Jason Tindall has spoken to NUFC TV after Newcastle’s 3-3 draw at home to Brentford. His reaction is a mixed one as he’s pleased with the performance but realizes a draw does little to help Newcastle’s league position.
On the positive side, Eddie Howe and his coaching team have had just ten days to work with the squad. We saw a significant improvement in the performance from the rest of this season.
While the defensive problems were still on full display, the lads looked lethal on the ball and caused Brentford problems all afternoon long. Newcastle edged the possession while launching 23 shots, 9 of which were on target.
One of the focuses during the past few weeks has been on set plays. Newcastle won 8 corners, including one in the first minute. It was from a corner that Newcastle took an early lead through Jamaal Lascelles.
However, that didn’t last long as The Bees stormed straight down the pitch for the equalizer. It was a mistake from Karl Darlow that allowed for the immediate response from the visitors.
The match was end to end which the supporters at St. James’ Park ultimately were thrilled with. While the result was disappointing, there was a lot in that performance to provide some hope that maybe Newcastle are close to turning the corner.
Tindall was asked about the impact the past few weeks had on today’s performance. The assistant head coach was very pleased that two goals resulted from the extensive work put in at the training ground.
This is some of what the 44-year-old had to say:
“We’ve tried to implement as much of our philosophy on the team as possible in such a short space of time. You aren’t going to be able to cover everything you want to cover. You’ve got to try to lay down your philosophy as quickly as you can.
“Set plays are a big part of what we do. We see it as a big threat. I’m really pleased that we scored the first goal from a set play.
“The equalizer to make it 3-3 was also from the training ground with our wide player overlapping and a great ball from Ryan. It’s pleasing when things come off like that.
“We’ve got a hell of a lot of work to do. We’ve done a lot of good work and I think you’ve seen that come out today with a good performance. I think it’s a big step forward but we still know there’s more to come.”
Unfortunately, there was an ugly side to this display. There is still much work to be done in a short amount of time if Newcastle are going to survive this season. The defending again was just dreadful.
Tindall was asked about the goals that were conceded and responded as follows:
“I think every aspect of our game needs to be worked on. We know how difficult it is to keep clean sheets, especially in the Premier League. But it’s something we need to aim for.
“We are disappointed with the goals that we conceded today. Too many individual errors, looking back throughout the season, that we need to eradicate.
“It’s a team game and everyone is responsible for that. It’s our duty as coaches to work with the players on the training ground to make them the best they can be and try and put that right.”
Putting the result aside, there were more positives than negatives in the performance. Unfortunately, Newcastle have an even steeper hill to climb with results not going our way around the league.