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‘Unbelievable Jeff’ – What a week topped off by Wolves 2 Newcastle 1…

2 weeks ago
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So where do we start with this shambles? Well actually I am going to start with the shambles of week I had…so turn the page now if you are already bored.

Firstly, in the build up to the game I managed to get myself a ban from the comments section on The Mag, of course I am not the first and I am old enough to know better than not to bite, but having tuned in and watched / listened to the court goings on this week, I have to admit I was slightly encouraged by what I heard and some of what the experts wrote afterwards.

Now, I have always preached that everyone is entitled to an opinion, but such was my anger at (I won’t name him) that two of my comments toward him were deemed offensive, basically he was mischief making about the potential buyers being murderers and worse.

A number of folk pointed out some salient facts about how Saudi Arabia is ok to host the likes of Anthony Joshua, F1 races (building a track), golf tournaments and other sporty stuff, but when it comes to Newcastle United there is a brick wall in the way.

I think anyone with any sense can see who is building this brick wall (Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd etc….all clubs with huge debt who saw the ESL as their ‘get out of jail free card’). Don’t get me started on Barcelona, who have sank so low, they in essence swapped Messi for Luuk de Jong!

Anyway, I digress, this commenter ( I will leave out the expletive) just wound me and a few others up and my responses, although starting sensibly, reached the stage of telling him to Foxtrot Oscar but in more industrial type language.

So that was issue one. Issues two and three are linked.

The Wolves game clashed with the return to gigging in the UK of punk legends Stiff Little Fingers, so I had a dilemma, travel to Wolves and at full time shoot up the M6 to Blackburn where the fingers were playing, or choose one over the other. As it happened, both went t.ts up as a mild, and I mean mild, family emergency meant the emotional blackmail came into play, so the Wolves trip was off but I could still make Blackburn for the Fingers…Err no!

So, this is meant to be an appraisal of the game, well I did watch the whole damn thing so I can offer an opinion, so here it is…….

Kicking off, I thought we were quite bright for 5 minutes, forcing the home side onto the back foot but without creating anything, Wolves had a more skilful but laboured approach and soon took control of the game, and within an instant we have a neatly threaded through ball and some Korean bloke poked the ball beyond what was an unusually static Karl Darlow. After that, Wolves took total control and one shot rattled off the underside of the bar when in reality it should have been two nil.

Willock then gets injured and there was a collective groan on social media when Murphy and Fraser are ignored and on comes the spooky eyed Jeff Hendrick, I posted something on some match following thread when ‘unbelievable Jeff’, as he then rattles one in neatly from 20 yards and out the blue it is level again. We then finish the half strongly and things for a few minutes are quite promising.

Second half and away we go and within moments ASM is denied by a magnificent save by the Wolves goalkeeper, in reality he should have buried it but as he was the only one carrying any threat and I am not going to single him out for criticism, except to say he has so little faith in his teammates he does try to do it all himself at times. The second half then followed the shape of the first half as on the hour mark Wolves scored a second, again another neat pass to the same chap as before and a virtual identical finish beyond that again static Karl Darlow.

We were all brutal about Freddie when he made mistakes so the aforementioned Darlow is not getting off with it, quite frankly he looked like he had deep sea diver’s boots on as his feet were glued to the wet pitch.

From here on in we huffed and we puffed but did not threaten anything of consequence.

Another defeat and this manager has to go now, I don’t doubt he cares but I do know he is a dinosaur in a modern game, he has quit many times before (despite what he says) and he should do the decent thing and walk away right now, who can replace him…I honestly really don’t care, just get him out the club today.

On the pitch it was woeful and I can’t find anything positive at all, maybe the ever reliable Manquillo did ok and ASM did what he does best, but he cut a lonely miserable figure at times and he will be gone in January unless things change quickly. The gutsy Matt Ritchie has long since lost his magic hat and if his crossing is poor, he brings nothing to the party, despite numerous free-kicks his delivery was awful and it is time to show him the exit door.

A one paced midfield was outclassed with ease and for those who say Shelvey (also one paced) brings nothing to the team, his nothing is better than other people’s nothing.

I am not going to criticise Joelinton as no doubt others will again slaughter him, we have seen enough over the last two years, but Bruce sees something different.

The only highlight for me was seeing the birth of the new Real Madrid on Wearside splutter to an inglorious halt on the south coast.

I looked at the missus, I could still make Blackburn if I left now…she was having none of it and I settled onto the settee with an ice cold JD while mates at the SLF concert fed me snippets via messenger, and of course unlike Newcastle they played an absolute blinder.

It is now Sunday morning, nothing on social media, nothing on sky sports, Bruce is still here and as some would say that’s ‘unbelievable Jeff’…

Have a great week all, for once I will, as I am off to warmer climes.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Wolves 2 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 2 October 3pm

Goals:

Wolves

Hwang Hee-Chan 20, 58

Newcastle:

Hendrick 41

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Wolves 52% (56%) Newcastle 48% (44%)

Total shots were Wolves 7 (5)  Newcastle 8 (2)

Shots on target were Wolves 3 (2) Newcastle 2 (1)

Corners were Wolves 5 (0) Newcastle 4 (2)

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo (Murphy 70), Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Hayden, Almiron (Gayle 77), Willock (Hendrick 36), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Krafth, Fraser, Anderson

(Gary Lineker and Ian Wright speak the truth on Steve Bruce shambles – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce shameless as usual with comments after losing at Wolves – Read HERE)

Steve Bruce has to go now – This clown is taking Newcastle United down – read HERE)

(Wolves 2 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce takes Newcastle United into relegation zone with clueless defeat at Wolves – Read HERE)

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