Where do Newcastle go now after yesterday’s dismal performance against Norwich City? The optimist will think, well this is the deepest part of the pit, and we’ll begin to crawl our way slowly out now. The pessimist will be ready for the descent further into the muck that Newcastle United are in at the moment.
Either way, both sets of fans will be filled anticipation of what awaits them over the next few weeks. We haven’t got a clue what this Newcastle team is at the moment.
We saw flashes of something forming in the first match at home against Arsenal. It was a followed by one of the worst displays by a Newcastle squad in recent memory. It combined a lack of direction from the coaching staff, as well as a lack of commitment from the players on the pitch.
Newcastle started the game under an onslaught from Norwich which was to be expected. Norwich manager Daniel Farke hinted as much leading up to the match. There was no secret as to how Norwich were going to play.
Steve Bruce– back to the drawing board at Newcastle
Newcastle had no answers and after a week to prepare for Norwich, the lack of a plan is very concerning going forward. In the Chronicle, Steve Bruce had the following comments about what Newcastle had tried to do.
“Once we turn it over can we counter-attack quickly?
“When you play with the system we are playing with, it is important you get on to your shape quick.
“The first pass, for example.
“We put two crosses into the box, and we basically should have scored twice.”
While Newcastle did have two excellent opportunities to score on the break yesterday, they didn’t do enough to force more of those chances. They didn’t pressure Norwich enough and didn’t keep their defensive shape when they were under pressure.
It was a poor performance that Newcastle fans should be extremely concerned over.
Steve Bruce said as much yesterday in the following comments also published in the Chronicle.
“It is a big disappointment, and it always will be.
“You can’t take them for granted.
“They had a long way home after a disappointing performance.”
Now, Steve Bruce will have to formulate something for Tottenham next Sunday. It will be a big ask for this squad to get anything at Spurs.
We understand that this squad is still being primed at the moment and is far from the final product. However, we hoped for signs of progress at Norwich and saw the exact opposite.
Steve had the following comments about the week ahead as he prepares the team for Spurs:
“I will go back to work this week and try to get prepared better and look forward to Tottenham.
“We all know that the players can do better than that and it’s something we’ll look at.”
The players can do better, and they will know that. Everyone must do better. For Steve to be successful, he must get the best out of this team, and that begins on the training pitch.
This past week wasn’t good enough. Former Norwich and Newcastle forward Darren Huckerby summed it up best. The Newcastle fans do deserve much better.
Brilliant performance from #Ncfc dominate from start to finish, Newcastle were poor, Newcastle fans deserve better
— Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6) August 17, 2019