Newcastle United first team coach, Paul Simpson, has claimed that the 6-2 win over Norwich came about because all of the players knew their jobs.
Simpson says that the coaching team made a big decision during the international break, that it would be hammered into the players what they should be doing both when they did and didn’t have possession.
The first team coach says that they intend to do the same for the Sunderland match.
Paul Simpson states that they made sure that every player against Norwich knew what they should be doing ‘in the defensive third, the middle third, the attacking third’.
Whilst the 6-2 win was a massive relief and very enjoyable in parts, especially once Newcastle went 5-2 up, it is hard to credit the victory to some great pre-planned tactics.
It was all a bit reminiscent of that fifth place finish in 2011/12 under Alan Pardew.
When you had players such as Ba, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Coloccini and Krul all on top form, as well as Cisse hammering them in from everywhere, it is dubious just how much influence a manager/coaching staff had o most of those results.
Most of the time it looked more like talented players such as Cabaye and Ba taking matters into their own hands and running the game with their natural instincts, rather than some pre-planned rigid strategy.
The same on Sunday.
It was the natural ability of Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, Perez and Sissoko that stood out.
I didn’t see any great plan that was working, in fact quite the opposite as Norwich controlled the ball for long periods and played the ball through Newcastle’s lines.
If the players were supposed to know what they were doing in every part of the pitch then it appeared they forgot all about it as they stepped onto the pitch.
The failure to cut out crosses and deal with them in the box was obvious, whilst players such as Sissoko often didn’t track back and this led to the two goals conceded.
I think some of the players deserve a lot of credit for the win but we are still a long way away from having a coherent team plan that works all over the pitch.
Hopefully we will see that this Sunday…
Paul Simpson (Talking to NUFC TV):
“We have been really specific with the team we expect to start at Sunderland.
“They know their jobs, that was a big thing we decided over the international break.
“Going into the Norwich game we wanted every single player to know their jobs, in the defensive third, the middle third, the attacking third. In possession, out of possession, we wanted them to know the roles they have got.
“That is what we are going to do again going into the Sunderland game.”
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