Newcastle could’ve snatched a point against Chelsea, but instead decided to take a short corner.
With the clock ticking, the Magpies had a chance to swing one into the box and put Chelsea under pressure. Instead, Matt Ritchie played it short to Christian Atsu. The Ghanaian dithered in position and eventually put a cross in that went straight out of play.
As the final whistle went, you could see the frustration in the box as Newcastle wasted the chance to create something.
Earlier that evening, Newcastle scored from a corner courtesy of powerful Ciaran Clark header.
Corners should be our go to plan
Watching that last minute corner go short was actually painful. It physically hurt.
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You had powerful players queuing up at the back post ready to attack the ball, and they just weren’t given the opportunity.
With Rafa Benitez opting to play three centre-backs nowadays, it means the Magpies have a bigger aerial presence than usual. This is something we have to take advantage of. Both Clark and Jamaal Lascelles have been consistent scorers for Newcastle from set pieces in the past few years.
Instead of being trying to be clever and create a new angle, just get the ball in the box. We have the ability to score from set pieces, and we actually have players capable of quality deliveries, notably Ritchie and Ki Sung-yueng.
Please Newcastle, no more short corners. Please!