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 )
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