Frankly, these two Newcastle United men had a terrible weekend

Frankly, these two Newcastle United men had a terrible weekend

Newcastle United faced off against Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend in what was shaping up to be one of their few opportunities to secure 3 points.

Despite Newcastle looking to be the more dangerous of the two sides, it was Brighton who broke the deadlock in the 27th minute of time through Beram Kayal who deflected in a ball from the corner spot.

Newcastle went on to apply endless amounts of attacking pressure, but found no reward for their efforts. Stats show that a total of 27 shots were sent Matt Ryan’s way in an offensive barrage that lasted the duration of the game. However, with only six of those actually hitting the target, it’s easy to see how the team are in such a dire position.

Following the game Rafa Benitez reflected on the current situation at the club and, after being asked if it was one of the most difficult he’d be involved in, he replied: ‘Yes, at the moment, yes.’ (as per BBC Sport)

With the clubs disappointing result in mind, here are two Newcastle players we believe really underperformed in the game on Saturday…

Ayoze Perez

It was another poor showing from the Spanish forward who, again, offered very little going forward for the side.

Perez’s time on the pitch has really left a lot to be desired this season. After 10 games, he’s still without a single goal, and that just isn’t good enough for a player who is pushing for a first-team place week in and week out.

His contribution on Saturday was no different to how he’s been all season, in that he consistently missed golden opportunity to bring his team back into the game.

Fans didn’t hold back either, with most taking to Twitter to assess his individual performance…

There’s no one single moment that can be pinned down as a low point for Perez, but yesterday was perhaps one of the worst so far.

Matt Ritchie

The Scottish forward is a shadow of his former self. He’s played poorly in every game so far this season, and his performance yesterday wasn’t any better.

He missed a number of golden opportunities to either create or score a goal, including one in which he failed to dispatch a fairly simple chance that fell to his feet after a deflected shot from Jonjo Shelvey.

Unfortunately, there’s very few positives to be taken from Ritchie’s game on Saturday, so we’ll leave it at that.

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