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This Was The Big Difference On Saturday From Last Week


Alan Shearer gave this response on Monday night after the 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

It was a pretty accurate description of what was a disappointing performance from Newcastle as Alan singled out the lack of a threat up front.

Shearer was singing a much different tune last night after Newcastle’s terrific point against Manchester City. The Chronicle have published some of Alan’s Match of the Day comments in which he was thrilled with the performance from Newcastle.

He noted that they carried much more of a threat on Saturday than on Monday night. This is some of what Alan had to say about Newcastle’s improved performance:

“Despite having only 23% possession when they did have the ball, their first or second pass was positive. That was crucial to how they got something out of the match.

“With the goal, an easy ball in the run up is to go sideways but because they wanted to get out of the press they played it forward. It was superb skill, a lovely touch from Willems and what a finish it was.

“The easy ball for Newcastle would have been to go backwards because they’ve been chasing the ball for a long time and they need a pass but that wasn’t how they played. The intention was to get it forward as quickly as they could.

“With the goal they did the same thing. Fernandinho was lucky with the foul on Almiron: he was on a yellow and he should have had another one. The free-kick was really, really clever. They got done by a set-piece that cost them the game on Monday: this time it’s saved them a point.”

Newcastle were a lot more positive with the ball yesterday. That showed in the two tremendous goals from Jetro Willems and Jonjo Shelvey.

It also appears that Steve Bruce put an emphasis on that in training this week. However, another area that Newcastle showed a great deal of improvement over the Villa match was in how they pressed Manchester City.

They were far too docile against Villa, and we just never got fully into the game.

Speaking to NUFC TV after the game, Jonjo Shelvey talked about how Bruce and his assistants made sure they worked much harder to press Manchester City yesterday. This is what our stand-in captain had to say:

“It says a lot about us as a squad and obviously, the manager and the coaching staff.

“We worked a lot this week on what we did wrong against Aston Villa. We probably gave them too much respect and didn’t get up to ball enough.

“We did that really well today and we worked our socks off. I thought we thoroughly deserved our point today.”

Steve Bruce has shown a decent ability to make adjustments after a poor display. After the Villa game, Bruce bemoaned the fact that his team was too passive. He put that right this week and it worked wonders yesterday.

An excited head coach, also on NUFC TV, had the following response when asked if this point was deserved:

“For our effort, for our endeavor, and the two goals we scored – 100%. They’ve had to run a million miles like you do when you chase the ball.

“And you need your goalkeeper to play well. You need that bit of quality to score a couple of goals like we did.

“We weren’t up in their half very often. But when we did you detected a threat. The two goals we scored were terrific.”

It was a well-deserved and unexpected point yesterday. We still need to see more consistency from this team and Bruce is going to have to somehow get goals from his forwards.

However, the ship was righted yesterday after a wayward performance on Monday. Now it’s on to Sheffield United where we’ll need to get another result.


36 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    The Grauniad are tipping CH to take over at Watford.

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  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    why are we celebrating a draw because monday night we were utter crap , yesterday we came from behind twice . showed some spirit showed some fight which was missing on monday . yesterday Fede got the ball ran through midfield beating 3 players . we need to get him signed to another contract strong player strong Character as well . still proud of the lads after yesterday . where’s all the people who said we would get battered of city ? …

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  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    off *

    0
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #5

    There could be a fourth manager gone soon
    if Leicester batter Everton

    1
  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    could be jib mate …

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Eddie Howe is a childhood Everton supporter. I wonder if he’ll be tempted to jump ship?

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Fastest player yesterday was Dubravka – he was on Shelveys back about 10 seconds after he scored …:D

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Who cares which managers are sacked – makes no difference to toon

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #11

    But what if Watford start winning matches?

    2
  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    We shouldn’t be worried about others, we need to beat Sheff Utd on Thursday – all we need to worry about is next game for nufc

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    “What – Me Worry?”

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Ron is Alfred E Neuman

    0
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Jeez that takes me back
    Mad
    Spy vs Spy
    etc etc

    0
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m sure Ian Hislop must have read it as a kid

    1
  • 9

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Message to Neil/Ed: Please change your appalling headline about yesterday’s “big win”. Getting a point from the reigning champions was a fantastic result, but we did NOT win.

    2
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #18

    oh dear
    9
    was appalled
    poor bairn

    2
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #19

    I said yesterday after coming from behind
    TWICE
    versus the current PL Champs
    it felt like a win
    and as Ron so rightly said
    to the Bloo Mancs it must have felt like a loss

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib

    I wish I still had the Mad books.

    1
  • carltoon

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Ooh! You must be easily appalled. It felt like a win to me.

    2
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Think we’ll grind out a draw on Thursday. Bruce put a lot of emphasis on bad away performances after the match yesterday.

    Gayle for Joelinton please. Bring Joelinton back in for Southampton on Sunday, but this next match is perfect for Gayle to link with Shelvey – will be like a lot of our matches during the Championship season. They’ll try to make it high tempo and scrappy. Can’t be having another Villa showing.

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  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #23
  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #24

    I wish I still had my War Picture Library books too.

    “Où sont les neiges d’antan?” etc.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Krul saves penalty!

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Re-take. Goal.

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Think we could finish anywhere between 6th and bottom this season, league seems to be more wide open than I can remember and there’s not a lot between anyone from 6th down

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Shelveys pretty much undroppable after yesterday, captain and top goal scorer!!!

    1
  • Just a fan

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Geordie tom
    I’m celebrating a draw against the greatest team in Europe . allegedly.
    Ps they were not the team they were.maybe a one off ?????

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #30

    i think we will beat sheff utd 0-0. they wont know whats hit them.

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  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Just a fan

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #29
    Geordie tom
    I’m celebrating a draw against the greatest team in Europe . allegedly.
    Ps they were not the team they were.maybe a one off ?????

    na mate we played well long may it last …

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Mindshaft – we’re discussing who might be sacked next because some people on here enjoy football in general, not just Newcastle. It’s the greatest sport in the world and there’s always something interesting going on. If you want to stick to purely Newcastle talk then go for it, the rest of us are free to discuss other aspects of the game.

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  • Just a fan

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Geordie tom
    And yet you said why are we celebrating a draw
    I was

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #34

    9 – that’s what you consider appalling? Bloody hell, you must live a sheltered life. The only kind of person I know who’d be appalled at seeing a headline declaring a Toon win when it was actually a draw is a SMB. Is that what you are?

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #35

    im glad shelveys doing well and getting goals. hes probably the only player we had for
    two or three seasons that can produce the sublime.

    1
  • Just a fan

    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Williamson
    I think shelvey is brilliant it just getting the right system for him to show it.

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