Mark Lawrenson says that the time for talking and hard luck stories needs to stop at Newcastle United.
However, the BBC pundit says that he doesn’t think that this Saturday will be the start of that change.
Lawrenson has predicted a 1-1 draw which is a result which would do Newcastle little good in the position they are in, with it guaranteeing that they would still be in the bottom three going into this international break.
With 12 goals conceded in their last three matches, it is clear that Newcastle need to try and go on the offensive, though a record of two goals in their last 12 away matches doesn’t encourage you.
Maybe we have to accept that whatever tactics are employed, whatever the injury situation is at both clubs, whatever the results have been so far and whatever the bad luck stories….
Saturday could just come down to which set of players wants it more.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“In their past three league games, Bournemouth have scored twice and conceded 12 goals so the way they play is clearly not working at the moment.
“Do they change their style? I think they might have to, otherwise there is only one way they are going – down.
“Newcastle have had their own problems recently but I think they have turned a corner recently.
“They have taken four points from their past three league games, starting with their 6-2 demolition of Norwich, but if you look at their first-half performance against Sunderland and the chances they created in their draw against Stoke last week, they probably should have picked up more than that.
“The Magpies cannot keep saying they deserve to do better, and they need to start winning games, but I think they might have to settle for another point on Saturday.”