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Embarrassing overreaction to what happened at Bournemouth

4 years ago

Since Saturday afternoon I have seen some quite embarrassing comments from Newcastle fans.

From the media as well, especially the local coverage.

Anybody who has played football at any level, knows that it isn’t a perfect science. That the best team doesn’t always win.

There are so many variables and ability is only one major factor.

Luck often plays just as big a part, as does confidence, team work and numerous other things that have an input.

It is laughable how some Newcastle fans are going so over the top in calling it a disgrace that the team didn’t win at Bournemouth, how the players threw the game away etc etc.

Yes it was a match we could and should have won but I reckon in the last 30 seasons I have seen a hundred or more games where I have come away gutted that we didn’t get what we deserved.

Likewise though I have come away from at least as many matches in the last three decades knowing, deep down, that we had been very lucky.

Only two weeks ago, yes Newcastle played well against Man Utd but were we lucky?

Undeniably yes. Dbravka did very well in that one on one with Martial just before half-time but really he should have been given no chance and Man Utd would have won.

The last 10 minutes of that game and there were three or four brilliant blocks on or around the line, or you could say the Man Utd players hit our players when they should really have scored.

Fast forward to Saturday and yes Perez and Shelvey should have scored their easyish chances but they are both hopeless finishers and I would argue neither chance was as easy as Martial’s.

You would have to also say that Begovic had a nightmare and whilst Gayle did everything right for his two goals, normally the chances wouldn’t have reached him.

Then in the last 10 minutes, Smith hits that excellent shot that could go anywhere but just dips under the bar, whilst the ball into the box for the equaliser could go anywhere but ends up at Gosling’s feet and he avoids the Newcastle players on the line.

Luck. Sometimes it goes with you and sometime against you.

You have to take it both ways.

In Newcastle United’s first 20 Premier League games of the season, Rafa’s team only had three draws.

In the last eight matches, the draw at Bournemouth was the fifth where they took a point.

When you draw so often, it is perfect for both the glass half full and glass half empty camps to argue their case.

If these last five draws had been wins then Newcastle would now be seventh on 39 points and already safe.

If the five had all been defeats then NUFC would be nineteenth with 24 points and hot favourites to go down with West Brom.

The truth is that this is where Newcastle are and Rafa Benitez recognises that – every point has to be hard fought because we don’t have the quality to put teams away easily.

Naturally being two up and not winning is hard to take but these last five draws against Brighton, Swansea, Burnley, Palace and Bournemouth is where we are at right now.

In there battling but no better or worse than those around us.

For all some Newcastle fans are saying Rafa’s players ‘threw the game away’, Bournemouth were always going to have a go in the final stages and they only really had those two chances, which it was our bad luck to see in the back of our net.

It is this lack of sureness in any game which is why we equally love and hate football so much.

There are no sure things and you just have to move  on to the next one…and stop the whingeing.


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