With a wounded, out of form Manchester United making the trip to St James’ Park yesterday, fans were feeling optimistic.
This optimism was only enhanced 2 minutes into the match as Luke Shaw inadvertently directed a cross past De Gea, and into his own net.
Of course the game did not end in a positive manner, and those who tuned in probably knew it wasn’t going to…
Defending wave after waves of Manchester United attacks, we were lucky to only conceed 4 goals on the night.
We were then tasked with summarising the positives from this match, and with your help over on our Twitter page, we managed to scrape some together!
#1. Food Bank Are The Main Winners
With a fan-led initiative promoting fans to donate their £15 to the Newcastle Food Bank, as opposed to lining the pockets of Sky Sports, our city still won last night.
It was today announced that we raised over £16,000 for the charity. That is truly amazing. Heartwarming.
No matter what happens on the pitch at this rollercoaster of a club, it truly is the fans which makes this club so special.
Well done to everyone involved, not just those who donated, but also to each and every person who raised awareness for this beautiful campaign.
#2. Karl Darlow Continues To Impress
Huge credit must go to Karl Darlow for keeping us in the game for so long. Alongside vital saves in open play, the shot-stopper also kept out Bruno Fernandes strike from the spot, becoming the first keeper to do so since 2016.
Last season we saw Martin Dubravka steal the headlines for repeatedly making an extortionate amount of saves. This season, Karl Darlow is following that exact trend.
There’s two factors that go into the high number of saves made by our goalkeepers.
Firstly, the more positive element goes to the calibre of goalkeepers we have available.
Both Martin Duvbravka and Karl Darlow look comfortable in the Premier League. When you compare these two players to the performances we have become accustomed to by Everton’s Jordan Pickford, or Chelsea’s Kepa, it becomes even more impressive.
Goalkeeping coach, Simon Smith must receive a lot of credit for the work he does behind the scenes.
Secondly, and a on a more negative note, it comes down to poor defending.
Speaking from a statistical point of view, the more shots a keeper faces, the more they are likely to save. Conceding shots has unfortunately become something this Newcastle United team are very good at…
#3. Allan Saint-Maximin Already Signed The Contract
The French winger is often the shining light in dim Newcastle United displays. Again, against Manchester United he showed glimpses of what he is capable of. With a more attacking team we could really see him flourish into one of the best attacking players in the Premier League.
Unfortunately for Saint-Maximin, it is extremely difficult to display his attacking flair when we are camped deep inside our own half.
It is perhaps lucky that he has already committed his future to the club this week, penning a six year bumper deal. He stated the project at Newcastle United as one of his reasons for signing the extension, but the only project we saw at St James’ Park last night was Project Collapse…
#4. St James’ Park
I know, I know, we are clutching at straws here! The football on the pitch was pretty horrednous, as we were lucky to still be in the contest until the later stages of the game.
With this being said the carpet-like pitch at St James’ was looking in great condition. Trust me, I spent enough time looking around the stadium and the pitch, it was less painful than watching the non-existent game plan the team in black and white were trying to execute.
#5. Wolves Pose A Chance For Redemption
Admittedly not the easiest opponent to face in the Premier League, especially away. But I do feel that Wolves present a decent chance to show an improved display, and hopefully add to our points tally for the season.
The Midlands outfit have started the season in very inconsistent form, picking up 2 wins and 2 losses including a 4-0 defeat at home to West Ham.
Lets hope for a much improved display on Sunday, while we will shortly be uploading an article on what we want Steve Bruce to do differently for our upcoming fixture.
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