Thomas Frank, Brentford’s head coach, was asked if he could see a change in the way Newcastle played during Saturday’s 3-3 at home to the Bees.
A setup question, obviously.
The game on Saturday was one of the most entertaining games seen at St. James’s Park for some time, with the team on the attack from the first minute.
It was a great game for the fans, but only one point, which was not enough.
This is what the 48-year-old Danish coach said as reported by the Shields Gazette: today:
“Definitely more front-footed. Definitely much more aggressive in the pressure, and I think you saw the first steps of a team that wanted to play a bit more.”
“That’s the most difficult thing to train and improve, and I think you saw the first signs.”
“I’m pretty sure Eddie would say ‘we need to do a lot better’, not because it was bad, but I think he would say ‘there are bits and pieces we need to do even better’.”
“But you see very aggressive, very front-footed, and on the ball much more willing to keep possession.”
“The fans were unbelievable. Fantastic atmosphere. I think our fans did well.”
“So a fantastic occasion, a fantastic atmosphere to be part of.”
“What a game.”
Yes – it was a fantastic game, but we didn’t win it, and we shouldn’t be conceding 3 goals at home.
However, when you look at the nature of the goals we let in, the first two were simply errors and the last one was an unlucky deflection off Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles.
Martin Dubravka should be back in goal at the Emirates on Saturday, and we are hoping he will make a big difference at the back.
Going forward, we looked very, very good on Saturday, but the frailties at the back were still there for all to see.
That has to be fixed – and quickly, too.
What do you think?