Mark Lawrenson’s verdict on Newcastle v West Brom
Mark Lawrenson has accused Roberto Martinez of going over the top in describing the performance of his team against Newcastle on Wednesday.
Despite Everton running out 3-0 winners, hitting the woodwork three times and Rob Elliot making some superb saves, Lawrenson says Martinez should think twice before ‘wheeling out the ‘hyperbole’.
Mark Lawrenson says that everybody has to accept that it was Newcastle that the scousers were playing, a Newcastle who are in the relegation zone.
The BBC pundit points to a lack of goals as a major problem for the Baggies, though looking at the stats they have failed to score in only three of their last 15 games (all competitions).
In contrast, Newcastle have failed to score in seven of their last 15, including the 1-0 defeat at The Hawthorns.
Mark Lawrenson obviously thinks it is two poor teams facing each other and says Newcastle United ‘were rolled over far too easily’ by Everton.
Despite this, he has tipped Newcastle to win 2-1 and appears to think that this will mainly be achieved because ‘Newcastle are generally better at home’.
With three wins at St James Park and two on the road this season the margins are small but at least we must surely see a more attacking formation and team selection on Saturday from Steve McClaren than on Wednesday, mustn’t we?
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Roberto Martinez’s use of the word “phenomenal” to describe his players is, well, phenomenal.
“That is how he described Ross Barkley’s performance after Wednesday’s win over Newcastle but I think he should remember where Newcastle are in the table before wheeling out the hyperbole.
“It sounded like Newcastle were rolled over far too easily by Everton on Wednesday but West Brom are also on a poor recent run.
“The Baggies are wobbling because goals are a problem for them, and Newcastle are generally better at home.”
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