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Newcastle – The Good And The Bad Yesterday – At Least One Change For Trip To Arsenal

We expected to win the game yesterday – as did 80% of our readers in our poll.

That was true, especially after we went ahead with a good goal from Jamaal Lascelles – right from the training pitch.

But then the real reality came when within seconds of the kickoff after our goal, we conceded a terrible goal with goalkeeper Darlow making a schoolboy error.

He let a shot from former Newcastle striker Ivan Toney, that was basically straight at him, slip through his fingers into the goal, and we were level.

It was Darlow’s fault, and he was also partly responsible for Brentford’s second goal on 31 minutes, when he allowed Henry to head home from 4 yards from an inswinging cross.

He should have come out and either try to catch it or, better still, punch this ball away.

Of course, the defense in front of him was poor, once again.

Without being too hard on Darlow, he probably cost us the game yesterday – if we had started with a now fit Martin Dubravka, we probably would have won the game.

Alan Shearer, on Match of the Day last night, said the obvious about the first Brentford goal.

“There were so many mistakes all over the place.”

“Darlow there (first goal), it’s a basic error, he had a really poor game. He looked really nervous.”

While Darlow was excellent at the beginning of last season, he hasn’t been that good this season, and Eddie Howe will realize he should have started Martin Dubravka yesterday.

Martin is more than just a goalkeeper, he is a leader, a shouter, an organizer, and controls his penalty area.

That air of confidence from 30 times capped Slovakian International is sensed by our players during games.

The defense was again like a sieve – and seemed full of holes, and if we are going to start picking up wins soon – that must be fixed.

That was the bad stuff.

The good stuff is that Eddie Howe came through with his promises of how the team would play, and we saw a refreshed and reinvigorated Newcastle team, who continued to attack from the first whistle.

The two players called out and praised by Howe, before the game, Shelvey, and Joelinton both had good games.

You get what you expect from players.


Joelinton was simply excellent and scored a great second goal for us – Brazilian style.

He has had a lot of criticism, but the fans are now behind the big man, and he’s showing what a good footballer he is.

Newcastle were an attacking force with 23 shots in the game, with 9 of those on target, and of course 3 goals.

But if we are to avoid the drop this season, and also get some points on the board before the new year, it’s sides like Brentford at home that we have to beat.

We look to be very good going forward, but as weak as ever in defense.

What do you think?.

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19 comments so far

  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1


  • simon376

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    How long till the Bruce Man United announcement?

  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Dem damn buses OP 😀

    Excited for the F1?

    Just got back from footy, what a cold morning it it is. Got the spuds on ready for Sunday dinner then sit down and watch the race. Hopefully a good outcome

  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4
  • gillmag

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Lets start a campaign for Bruce as Manure Head Coach.

  • wynsleap

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    8 people voted for Darlow as man of the match?
    Either Sunderland supporters or fans who should take up knitting.

  • Pottsclock

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    It would be amazing if Bruce went to Manu U. Hilarious. Sadly, not going to happen.
    But what experienced and “winning” manager would want that job? Gone are the days when Man U were automatic Champions League contenders. They are certainly not title contenders, even at their best. And the finances have to suffer at some point and be reflected in transfer budget.
    Super Leaugue team…..hahahaha

  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8


    Would be no good at knitting mate they are clearly blind as a bat!

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Waiting for Manu to confirm Ole is getting sacked.

    I think the delay will be because they are just finalising Brucies contract.

  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #10


    It’s already been confirmed

  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Really sad news

    BREAKING: Sergio Aguero has been forced to retire from football due to heart problems.

    Awful news for one of the best strikers of his generation.

  • Not another deJong

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #12
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13


    Sad news didn’t Aguero have long covid last year? You wonder if there has been any overlap with that and heart issues ?

  • simon376

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Love it mate

  • Mund

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15


    Could be mate, not to sure if it had a detrimental effect but could very well be. Shame it had to end this way for him but at least it’s at the end of his illustrious career.

  • Harley

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m focussing on all the positives yesterday.

    We scored an own goal and Darlow let in a howler. We could have won it right at the death too. On another day we’d have won that.

    I don’t see a huge difference between all of the teams outside the big boys. It’s such fine margains. A 94th minute pen against Southampton, the Brighton keeper brings down Wilson when he’s through on goal, Lascelles own goal yesterday, joelintons slip right af the end. All those little things have robbed us of 6 points.

    These small margins will go in our favour at some point.

    We had more possession than the opposition yesterday for the first time in 3 years (I made that up) and we had more shots on goal than we’ve had all season.

    I think there’s loads of positives.

    Don’t forget our manager wasn’t even there either. What a let down that must have been for the players.

    He’s only had 2 weeks with them. I thought there were enough encouraging signs yesterday to show we’ll be ok.

    If we’re still here in January then I’ll be concerned.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #17

    That first half was one of the best half’s of football I can remember watching from us for a long time

    I think we forget what a low base Eddie is having to take over we had players who are unfit with no coaching

    Smith and Gerrard have taken over teams who were fit and at least had some kind of coaching it just wasn’t working out so them getting results should be a bit easier

    I feel once we get that first win we will get more

  • simon376

    Nov 21, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m a bit worried now for 1st time about the R word with not getting a win against Brentford, but as been said, it’s what Howe has to work with and coach properly till January

  • check the toastie

    Nov 21, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Joelinton has shown improvement in last month. However think folk need to calm down a touch regards his worth. He’s doing ok no more than that. Would still replace him for Almiron personally. Willock wasnt that bad either. If it wasnt for Darlow it wud have been a sweet victory


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