Trevor Sinclair has pinpointed the form of the one player who didn’t deserve to be dropped against Swansea.
At 2pm on Saturday, when the teams were announced, it is fair to say that Newcastle fans were stunned.
Five changes to the team and Shelvey, Perez and Mitrovic all dropped.
Yes it wasn’t a team that many/any of would have picked but the reality is, Rafa Benitez could have easily dropped any of the failing players – with one possible exception.
Andros Townsend has fought a sole battle to try and inspire Newcastle since his arrival in January, scoring superb solo goals against Chelsea and Southampton that were no consolation as those two opponents scored a combined eight of their own.
Yesterday’s goal was more of a team effort as Mitrovic did really well to lay the ball off perfectly for the former Spurs winger to finish.
Treveor Sinclair then pointed out on last night’s Match of The Day that in the last six games, Andros Townsend has now scored three goals and set up another two.
These would be impressive statistics in a successful team, never mind one that has been as hopeless as Newcastle have been.
“Newcastle are still there fighting, just about.
“Listen, it was a great performance, but last week (v Southampton) I thought they were dead and buried, they were so poor.
“The mentality was better, I think there was a realisation from each player, all taking responsibility – putting themselves about and being committed – and it showed.
“Special praise for Andros Townsend.
“He has scored three and set up two in the last six games, so he is having a positive effect since coming to Newcastle.”
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)
(To view the player ratings for yesterday and to add your own go HERE)