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The worst ever use of stats to patronise Newcastle fans?

6 years ago

Did many of you catch Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville on Sky?

As a Toon fan I tuned in to witness one or two things.

Chelsea being heavily criticised and/or Newcastle being heavily praised.

However, I did not expect Newcastle to be heavily criticised, mocked, disrespected and patronised to an extent I am still trying to sink into my brain a day or two later.

When asked if McClaren’s quote of ‘this is the benchmark now’ was correct. Carragher bluntly said ‘NO’ and then spent five minutes ‘explaining’ how Newcastle could play like that against the likes of Watford, as the fans would go crazy in the stands.

Words cannot describe how much nonsense this drivel is, as what seems totally lost on Carragher, is that Watford would not turn up to St James’ with the quality of players Chelsea have and play such attack minded, possession dominating football. Or is that too obvious?

Plus it’s obvious what McClaren meant by ‘benchmark’, as in the desire, the fight, the pressing, the much better defending, the brilliant centre forward play from Mitrovic and many other aspects of the brave, confident football being played.

For him then to drag out the ‘stats’ from the Newcastle game vs Watford and basically declare they played better against Watford then Chelsea…is perhaps the biggest misuse of stats I have ever witnessed.

Seriously, what exactly was his point? The game was totally different as Watford had a two goal lead, which they then defended. Which is what we had vs Chelsea. Again, have I missed something obvious?

The best part was left to Neville who came in with the words ‘I agree’, only then to totally contradict and talk the complete opposite of what Carragher was waffling on about (still to this day don’t know what it was).

Here are some bullet points of Gary Neville’s one minute cameo.

– The fans need to get out of the mentality of the mid 90’s

– To play 4-2-4 against the lesser teams is disrespectful

– They need to do what Pulis, Pardew at Palace etc do and start from the back and counter teams.

– The fans need re-educating but do you think the management can do that?

At this point my jaw was on the floor. Not only has he completely contradicted everything Carragher went on about, in agreement don’t forget. However, he uses the Chelsea game as a tool to completely patronise and mock the fans of Newcastle Utd.

All of which using no evidence whatsoever to back up his claims. Since when have we played 4-2-4 this season? We had Siem De Jong in as a false number 9 against Sheff Wed and had one shot on goal. That’s why we lost.

The less I say about ‘the fans need re-educating’ the better. I think it speaks for itself, what kind of opinion Neville has about Geordies. ‘Disgusting’ doesn’t quite cover it.

If anyone needs re-educating it is him on the Newcastle fans. Not the fans on their own team.

I like Carragher and Neville and watch MNF on a regular basis, but their incredible disregard, total lack of respect and most importantly lack of any actual knowledge about this ‘wee north east club’ and its fans is nothing short of ridiculous.

They get paid to talk about 20 Premier League clubs, not the ones they like or respect. ALL 20. Get off your high horse and do some homework. Maybe speak to a Geordie now and again, they won’t hurt you. Honest.

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