rd round exit
    Top goalscorer Joelinton
    Number of goals scored by above 10

    Can I also include January transfer business as -£20m when we sell and do not replace any player(s)


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