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Neil Warnock uses excuse 9 of his team were in Championship last season, 12 of Newcastle matchday squad were in it 2 years ago!

2 years ago

Neil Warnock was full of excuses as usual, after Newcastle had swapped places with Cardiff.

The Welsh club dropping into the relegation zone after having only one effort on target and losing 3-0, as they helped make Newcastle look almost a decent team in the second half especially.

Predictably, he used the poor underfunded underdogs routine, which would be fair enough against most Premier League opposition…

However, whilst Neil Warnock pointed to nine of today’s  team were playing for Cardiff in the Championship last season.

Rafa Benitez could reply with the fact that 12 of Newcastle United’s 18 man matchday squad were in the second tier two years ago!

Jacob Murphy was then still with Norwich, whilst another 11 were at NUFC when the club went up as champions under Rafa Benitez.

Seven of the eleven who started today were at Newcastle in the Championship season, whilst there were eight who started against Man Utd two and a half weeks ago.

Neil Warnock:

“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game.

“I felt quite comfortable in fact, then all of a sudden we concede a sloppy goal. It’s poor defending and the lad (Schar) took advantage.

“I thought that was their best spell, first half, and then we came out very positive second half.

“We’ve just got to be more clinical, we had so many opportunities to put a final ball in, a final pass or get a shot away.

“And although they were brilliant blocks from the Newcastle lads, we shouldn’t have allowed them to become brilliant blocks. We should have got the shot away earlier.

“That’s the final third really, they were better in the final third.

“I thought Newcastle were nervous and I thought we grew into the game but to concede such a silly goal like that…was a massive blow.

“We were in the bottom three earlier in the season and you can never write our lads off.

“Nine of them who started today were in the Championship last year and I thought Rondon was the best player on the pitch today – you get what you pay for really.

“I wanted to start Niasse rather than have him on the bench, it was so cold today.

“I thought there might be more problems if he came off the bench, maybe pulling a muscle or what have you.

“I asked him to give me an hour and he did that.

“I think there’s six or seven teams involved (in the relegation fight) and it will go up and down.

“Teams will have winning streaks and then hit a brick wall, that is the level of the competition.

“We will always be favourites to go down and nobody will expect us to bounce again, but we ave shown over all season, we have bounced back from adversity.

“It has not been an easy season for me – we have only been in front for 94 minutes all season, you shouldn’t be allowed that, that’s a health risk.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Cardiff 0

Goals: Schar 24, 63 Perez 90+3

Possession was Cardiff 47% Newcastle 53%

Total shots were  Cardiff 9 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Cardiff 1 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Cardiff 10 Newcastle 7

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie (Manquillo 85), Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu, Perez, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Roberts, Sterry, Joselu, Murphy, Clark

Crowd: 49,864 (Cardiff 1,400)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win HERE)

(Writer David McAvelia explains how his two sons discovered a new hero at today’s match – Read HERE)


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