Newcastle United fans fume as Sky Sports footage emerges from their 2-0 defeat against Chelsea, which took place on Monday night.
A number of Magpies supporters have hit out over a video shared on Twitter by the ‘Football Daily’ account which shows the players walking out of the tunnel at the start of the game against Chelsea, though with two players short.
They played out their ninth loss in their last 13 matches and now the form has put them right into the thick of the Premier League relegation battle, just seven points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, who have a game in hand and have seen an upturn in form under manager Scott Parker.
The Newcastle team members need to show that they are ready for a fight, to come out roaring, yet it looked anything but that as they headed out of the tunnel, if anything, rather dejected, take a look below…
Gary 🗣 “Where’s the rest of the team? Be together when you walk out on to the pitch?”@Carra23 🗣 “You blaming Steve Bruce or Rafa for that?” 🤣@GNev2 is amazed Newcastle players aren’t walking out on to the pitch together 🤣 pic.twitter.com/qxWkSSmZUv
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 15, 2021
Gary Neville was perplexed by what he was seeing and questioned how seeing ‘half the team coming out’ could have been allowed to happen, insisting that players should not leave the dressing room until the whole team is together.
“Where’s the rest of the team, you have half the team walking out?” said Neville. “But be together when you walk out onto the pitch!”
Carragher jokingly responded by saying: “Are you blaming Steve Bruce or Rafa for that?”
Neville replied: “How many players have they got? (Host David Jones queried nine so far). Have they had someone sent off?
“You don’t leave the dressing room until all of you are together.”
First-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner sealed the win with Timo Werner ending a 14-game run without a goal in the league; Thomas Tuchel’s side go fourth after fourth straight league win; Newcastle stay 17th.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (7), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (7), Rudiger (7), Hudson-Odoi (8), Jorginho (7), Kovacic (7), Alonso (7), Werner (9), Mount (8), Abraham (6).
Subs: Giroud (7), Kante (6), James (n/a).
Newcastle: : Darlow (6), Krafth (5), Lascelles (6), Clark (6), Lewis (6), Hayden (6), Shelvey (6), Saint-Maximin (5), Willock (6), Almiron (5), Gayle (5).
Subs: Joelinton (6), Fraser (6), Carroll (n/a)
Man of the match: Timo Werner.
What the managers said…
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “I liked the first half where we played with courage and had a lot of touches in the box. We managed to keep them away from our box, but our decision-making can be more deadly and precise to create more chances.
“We lacked this throughout the first and second half. The first three minutes of the second half was the picture of the rest of the game where we made a few mistakes. The guys have two days off now so perhaps they were eager to keep these two days off but the counter-attacks in the second half were not clinical enough for us to score a third goal to finish the game.
“We should be flexible enough to change but we won’t change for the sake of it.”
On Kepa Arrizabalaga starting: “Edu [Edouard Mendy] is the No 1 and this is clear. It was clear before the game and it stays like this. I’m pleased that Kepa kept a second clean sheet in a row to build up his confidence. We hoped for the very best performance and the clean sheet, but Edu has now recovered physically and mentally so from now on he will be No 1.”
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce: “Whether we were passive or just didn’t come to terms with them well enough. We knew how they would set up, but they caused us problems and we found it a struggle in the first half. We changed it at half-time and we did better. We got after them better and right from the off in the second half there was more intent.
“Set-pieces was a problem for us in the first half in particular. They had too many first contacts so it’s something we’ll have to look at. There were a few positives in the second half and there will be times where we’ll get unstuck. I was far happier with the way we went about the second half.
“There’s that many teams involved at the bottom so I don’t know how many points it will take [to stay up]. There are six or seven teams looking over their shoulder but if we show the resilience of the last month or two, we’ll be OK.”
Newcastle fans fume as the Sky Sports footage of the players heading out of the tunnel emerges…
@Waldial: Dead men walking
@mccue_j: They know there beat before they’ve walked on the pitch
@Robbiewad79: So this here caps a team what’s going to get relegated, never in my life seen a team at this level not come out together. Astonishing at the highest level wow #togetherness
@KevinBowmer: Why doesn’t the skipper grab them by the throat and tell them what is expected?
@ManchesterToon: We’re just one big joke to the wider football world. Living outside the region, especially in one where teams are successful, can be a pain sometimes. You can see people’s faces light up when you tell them you’re a #nufc fan in a way that they don’t if you support someone else
@MGRunner: and that’s supposed to be a team about to fight for their Premier League lives….. Shambles #BruceOut #NUFC
@RyanMac97158556: The skipper should be fucking raging at that tbf.
@DiscoDan18: Shambles of a club and rotten to the core!
@EssAmirii: My team in a nutshell! #HWTL
@Maneapologist1: Gary is spot on.