Good afternoon, Newcastle fans. Here are the latest headlines for Saturday, November 28.
Shearer shrugs off Bruce-Benitez comparisons
Alan Shearer believes comparing Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce with predecessor Rafael Benitez is a failure to recognise the real problem at the club: Mike Ashley.
Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday night to move up to 10th in the Premier League table, but Bruce has come under heavy criticism this season for his defensive brand of football.
However, Shearer feels as though comparing Bruce to Benitez fails to address the bigger problem of having an owner in Ashley ‘who doesn't want to be there’.
"They haven't won anything since 1969 but what they can do is attract thousands and thousands of fans, week in, week out, who want to see their team try and work hard,” Shearer told Amazon Prime .
"When Steve came in, after three or four months, Newcastle had to give away 10,000 tickets for free. That wasn't his problem, that's the club's problem, someone else's problem."
"They have an owner who doesn't want to be there, he's made that clear that he wants to sell the football club.
"The problem's not Steve Bruce or Rafa Benitez so forget the comparisons. You have a set of fans who want to be entertained, who want to see their team do well.”
Brucehopeful Newcastle have avoided Covid outbreak
Magpies boss Bruce hopes the club have avoided a big Covid-19 outbreak after three of his players missed the Palace game after testing positive for coronavirus.
Three unnamed players - as well as a member of Bruce’s staff - missed the trip to Selhurst Park with the Newcastle manager admitting it has been ‘difficult’ to manage around covid issues.
“It has been a tough week,” said Bruce via Yahoo .
“We sincerely hope so. It is very difficult at the minute. We have three confirmed players and unfortunately a member of my staff.
“It is a concern and difficult to manage. We are trying our utmost to make sure we try and stay as safe as we can.
“Of course my concern is not just the welfare of the players, which is vitally important, but my members of staff too. We will do our best but it is difficult at the moment.”
Newcastle must build on Palace win - Darlow
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow says the squad must look to ‘build’ on their win over Crystal Palace.
Newcastle snatched all three points in dramatic fashion with late goals from Callum Wilson and Joelinton, and Darlow wants to see a similarly encouraging display when they travel to Aston Villa on Friday evening.
"We deserved the three points,” Darlow told Amazon .
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"The way we played in the first half was a stark contrast to the way we've played recently. It's a great result for us and we need to build on it."
Darlow also praised Joelinton, who ended his long wait for a goal during an impressive display up top.
"Joelinton has always worked very hard for us. It was always going to change for him at some point,” added the 30-year-old stopper.
"Tonight he played very well and his work rate and effort has been there every game.
"It's just a case of continuing that for him."