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We were far from perfect but it was a damn sight better than kicking the ball long, bypassing midfield altogether, into the two strikers. This way of playing is rigid, lazy and has no place with the type of players we have.
Over the past month of Black November, which has seen NUFC lose 4 out of 5 Premier League games, one topic of conversation stands out above any other. The formation. Everyone has an opinion on it.
Newcastle still play on average 67 long balls per game which is the HIGHEST in the Premier League this season.
What if a big, rich club fancies Tim Krul and writes Mike Ashley a large cheque to take him off our hands? Then where would we be? Who would we replace Krul with?
We had so much more control over the game rather than just lumping it forward constantly. We passed it to feet. We broke with speed and guile. This was shown perfectly in the goal.
When Jonas went to left back and Santon went to right back in place of the hopefully soon to be exiting Simpson, Davide never cut inside once. He didn’t need to.
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