Former Aston Villa and Manchester City defender Micah Richards doesn’t think it’s time for panic just yet at Newcastle. Richards, who played under Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, has an article at bbc.com in which he attempts to placate fears that Newcastle are already irreversibly doomed.
This is what Richards said about Newcastle’s performance on Sunday:
Things look pretty grim for Newcastle after Sunday’s heavy defeat by Leicester but I don’t think they need to press the panic button yet.
Yes, the second half at the King Power Stadium turned into a total nightmare for the Magpies but you have to remember they were down to 10 men and were playing an in-form Foxes side, who went after them relentlessly.
I actually thought the Magpies were decent defensively and held a good line until Isaac Hayden was sent off, and it was only after the break when their heads dropped and things got messy.
We thought Newcastle played decently up until the Ricardo goal. The players inexplicably let the Portuguese right-back waltz straight through the defense after gathering the ball at the halfway line. His subsequent shot beat Dubravka, and after that we saw nothing from Newcastle.
Leicester City, sensing a wounded animal, turned the screws on Newcastle in a bid for a second goal. They didn’t find that until the second half but Hayden’s red card just before half-time was just the final nail in an already closing coffin.
While the two quick goals to start the second half were unlucky – the second was a Dubravka error and the third was from a deflection – the team had a collective sense of defeat surrounding them. They showed no fight in them whatsoever.
Richards went on to talk about what Bruce would have said after the game and how he’ll try to get it sorted this week for the Manchester United:
He will have been talking about what the team needs to do better as a whole. That is what his focus will be on now, and it is only September, so he has got time to put it right.
Next weekend’s home game against Manchester United is a massive one and a chance to change the mood at St James’ Park – where he is yet to get a win.
The players are going to be under an awful lot of pressure to show the home fans that they have what it takes to turn this season around. It seems like every week there is an emphasis on the player’s showing a reaction. That does not augur well for the future.
While they did put in a reaction at Tottenham, the rest of the performances have crossed a spectrum from underwhelming to shambolic. It reminds us too much of our two relegation seasons. So while it is still early, the likelihood that the people at the top will dither before any required action means it’s time to at least sound some alarms.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 5-0 Submission At Leicester City?
- Fabian Schar (21%, 186 )
- Andy Carroll (21%, 181 )
- Christian Atsu (12%, 103 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (7%, 58 )
- Sean Longstaff (6%, 55 )
- Isaac Hayden (6%, 54 )
- Miguel Almiron (5%, 44 )
- Yoshinori Muto (4%, 39 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (4%, 34 )
- Emil Krafth (4%, 34 )
- Joelinton (3%, 27 )
- Paul Dummett (3%, 25 )
- Martin Dubravka (2%, 20 )
- Ki Sung-yueng (1%, 8 )
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