Gutless. One word to describe Newcastle United’s performance on Wednesday night. After a week of criticism, Newcastle responded with a terrible performance. Seeing Nottingham Forest dump United out in the 2nd Round of the Carabao Cup.
Lacklustre, Lacking and Lousy…
All words which could describe Newcastle’s performance against Forest. In 17 years of watching Newcastle, I struggle to think of a poorer performance.
120 minutes passed and United missed chance after chance in frustrating fashion. The same unfortunately couldn’t be said about Forest.
Throughout, Newcastle’s defence was carved open by a mediocre Forest side. However, it was hardly difficult to navigate past the ancient Jesus Gamez and hapless Grant Hanley.
I struggle to think how Hanley in particularly could have played poorer. Almost handing Forest a goal on a plate of it wasn’t for a smart save by Darlow.
Going forward, Newcastle were toothless. Despite his early goal, Mitrovic was poor in what could be his final Newcastle game.
One bright spot was a great performance by Rolando Aarons. His goal capped off a fantastic performance perhaps his best in black and white.
Henri Saivet wasn’t awful despite looking at times like he did not care. He made a few good chances, however, when presented with a great chance on goal, fluffed his lines.
Ritchie and Murphy managed to squirm their way into the box. However, Murphy, in particular, couldn’t hit a barnd door. Dan Barlaser was also awful.
Newcastle can only improve with the visit of West Ham on Saturday. The Magpies have started awfully this season. They need to improve massively.
However, if this game was anything to go by Newcastle don’t have the quality to stay up. Even at this early stage, they look poor. How many of the starting eleven would get into another side in the league?
I don’t think many would. Hopefully, things will take an upturn in the game against West Ham.