North East UK news Newcastle United's lack of dominance and creativity exposed as Chelsea dominate MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Magpies suffered at the hands of Chelsea and Steve Bruce is now facing even more tough questions
Breaking News ! Newcastle United slumped to another defeat in which the performance was more worrying than the result itself. This time Chelsea easily brushed aside the Magpies who barely laid a glove on the visitors - much like the Southampton defeat before the international break. Many had expected a response to dire performance against the Saints but were left disappointed with what played-out. Once again, Karl Darlow was needed to keep the score respectable while Chelse were guilty of taking their foot off the gas late on. An own goal from Federico Fernandez put Chelsea ahead with 10 minutes gone after Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham had forced Karl Darlow into great saves. Chelsea dominated and Newcastle lacked any cohesion when they did get onto the ball. The Magpies improved in the second half but Chelsea always looked in control and sealed all three points when Abraham slotted home from close range. Sean Longstaff hit the bar, while Miguel Almiron had the only effort on goal. It was another poor day for the Magpies - here's the game in numbers. ONE - the number of shots Newcastle United had on target It took Newcastle United until the 78th minute to register a shot on goal - and it had to be deflected towards the keeper. Miguel Almiron was played down the left by Joelinton, and his shot was sent goalwards and 'keeper Mendy tipped it wide. The save if you can call it that, was more Mendy being safe than fearing the ball was going into the net as replays showed it was heading wide. It highlights the real lack of threat up-front - and even more so if Callum Wilson is missing. In total this season, United have mustered just 21 shots on target. 22 - the number of times Newcastle conceded possession In a game where Newcastle really struggled to get on the ball - they had only 29 per-cent possession - they were woefully wasteful when they did have it at their feet. With a system that is built around hitting teams on the counter, constantly giving the ball away is an obvious flaw to that plan. The Magpies were guilty of it- in total, they conceded possession 22 times.
. Allan Saint-Maximin and Jacob Murphy topped the chart individual chart with six instances of losing the ball. United if they are going to improve going forward simply need to be better with the ball.
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92% - The accurate pass percentage of Sean Longstaff The midfield has been a weakness of Newcastle of late and while there is still a massive room for improvement, things were ever so slightly better against Chelsea. Sean Longstaff put in a better performance than the one against Southampton and did more than enough to keep Jeff Hendrick out of the side for the trip to Crystal Palace. Longstaff made 34 passes - only Ciaran Clark made more (36) - and topped the pass accuracy charts with 91.2%, a good three per-cent more than anyone else. 284 - The number of passes Newcastle United made This number really isn't good enough, is it? Especially at home. The Magpies were played off the park by Chelsea - and managed only 284 passes across the whole game. Chelsea meanwhile played more passes backwards and then some (324) than that entire total. Chelsea altogether registered 745 passes as they dominated proceedings. One - the number of touches Joelinton registered in the opposition box Joelinton came in for Callum Wilson who is recovering from a hamstring issue and the difference was notable. To be fair to Joelinton, he wasn't too bad and had some nice moments but highlighted that he's not the goal threat Newcastle need. He spent a lot of time out on the wing meaning there was no-one to aim for and this is shown by the fact he had just one touch in the opposition box. Andy Carroll managed two while Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner registered 10 touches in the Toon box. There is a very real lack of creativity that Steve Bruce need to sort out.
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