Mark Lawrenson patronises Newcastle United fans with Steve Bruce message
Mark Lawrenson has been assessing Newcastle United’s chances against Watford.
The pair at the bottom of the Premier League meeting in a game, that whilst it is not a must win after only three games, is match where a victory for either side could be massive.
Watford’s manager and players appear to have been derailed by the FA Cup, letting the Premier League results fall away after picking up 43 points in the opening 29 PL games of last season.
The next 12 PL matches have seen the Hornets picking up only seven points, those coming in wins over relegated Fulham and Huddersfield, plus a draw against Southampton.
The 6-0 hammering by Manchester City in that Wembley final seems to still be a hangover for Gracia and his players with these opening three PL defeats of this season to West Ham, Brighton and Everton.
Mark Lawrenson doesn’t expect Watford to be ‘bottom of the table for too long’ but believes they will be at least into mid-September, as he predicts a narrow 1-0 win today for Newcastle.
As for the Newcastle fans, Mark Larwenson has a patronising double message.
The BBC Sport pundit telling them they should ‘just support the team’ and ‘get behind’ Steve Bruce.
All the tickets made available for difficult away trips to Norwich and Spurs were snapped up, whilst there was still around 44,000/45,000 inside St James Park, despite the boycott of the Arsenal game as supporters protested against Mike Ashley’s running of the club.
Despite what Mark Lawrenson wants to believe, there has been no barracking of the head coach or the players, despite losing three of the first four games (all competitions), including two home matches.
Some would say that the problem is that too many Newcastle fans do just blindly continue to turn up and support the team, making life comfortable for Mike Ashley.
Newcastle supporters would love nothing more than club politics to be no longer such an ongoing issue getting in the way of them enjoying supporting the team.
As for the players on the pitch, Mark Lawrenson says ‘I have really liked what I have seen of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron. If they get the service they look like they can score goals.’
With only three goals for Newcastle so far in four games this season and only a few other serious efforts on goal in over six hours of football, it remains a worry as to just how much creativity and and service there is in this NUFC team.
Joelinton should have benefited massively from scoring the winner last Sunday and Miguel Almiron put an effort just over.
The Paraguayan though is desperate for a goal, as he has only scored once in any kind of football, for club or country, these past 11 months and of course including none for Newcastle these past seven months.
Before beating Coventry in the League Cup this midweek, Watford had conceded 22 goals in their last seven competitive games.
At home against a struggling and dispirited team, no better opportunity than today for Newcastle to find their shooting boots and creativity.
As for today’s crowd, Newcastle could be looking at one of the lowest ever for a home Premier League match, since St James Park was expanded to 52,000+ in 2000.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“It was a great win for Newcastle at Tottenham and what I would say to Newcastle fans, is just support the team.
“Steve Bruce got a great result at Spurs, get behind him.
“I have really liked what I have seen of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron.
“If they get the service they look like they can score goals.
“For Watford, it is played three, lost three.
“I don’t think they will win this one but I don’t think they will be bottom of the table for too long.
“Prediction is Newcastle 1 Watford 0.”
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