There were not many performances in today’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich that could be classified as acceptable let alone good. The Magpies lacked determination and fight. In a second straight game, they failed to respond when conceding.
We thought Martin Dubravka did well to keep us in the game with some excellent saves in the first half. Isaac Hayden was also a stand-out for us though we just don’t understand where he was supposed to be playing.
Two golden chances by Krafth and Joelinton could have changed Newcastle’s fortunes but both lacked the composure to get their shots on target. The pre-season murmurs of where the goals were going to come from will be like sirens now.
Emil Krafth– showed some promise but had a tough debut
This formation is all wrong. The wing-backs are far too deep and the front-two are on an island unto themselves. Shelvey and Ki in the midfield failed to have any impact. We can even think of a successful tackle between the two.
Steve Bruce has his work cut out for him but he also needs to let the players know that this performance was unacceptable. It’s on to Tottenham next week in another tough away fixture. Maybe we can nick a result away at Spurs to get this turned around.
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