It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Paul Merson, but it’s hard to argue with his comments when reflecting on Friday night’s dismal display at Southampton.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling over the weekend, he’s explained why he “feels sorry” for Newcastle United fans – feeling we played like a side who didn’t believe they were out to beat Southampton, despite coming into the game on the back of a big win over Everton.
He also feels it’s criminal how little we create, saying this Steve Bruce side shouldn’t have Callum Wilson left to ‘feed off scraps’ as he so often has this season.
Here’s what he had to say:
I couldn’t agree more with Merson when it comes to this negative and defeatist approach under Bruce.
Yes we beat West Ham away on the opening day, but we sat back and rarely looked to mount any sort of attack in our three other away games against Spurs, Wolves and Southampton, with us lucky to score in any and relying on luck or a bit of brilliance from our goalkeeper to avoid a thrashing in each.
This is the same Paul Merson who was giving Bruce a pat on the back a few weeks ago, but perhaps that embarrassing display at St Mary’s has opened his eyes a little!