Jermaine Jenas watched Newcastle take on Liverpool at Anfield, the home side winning 2-0.

The former Newcastle midfielder pointing out the obvious, saying ‘there aren’t many goals in the side’.

He says he is ‘obviously worried’ because of that but if the Magpies can keep up their ‘defensive strength’ then ‘I think they will have enough’.

It isn’t exactly resounding backing though, as Jermaine Jenas states ‘Newcastle might just stay up on the basis of how bad the teams are below them.’

The stats do tend to back up what Jenas is saying, as only one side (Brighton) have conceded less goals than Rafa’s team, whilst only four clubs outside the relegation zone have scored less than Newcastle.

The final verdict from Jermaine Jenas being ‘I think Newcastle might just hang on by the skin of their teeth’.

Jermaine Jenas speaking to BT Sport:

“Newcastle might just stay up on the basis of how bad the teams are below them.

“Where the give me some hope, is with him (Rafa Benitez), and how he organises his side.

“Watched today for 40 minutes and they are a side who can frustrate other teams.

“At the other end of the pitch, they didn’t have that extra bit within their counter-attack, to get that breather that they need.

“I think in games against lesser sides, they will create opportunities.

“If they can keep that defensive strength that they have, I think they will have enough.

“I am worried, obviously, because there aren’t many goals in the side.

“But I just think on what is happening below them, and how he (Rafa) can get them organised, I think Newcastle might just hang on by the skin of their teeth.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0


Liverpool: Salah 40, Sane 55

Possession was Liverpool 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were  Liverpool 14 Newcastle 7

Shots on target were Liverpool 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Liverpool 8 Newcastle 3

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Murphy (Perez 84), Diame, Merino (Hayden 73), Kenedy, Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 66)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Ritchie

Crowd: 53,287 (Newcastle 3,000)

(To read the match ratings for Newcastle players at Anfield go HERE )

(To read Alan Shearer’s instant reaction to the game HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0 – Read it HERE)

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    good enough for me. by hook or by crook I don’t care as long as we kick off in the prem next August.

    • Lakeland Mag

      Not good enough for me. I want a team that is at least mid-table competitive, not one that starts the season looking at a bottom six relegation fight due to scandalous under investment by a totally disinterested owner.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        I meant this year, under these circumstances. Let’s talk mid table once the fat parasite is on his drunken way.

        • Paul Patterson

          Agreed. Some people seem to forget, we are a newly promoted side with a championship squad. Good Championship player but average/poor Premier league ones . .

          • Leazes.

            viva la rafalution.

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Lakeland ! What’s the point of struggling and going into every game hoping we can scrape a win?Absolutely no enjoyment or entertainment whatsoever! I’d rather be in the Championship with an even chance of winning games. Last season was the most exciting for a long time,and just like Mitro has found his level in the Championship,at this moment in time, that is our level,and until M.A puts in some proper finance( which we all know will never happen), the Championship is all we can aspire to.

        • Wor Lass

          I`m not sure that it`s not so much a matter of finding his level as just getting a game.

          • kingfisher

            Yes you could be right,Wor Lass .Mitros situation is one of the big mysteries of this season.Obviously everyone has their own opinion.Hopefully the truth will come out eventually.Stubborn Rafa or [email protected]@p player, who knows? 😁

          • Geordiegiants

            Rafa made his decision and stuck with it, I’m not Mitros fan by any stretch but he isn’t 💩, he just isn’t a player a premier league club could build their team around.

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s his level at the minute, he struggles with the pace in the premier league. He might learn a bit more and become a better player in the championship, we can’t say Rafa got it wrong not using him in the championship as Gayle done everything expected. What we can say is if he learns to control himself and learns how to deal with pace in the championship, then he can possibly move up and play for one of the bottom half teams, but he is never ever going to be good enough for the premier league really.

          • Wor Lass

            You could be right – he is slow – but I would just have liked him to have had a run this season to find out. Especially as we couldn`t buy a goal. Still, he only has himself to blame for dropping out of the team after the elbow in the W Ham game. I don`t think he`ll ever play for us if Rafa`s here. Something has happened behind the scenes, I think.

  • Mrkgw

    If we do survive the drop then, next season Ashley oversees further depletion of the squad. This seems to be the year on year trend with him now. Its all about money. Nothing else. ASHLEY OUT!

    • HarryHype59

      If NUFC do avoid a third relegation in nine years, you can guarantee the club will be fighting another one next season. That is as good as it gets under Fatman!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    we can hold the line at the back but we can`t score enough goals
    every transfer window that comes up you think, right 1st in must be a striker & it never happens.
    if we survive then in the summer Rafa must demand players or walk it`s as simple as that.

  • Desree

    Insightful posts by the readers, strewth lads, that has been the plan since 2008.

  • Rich Lawson

    Why do I have to put up with this nonsensical t##t on BT as well as MOTD,is there no employer contract conflict here ? BT had McManaman and Gerrard giving opinions.Surely to God they can find someone better than Jenas to even it up for NUFC ? Rob Lee seems a sensible, well spoken bloke with a much better pedigree, please ?

    • Paul Patterson

      I’m not his biggest fan but apart from anything else, he’s not far wrong- in fact, he’s bang on the money . .

      • Rich Lawson

        Makes him even more annoying !

  • Tweed Mag

    Jenas is not far off the mark with his comments, but just about everyone in the real world (not pundit-telly land) have known this for months. If the owner of a club does not invest properly, then the team will struggle at times. Some pundits are terrible.

  • HarryHype59

    I find Jenas vague and irritating at times. He is however 100% correct regarding this statement!

    This team is bad enough to get relegated and will only stay up by default.

    • Wor Lass

      I quite like him. He talks common sense, in my opinion, without the self-conscious “notice me” hype and”I`m-a-member-of-the-inner-circle” claptrap that you get from so many of the other pundits.

      • Cockneytrev

        I agree,,

  • Wor Lass

    That`s about right. IF Slimani ever becomes fit enough to start and IF he turns out to be capable of holding the ball and running at defences (before actually scoring) then we could ease ourselves away from the botton 3 or 4 because we`re better elsewhere on the park than a fair few teams at that end of the table. It really could go either way, though, with us finishing as low as second bottom or as high as 9th or 10th.

  • Tim

    If Stoke or Southampton pick up we’re down. Palace will win more games than us from now to the end of the season I’m sure and the rest of the teams above either have better players or a better mentality/momentum.

    • Paul Patterson

      Have you seen the others run ins?

      • Salty

        I agree, I did that a while ago and can see others struggling to pick up points unless, and this is key, there are surprise results like Bournemouth beating Chelsea or the run the mackems had a few years ago. My biggest concern though is that we fail to win against likes of Southampton and Huddersfield, as we failed to beat Palace, Bournemouth and Swansea recently. Or in the relegation last time when Rafa couldn’t get a win against teams in bottom 4 with us- Villa, Norwich And mackems

    • HarryHype59

      CP have got terrible injury problems and are slipping again as a result. I agree, that we are praying other teams around us don’t pick up. Otherwise it is relegation number three!

      • MadMag83

        The decision to play Zaha in the second half against us, despite him picking up a knee injury seems really short sighted. They salvaged a draw but have lost both games since and he’s likely to miss their next two games as well. Still think they’ll survive though once Zaha returns.

  • Salty

    Jenas is absolutely right. If we stay up it will only be because other teams are worse than us. In the same way that Man City only stay up because they’re better than other teams. Fckn idiot.

  • MadMag83

    West Brom look doomed so there’s two relegation places left. Probably between Stoke, Huddersfield, Swansea, Southampton, and Newcastle. Defeat to Southampton or Huddersfield could spell disaster. 3 wins from the remaining 9 games should see us safe.

  • stevetoontoon

    Jenas is a complete [email protected]