In the pubs after the match on Saturday night, obviously the defeat by Leicester City was dissected until everybody had finally had their fill (of beer) and staggered off into the night.

Everybody has their own ideas of what went wrong, which tactics might have improved things, which other players maybe should have got a game…and so on.

All good healthy debate and we always have players who we stick up for and others who need to play out of their skins to convince us they are any use.

The final analysis on Saturday night though, was that Newcastle were basically beaten by a better team, although the players had stuck at it and almost got a point or even better.

Leicester clearly the more dominant team but Newcastle arguably having as many decent situations/opportunities – it was a match that just slipped away with errors punished by a team full of pace.

Nowhere did I see or hear everybody piling onto one player and suggesting he was anymore at fault than half a dozen others.

However, it is a modern lazy trend for newspapers to put together articles based purely on social media comments, especially from Twitter.

On Twitter you can pretty much find anything that you want to, this weekend it was one journalist picking out Florian Lejeune as useless, then using Twitter comments from Newcastle fans as ‘proof’ of that.

It is just divisive to pick out scapegoats at this moment in time, not that the media would care about that, exactly the opposite actually, as they thrive on stirring it up.

Florian Lejeune was poor on Saturday but he was in good company.

He looks very much like a defender new to the Premier League who is finding it tough after only a handful of games’ worth of experience in the English top tier and struggling as we have this run against the better teams.

Lejeune was poor in defence but in front of him Isaac Hayden had a shocker as he repeatedly gave the ball away, Matt Ritchie doing the same and in his case failing to give DeAndre Yedlin enough help.

By the same token, Yedlin and Manquillo were really poor, also struggling to keep possession/find a man, as well as finding it difficult to cope with the ability of Gray, Mahrez and Albrighton.

Even Mikel Merino had a stinker by his standards, giving the ball away on a number of occasions, including for the Leicester equaliser.

Despite Merino’s mistake Karl Darlow’s was arguably worse, as he failed to stop the long range effort despite getting his fingers to it. Darlow, like Elliot, doing little to suggest they are good enough to start in the Premier League.

Despite this, the over the top article picking out Florian Lejeune as more to blame than any other player and comments such as ‘need to get rid of him as soon as possible’ etc etc, are ridiculous.

I even saw a similar attack on Mikel Merino, once again a journalist using hand-picked Twitter comments. Only just getting into the swing of things after a back injury, we have surely seen enough of the Spaniard to know that he has real quality and at the age of only 21 will only get better.

As Rafa says, we need to stick together, especially when it comes to the media trying to divide us.

Remember…United we stand, divided we fall.

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  • mentalman

    lejuene looked good playing with Lascelles because he plays on the left hand of the defence and doesn’t have to go out wide to cover for yedlin. A simple way to eradicate this problem is to play with fullbacks who defend.

    Karl Darlow is in a group of players who are one mistake from disappearing out of the team and will make mistakes playing with this type of pressure

    • Dillon Tovak

      It’s a shame for Darlow because I like him and think he maybe has potential.
      But he’ll most probably never reach the standard we need unfortunately.

      • mentalman

        He’s like a lot of players we currently have had and a lot that we have had particularly since MA bought the club, players who have potential but need senior experienced players to learn from, Lascelles is good but could be a lot better if he had a john terry type of player to learn from

  • Steve Smith

    Lejeune is probably the best passer of the ball after Shelvey.

  • Wor Lass

    it`s like the “very interesting comments” from the opposition fans that the Mag treats us to before and after games. I do actually enjoy reading them if only to figure out which ones were made by Triple M in disguise.

  • Leazes Ender

    Yes the Chronicle isn’t averse to picking and choosing tweets to back up its own flawed analysis…. we live in an age of media manipulation, scapegoating and fake news…. dangerous times ahead.

  • S.G.M.

    Definitely not beaten “by a better team” but beaten by individual errors, a deflection, and an own goal. As for Rafa he needs to start getting the best out of the squad he has.

    • Leazes Ender

      I was just wondering which United players would make the Leicester squad…. Lascelles, Shelvey…. thats it.

      Better team…. yes they were, more expensive squad by 80m. and it showed.

      We were the home team, yes we were.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        We cant change that without an moderately ambitious new owner.

        Out of our hands. Have to back what we have for now and not finger point at the ones in firing line.

        Point at Ashley but it does nothing.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Shearer is the worst culprit coming out with statements we should have been beaten six nil some games even when we have had chances and saying not good enough all the time even when on Saturday we could have easily scored five with the miss just after our first goal, the one just before half time and the one just past the post at two two. There passing was equally bad at times and Danny Simpson had a shocker. The mag website are not much better and the ratings for players were two or three marks down on what all the Sunday papers gave with one paper giving Gayle a nine. The fans at the match are sticking together but Shearer is not helping the cause at all .

    • Dillon Tovak

      We were truly abysmal on Saturday. We couldn’t string more than two passes together. Comparatively we made Leicester look like Brazil in their prime.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      I agree.

      I detest the stupid titles of ‘{insert club here} fans must read comments’… every version they out must read.

      We need to go back to basics on the pitch.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Put Mbemba in front of the back 4, bring back Jonjo, Lascelles & Dummy
    Go 4-5-1 against Fat Sam & hope for the best.

    • Mrkgw


    • Toonrobbybobson

      I agree we need to go back to basics and be hard to beat. Confidence slowly will come back and we’ll nick some games.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Lejeune is ok, one thing I don’t like is…he kind of moves and turns like Bramble sometimes and that is a memory loaded with pain and anguish.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    You can tweets on anything to make an article out of. What about the ones who think these players have good games. Dont get an article on that do we?

    Lejeune is in the firing line because we have a lack of quality experienced squad depth. That isnt his fault.

    Quite simply there is one man to blame for the utter shambles that NUFC has turned into over the last decade.


    Anyone who suggests anything else is an idiot. Hes a divisive, liar, greedy, horrible man whos love of money knows no bounds. He should never have gotten control of NUFC. Hall should hang his head in shame because frankly he was just interested in getting out asap seeing the £££.

  • TheFatController

    What happens currently is everyone is frustrated, from the manager down and across to the supporters. There’s a ‘unspoken’ agreement that singing against the regime is no good for the players’ morale/ confidence

    However, we I suspect don’t realise at games (and after) that 10 years of pent up frustration with Ashley is manifesting as frustration with players giving their all despite talent limitations in comparison to the opposition.

    There is a well worn adage in life ‘know your enemy’ – it doesn’t just mean knowing the tactics of your enemy, but knowing who it really is that is the enemy.

    Displaced anger – that’s kicking the dog when you can’t kick the boss etc. Kick Ashley (maybe not physically as he leaves a curry house) – no-one playing for Newcastle should have to suffer being barracked for a bad game but still putting in the effort in the knowledge it’s not their day for a 9 out of 10 performance.

    Know your enemy. The enemy is Ashley, not honest professionals giving everything for the club, and not hiding, in difficult circumstances…

  • Grahame Johnson

    We are in a better position then we should be and that is down to Rafa yes some of my opinions are different to his but I remember my fear of him leaving. I look at the championship and how so many teams get trapped there when a team with loyal fans lose thousands and thousands of fans through many reasons and i think if Ashley stays and Rafa leave’s that may be our future if Ashley leave’s and Rafa stays relegation may happen but I think mags will remain united behind our club

  • Martin

    Agree entirely. Criticism of Rafa is enirely unwarranted. He will make mistakes as will all managers and players but taking the season as a whole we are still ahead of where I thought we would be with the players we have. On Saturday we looked like a good Championside albeit short on confidence playing a team a League above us which was full of confidence. The bottom line is Leicester’s squad is valued at about £100 million more than our squad.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Florian Lejeune has been diabolical though and is the new David Rozenhal !