Replying to a Sky Sports statistic via NUFC 360, Newcastle United supporters have been in disarray over their diminished statistics under Steve Bruce compared to Rafa Benitez’s time at the helm – prompting some of them to take to Twitter and concede potential doom over their season.
The numbers, outlined by Sky, outline many different factors regarding the Newcastle team under Benitez and Bruce respectively – including points gained, goals scored and clean sheets in both managers’ first 22 Premier League games for the club. Under Bruce, the Magpies have conceded more, scored fewer and kept one fewer clean sheet – all the while garnering less possession and fewer passes completed per game than when Benitez was at the helm. As a result, many Toon fans have replied on social media predicting a doomed end to the campaign – with Newcastle currently five points off the drop zone.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter surrounding the current state of the club’s form:
Less goals scored way more conceded. Awful record against bottom half of table, it’s a recipe for relegation.
— Bruce Out (@Milburn_Mag) January 16, 2020
I can’t believe some of the replies on this backing Bruce, he’s a tactical disaster-class. I think we’re lucky that the teams below us are doing as badly as they are. Rafa had it right, if we survive it won’t be because of our quality, it’ll be because 3 teams are somehow worse.
— Ste (@steNconnolly) January 16, 2020
Ashley has just seen Joelinton score a goal against mighty Rochdale. Cheque book will remained locked
— Roman (@AndrewK67647299) January 16, 2020
That expected goals against difference is sickening
— Connor Keegan (@ConnorKeegan20) January 16, 2020
Is it not time we did everything we can to get rid of Ashley? Or we still happy with the owner and turning up hoping something will change? I for one will never be happy we got rid of the best manger since Sir Bobby I will not forgive him nor will I go to games till he’s gone
— Barry Thomas (@bazza080808) January 16, 2020
Ashley seems to allows the club to spend only if there are less than three clubs between United and a relegation place.
The logic is if you are not aiming for anything then don’t bother.
Procrastinate, speculate, leak to press, and never allow an interview with Charnley. pic.twitter.com/yVKz9IP77a
— Graham Watson (@GrahamWatty) January 16, 2020
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