Former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins said on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Saturday evening (February 13) that Newcastle United lacked energy in the game against Chelsea.
Newcastle suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
It was one of the Magpies’ worst performances this season, with the players struggling to make an impact from start to finish.
Wilkins was following the match, and he was not impressed with the work rate of the Newcastle players.
“As much as you are right in what you are saying about the passing of the ball, what worried me more was their energy for the game, that worried me immensely, I have got to say,” said the former Chelsea midfielder on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Saturday evening (February 13) while discussing the Magpies’ performance with a Newcastle fan.
“At St. James’ Park, you see a totally different level of commitment from these Newcastle guys. As soon as they step out of Newcastle, they seem to panic, they seem to throw everything away.
“When you haven’t got that work ethic in your trousers, then you are going to struggle from minute one.”
The Newcastle players were terribly poor at Stamford Bridge, and they did not deserve anything from the game in London.
The travelling fans will have been hugely disappointed, but hopefully for the team, the mini-break will help.
Newcastle are not in action until March 2, and this should give head coach Steve McClaren plenty of time to address his side’s problems.