In a game that was hyped by the players and head coach as a must-win, Newcastle were second best for much of the evening. From the opening whistle, Brighton bossed the game at St James Park with Newcastle clueless as to how to stem the tide.
A positive that we can take away is that not many players dropped their heads in a very frustrating atmosphere. They continued to try even when their efforts were not yielding the desired results.
One player who represented the desire to get something from the match most was our Swiss defender Fabian Schar. Fabian’s heart was on full display as he cleared an Aaron Connolly shot from the goal line with an incredible overhead kick and with only millimeters to spare.
Fabian Schar has spoken with the Chronicle, and he’s not minced his words about how the lads played. This is Fabian’s take on the dreadful performance:
“We played a sh*t game – what can I say? We were lucky to get a point. But we played a bad game, that’s it.
“We move on to the next game but we have to improve on this.
“It’s a positive that the fans stayed with us. But we need to do more for them in the home games.
“We need to play much better. Today was a really bad game for ourselves and that’s all I can really say.”
That’s a blunt but honest reflection of Saturday’s performance. Fabian doesn’t feel the need to sugarcoat it in the slightest.
In the end, a point was salvaged, but it was an opportunity lost for Newcastle. Not only to climb the table but also to show that there is a sense of direction for this team. Unfortunately, they failed to give the fans any sense of ease that they are on the right track under Bruce.
But it’s time to move on to Leicester City where the players should be itching to put in an improved performance. Hopefully, they can do just that to get them moving back in the right direction.