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Jermaine Jenas – Newcastle might stay up BUT only because of how bad other teams are

12 months ago
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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

Goals:

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)

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