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Newcastle United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur - 17/10/21


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Upon reflection, it seems almost a perfect day:

 

The fans, owners and players got to experience the pregame and opening goal.

 

The owners got an 85 minute lesson on why Bruce needs booting before Palace.

 

We all got reminded that Shankly was wrong when he said football was more important than life and death.

 

Shelvey has (surely) played his last game.

 

Even the Bruce fanbois can say he nearly nicked a result (if they don’t mention anything except the score).

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Watching this on the telly I was enjoying the brilliant atmosphere and then just as Martin Tyler started talking they turned the crowd noise right down to almost nothing. Even though it was bouncing and they kept going on about it, it sounded dead on the telly.

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4 minutes ago, neesy111 said:

Longstaff, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie are the 4 that need to be jettisoned from this side asap.  All nowhere near PL level.

I think we need to see what actual manager can get out of them before making judgements. 

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2 minutes ago, r0cafella said:

I think we need to see what actual manager can get out of them before making judgements. 


There’s merit to this, but Ritchie needs to be yeeted into the sun. He plays exactly like a 32yo right winger “doing a job” at left back.

 

Pashun, innit?

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It did go dead but that's just another symptom of Ashley and Bruce era.   Ashley as he lowered expectations to zero and Bruce as his team setup, tactics etc offer nothing for the crowd to get excited against.   After the 1st 10 minutes, did Newcastle have a shot on target for the rest of the game?  Dont think so, you can only get so excited when NUFC wins a throw in :D

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51 minutes ago, neesy111 said:

Longstaff, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie are the 4 that need to be jettisoned from this side asap.  All nowhere near PL level.

I would probably leave lascelles out of that as he was decent under Rafa, but will never be able to trap/pass a football.

Clark and Ritchie were not even good enough for a top ten championship side yesterday. Huge gaps and bad decisions time after time.

The whole team looked two yards off the mark yesterday. Confidence seems really low and it shows in the decisions they make.

Shelvey showed what he can do; four decent passes, easily dispossessed and a red card in waiting. Stupidest fouls from a very stupid man...

Bruce was clueless in his selection, but it was nice to see fraser get a run out, sure he can do more for us...

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The atmosphere around town and during build-up / first 10 minutes was hopefully a glimpse into what is to come.

 

Obviously once the players reverted to Bruce ball and it turned into a Spurs training exercise everything went to pot, including the atmosphere. Still, good to properly feel it again.

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1 hour ago, The Prophet said:

Its amazing that Rafa had Longstaff looking like a competent PL midfielder.

 

I don't know what it is - lack of coaching/instructions/conditioning/mental strength or a combination of some/all. He looked very competent at the beginning of the match yesterday. Great intensity, got stuck in, quick and accurate forward passes - then spurs took over the initiative and he faded away to the hopeless player we've been accustomed to see - chasing shadows and not impacting the game in any meaningful way.

 

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8 minutes ago, Foluwashola said:

The atmosphere around town and during build-up / first 10 minutes was hopefully a glimpse into what is to come.

 

Obviously once the players reverted to Bruce ball and it turned into a Spurs training exercise everything went to pot, including the atmosphere. Still, good to properly feel it again.

 

We've seen already in Rafa, when we have the right manager installed and players trying the atmosphere can be electric.

 

And that was at a time when Ashley was here and there was still no long term hopes.

 

My biggest fear in the end with Ashley was that the fanbase was once and for all ruined, just 40 odd thousand consumers on cheap tickets there for the PL experience being delivered by the opposition.

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5 minutes ago, Conjo said:

 

I don't know what it is - lack of coaching/instructions/conditioning/mental strength or a combination of some/all. He looked very competent at the beginning of the match yesterday. Great intensity, got stuck in, quick and accurate forward passes - then spurs took over the initiative and he faded away to the hopeless player we've been accustomed to see - chasing shadows and not impacting the game in any meaningful way.

 

 

All they did was slow the game down - so simple.

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The match itself was almost secondary for me yesterday, I thought we were going to get battered regardless and almost didn't give a toss about the result. My overriding emotion coming away was pride; I thought Wor Flags was fucking incredible and was a perfect crescendo to the atmosphere that had been bubbling up all afternoon.

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Danny Murphy is a shite pundit usually, but his analysis of our defending on MOTD was spot on. We were a shambles at the back, no communication and no support from the plodders in the midfield. Funny how Rafa, managed to get (near enough) the same team to have a good defensive record, and not look stretched/wide open for 90 minutes every week.

 

Obviously he didn't blame Bruce directly, but he has completely undone the solid foundation that we had and that is clear for all to see now.

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