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Man of the Match  

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  1. 1. Who is your Man of the Match?

    • Kepa
      0
    • Azpilicueta
      0
    • Rudiger
      2
    • Luiz
      0
    • Alonso
      6
    • Jorginho
      5
    • Kante
      0
    • Kovacic
      0
    • Pedro
      0
    • Hazard
      12
    • Morata
      0
    • Giroud (sub)
      0
    • Willian (sub)
      0
    • Barkley (sub)
      0


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On 8/26/2018 at 11:38 AM, Pizy said:

Seeing several people moan a little about Kante in an advanced position. Thought he was great today. He surprises me more and more with his ability on the ball. Good interplay with his teammates, good first touch, makes nice surging runs into space, and he keeps the ball moving quickly.

He's not just a pure destroyer like most people think. 

He also helps break play up the field. Helping us win the ball back in more advanced areas. 

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11 hours ago, Yeboii said:

Wish Barkley would have poked it in. A goal for him would have done him good.

Nah there was risk of him being called offside. Its good he didn't touch it. 

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23 minutes ago, Jason said:

After more than 24 hours of calming down (:lol:), thought it was a good, deserved win. Can't say I was surprised by Newcastle's defensive approach but it was a quite contrast to the last time we went there. They got at us back in May and battered us and this time, it was the other way round. Didn't create as many chances but it was refreshing to see we maintained the intensity and pressure to pin them back - even if they were only interested in the point - without giving them any real encouragement. Speaking of chances, we'll definitely be facing more teams like Newcastle this season (honestly, f*** the back five!) and we gotta learn how to break these teams down better. It would also make our lives easier if we take the chances when we do get them. Pedro, Morata, Hazard, Azpi all squandered good opportunities to score! The only slight downside for me is the game management after taking the lead twice. Opposing team responding after conceding is nothing new but I don't think we necessarily managed the game well after 1-0 and 2-1. We allowed Newcastle to come at us all of a sudden and with the crowd behind them, we were suddenly under unnecessary pressure after having done well to keep them in check for so long. It wasn't as bad as against Arsenal after going 2-0 up but it does seem like it's something that needs to be worked, mentally and tactically.

On a side, the referee was a farce. Countless of Newcastle players fouled Hazard but took him till late in the second half to start booking them while Kovacic got booked for his foul (or one of his few rare fouls) and he looked clueless as well with those late controversial moments. And Alan Shearer was a joke! Criticized Benitez for parking the bus at SJP against Man City last season but praised their effort this time, even Newcastle practically did the same thing, and he even found excuses for how the two goals they conceded came about. :doh: 

You just know Warnocks going to try and smash our players up and out of The Bridge in a few weeks, he did it with City last season and Sane was remarkably lucky not to break his leg. However Rafa's approach is a massive seal of approval to the job Sarri is doing, ive only ever seen such extreme defense tactics by San Marino against England. 

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Passes completed in the first 30 minutes at St. James' Park:

• Jorginho: 61
• Kovačić: 46
• Newcastle: 44
 

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