Newcastle have again been at the centre of discussion for their on-pitch performances after the recent 1-1 draw with Liverpool at St. James Park. Despite Newcastle United hosting a Champions League side with an attacking force that would strike fear into most teams, boasting players such as Coutinho, Salah and Mane, it appears that the prevailing opinion is that we ‘should be doing better’!
This was the strange claim made by Talk Sport Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham during Monday nights programme, who said the following about Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool:
“Surely a draw isn’t good enough for a team like Newcastle!
“Not to go all out for a win against a defensively weak side like Liverpool is unforgivable.
“How can you happy with a draw”.
In an apparent media world where the position of Newcastle United appears to never satisfy, his comments were duly challenged.
It appears that Adrian Durham has forgotten that Newcastle are newly promoted side with stabilisation for the season as our key objective. It also appears that he demonstrates a clear lack of awareness and footballing knowledge for a man who has been around the game for many years.
To “go all out” for a win as Adrian suggests would be naive and Rafa knows that. It requires us to have an attacking presence which is consistently producing, which unfortunately at the moment has not been seen. It’s as if Adrian has forgotten that this team has managed to pick up some very good results and points from being organised and resolute in defence.
In addition to this, to attack, your team has to move forward as a unit, which will clearly leave more gaps and allow the potent attackers of teams like Liverpool the freedom to punish us time and time again.
It strikes me that Adrian Durham, among a host of southern media, simply cannot bring himself to just say well done to Newcastle. When Newcastle won promotion with the title still in question, Adrian Durham claimed:
“Promotion is not a success, they should be getting the title”.
When we then went on to win the title he then said:
“They have not achieved, they have done what was expected”.
At this stage and with his history of comments around Newcastle United, it appears that Newcastle will never just receive a well done from media personnel like Mr Durham. He’s the sort you can imagine saying “they had an off day” if we went and beat Manchester City!
If I could offer one message to Adrian Durham and likewise media such as Paul Merson among others, I would ask that they at least give the impression of impartiality and make comments that are not bordering on petulant whilst talking about Newcastle.
Those in the media spotlight may continue to frustrate, however I think we can all agree it was an excellent point on Sunday and one that didn’t look representative of a side who can’t compete in the top flight.