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Alan Shearer Unimpressed With Poor Newcastle Display


Alan Shearer rarely tweets after a Newcastle defeat. However, he has taken to Twitter after the paltry 2-0 loss at Aston Villa. This was Alan’s concise but very accurate account of Newcastle’s performance.

Newcastle offered far too little going forward and have reverted back to their pre-West Ham anemia in the final third. We are just sickened at this performance. Why on earth would you go to newly-promoted Aston Villa and set up so deep?

Bruce should have had the lads raring to go for this match, but instead he chose to have them just sit back and invite pressure. Jack Grealish has just returned from a month away but didn’t show any signs of rust. That’s partly because we just let Villa control the match.

Jamaal Lascelles’s absence was felt at the back. Also, having Ciaran Clark play on the right side of the back three was not a good decision. In hindsight, Fabian Schar should have come back in, and Clark should have played on the left in place of Paul Dummett.

Jonjo Shelvey was basically a fourth center-back in the first half, and he sat far too deep and that hurt our midfield’s effectiveness. Shelvey was not inspired by the captain’s armband, and while he pinged the ball around a bit, he was far too ineffective.

There will be some fights for first-team places in training this week. This was a feeble display, and no one’s place should be safe.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-0 Defeat At Aston Villa?

  • Martin Dubravka (44%, 322 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (28%, 203 )
  • Jetro Willems (8%, 55 )
  • Federico Fernandez (4%, 27 )
  • Andy Carroll (3%, 20 )
  • Isaac Hayden (2%, 17 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (2%, 17 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (2%, 15 )
  • Miguel Almiron (2%, 11 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 10 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 9 )
  • Christian Atsu (1%, 9 )
  • Paul Dummett (1%, 8 )
  • Ciaran Clark (1%, 5 )

Total Voters: 728

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106 comments so far

  • Thump

    Nov 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #1

    The most worrying thing for me came late in the game. Yedlin and Atsu were struggling for options, and we had 4 players in the box all just standing their like it was a set piece.

    That and the sheer amount of times we let Villa dribble and pass in the box. No pressure at all unless Max was on the ball.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll dedicate this to the higher IQ’s in the blog family……

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Thump,

    It was a pretty open game in the end. We were pressing (not very successfully)
    Of course it was bitterly disappointing….lots of players were not at their best

    But, the reaction of many fans is a bit OTT (as it is when we win)

    2
  • Oldgit1

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see Joelinton being a goal scorer, that has to be his worst game ever. The future ain’t looking bright for this 40m striker. Just hope that it was only £20m with add ons. There was nothing in the forward line that said goals. Miggy sorry, you ain’t going to cut it in this league.

    3
  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #5

    This is just your average season with a Jabba as an owner

    It won’t change till he is gone

    8
  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Miggy might do will in a good team

    We are very far away from being a good team

    4
  • NY Mag

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Oldgit1,

    To be fair to him, he had nothing to play with / from tonight….there was very little for him to work with.
    Gayle came on, did he even touch the ball?

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Knowing that Joelinton cannot hold up play and he loses most challenges I certainly would not be busting a gut to race upfield for no benefit.

    3
  • NY Mag

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Mr. T

    You make a very good comment, but aren’t the players in question supposedly to be playing upfront anyway? (At least up and around joelinton)

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m in an obvious minority as I thought Shelvey was our best player, always trying to make something happen and putting in a good shift.

    Almiron was a real disappointment and completely bollocksed up one of best chances, Atsu needs a start before him, and I’d give AC a start ahead of Joel.

    The defence was poor today and we need Schaar and Lejeune back asap.

    Our lads did OK to draw the second half but were abysmal in the 1st.

    Still with an easy game coming up!!!

    5
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #11

    NY Mag
    20 by the way.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #12

    I did think some of the refs decisions were very home biased, but that’s nowt unusual!

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Bill,

    As always, I’ll go with your count
    And of course it’s always OTT on this this blog if we lose (and even if we win)

    We lost, fair and square…..March onto to Saturday

    1
  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Just a thought

    When was the last time you saw a SD advert on the tv that wasn’t in our ground ?

    3
  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #15

    That’s the reason he won’t ever sell us

    2
  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #16

    toon22 @6: Piggy *has* done better under the previous management.

    0
  • NY Mag

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #17

    When was the last time anyone actually looked at the adverts in our ground?

    1
  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry, Miggy; not Piggy.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #19

    I continue to think the way we are set up by Steve Bruce is wrong. Miggy did OK last season from the left. Saint Maximin could be put on the right. And what’s the harm in trying Muto unless the head coach is under compulsion to put his £40M ware on the display in a hope to draw the fans in?

    3
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Shelvey dropping deep is his worst trait. He wants to be on the ball there, but we need to play further up the pitch. He mustn’t be allowed to do that. Shelvey is often very good for us when we are getting forward and enjoying a decent amount of possession, but if we are chasing a game or battling to stay in a game then far less so. Bit strange playing a passer like Shelvey and not really demanding the wing backs push on. Not sure what Bruce was doing there. If we’d had two ball winners in central mid, you could perhaps better understand it. But even then, who goes to Villa Park and parks the bus. Disappointed in the tactics. if you’re gonna play Yedlin, Willems and Shelvey then surely you play to their strengths.

    3
  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Miggy was best used on the break
    He was bought for his pace

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Joelinton is awful. So clumsy, can’t shoot, can’t run, always falls over. What a terrible signing. Rondon was so much better. We need someone like Loic Remy (a fast striker). This would be my team from now on:

    Dubravka

    Yedlin Fernandez Lejuene Willems

    Schar

    Atsu Shelvey Saint-Maximin

    Almiron

    Gayle/Carroll

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #23

    Sign Ibrahima Sissoko, Jarrod Bowen, Rony Lopes, Mateta and Loic Remy in January.

    0
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #24

    Atsu, Carroll, Muto and Gayle should be banging Bruce’s door down. It’s very understandable we want to play 80 90 million quids worth of attacking investment, but without an end product at some point you need to look at giving others their shot. Although to me the starting front three still comes out of Carroll, Joelinton, Almiron and St Max, with Almiron now the one to miss out, and Joelinton playing as a wide attacker.

    2
  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #25

    So we still need to sign an actual striker
    Nee chance is there

    5
  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #26

    Can’t drop Almiron. He needs to be played more central. Joelinton is the weak link. Almiron is just shot of confidence. Was much better for Atlanta. Was great in his first game for us. Hit the post.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Nicky,

    Which subs came on and screamed that they should be playing?

    0
  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #28

    The fact is his tat shops arnt doing to well compared to JD
    What a shame

    That image of being cheap tat won’t ever go away

    Leaving us stuck with him as we are literally all he has advertising his tat

    Its not going to end well something everyone knew long, long ago

    6
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #29

    NY – possibly too many defensive duties keeping them back. Who knows what instructions they got about getting forward.
    Can MSM and Miggy play a natural/decent/quality/ game in front of players who really are not that fantastic.

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Yeah, the problem is that Gayle, Muto and Atsu really aren’t likely to improve us, although they probably would give us more goals than we are seeing from our front three right now, but in terms of adding to the sum of our parts, not likely.

    1
  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #31

    Atsu made a good start to the season and was unfairly dropped

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #32

    NY did you see Dummett statuesque for the first goal?

    Second goal – when the kick was taken short – the wall did not chase the ball down but they all just stood. Think Hayden was the only one to react.

    A very poor effort.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #33

    Mr T.

    Again, good comments
    I don’t know the answer (which is why I’m not a manager)….

    I just hope that it comes good 🙂

    0
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Gayle and Muto don’t really fit the system anyway, unless you play them as wider attackers, for example.

    ……………Dubravka.
    …..;.Scharr…Fedi..Lejeune.
    Yedlin..Hayden..Shelvey..Willems.
    …….Muto……………….Gayle.
    ……………….Carroll.

    Push the wing backs on of course and if Muto and Gayle understand the role can contribute sufficiently in open play when we have the ball and when we don’t, then maybe, but it seems a long bow. Certainly gives us more composure in front of goal though.

    0
  • NY Mag

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #35

    Mr T,

    I think the first goal was a great strike (very little the defense could do about it)

    Second goal was definitely a defensive mistake, there was two of their guys completely unmarked, waiting to tap it in.

    2
  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Got home late from work Tough day, sat down watched the First half, went back to work.

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Bruce is showing all he can do is copy Rafa and leave things as they were. if he tries to make this into a Bruce style team (whatever that is) we will implode. if he tries to mimic rafa we will slowly crumble as rafas orgsnisation falls apart. we need a decent manager before its too late. bruces best option is to be a passenger and thats what hes doing.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #38

    ketsbaia
    im not sure signing anyones going to help and im not sure we can get a good manager either. we just have to hope other teams are worse.

    0
  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Shelvey is tentative in the deep. He is no enforcer either, who can break the game farther up. I think someone else, possibly Sean Longstaff, needs prepping to play that role. That’s where Steve Bruce should come in. Unfortunately for us he hasn’t pitched in with effective tweaks like that so far.

    Farther upfront he Steve Bruce should see the strength of Joelinton in aerial play. He could switch the wings bringing Almiron from the left and Saint Maximin from the right, urge them to go direct, try not to dribble too much and slow things down and feed crosses for Joelinton (or an overlapping center half).

    I don’t think there will be a substantial investment this winter. That’s partly because quite a lot was (mis?)spent this summer and partly we may not be in a precarious shape as the transfer window opens. Making space for incomers is also difficult given our lack of success in being able to unload the surpluses. Only if we are in a bad shape, we may have investment in winter (and possibly even another head coach/ manager).

    0
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #40

    thats villa brighton and norwich all made us look like a low league side playing against barcelona. bruce needs to ask his players how rafa played against the bottom teams because these were the games rafa picked up most his points. bruce needs to learn rafa didnt park thw bus against the worst teams.

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