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Dividing credit amongst the players who created the goal – Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0

2 months ago
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Sunday ended Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0.

Newcastle thankfully lifting themselves out of the relegation zone ahead of this latest tedious international break.

Matty Longstaff man of the match and scoring a quality winning goal, the difference between the two teams.

No doubt that he deserves the overwhelming credit for that goal but who deserves the credit for helping to create it?

Important to wind back to the start of the passage of play that led to that 72nd minute goal…

Ashley Young takes a corner from the right hand side, the Leazes/East Stand corner.

McTominay wins the header but just nods it a few yards into the middle of the box.

Andy Carroll tries to clear it with his head but the but  the ball only travels across the box towards the left side, level with the six yard box.

Miguel Almiron gets possession and takes a few strides with the ball and looks as though he will take easy option and launch it up the pitch. If he does so, it gifts possession back to Man Utd to attack again, as Newcastle have nobody up the pitch.

However, as Ashley Young comes to close down the Paraguayan, Almiron goes as if to launch the ball anywhere but instead drops his shoulder and takes it around Young, heading deep into Newcastle’s half on that left hand side.

He runs a number of yards with the ball, constantly looking up the pitch, before then hitting  a long measured pass into an unmarked Allan Saint-Maximin on the halfway line.

By being brave and being prepared to hang onto the ball, Miguel Almiron has allowed not just ASM to get up the pitch but Carroll and Willems as well. This has created a three v three situation thanks to Almiron’s actions.

ASM does really well to then hold off Man Utd players and sprint up the pitch, then releases Willems on the left in a possible shooting position.

Instead, the Dutchman drags the ball back and then lays it off to Matty Longstaff arriving just outside the box.

Bang! The ball is in the back of the net.

It is interesting because whilst I have seen a number of Newcastle fans giving credit to Miguel Almiron for his part in creating the goal and helping Newcastle to the win. I haven’t seen anybody in the media do the same.

Sadly, many of our fellow fans are the same, especially the stats generation, who only want to see that it was Willems who gets the assist, rather than being able to understand how football works, that a lot more can happen in a game and even one move, where players other than the scorer and the one getting the assist deserve credit.

It kind of sums up the media, on these official highlights below just check out the goal.

Instead of beginning from the very start to give proper context as to how the goal was created, they instead start that bit of action with the ball already on its way to Allan Saint-Maximin.

Almost as though they don’t want to give Miguel Almiron any credit…

I agree he needs to do a lot more, especially in terms of creating chances and scoring goals BUT to claim Almiron is not contributing to this team is just plain daft.

I would also argue that Almiron deserves at least as much credit as ASM or Willems for creating Sunday’s winner, arguably more.

Operating in a very negative formation and out of position on the right, Almiron constantly wants the ball and is prepared to keep it and run with it.

Now we also have ASM on the pitch and willing  to do the same, I am sure we will now see Miguel Almiron show far more.

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