Match of The Day pundit and former United midfielder, Jermaine Jenas, thinks that ‘Newcastle were brilliant’ against Stoke.

Jenas stating that the only thing that had stood between Newcastle and consecutive home victories, was the man of the match display from visiting keeper Jack Butland.

There is a worry that Newcastle still don’t have enough goals in the team and Gary Lineker pointed out that United have had 36 shots in total against Sunderland and Stoke, yet haven’t managed a single goal.

However, fellow pundit and former Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit, backed up Jenas’ viewpoint that Butland made the difference on Saturday, though he does think the performances are improving and the confidence of the team with that.

Newcastle might have been relegated to last position on Match of The Day on Saturday night but they did give a fair reflection of the match, showing all of United’s better chances and of course Jack Butland’s saves, which was their main focus of attention.

When you are in the relegation zone though, it is little comfort that the players are playing better but not getting the points to show for it.

Bournemouth next Saturday is now looking at the very least a relegation six pointer.

Defeat won’t mean relegation is staring Newcastle in the face but that growing confidence will be severely tested.

Jermaine Jenas on Match of The Day:

“Newcastle were brilliant today and the only reason they didn’t win this game was a fantastic performance from Jack Butland.”

Ruud Gullit:

“Today I’m happy with Newcastle, they are slowly playing better.

“Today there was a goalkeeper in the way but I think the performances are better, they get a little more confidence”