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Newcastle United player’s post-Brighton words prove how far standards have fallen

3 weeks ago
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It was a real collector’s piece, Isaac Hayden scoring a goal.

Almost five and a half years at St James Park and just the fourth Premier League goal the former Arsenal player has scored for Newcastle United.

A massive twenty two months since the last one.

This is something that sums up the serious issues that Newcastle United have, as Jonjo Shelvey has scored two PL goals these past 23 months, Sean Longstaff two PL goals in 33 months. Whilst ironically the truly woeful Jeff Hendrick is almost prolific in comparison, scoring three PL goals in his 15 months at Newcastle and yet couldn’t even get in the 20 man squad today.

Bottom line, Newcastle United absolutely desperate for two Premier League quality central midfielders ASAP.

As for Joe Willock? No idea, didn’t even get brought off the bench as he watched this seriously poor display unfold.

Isaac Hayden might be a grafter but…you have to question what he said after this fortunate 1-1 draw.

Newcastle went one behind on 24 minutes and were so poor, Brighton could and should have had the game won by half-time. Instead, they seemed to relax so much they were almost horizontal, as the visitors showed absolutely no enterprise or attacking threat.

The second half started off exactly the same and nobody was more surprised than Isaac Hayden and his teammates when they actually had a shot on target, Isaac Hayden taking advantage of a Ciaran Clark knockback at a set-piece and hitting the back of the net.

It was Newcastle’s only effort on target of the entire game and yet somehow Isaac Hayden believed that United deserved to take all three points. Quite astonishing.

Furthermore, Isaac Hayden thought that this performance meant…’Everyone could see though, that the lads are altogether’, well, if that first hour or more of this match was proof that this Newcastle team / squad ‘are altogether’, I would hate to see them when they are not together. Jonjo Shelvey in particular.

It really shows just how far standards have fallen, the way Isaac Hayden speaks and indeed some Newcastle fans as well.

Hayden bemoaning the fact that ‘unfortunately’ Steve Bruce left and declaring that the other Steves have been ‘top drawer’ in recent times…

Eddie Howe will have learnt so much today watching this latest shocking display from the stands.

Interesting to see how many survive in the team for Brentford at home in two weeks time, never mind after these upcoming couple of transfer windows.

Isaac Hayden speaking to NUFC TV:

“It’s disappointing really in the end, towards the end we were in the ascendancy and we really could have gone on and won the game.

“The sending off probably happened five, ten minutes too late.

“Nonetheless, everyone can see that the lads are going for the win and desperate for the three points.

“I thought today we deserved them overall.

“Brighton down to nine men the last five minutes but we couldn’t capitalise on it, which was disappointing.

“Everyone could see though, that the lads are altogether, the staff are altogether, and we are desperately trying to get ourselves out of the situation that we find ourselves in.

“Graeme [Jones] has come in and done a fantastic job as interim manager, Aggers [Steve Agnew], Clem [Stephen Clemence] and Ben [Dawson] have been top drawer, since obviously the gaffer [Steve Bruce] unfortunately left.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 6 November 5.30pm

Goals:

Brighton

Trossard pen 24, Sanchez 90+2 red card

Newcastle:

Hayden 66

Stats in brackets are at half-time:

Possession was Brighton 66% (67%) Newcastle 34% (33%)

Total shots were Brighton 14 (6) Newcastle 6 (2)

Shots on target were Brighton 5 (3) Newcastle 1 (0)

Corners were Brighton 2 (2) Newcastle 5 (2)

Referee: David Coote

Crowd: 31,267 (Newcastle 3,100)

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Murphy, Krafth (Gayle 90+4), Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron (Joelinton 74), Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Schar, Lewis, Fraser, Willock, Longstaff, Manquillo

(Alan Shearer on the money with verdict after Newcastle make it 12 games and no wins – Read HERE)

(Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s comeback draw – Read HERE)

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