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Tindall Says Focus Now On Arsenal As Newcastle Drop To Bottom Of The Table

Newcastle were unable to pick that elusive first win of the campaign this afternoon despite an exhilarating attacking performance against Brentford. Goalkeeping and defensive errors have resigned us to a disappointing 3-3 draw at a packed St. James’ Park.

While the result is a letdown, the performance was a positive one despite the vulnerabilities at the back. However, results around the league have dropped Newcastle to the bottom of the table.

The distance to safety is still five points but that could lengthen depending on how Leeds fare at Tottenham tomorrow. Both Norwich and Aston Villa were able to pick up wins in their new managers’ debuts.

Eddie Howe was forced to watch the match from his hotel room as he tested positive for Covid on Friday. It was Jason Tindall who took the match from the touchline with assistance from Graeme Jones.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Tindall said the following when asked about dropping to the bottom of the league table:

“I don’t think that performance today deserves us to be at the bottom of the table. But it is what it is. We are where we are.

“We can’t focus on anyone else or the league table. All we can do is focus on what we do, in house, on the training ground every day. We know we have to work hard.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads that are willing to do that. I think you’ve seen that today through their performance. They are prepared to go out there and leave everything out on the pitch.

“We know that’s what it’s going to take to be successful. We’ll dust ourselves down now.

“We’ve got a big game to prepare for against Arsenal. It’s important that we go out and deliver the level of physical performance that we delivered today.”

The situation in the league has not been helped at all today. Though if Leeds lose tomorrow, and with Burnley just picking just a point, the distance to safety may stay manageable.

However, this club needs to pick a win very quickly, and now the focus shifts to Arsenal next weekend at the Emirates. After that, it’s two monumental home fixtures against Norwich and Burnley.

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26 comments so far

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 20, 2021 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Need to completely restructure the defense. Give Fernandez and Lewis a game.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 20, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #2

    “Been down so long it looks like up to me.”

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 20, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #3

    If we press Arsenal high next week we can definitely beat them!
    Apart from there brilliant goalie they are poor defensively!

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 20, 2021 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Even stevie G got a win today on his debut, but not us. Realistically nothing went for us today, but still managed an entertaining draw.

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 20, 2021 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #5

    We’re on Sky at 10.30 tonight for anyone who hasn’t seen today’s match!

  • Peter

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Ketsbaia9 in English it is defence

  • Gosforthlad

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Just got back from the match
    Best we have played this season but are defence is poor lascelles decision making is poor
    Joelinton by far and away MOM was a beast first half won everything and was everywhere
    Willock was quiet then when longstaff come on he seemed a yard off the pace and got caught a few times daydreaming
    But the improvement in 2 weeks was there to see for all
    We are going to get better and Howe wasn’t in the dugouts
    Onwards and upwards refreshing to see us actually having a go which lifts the crowd cracking atmosphere today and the kids enjoyed it

  • carltoon

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Gutted we didn’t get a win, the defence Man!!!! Honestly hopeless, we were very good going forward, Shelvey my man of the match, of course. Joe very good today, great goal, but still hesitant trying to get a shot off, but he was much better, again like last time didn’t know Willock was on the pitch, we needed some one to tackle and win the ball. Richie????? Why in that position every team targets him, nearly every Goal comes from his side. But again he was fine going forward, HE’S NOT A FULL BACK HE CAN’T DEFEND. that’s the best atmosphere for years and the football exciting, but this team is not good enough to play out of defence. Onwards and upwards, but I fear we may go down

  • toonbrother

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #9

    All three goals conceded were shocking

    First goal Ritchie was Ritchie .Clark was M.i.a

    Second goal Ritchie useless at stopping the cross , Murphy completely loses his msn

    Third goal was a catalogue of comical errors lascelles should’ve done better blocking the shot

    The defence is a bag of nerves. Dummett was so important last season but hes always injured
    We need to invest in new defenders come January

    Meanwhile it could get ugly for arsenal

  • carltoon

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon brother i agree

  • The Last Jedi

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Just need to hope we are not too behind come January and also we get players in from beginning.

  • carltoon

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Longstaff? Dear me lost the ball first touch, then didn’t know where he was, will he improve? God I hope so for everyone who thinks he’s a top midfielder, he’s not.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Thanks Peter. Spelling is usually one of my strong points. Always used to get 15 out of 15 at school.

  • Toon fans bad

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Liverfool tearing Arsenal a new one, pacey attacks and swift counters. While Arsenal will want to bounce back at home against us next week we’ve got to do the same again, and hope Dubs pulls off some worldies!!!

    Plenty stuff for Eddie to study, the Watford win and the arsenal pumping.

    I like Biesla, but I want Leeds to get a pumping the morn. C’mon Arry 😆

  • carltoon

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #15

    TLJ, we need players lined up, ready to sign come the first day, not waiting till the last day. We need a defensive midfielder some one who can win the ball,

  • The Last Jedi

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Carltoon, Longstaff level is league 1 no ifs or buts

  • The Last Jedi

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    I think we need 2 pacey Centre Backs, 1 Left Back, 1 Defensive Midfielder, 1 Midfield goal scorer/box to box and a prolific Centre Forward.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Darlow pretty much showed why he is a backup keeper he doesn’t have the mentality to be a top quality keeper

    We need Dubs 100% fit as he adds a calming presence which does help he also comes and claims crosses which Darlow doesn’t

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #19

    The Good the bad and the damn awful
    Good – Joelinton – outstanding for 88 mins then shoot man shoot instead of turning inside
    Bad – our defence all at sea
    Awful – Darlow at fault for the first two goals

    Hell of a atmosphere with two teams going for leather – not much defending from both sets of defenders
    Our midfield have got to cover their runners left them so much space
    Central defenders Lascalles and Schar all over the shop
    My marks
    Darlow -3 awful first half little better second half first goal slipped through his fingers second should of come and caught – don’t care what height the ball was – get off your bloody goal line
    Murphy -3 defended poorly all over the place didn’t get near their attackers to close down late desperate tackles – not much better going forward
    Lascalles – 4 scored but shadow of a defender he was dragged all over the place by Mbeumo who was excellent
    Schar – 5 let Toney get to his head – desperate tackles and pull backs last minute tackles extra point for going forward with the ball
    Clark – 6 had a decent game at fullback/centre half not sure where he was playing – distribution poor
    Ritchie – 6 had a better game pushed further up but their winger acres of space when needing to cover but had a alright game in attack. Needs to go in midfield
    Willock – 3 been mugged by Arsenal like a little boy lost got brushed aside all to easy needs to play further upfield
    Shelvey 6.5 one of his better games in a long time passing crisp picked out players but his closing down none existing
    Joelinton – 9 class act in midfield best game for the toon covered every blade of grass won tackles, passed, scored, defended but oh dear me pull the trigger even if shot off target better than none at all
    St Max -7 did ok scored but at times faded out of game and when got the ball tried to beat to many players
    Wilson – 6 Had a quite game didn’t get a sniff of goal but plenty of running needs help up front
    Fraser – 6 excellent cross for goal maybe like ours keeper should of done better
    Longstaff – 1 awful

    Sadly if we do not sort that defence out we will be relegated – but it will be a fun trip if today is anything to go by

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #20

    That’s desperate really. Without a defence we can’t survive and Howe is known for being a poor coach defensively. We needed that, feels like a loss. Big decisions Re players to bring in if we are in bottom 3, as we will be. Can we get guys who will stick with us and get us out of the championship? Stevie G won, the media will love it if we go down.

  • cyprus

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Fair and balanced review, as always.

    Still, I’d award a few more points here and there. The lads did put in an effort.

    Could’ve won.

    Could’ve lost too.

    Draws ain’t good enough in our perilous position.

  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Joelinton won more tackles in midfield than Shelvey and Wilock combined.

    Unfortunately the Defence has no protection at all from the CM pairing.

    Even Ritchie and ASM were more effective when we didn’t have the ball.

    Problem with Shelvey pushing forward is there’s a gaping hole in the middle and he doesn’t have the legs to get back.

    Our defence isn’t good enough to let the opposition walk through the middle of the pitch.

    CMs have to be involved going forward and back, going through the motions isn’t enough.

    I’m not blinded by several good balls, Shelvey shouldn’t be playing!

  • Peter

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Ketsbaia9 sorry, I just rise up on non-english ie. USA

  • coming home

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #24

    We need a commanding CB sorry but lascelles is no captain and is very average we need someone to organise the defence I would use Fede and bring in a CB who can organise a defence in Jan

  • cyprus

    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ll disagree there. Shelvey was instrumental today. Good effort.

    And I’m not a fan.

  • nufc 11

    Nov 20, 2021 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Darlow should never be starting that must win game ahead of an 80% fit Dubs.


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