By Noel Whelan

19th Sep, 2022 | 2:18pm

Newcastle United told life has suddenly got harder - 'Get used to this', pundit says

Noel Whelan has insisted Newcastle must “figure out how to beat the low block” after a frustrating home draw against Bournemouth on Saturday (17 September).

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed teams won’t come to St James’ Park thinking they can “roll Newcastle over” anymore.

Eddie Howe’s side fought back from 1-0 down to draw 1-1 against Bournemouth but couldn’t find a winner despite having 72% possession and recording 20 efforts at goal.

The point takes Newcastle up to 10th place but the Magpies are now winless in six games – having drawn five times this season.

The Tyneside club were missing the dynamic influence of Allan Saint-Maximin, who has often been the key to unlocking stubborn defences in past seasons.

Whelan insisted “it’s not going to be easy” for mega-rich Newcastle as they attempt to forge a path to the Premier League’s summit this term.

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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Every team that goes to St James’ Park is going to have a plan to nullify their midfield and their creativity.

“They’ll be looking to sit in with a low block but break with counter-attacks and use set-pieces to their advantage.

“It’s not going to be easy for Newcastle. The only free-flowing games will come against teams with similar firepower.

“But teams like Bournemouth, where a point away from home is invaluable to them, it’s going to be a game of patience.

“Bournemouth got the first goal which made it easy to sit back and defend.

“They’re gonna have to get used to this. Teams aren’t going to come to St James’ Park thinking they can roll Newcastle over anymore.

“Newcastle are going to have to figure out how to break down the low block.”

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