Manchester United legend Gary Neville said on the Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening that Newcastle United are stuck in the mid-1990s.
Newcastle took a surprise 2-0 lead, but they conceded twice late on to settle for a 2-2 draw and a share of the spoils.
“That’s the mentality of Newcastle as a club,” former United defender Neville said on the Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening (September 28). “They still think they’re in the mid-90s where they can go and attack everyone.
“But if you are, say, Tony Pulis going in at West Brom or Alan Pardew going into Crystal Palace, the first thing they do against the lesser teams in the league is they accept where they are in the league and they do that (play counter-attack).
“That crowd might have to accept that because they are going to go out of the league if they think they can play 4-2-4, for example, against say Watford. They are not paying respect to the other clubs in the league and that’s why they are getting done.”
Neville does have a point, but at the same time one needs to remember that Newcastle did go 2-0 up against defending Premier League champions Chelsea.
Perhaps on Saturday evening, the problem was not about Newcastle’s mentality; perhaps the problem was that they failed to defend properly in the final 30 minutes of the game.
Moreover, the Magpies were at home for Saturday’s match and the players were under pressure to perform to the best of their abilities.