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Was Yesterday A Bump In The Road Or A Sign Of Things To Come?

Newcastle had two great chances to score early yesterday, but both shots ended up not on target. The first was when Matt Ritchie found Emil Krafth in the box, and the Swede chested it down nicely, but his shot sailed well over the bar.

It would have been some moment for the debut boy, but Krafth is no finisher. The right-back has only scored 1 goal since leaving the Swedish Allsvenskan league four years ago.

The second opportunity was even more disappointing because it came from Joelinton. He did well to get into the box, and Isaac Hayden’s cross was perfect. However, Joeliton’s header flew by the post just inches away from scoring his first Newcastle goal.

He really should have scored, and that was another missed opportunity for Newcastle yesterday. However, Joelinton is not getting enough chances, and that is a worry. He didn’t have a high strike rate in Germany or Austria, at only about one goal in four games.

Newcastle are going to find it very hard to score, and that was one of the main worries going into this season. Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez were Newcastle’s two top scorers last season, and both are gone. This leaves Fabian Schar with 4 goals as the returning top scorer.

Miguel Almiron– didn’t link well with Joelinton at Norwich

Miguel Almiron was not relied upon to score goals last season. He had just joined from Atlanta United where he averaged about 1 goal in 3 games. Last season, in his ten appearances he failed to score but his presence increased opportunities for Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez.

This season with just two forwards it’s becoming more alarming that Joelinton and Almiron are just not clicking at the moment. They were better against Arsenal as Almiron’s running created some space for Joelinton.

Yesterday, Joelinton was left far too isolated, and Almiron just did not do enough to help the Brazilian in the final third.

Someone who knows all about being a Newcastle number 9 is Alan Shearer. Here are some of his comments from Match of the Day as published in the Chronicle.

“Where do you start with Newcastle? Terrible defensively, no creativity at all,”

“Scoring goals will be a big problem for Newcastle unless they change things – and they have to change one thing. There is too much distance between Joelinton and Almiron.

“Joelinton had no support, he’s got to hold the ball up for too long, and there’s no-one within 40 to 50 yards of him.

“Almiron hasn’t scored for Newcastle and one of the reasons why is his lack of movement. I spoke earlier about players getting into the box and gambling, and he’s got to do that.

“He’s a forward, Newcastle need him to score and assist.

“There was no-one supporting or assisting Joelinton, but Almiron has got to get further forward if Newcastle are going to score goals.

“Time and time again, Joelinton was on his own. They could have played for another three or four hours, and I wouldn’t have fancied those two to combine.

“They’ve got to work as a partnership better.”

It’s just not working with the 3-5-2 formation. There are not enough players getting forward for this system to work.

The wing-backs sat too deep while out of possession and there is no one in the midfield three who can bomb into the box to provide support for the front two.

The wing-backs also have to be able to beat their man for this system to be effective and our wing-backs just don’t consistently do this.

The entire team was poor yesterday as Norwich was afforded too much time and space. The Newcastle midfield had no ball-winners and the back three failed to handle Norwich’s attacking threats.

It was definitely a step backward for Newcastle but how far remains to be seen. If Newcastle can work it out this week and perform better at Tottenham then this could just be a bump in the road.

41 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1


  • c-dog

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    A sign of things to come

  • IrishRob

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Oooh the satisfaction!!

  • Cathedral on the hill

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Well that was just an embarrassment of catastrophic proportions wasn’t it. Welcome to the baffling, befudling, dysfunctional world of sports direct united where nothing the club does actually makes any sense.

    Scounts scouting young technical unproven foreign players, bought by a complete idiot of a managing director because they fit into certain financial parameters and on the premise they will increase in value. Given to a complete muppet of a head coach who doesn’t want them, never heard of them, can’t coach them properly, cant play them in the right positions and wont improve them. Thrown in at the deep end to the club in a relegation battle (5th consecutive one) into a toxic, poisonous atmosphere where there expected to perform at the drop of a hat. It simply doesn’t work. I mean what could possibly go wrong?

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5


    there’s definitely no need for anyone to be calling for a boycott, it has to be a decision fans make themselves,

    Bruce will turn more folk away than any call to arms could achieve,

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Outplayed, outfought and out thought.

    Where do I start…

    Jo didn’t look good but knocking long balls up and expecting Rondon like hold up play is all wrong.

    Why play a five man midfield and let the defenders continually by pass them by knocking it long? Crazy.

    Almiron, as he did against Arsenal, was dropping deep into our half to pick the ball up and leaving Jo isolated up front – if Bruce told him to stay further up the field he was ignored.

    What the hell was Hayden doing playing almost as a right wing back? He did OK but it left gaping holes in our centre mid every time we lost the ball.

    And as for Shelvey and Ki, there was absolutely no composure or interplay between them at all. With Hayden suck out wide right most of the time there was nobody to put a tackle in in centre mid.

    What really concerned me was that all of the above was obvious after 20 minutes and nothing was done then or at half time to change tactics.

    IMO Bruce needs to ditch 3-5-2 now and go to 4411 at least until he has more time to work on 3-5-2 in training.

    Hayden and Longstaff need to come back into centre mid with Ritchie at LWB and Kraft at RB and Manquillo at RWB.

    Almiron, ASM and Muto need to fight it out for the position behind Jo even if it means Muto ends up playing and £40M sits on the bench.

    Any ego over playing 3-5-2 needs to be binned for the time being.

    Practising 3-5-2 in Prem games is looking like a car crash at the minute.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Mike Ashley@MoneyMikeAshley

    Pukki might’ve been a better free transfer than Andy Carroll in hindsight.

    Wouldn’t have sold as many season tickets as Andy though, and that’s what it’s all about


  • Just a fan

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t be so insulting
    I’ve probably been to more games than you ever been to and still have a season ticket
    Not just insulting but inaccurate

  • dougie

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Let’s be honest, anyone that understands football knows that with this manager and squad we will be relegated.Only a world class operator like Benítez could keep us up but he’s gone now,forced out by incompetent muppets.Its possible we could have the lowest points tally in Premiership history judging by what we’ve seen so far.Beaten by the worst Arsenal team I’ve seen and then walloped by Norwich with half their team out.Relegation is nailed on and I don’t think we will be going straight back up.It might be the best way to get rid of the parasite.

  • posada

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Yes he will.
    Bruce is the tip of the ice berg.
    It’s what lies underneath that causes this.

    A useless CEO if that is what he is.
    A useless director of football, whoever that is.

    How come no one has the balls to say to Ashley. This simply does not work. It cannot work.
    Well, probably because they are all getting something out of it and are a self supporting group of idiots.
    The King was in the altogether, but preened himself at ……………………………………

  • danishmag

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    After the Spurs game we might will be last in the league..
    And we are gonna stay there all season.
    No reason for watching more of this dreadfull shite. The players has given up too, it was obvious yesterday. The man responsible for us hacking one of the best defenses in the league is gone.. The two up front scoring almost all the goals last season are gone..
    There is NOTHING at all, that indicates that we will begin to see anything positive this season.

    People on here talking about how good Hayden is, says it all.. He is shite!! Walks arround lazy and not caring. He and the rest are Championship players at best.

    100%… We will end 20th and be relegated.. (as i said before the season started, with 25points)

  • posada

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    The club could not attract a top manager due to the situation with the owner etc.
    The same is true of players.
    We only get the ones with limited options or the ones that can’t believe their luck when Charmless waves the cheque book.
    How many players have not wanted to be here from the moment they arrive.
    Riviere/Thauvin etc.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Almiron is the only real quality player in that team and even then he can’t drag a whole team out of it. You can see him starting brightly in each game and then fading once the other team takes control. Hayden shows plenty of courage, desire and will. But the fact that a championship player is fast becoming one of our best players speaks volumes.

    Still amazed at the people that thought we looked good last week.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #14

    All the people who slammed Pardew. He has a better record than Bruce, I believe he is a better manager than Bruce. The problem is all you Newcastle fans are sheep and refuse to voice an opinion unless the majority do so. The boycott is a prime example of that.

    If Joelinton’s name was Joselu and cost 5 million then yous would all be calling him rubbish. He cost 40 million so he seems to be judged differently.

  • aussiemag

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    For mine definitely a sign of things to come under Bruce I’m afraid. I feel if we keep the same formation that Rafa had us playing last season we would have had more cohesion within the side. As Bruce has changed the formation even though as slightly as it is, will take the team at least 1/3 of the season to gel I feel and that will steady is for relegation or just about to be honest. Sorry to be negative it’s just an observation is all.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16


    Well said! All of it. ‘Newcastle’ fans talking about us being pessimistic, sorry like for understanding the situation we are in because I actually know my football and care about the current state of affairs at this football club.

    Annoys me that these same Newcastle fans will then call for Bruce out and Ashley out halfway through the season when it is too late and history repeats itself for the umpteenth time.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail I didnt see the game but was pretty worried after arsenal. I predicted 2-2 yesterday but was concerned beforehand. More concerned now. Before you start your usual lies about what I said, I never advocated steve bruce or congratulated ashley for the appointment. All I said was to give the man a chance. And so far its not looking good. The next issue will be where and how charnley looks for a replacement. Fat Sam?

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    @Munster Mag

    All for giving people chances that deserve them. I’ll give Joelinton a chance because as bad as he has looked, I have only seen him play 2 games.

    Steve Bruce however, I know is a manager out of depth for the Premier League.

    Mike Ashley however, I know is a manipulative liar who has misused ownership of this football club far too many times.

  • big bob

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Thought according to the Rafa haters with Bruce we were going to play more attacking football must be missing this 2 games were poor against arsenal you could see arsenal could lift there game and Norwich who had injury crisis we were a shambles

  • lochinvar

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Can anyone enlighten me as to the Premier League coaching experience that the other two Steves in the coaching team have ?

    Ok they have experience from elsewhere and can gain more experience by now being in the Premiere League but learning on the job is not what this is about.

    If we get thumped off Spurs I would expect Charnley to sack all three and resign himself.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #21

    As for formation, we might be better off with 442 at this stage

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Just a fan – I meant you should have been at the game yesterday – players off the ball weren’t tracking norwich players and generally standing off so when they received the ball they had tons of space – no closing down whatsoever

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Mafiaout, be glad u didnt have to share a pool and hotel with a crowing mackem in a red shirt and his family all in vaux gear. Not nice.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    How’s the Sunday training going ?
    Anyone gone to have a look ?
    All with smiling faces…….

    I always thought Sunday was a day of rest and for reflection and prayer.

    Pray for us, because this will take a miracle to sort out.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #25

    When I found out the injuries Norwich had I was like, this is perfect for Newcastle, team in transition can make the odd mistake and it shouldn’t hurt us, wow far of the Mark was I.

    I was losing my shite yesterday watching the game thinking this is the worst thing I have ever watched, only thing that made it enjoyable as a football fan was seeing the whistle blown.

    One day later I’m still pissed but we are only two games in and it didn’t help that our idiot transfer king didn’t get players in early enough to gel.

    Honestly I would drop Jonjo, play Sean with Isaac and put Matty on the one wing and Migs on the other, Big Joe upfront with Max assisting but playing closer to big joe.

    Our team needs to find that balance over the next four games or we screwed, it looked and felt like a sad day yesterday for the Toon. Thank god that wasn’t a home game.

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #26


    you both might know your football but neither of you know people,
    if you think that continually throwing insults out like that, will help in any way to achieve a solution to this impasse you couldn’t be any further from the truth if you tried

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #27

    @big bob

    Again, fickle football fans that only associate their selves to this sport when it concerns Newcastle United. And then they call us knackers for telling them how poor our new manager is compared to our previous because I have actually watched football in the last decade.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #28

    @Munster mag

    I actually watched the game at work with a mackem and all I could do was shrug my shoulders all game.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #29


    I know fickle football fans when I see them.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30


    i think you are being a bit optimistic with 25 points, totally agree with your ppint, 20th is where we will finish

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #31

    I will hope someone in the dressing room makes this statement, don’t piss off the fans.
    They will love you if we win, they will also love you when you lose, but only if you show heart and play for the badge.

  • big bob

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #32

    The players played the way the club is owned
    No drive no ambition no passion no will to be any better
    Club is dead under this owner and the support the team not the regime need to realise this quickly it’s only 2 games in but when we are rooted at the bottom after 10 games then panic will set in again at least with Rafa when in bottom 3 I always had total confidence but with this guy I have none but I do feel sorry for him nobody in his situation would turn it down

  • dougie

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Munster@23.I feel for you mate,it must have been horrible.I had the same problem when I was in Tenerife the week we last got relagated.The horrible fcukers round the pool were loving it.Never mind,all,s well that ends well,look at the daft cnuts now.

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #34


    even if you do know fickle football fans what good are the insults doing at this time, other than getting folks backs up and making them even more resolute to attend games to piss the likes of you off even further,

  • Big Archie

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Well done on crediting Almiron with the surge of goals from Rondon and Perez, just a shame even Miggi couldn’t get anything out of Joelinton.

    We got Shefqi Kuqi and Norwich got another Finn on a free transfer, this one named after Garfield’s teddy bear. 4 goals in 2 games – not a bad start, but he won’t be playing us every week.

  • Just a fan

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Ok you got me.
    Stopped going to away games when the hooligans meant when we went to London by bus you had to come home straight after match.
    Previously you got bus at kings cross at midnight after a canny night out in the smoke.
    Plus you just paid at the gate them days

  • lesh

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #37


    You can forget ‘Fat Sam’ as a Bruce replacement – he was reported as turning down an approach to replace Rafa.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #38

    When I read that Steve Bruce said “I’m not really into tactics” I genuinely thought somone was just joking and putting words into his mouth. Turns out he legitimately said that. To say I’m awestruck is an understatement, for any professional manager to think that, LET ALONE ADMIT IT, is just pathetic!! You wouldn’t see that in the National league.

  • posada

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #39

    What’s my guess. It has to be a guess without being part of the set up.
    Steve Bruce like Steve McClaren was out of his depth from the very start.
    The players already know this.

    We are back to that time when Lascelles made the comment – no one gives a fig.

  • Toon222

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #40

    We played at our best last season in a 442 with hayden and longstaff in center midfield, shelvey is a lazy twat, and hes a liability, hes a red card waiting to happen every game, to play a 442 lascelles must b dropped too, hes far too slow, fernandes in with shar, cant c bruce get too many points b4 christmas, its funny how good its making rafa look now, we can laugh at scumberland all we want but id swap with them now to hav a clean slate away from fatso, wer do these young managers who play keep the ball football come from and how do we never seem to get 1, if anything this is the type of play that would bring the the buzz back to st james park but we seem 2 dig up ever dinosaur out ther, rafas style wasnt great either but it was effective and with the players we have he done absolute miracles


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