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.