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.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) November 25, 2019
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 )
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