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Jermaine Jenas reacts to Newcastle's display, claims big problem from last season remains

Aston Villa's Jermaine Jenas during the press conference

Newcastle United lost 1-0 to Fulham on Friday evening.

Aston Villa's Jermaine Jenas during the press conferenceJermaine Jenas during a press conference

Former Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas has told BBC Radio Five Live Sport that the Magpies' problems in front of goal were evident against Fulham.

Newcastle opened up the Championship season with a trip to Fulham on Friday evening, and after relegation from the Premier League last season Rafael Benitez's side have been made the hot favourites to win promotion at the first time of asking.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks to playersNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks to his players

Having kept Benitez as their manager and then brought in Matz Sels, Jesus Gamez, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diame and Dwight Gayle so far this summer, Newcastle had been widely touted as champions-elect - but they came unstuck at Fulham.

Matt Smith's first-half goal proved to be the winner at Craven Cottage, with Newcastle starting their season in the worst possible way with a defeat.

Fulham's Matt Smith scores their first goalFulham's Matt Smith scores the winning goal

After the game, former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas spoke to BBC Radio Five Live Sport about the performance, and suggested a huge problem from last season's relegation campaign was on show yet again at Fulham.

With just two shots on target against Fulham, Newcastle struggled to make an impact in the final third, and Jenas stated that it's one of the big problems the Magpies had last season too.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Jenas suggested that whilst Newcastle had Gayle and the highly-rated Ayoze Perez in attack, neither player offered very much, and added that it just didn't click for either player - although he wasn't sure whether it was down to a lack of service or their own lack of involvement on the game.

"One of the big reasons Newcastle went down last season was because they didn't score enough goals, and it was evident again," said Jenas.

"Yes, they've invested and brought in Dwight Gayle and they've got Ayoze Perez, who, from what I hear from people in and around the club, is highly rated - but they didn't show anything, and whether that's down to supply or whether it's down to themselves not really offering enough, it just didn't happen."

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