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25-Year-Old Wants To See More Shots On Goal


Jetro Willems made his fifth Premier League start in the 1-0 loss at Chelsea yesterday. He found himself pinned back from the Chelsea attack and couldn’t make too many of his marauding runs forward.

However, the back five kept their shape and were able to withstand the Chelsea barrage for the most part on Saturday. It was a goal from Marcos Alonso that finally broke the Newcastle defense to allow Chelsea all three points.

The result was fair as Chelsea took it to Newcastle and dominated the second half. However, there were some positives to take from the match. Especially in the first half when Newcastle were able to frustrate Chelsea with their structured defense.


Jetro spoke to nufc.co.uk after the game. He reckons the lads did a fair job in defending but bemoans the lack of chances going forward:

“It was close. I think we had the game under control and we were a little bit unlucky. If it wasn’t for the goal I think we did good defensively – they have a good team and they are difficult players to play against.

“Attacking, we could do more. In the first half, we could have been more dangerous on the counter-attack. We had some chances – sometimes we were unlucky, but sometimes I think we need to just shoot when we are in front of goal.

“We have a good team and we can defend well. What we have seen in this game is we’re capable of doing that. But we need to stick together and do it together. If we don’t do things together, it is difficult. Now we have to turn the game next Sunday into a victory.”

Jetro has a bit more optimistic view of the game yesterday than many Newcastle fans. The lads put in a committed performance but Chelsea were clearly the better side.

The team was organized exceptionally well, and that does bode well for the future. Newcastle don’t look like they will score many goals this season, so the defense needs to do the work to keep them in games.

However, the front three need to get more efforts on target. Joelinton, in particular, did not get any shots away when Allan Saint-Maximin had gotten him in decent positions.

We still hold out a sliver of hope that it will come together for Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Miguel Almiron. They have only played together as front three for the past two matches and the first 15 minutes at Spurs. So it’s still early for the young trio.

The next match at St James Park against Wolves will be another difficult one. Wolves are unbeaten in their last three games in the league but are coming off a disappointing draw at home against Southampton.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player 1-0 Defeat At Chelsea?

  • Martin Dubravka (33%, 388 )
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (30%, 351 )
  • Fabian Schar (8%, 98 )
  • Ciaran Clark (8%, 97 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (4%, 48 )
  • Matty Longstaff (4%, 45 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (3%, 35 )
  • Miguel Almiron (3%, 30 )
  • Sean Longstaff (2%, 29 )
  • Dwight Gayle (2%, 23 )
  • Jetro Willems (1%, 13 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 11 )
  • Andy Carroll (1%, 10 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 3 )

Total Voters: 1,181

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70 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #1

    And another 50,000 fans too.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Whilst Joelinton needs time to develop, his technique is not exceptional and i don’t see how starting him is doing him any favours. Now we have Gayle and Carroll fit they could use their experience to soften up defenses.

    2
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #3

    missed the bus….twice.

    Nufc 83
    Well you should be bothered if you are going to throw shite and hope it sticks. Let me help you out.
    “Our previous manager would be getting crucified for spending 40 mil on a forward that hasn’t produced. Wonder why SB gets a pass?”
    That’s not slamming Bruce. That’s pointing out that Rafa gets stick for players he NEVER even signed, but was supposedly interested in. That’s the context and its for the closet Rafa haters on here. SB is getting a pass because its his JOB to train the lad up. I don’t need a reason to slam Bruce…I have made my opinion quite clear on him….he is crap.

    5
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #4

    and #2

    HWA
    We have been revamping for 12 years. We have been just surviving for 12 years. Its always next year….but it will never be next year as long as MA is here and buys players for re-sale value and not for success.

    7
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Lindisfarne

    Not completely disagreeing but how many other 40 mil. players have needed time to develop? Isn’t that why you pay 40 mil so they can slot in immediately?

    10
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Sports direct I’m still not getting how that isn’t asking for Bruce to be hammered for the transfer?

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  • cyprus

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #7

    If we can beat Man U and Liverpool can’t, does that mean we can beat Liverpool?

    2
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Cyprus I think you smashed it out the park before with the assessment on getting forward. Similar to that of Aces post.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #9

    No Cyprus, it means we can win the league!

    2
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Nufc 83

    To be “fair and balanced” as our friends on here say…he should be, but I didn’t slam him for it as you stated.

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #11

    83
    You’re assuming Bruce had an input in Joelinton signing, which he obviously didn’t, because we know Ashley wanted to sign him for whatever reason and offered £20 million of his own money!

    5
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #12

    He had nowt to do with any of the players who came in this year. Let’s see what January brings as he won’t have any excuses going forward.

    1
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Moonraker the opposite actually lol.

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  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Moonraker

    How do we know that Bruce didn’t have any say in the transfer. According to MA the deal for Joelinton was a done deal but Rafa didn’t want him. So why wait until after Bruce is appointed manager to seal the deal if it wasn’t to get the new managers input?

    1
  • jane

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #15

    lets not rule out mid-table/top half yet.
    we’ve played 5 of the ‘big 6’ in our first 9 matches winning 2.
    are only 3 points below mid-table.
    we will likely have a better indication of how the season is going to pan out after the next few games.

    2
  • jane

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #16

    the gulf between us and Chelsea is similar to the gulf between Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Sports Direct FC,
    My opinion is that they waited until the manager was in to present a facade that he wasn’t a complete patsy.

    6
  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeh lets be positive
    With a bit of luck we might just say scrape staying in the league
    So Jabba can trouser a large chunk of the transfer budget again
    And we can re roll the usual just say staying in the league again

    Without ambition

    8
  • Moonraker15

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #19

    SD FC
    The Joelinton signing was lined up for weeks Or months. I suggest they waited till Bruce came in as a courtesy rather than for his approval. He’s never gonna turn down a 40 million signing and probably thought he’d have more quality. Whoever made the decision on Miggy and Joelinton should be sacked! £60 million for those two is criminal!

    6
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Moonraker I hope you are held to them words.

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  • jane

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    i think the reason some fans want relegation is more that they don’t want Ashley to make money from staying up.

    2
  • Moonraker15

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon 22
    We’re going down !

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Moonraker15,
    Almiron was very much a Rafa signing, wanted him for over a year and imo he looked very good under a better manager.

    9
  • jane

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #24

    toon22 lets be positive.

    0
  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #25

    toon22
    Jabba can trouser a large chunk of the transfer budget again

    Or did we pay over the odds at £40M for Joelinton

    Make your mind up Plug

    1
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail,

    I’m just playing a bit of devil’s advocate. The blog continues to show its complete hypocrisy when it comes to our last manager and this one.

    Rafa is continually slammed for “his” signings (and slammed for supposedly having interest in a player) , as we all know he wasn’t getting his first choices, but Bruce? Well he can’t be criticized for players that were signed while he was manager.

    I actually don’t believe a word MA said about the joelinton transfer. I think it was a panic buy to try and appease the fans once Rafa was forced to leave. If not, why did it take 6 weeks to sign him when it was supposedly done before the end of the season.

    3
  • Moonraker15

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Jane/Jib or whoever you are.
    If we stay up we get more of Ashley (pointless)
    If we go down, eventually he has to sell.
    I’d rather have my club back and build it again. There is absolutely NO point in being in the prem with Ashley as owner. NO point!

    6
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib,

    Why can’t it be both?

    1
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Jane,

    What fans want relegation?? As stated previously I have only seen relegation mentioned if it meant MA would sell. Show us all those that want the club relegated.

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail
    Almiron looked good but didn’t produce a single thing; no assists, no goals, but we had 2 players who could score goals! We haven’t now!

    0
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Moonraker,

    I will disagree with the Almiron signing. He hasn’t lived up to the 20 mil price tag, that’s true, but he was playing better under Rafa than he is now. I won’t even say Joelinton signing is definitely a waste….but its not looking good right now.

    2
  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Excellent win today, Sheep shaggers to win the World Cup.

    1
  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Jeff

    6 million net spend in 13 years, and thats believing the 40 million wasnt money laundering

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Sports Direct FC,
    The hypocrisy is incredible, not once have we heard our regular critique harp on about Bruce attacking more and you can just imagine the reaction if Rafa had of signed Joelinton, Munster is still giving out stick for him wanting Sturridge at the eleventh hour.

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Moonraker15,
    He won the free kick that led to Rondon’s screamer against Bournemouth, the lad was a breath of fresh air last season and turned the season around.

    7
  • jane

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Sports Direct FC see Moonraker15#s comment #27.

    you can’t say i want relegation if Ashley leaves because he might not leave!

    0
  • jane

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #37

    “If we go down, eventually he has to sell.”

    Moonraker15 are you being serious? or are you just winding up?

    0
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Jane

    of course you can say that. I have not seen 1 person say “I want us to be relegated”. Its always “i will accept relegation IF it means MA will leave”. That is a huge difference. You keep saying people on here want us relegated, I am just asking for the people who are saying that.

    2
  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Jane

    I totally agree with Moonraker. If relegation gets rid of MA I am all for it.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #40

    We seem to have 2 very clear camps. Those who accept the status quo and happily accept it, even if we’re going down down!! Oldies will know what i did there.

    Or the other group who have just had enough of it all, a bit like brexit. Its really sad how split and divisive it has made us all. The constant difference of opinion is exhausting and draining.

    5

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