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Jamie Redknapp lets himself down with Newcastle United comments

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Jamie Redknapp has been talking about the situation at St James Park.

The former Liverpool and Tottenham player commenting after the game at St James Park.

Jamie Redknapp picking Jetro Willems in his Premier League team of the week, after the loan player produced another very good performance and a crucial goal, only three minutes after Man City took the lead.

Redknapp is full of praise for Newcastle and especially the Head Coach, saying: ‘It is time to give Steve Bruce the credit he deserves.’

The trouble is though, that like so many others, Jamie Redknapp feels the need to have a go at Rafa Benitez when giving Steve Bruce praise. It is simply pathetic and it is ironic when it is the pundits and journalist who are saying it is Newcastle fans who need to stop going on about the former manager!

Jamie Redknapp declares: ‘They had a go against one of the best teams in the world. This was a performance of positivity…Under Benitez, they’d approach these games in more of a negative manner. They’d sit deep.’

This is simply 100% untrue, Steve Bruce and the team do of course deserve all the credit that comes with coming back twice to earn a point BUT it is very definitely not true that Bruce’s team are being more positive/attacking than Rafa Benitez was against the best teams.

Indeed, Saturday’s win was very very similar to January when Rafa’s Newcastle went behind on 24 seconds but came back and won 2-1. Just like in January, on Saturday Newcastle had a very limited number of decent attacks and made the most of them. Most of the game saw Joelinton totally isolated and the vast majority of the time Newcastle were reduced to hitting it long and usually losing the ball, with the Brazilian so outnumbered and having little help.

It is ridiculous as well for Jamie Redknapp not to acknowledge that since Rafa’s win over Man City, Newcastle have spent £80m on three attacking players.

Plus, not taking anything away from Saturday’s result but this Man City team aren’t reaching the heights of the past two seasons and their fans are very much saying that, last season Man City won every single domestic match after losing at Newcastle, winning all three domestic trophies. That isn’t happening this time.

Plus of course, you can’t compare the resources Steve Bruce has now with what Rafa Benitez had at the start of last season. Yes Newcastle have four more points than they had after the first 14 games last season BUT as an article on The Mag on Sunday night pointed out, Rafa’s final 14 games last season brought 21 points, five more than this season’s 14 matches. Plus, when you go back to the 15th and 16th last games, they were both wins (incl the Man City one) and Rafa Benitez got 27 points in the final 16 matches, the fifth best form in the Premier League from January to May 2019.

Yes judge and praise/criticise Steve Bruce on what he and his team do but no need to have a go at the previous manager to do so.

Jamie Redknapp talking to The Mail:

“It is time to give Steve Bruce the credit he deserves.

“After 14 games, Newcastle have 16 points.

“At the same stage under Rafa Benitez last season, they had 12. Bruce’s side have not lost at St James Park since the opening day.

“They beat Manchester United there in October and Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City felt just as good for those fans.

“They enjoyed this because Newcastle earned that point in style.

“They had a go against one of the best teams in the world.

“Yes they only had 23.6 per cent possession but whenever they had the ball, they looked forwards.

“This was a performance of positivity.

“Under Benitez, they’d approach these games in more of a negative manner. They’d sit deep.

“But Bruce wanted to test City.

“This would have been billed as a Benitez masterclass 12 months ago, so let’s give Bruce credit.”

What is also silly is this idea/belief that Jamie Redknapp and others seem to buy into, which is that Newcastle fans aren’t giving Steve Bruce credit. The reality is that when Newcastle have played well this season and/or got good results, then he has been widely praised. However, the reality also is that with rare exceptions Newcastle are really struggling to create chances in many games and have carried a lot of luck, such as on Saturday when scoring with the only two serious efforts on goal.

Against the lesser teams, Newcastle need to find a way of showing more attacking threat, either change tactics or personnel, or a bit of both.

Jamie Redknapp Premier League team of the week:

Martin (West Ham)

Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Aalderweireld (Tottenham)

Van Dijk (Liverpool)

Willems (Newcastle)

Grealish (Villa)

Rice (West Ham)

Alli (Tottenham)

Antonio (West Ham)

Mousset (Sheff Utd)

Zaha (Palace)

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2  – Saturday 30 November 12.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle United:

Willems 25, Shelvey 88

Man City:

Sterling 22, De Bruyne 82

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Man City 77% (78%), Newcastle 23% (22%)

Total shots were Man City 24 (9), Newcastle 6 (3)

Shots on target were Man City 9 (4), Newcastle 3 (2)

Corners were Man City 10 (4), Newcastle 1 (1)

Crowd: 49,937 (3,200 Man City)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Newcastle team v Man City:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Dummett, Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 80), Almiron, Joelinton (Gayle 69)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Sean Longstaff

(Steve Bruce makes unnecessary Jonjo Shelvey comments after draw v Manchester City – Read HERE)

(John Stones says Manchester City still very much in title race despite Newcastle’s ‘Two sloppy goals’ – Read HERE)

(Pep Guardiola philosophical as Premier League title hopes end at St James Park – read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights and all four goals from Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Watch HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s draw – Read HERE)

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