Yesterday, former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark wrote about how Newcastle’s loss to Leicester City was not only a low point in the season but also a watershed moment.
After that disastrous display, Newcastle have played much better and taken 10 points in the last 5 matches. Before the Leicester City match, Newcastle were quite inconsistent. They played very well at Tottenham to get their first win of the season but also had poor performances at Norwich and at home against Brighton.
Since the Leicester City loss, Newcastle have played very well with the minor exception of the second half against Wolves. Though, in retrospect, some of that had to do with an excellent Wolves side waking up after the break.
Jetro Willems is one of Newcastle’s players who have come alive over the past couple of months. While he showed glimpses of his quality in the first few months, he’s been an absolute terror to the opposition over the past few weeks.
Jetro Willems– one of many shots against Bournemouth
The Chronicle have interviewed the 25-year-old Dutchman, and Willems echoes the belief that Newcastle have found their footing after a wayward start to the campaign.
This is some of what the marauding left wing-back had to say:
“We were looking a bit confused as a team not too long ago. In previous games, we looked tired but now are looking quite safe.
“We’ve had a break and we rested well. We won our last match well against AFC Bournemouth and have two wins out of two so it’s looking good.
“We showed we could fight as we came back from behind. Not just in the second half of that game, the first half too.”
Willems was outstanding against Bournemouth at both ends of the pitch. His ability to get forward and into the box, along with DeAndre Yedlin on the right, has opened up all types of opportunities in the attack.
Newcastle took over 20 shots against Bournemouth and had 9 on target. Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale put in an outstanding performance for the Cherries, or it could have been a much worse scoreline for them.
What impressed us most about the win, as Jetro has mentioned, was the lads did not buckle after a poor start. They kept fighting and were able to slowly turn the tide and come away with three points.
We are anxious to see if they can take this excellent form into Monday’s match at Aston Villa after the long break. Steve Bruce, during his press conference, said the lads were still buzzing off the back of two straight wins. So let’s hope they will continue with their spirited performance on Monday.