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'Dismal' - Exclusive: Danny Mills claims senior Newcastle ace should have alarm bells ringing
Danny Mills says that Newcastle United’s performance against Brighton on Saturday was “dismal” and that alarm bells should be ringing at St James’ Park after the 0-0 draw.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the manner in which the Magpies allowed the visitors to have the lion’s share of the ball was shocking for a side playing at home.
The Seagulls dominated possession with 72 per cent of the ball, midfielder Isaac Hayden telling Steve Bruce that “this isn’t working” during a first-half where Newcastle found their backs up against the wall.
Having seen Bruce’s men come away with a point despite struggling to gain any sort of a foothold, Mills blasted the display and insisted Hayden’s comments should be a worry for the manager and the fans.
Asked if Hayden’s message to Bruce in the first-half had alarm bells ringing, Mills told Football Insider: “Without a doubt. It’s a difficult situation at Newcastle. Steve Bruce under a lot of pressure. Many of the fans didn’t turn up, it’s that catch-22 situation, if the fans don’t turn up, does that cost them?
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“What was it, 65, 70 per cent possession to Brighton and they couldn’t score? That’s dismal for the home side, that really is poor.”
Newcastle, who sit just outside the relegation zone on five points, travel to third-placed Leicester City in their next outing, the Foxes having beaten Tottenham 2-1 over the weekend.
The Magpies have already faced Brendan Rodgers’ team once this season, losing out on penalties in the League Cup.