If there was an award for lazy punditry, that “honor” would undoubtedly go to Chris Sutton.
Newcastle United defeated West Brom (2-1) at St. James’ Park yesterday, but the performance was far from impressive. The Magpies took the lead in the opening 20 seconds of the game through Miguel Almiron.
The home side continued to play with confidence and created a few decent chances over the next 20 minutes, but West Brom grew into the game and controlled the tempo. The equalizer eventually came early in the second half, but Dwight Gayle saved the day with a strong header that found the back of the net in the 82nd minute.
All in all, Newcastle United were fortunate to win against their relegation-threatened opponents. Over the course of the game, West Brom displayed more urgency, were more comfortable on the ball, created more chances (13) than Newcastle United (12), and enjoyed 55% of the possession.
Yes, Newcastle United experienced an outbreak and they were not at full strength, but Steve Bruce still had the better team on paper, and the players should have done much better in this game, especially in the middle of the park.
Despite the mediocre shift put in by the Magpies, pundit Chris Sutton riled up the Toon Army with his post-game tweet, in which he described the performance as “good” and called for fans to “give Bruce some credit.”
Sutton has been a cheerleader for Steve Bruce since day one, and his latest tweet comes as no surprise as a result, but come on… good performance… really? The man clearly did not watch the game, and his analysis is simply based on the result.
His dig at the Newcastle United fans is also pretty shameful. There is a reason why #BruceOut is trending almost every weekend. Sutton should actually watch the games and he will understand why.
With the talent Newcastle United have in the final third, Bruce should be giving his players the freedom to constantly attack, but he holds them back. Sutton, like everyone else, is entitled to their own opinions, but proper research should be done before making big, arrogant claims.