Yesterday’s defeat at Burnley burst our bubble a bit. That’s the second time we’ve failed to get three wins in a row. The last time being at Aston Villa a few weeks ago.
However, those performances are not really comparable. The Aston Villa game was a poor display from the team as they’d come off the international break and were just too passive. They gave Aston Villa too much space and created far too little.
At Burnley, we aslo created far too little but the intensity was there. While Newcastle didn’t play well, they were the equal of their hosts. The game came down to a couple of missed chances and could have easily been a point earned.
For a multitude of reasons, yesterday just wasn’t our day. We had key players out through injury, and their replacements couldn’t get it going.
Christian Atsu and Sean Longstaff just couldn’t shake off their rust and it showed. Joelinton’s confidence is shot. A change of role did little to spark the Brazilian into gear.
Steve Bruce spoke about the game yesterday, and he was pleased with the effort if not the execution. This was Steve’s take on the proceedings as published in the Chronicle.
“With the injury problems we had, we’re asking people to play a little bit out of position, but we’ve huffed and puffed all day and we’ve had two wonderful chances in Andy’s (Carroll) and the one that falls to Dwight Gayle.
“When he gets that, you’re thinking we’ve equalized, but unfortunately we haven’t taken it.
“But it was never going to be easy on a horrible day, it’s the worst conditions any footballer can play in. But the resilience was there.
“They never gave up and tried manfully to get something out of the game, but unfortunately we fell short.”
We agree with Bruce’s assessment. We think that the players were up for the fight but the lack of time on the pitch affected a couple of the performances. The desire and commitment were there, but the quality was in short supply.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Defeat At Burnley?
- Javier Manquillo (34%, 257 )
- Andy Carroll (29%, 217 )
- Martin Dubravka (14%, 107 )
- Federico Fernandez (6%, 43 )
- Joelinton (4%, 31 )
- Fabian Schar (3%, 26 )
- Isaac Hayden (3%, 25 )
- Paul Dummett (3%, 19 )
- Jetro Willems (2%, 13 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 9 )
- Christian Atsu (1%, 8 )
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