Stuart Pearce identifies Newcastle United's biggest problem this season

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Stuart Pearce believes Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez should be learning from Tony Pulis at West Bromwich Albion.

Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports News, which was broadcast on 11th April, that Newcastle United’s biggest problem this season has been their inability to defend.

Newcastle have generally tried to go toe-to-toe with opposition sides, and they have been punished for their willingness to attack.

The Magpies have left themselves exposed defensively, and they have let in 61 goals in their 32 Premier League matches to date.

Newcastle have the second worst goals against record in England’s top flight, and Pearce feels that Benitez should be taking inspiration from Tony Pulis at West Bromwich Albion.

“I think it’s been a football club in decline for more than just this season,” the former Nottingham Forest boss said.

“Once again, they ship goals so easily. Look at West Brom and Tony Pulis - the first thing he sorted was the defence. Newcastle look to take games on and think they can beat the opposition. They need to make it difficult for the opposition to score against them and Newcastle have failed to do that.”

Benitez is renowned for his ability to get sides organised, but he has failed to spark Newcastle into life.

The Spaniard has now been in charge of the Tynesiders for four matches, but they are yet to win a match under his stewardship.

Newcastle’s latest defeat came against Southampton, and it has reduced their chances of survival even further.

The Magpies are currently six points adrift of safety, with just six games remaining in their season.

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