There were so many things wrong with Saturday’s display at St James’ Park, but one moment in particular stood out for all the wrong reasons.
In the 84th minute, we were 2-0 and had a throw in level with the opposition penalty box.
At this point we had a big target to hit in Andy Carroll and needed to score ASAP if we were to find an unlikely route back into the match.
What did we do? This…
If there’s anything that sums up the negative and no hope nature of Newcastle United under Steve Bruce, it’s this!
BT Sport commentator Steve McManaman is someone I rarely agree with, but his reaction to the baffling incident in the 84th minute was spot on:
“This bit drives me mad!,”
“They have got a throw-in by Chelsea’s penalty area. It’s ended up with the goalkeeper. How’s that happened?
“You’re 2-0 down. In the last seven minutes of the game, you’ve got a throw-in in a danger area and you’ve gone 90 yards backwards.”
Steve Bruce didn’t ask them to do this and may have been equally baffled, but this is what comes of a group of players who are constantly told to sit deep, hope for the best and rarely commit bodies forward.