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Newcastle fans naming and shaming scapegoats is media distortion

2 years ago
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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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