There’s always a first time for everything and now this current Newcastle team have been accused of bullying by former Liverpool striker, John Aldridge.
The idea of the likes of Wijnaldum, Cisse, de Jong, Coloccini and Anita bullying anybody is a bit of a leap of faith, with even the likes of Sissoko with his physique not using it to any great effect.
John Aldridge reckons that Steve McClaren sent out his team ‘to get stuck into us’, well if he did then it is about time.
The way Newcastle stood off Bournemouth, Leicester and Palace in the previous three matches was totally unacceptable and simply let the opposition dictate the game.
On Sunday, Newcastle were clearly more fired up and obviously tasked with closing down Liverpool quickly, but that is a long way away from kicking them off the pitch.
John Aldridge says that Newcastle could have had a couple of players sent off but I didn’t really see anything that deserved any more than the yellow cards that were shown.
Aldridge wasn’t shy either of putting it about when he played for the scousers so he has a bit of a nerve whingeing now.
It has become clear that Newcastle are currently incapable of outplaying teams on any kind of a regular basis so pure hard work is the only way out of this mess.
Here’s to more ‘bullying’ at White Hart Lane…
John Aldridge speaking to the Liverpool Echo:
‘The defeat to Newcastle was incredibly disappointing on Sunday, you try hard not to get carried away but it’s hard sometimes.
Mistakes were made across the board but what stood out for me was the fact we got out-fought.
The same happened with physically big teams like West Ham and Crystal Palace with their pace and power.
We’ve struggled to deal with these big, physical teams this season.
Newcastle had nothing else apart from their physicality. The game was heading for 0-0 until Skrtel’s intervention. If we’d have got the first goal we’d have gone on to win the game I’m sure but the longer it went on I knew they would win, I could smell it.
I’m certain Steve McClaren sent them out to get stuck into us and they probably put in three really big challenges, two of them were really poor and could have seen a sending off.
But our players have got to be able to take a yellow back at some stage – not get sent off for something daft but let them know you can’t be bullied.’