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BBC Sport pundit calls it totally wrong on Newcastle fans reaction to Kieran Trippier signing

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BBC Sport were covering Saturday’s match at St James Park, along with the rest of the media.

Ironside giving the visitors a second half lead in the 56th minute and Newcastle United failing to produce a significant response.

Eddie Howe and his team in the final analysis paying for a lot of wasted chances in the first half, which along with an inspired performance from Mitov in the visiting goal, meant it was Cambridge who progressed to the fourth round and a meeting with Luton Town.

As the final whistle went and Cambridge United celebrated their win, BBC Sport had a bit of an inquest on how the defeat had come about for the home side and what the situation was now generally at St James Park.

Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock was amongst those involved, he rightly pointed to Cambridge keeper Mitov as a major factor in the away win.

However, he then went on to say…’with the signing of Kieran Trippier, the [Newcastle United] fans got a little carried away thinking ‘we have signed an England international, we will be on the way up and we are going to be doing okay’. It’s not about that. One player doesn’t fix the problems at Newcastle and they are in serious trouble.’

I’m sorry but for me the BBC Sport pundit calls it totally wrong on Newcastle United fans and their reaction to the Kieran Trippier signing.

I can honestly say I don’t know a single Newcastle United fan that thought ‘we are going to be doing okay’ solely because Kieran Trippier had been signed.

What I am very confident about saying, is that an overwhelming majority of Newcastle supporters thought Trippier was a very good signing AND it gave them belief that with the England defender signed in the first week of the transfer window, it then gives so much confidence to the fans that further very credible / quality signings are also going to be made in January.

I think that what Stephen Warnock said on BBC Sport pretty much sums up how pundits / media in general don’t understand at all where Newcastle fans care coming from in general AND end up misrepresenting us, as in the case with Warnock here.

What I think happens is that more than any other fanbase of a major club, when there is finally positive stuff happening, the Newcastle fans respond with so much enthusiasm / hope to the uplifting news, no matter how small it is at times…that pundits / media mistakenly take it as EXPECTATION (taking it for granted) that good times are ahead, rather than just increased hope that this will be the case.

On this too easily pleased / deluded that so many people want to mock Newcastle fans with, I have even seen countless examples where outsiders try to use our support for the team, Eddie Howe and the new owners as a criticism, as in filling St James Park and showing support during the 90 minutes and at the final whistle, even when NUFC have failed to win, is something to be sneered at.

Not with the likes of Stephen Warnock BUT certainly with countless other pundits and journalists, I think 100% they are gutted that Newcastle United fans aren’t turning on Eddie Howe and the new NUFC owners, they would absolutely love it if we did. However, the Newcastle supporters know fine well that the current mess at St James Park is absolutely down to Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce.

Stephen Warnock speaking on BBC’s Final Score after Newcastle United defeat to Cambridge United – 8 January 2022:

“Joe Ironside will get the plaudits today, he will be the one that goes down in the record books [after scoring the winning goal].

“But take nothing away from goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov.

“He made six or seven outstanding saves, saves that were in the top corner, almost certain goals.

“You look at them and say ‘wow’.

“You need a big performance on the day, a good team performance, but you also need a good goalkeeping performance and he was outstanding.

“This shows the vulnerabilities of Newcastle, the troubles they have got and the mentality of the players.

“Even with the signing of Kieran Trippier, the [Newcastle United] fans got a little carried away thinking ‘we have signed an England international, we will be on the way up and we are going to be doing okay’.

“It’s not about that.

“One player doesn’t fix the problems at Newcastle and they are in serious trouble.”

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