In case you missed it, there was a 23-second spell of play last night that sums up everything about Newcastle fans’ frustrations under Steve Bruce.
In this clip, we have a corner kick – undoubtedly a troubling position for Brentford defensively and a direct chance for us to score a goal.
The resulting corner is booted into touch by a Bees player out for a throw. Another dangerous position on the left flank you’d think, but what follows is actually pretty infuriating to watch.
Almiron, one of our most offensive players, launches the ball 30 yards back to Lewis, who then goes all the way back to Darlow – killing the attack in seconds and ultimately doing Brentford’s job for them.
Watch it for yourself here:
What makes it even worse is it happened again!
Negative, boring, frustrating, dross.
Are the players being coached to do this or are they seriously that scared to attack? I think we know which one is likely the answer.
Our players being told in the pre match press conference that “they might lack a little bit of quality now & then & give the ball away too cheaply at times, but you can’t question their attitude to stay with it” probably doesn’t fill them with confidence to get forward either.
I can accept boring football – as long as there’s a sustainable plan to win you games. Playing in this manner certainly isn’t going to create chances, never mind win us games.