Rob Lee: The 'saddest thing' about Newcastle's latest defeat

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Former Newcastle United man Rob Lee has suggested that his old team are struggling with their identity.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee explained in his column for the Chronicle what he felt was the most saddening thing about the club’s performance against Swansea City last weekend.

The Magpies lost the game 3-2 and Lee has explained what he noticed about the performance and the atmosphere around St James’ Park while the match was taking place.

“The saddest thing about Newcastle United’s loss to Swansea City for me was that it was concrete evidence that St James’ Park is no longer the fortress it once was,” wrote Lee.

“Even in recent seasons when things haven’t been great it was at least a tough place for teams to go.”

Morale is low around Newcastle at the moment partly because the side is on such a poor run of form, having lost seven games in a row.

It makes it difficult for fans to get pumped up and excited about the team because they are struggling and not playing at all well.

There is also discontent from fans towards the club’s owner Mike Ashley, with questions over his ambition.

Former England forward Stan Collymore has suggested that the only reason he’s still at the club is because of the money, which is about to be generated by the next £5 billion Premier League TV deal.

This weekend sees the Magpies travelling to Leicester City, a side fighting for survival just below Newcastle in the league.

Defeat piles the pressure onto the team and John Carver, while a win will help to lift things a little bit, partially removing the thick smog, which currently exists over the team.

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