Though it is hard to criticise a three nil away win I have to agree with all of the below.
We were way too open, a better side would have punished us. Many promising moves broke down with a poor final ball after doing the hard but. Anderson guilty on many occasions. We gave the ball away far too often. Rice pushed on too much at times, trying to do too much, leaving us exposed a couple of times. Arnie clearly wasn't fully fit. He failed to control good balls fed into him and some lay offs didn't come off.
Plenty of positives though. Solid centre back display again, Cresswell and Zaba strong. Nobes busy. Hernandez kept plugging away to be fair after missing a couple of second half chances. Anderson seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. Maybe once he realised he had the beating of the full back. Nice to have pace and options on the break and this was the real difference.
Prefer the midfield triangle as we look more solid whilst still having width and pace. Hard to change a winning side but may have to shuffle around with the suspension and need to rest one or two.
the pink palermo wrote:Not at our best today, not by a long chalk. The opening 20 minutes saw oodles of passes slightly off causing us to surrender possession cheaply.
In truth this game was way too open and we should have beaten them something like 7-5, they had loads of chances/ half chances as did we but Hernandez for his brace, and Anderson for his goal apart, the finishing today was poor.
Cresswell had his best game in a while and it was a shame to see him go off, and Diop generally played well although his habit of charging out of the backline will cost us against better strikers than Newcastle have. Fortunately Rice was alert to it and filled in behind him as necessary.
Noble did ok on his return albeit looking a touch rusty, but Arnie was for the most part poor today. He simply didn't work hard enough for most of the game.
MoTM, Anderson. He wasn't great, but we sort of played at around 85%, and he was nearer 90.Finished his goal brilliantly.